Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Dusty Springfield, and the BBC

I just posted a couple of Dusty Springfield albums. I want to make this separate post to explain what I've done, 'cos it's a bit complicated.

In a larger picture sense, I've been using the audio editing programs Spleeter and X-Minus recently. One thing that I've been able to use that for is improving the quality of the BBC sessions I've posted here, wiping out the BBC DJs talking over the song intros while keeping the music. I've been systematically redoing all the BBC albums I've posted, and I just finished fixing Dusty Springfield's albums.

But while I was doing those fixes, I found a bunch of performances I'd previously missed. Rather than write updates on the various albums, which most people will probably fail to notice, I'm simply going to list them here. These are the added songs and the albums they're on:

Mockingbird - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 1
Won't Be Long - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 1
Time after Time - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 2
Live It Up - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 2
Meditation - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 3
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 4
Haunted - Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 4
Round Every Corner - On TV and Radio, Volume 1
Tell All the World about You - On TV and Radio, Volume 2
Maria Christina - On TV and Radio, Volume 3
Can'’t We Be Friends - Pick Yourself Up - Let'’s Get Away from It All - On TV and Radio, Volume 3
We Can Work It Out - The Long and Winding Road - On TV and Radio, Volume 8
Of All the Things - On TV and Radio, Volume 8
Baby I Need Your Loving - On TV and Radio, Volume 8

I also deleted a different version of "Tell All the World about You" from a later volume (maybe 4? I forget) because this one sounds a lot better.

A couple of the volumes were over an hour long already, and these extra songs made them longer still. So that's why I split a couple of them up, which resulted in the two albums I've just posted, " Alternate TV and Radio Appearances, Volume 3" and "On TV and Radio, Volume 8."

But if you're interested in her music, please don't just download those two. Most of the songs on them were on previous versions of albums that got reshuffled. But I've made changes all the way through all these albums. For one thing, I've fixed the volume balances between songs. For another, I improved how I got rid of the BBC DJs talking over the music. I also redid the mp3 tags to make it easier for people who use iPhones to play albums as a whole. And I found slightly better sounding versions of some songs here and there.

Oh, finally, I changed the names of all the albums. Previously, the volume numbers weren't a part of the titles. But now they are.

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