Cardboard boxes full of records - is there any finer sight in this, or indeed any other, universe?
That picture is from the old Brighton fair, when it was in the main Brighton Centre building. Now it’s in the East Wing, a smaller but equally accommodating venue for the event.
Anyway - I’d missed the last few fairs so thought I’d truck along.
Spirit - Spirit of ‘76. Double vinyl in Ex. con. £6. A rotund chap in his late sixties wanted £8 but I negotiated a £2 discount. It’s got Randy California’s best-ever song on it - Victim Of Society.
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (BY Strategy) VG con. £10. I had all Eno’s song-based '70s albums back in the day - but sold them along the way. They are quite hard to find on vinyl now. The one I bought was not such a great purchase as it’s a bit beaten-up. Worth it to hear The Fat Lady of Limbourg again though. Bought from the stall of a chap who’s nice enough - but I always come away feeling slightly ripped off. He wanted £15 but this would have been sheer robbery.
Just going out of the door at the end of the day and paused at Colin Edgworld’s handsome stall - always bulging with good stuff. He always tries to sell me things that I don’t really want - but this time he picked out an absolute stormer. My request for 'techno - but not boring’ was answered by this fantastic 12" by Karen Gwyer that came out earlier in the year on No Pain In Pop. It has two enormously long drone/pulse/drift workouts that are some of the best stuff I’ve heard this year. Thanks Col.
Also stopped at my old mate’s Rik’s stall. He always manages to find some different gear - and this time he has obtained some nice white label test pressings of Decca reissues from last year. “Those look good” I said. “I’ve had them for ages and you’re the first person to say that” he replied. Rik always sounds amazed and slightly depressed as to what sells and what doesn’t these days. Not wishing to nail the guy to the floor I put in a VERY cheeky bid of £12 for both the Caravan and a World Of Oz white label. Accepted! Deal done.
Off-beat little 7" by Beau Wanzer. Took a chance on this limited edition item by the Long Island Electrical Systems recording star. Seven-inch is probably not the best format for the in-an-ideal-world long-form style of pulsing electronics but nice to get. I think they’ve only made a few.
Also on a 7" tip - picked up this Delia n’ Anthony 7" recorded in 1966 but only just released on the esteemed Trunk outlet. Strange Joe Meek’s Blue-Men style electronics (Delia spent 64 and a ½ hours on this, apparently) coupled with Anthony Newley’s wide-boy vocals. Good fun.
Yet another 7" - this time ersatz Thai funk from The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. Comes with a decent Nick Manasseh dub on the flip.
You can hear these and a few other new acquisitions in my Record Fair Special this Friday and over the weekend on The Daily Show.