Whilst, from a Sellers point of view, the Vinyl Palooza Record Fair was a success, I also was lucky in my personal buys for the home collection. People often say that the Record Fairs in Adelaide are not as good as they used to be – lower numbers and a general lack of enthusiastic pushing and shoving between the isles, reflecting a vibrant music scuffle. But there is always something to grab your attention and it is always worthwhile investigating the boxes, stopping for a sniff and a flip through the vinyl. It is often difficult to find what you want in the small number of surviving local record stores and we tend to go on-line to track down our want lists.
But there is always something at our local Record Fairs. I was able to purchase at excellent prices some new vinyl – Bob Dylan’s new box set – The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) (2013), and the Black Keys two recent albums – El Camino (2011) and Turn Blue (2014) and the Charles Mingus classic set – Ah Hum (1959)
And in a swap of Frank Zappa albums with Frazer from Rocktherapy, I picked up The Buckinghams – Time & Charges (1967), Herbie Hancock’s Magic Windows (1981) and also an early George Benson Jazz/Blues album – Giblet Gravy (1968). Poor swap you think, but I was happy with the exchange which also included an undisclosed amount of cash.
As usual the broad selection of albums from Revolve Records, Erskinville, proved a rich hunting ground and apart from some gems including Dakota Staton, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Bunny Berigan, and Bobby Darin, I picked up several Peggy Lee albums – In love again (1964), The Best of Peggy Lee, Crazy in the heart (1970), Christmas Carousel (1960), Miss Wonderful (1959), Miss Peggy Lee sings the songs of Cy Coleman (1979), Somethin’ groovy! (1967). Too cool.
The Vinyl Junkie from Byron Bay always has records of interest and my find was a Ramsey Lewis album – Maiden Voyage (1968) – relatively rare and a great acquisition.
All in all it was a fun two days and well worth the searching and poking through piles of albums. Good luck on your own searching. Watch out for the next Record Fair at Semaphore on the long weekend in October.