Monday, August 2, 2010

I wanna love you baby [but you're flawed]

This is the original version of a song I posted awhile back [Lee Bates', "I Do Things Come Naturally]. Unfortunately, my copy has a pressing flaw which causes an extremely irritating skip. It's just one groove, but it comes at an awkward place in the song.

Anyway, I thought I'd post the song regardless of the flaw. Ya see, I can't find where the song's been comped or posted on the blogs before. Fans of the Pitter Pats should listen-up, chances are you've never heard this before [except for the piano part, which is lifted straight from "It Do Me Good"].

Wish I could do something about the flaw, the record's in nice shape, but there's a pin hole about 1 mil wide that falls smack dab in the wall between two grooves. The needle finds it way through every-single-time. In case you're wondering, I had to use a magnifying glass to find it.

I don't have a clue what Huey Smith was up to at this time. Everything he did '66 thru '68 sounds incredibly old fashioned. Bet I could've told you this song is from 1960 and gotten away with it. It's's from 1967.

Hope ya'll like it....skip and all.


  1. That *is* a wonderful track. As for the skip, well, skip it.

    One thing I have done is trying to "influence" the tracking of the groove with my finger when it comes to the spot of skippage, pushing the arm slightly towards the outside edge of the record while it is deciding which groove to take. Usually you can get it to track the skipped groove at least once and then you can digitally edit your transfer together to make a complete track.

    You can use a small paintbrush to push the arm gently instead of your finger and the bristles will offer some "give" - it's kind of tough to have a steady enough hand to do it directly with your finger.

    Also i have had some luck "repairing" skips with a knife which is especially possible given that you've located exactly where it is. You can sort of drag the blade in the groove back and forth and burnish out the route to the adjacent groove a little bit. You want to use a slightly dull blade without a pointy tip, you lay the blade in the groove and rub back and forth a very little bit.

    Steady hand, bright light, magnifier all help. You may or may not want to try depending on how irreplaceable the record is.

  2. much thank yous for all wonderful & rare music you share here

  3. You're very welcome, Trumpetaaa....

    Jer.Eps...using a paint brush is a great idea. I figured out the knife thing on my own. The "pens" used with drawing tablets sometimes give excellent results particularly when the groove edge is kind of folded over.

    In this case there really is a gap in the groove wall caused by a deep pin hole. There's also no groove to 'dig' deeper into at that point. A friend has suggested that the tiniest bit of nail polish might fix it. I'm not sure my hand is steady enough for that.

  4. I really like the Pitter Pats, love her voice!
    "Blues '67" parts 1 & 2 is a great song too!