I've been fretting over my recent post of "white whales".
Let me reiterate that those are records I don't own, and that some of the tunes were ripped by other people. In particular, I want to be clear that Larry Grogan's rip of the Eddie Bo 45 is very likely the only time that record has been offered on the net. In terms of my thinking, that's a very big deal and if I were to do the post over, I would ask his permission to post it first. The same goes for Dan Phillips' copy of "Black Samson Theme". I made a mistake in not asking in the first place. I apologize to both of them.
After some thought I realize that the Ella Brown rip must have come from Sir Shambling's site and the copy of ZuZu Man by way of an unknown ripper. All credit for those two rips go to them. I have the bad habit of stripping ID info from files I download simply because I find much of that info annoying. This can make it difficult to know where they come from.
I'm fairly certain the other songs either come from comps or are rips sent to me by friends. If anyone knows differently, then drop me a line and I'll gladly acknowledge the error.
Ya see, the premise of this blog is that, with the rare exception, I stick to 45s I actually own. This puts me, and those who do like-wise, at a disadvantage to those who post files from "whatever" source. Our source material is usually more limited, invariably more expensive, and often takes some major effort to come by.
To my mind this means those who hunt down actual hard copies of rare recordings [in whatever medium] are worthy of a little respect. That's why I think an apology is due those whose rips I posted recently. More than most folks, I should know better.
If that means I'm a vinyl [or hard copy] snob, then so be it, I'm a snob. But I don't post other people's rips without acknowledging the source, and in the future, if I want to post anyone else's, I will ask permission first and not just presume it's ok.
While I understand that from the listening end there may be very little difference between a vinyl rip and a purely digital file, from this end the difference is huge.
[pic is of my heavy rotation stack]