But the Beloved and I like flea markets, and although we have never made it to Lambertville’s flea market at the right just-after-sunrise time to see all its wares spread out at once, we enjoy walking around through the tables of what must now be called “mid-century American vernacular furnishings,” which sometimes translates to the objects you recall from the Fifties and would not want to have in your house, and sometimes it means McCoy pottery, sheet music, and . . . recordings.
The outdoor flea market had little we wanted, so we found ourselves in one of the buildings that surround it, which was called “the Golden Nugget.” In it, I wandered through an autograph dealer’s shop and poked through bookshelves. Finding little to interest me on the first floor, I went upstairs, and there, at the end of the corridor, I encountered
THE RECORD RACK
“Vinyl From All Eras”
I saw a great number of neatly arranged 78 rpm records. Early Pathes. Albuns of twelve-inch jazz 78s. Crosby reissues on mid-Forties Brunswick. A bin full of Commodore recordings from that same period. Many many swing and dance band and vocal recordings from the late Twenties on to the Fifties. All of these delights were reasonably priced (a rare record went for eleven dollars; the Commodores were two dollars).
I was thrilled, and although I bought only two items, they were enchanting. One is a Swaggie vinyl recording of an Australian jazz group — Roger Bell and His Pagan Pipers — featuring Bell’s originals, one of which is fetchingly titled ALL SHE WORE WAS A HECTIC FLUSH.
The other had a rim crack which had been neatly repaired: it was a 1939 Vocalion by a Johnny Hodges small group. Incidentally, I believe “goon” comes from a Popeye character, Alice the Goon, which might explain Sammy Price’s THE GOON DRAG.
What was equally delightful was that the young man in charge, Brooke Sudlow, was enthusiastic and well-informed. We got into conversation about the music I was excited by, and it led to Brooke’s pleasure in listening to and playing Maxine Sullivan — so he is more than a purveyor of old records.
I do not ordinarily use this blog to plug businesses, but I think that Brooke’s business (he runs it with Pat Doron) deserves your attention. Here is what we now call “contact information,” and I know if readers are also looking for a mint copy of a Buddy Holly recording, they have a very good chance of finding it through Brooke and Pat . . . fairly priced, too.
Brooke’s phone is 609.712.2751; Pat’s is 609.462.2894. Someone’s email is email@example.com., and the Record Rack itself is located at 1850 Route 29, Lambertville, New Jersey 08530. And those Commodores might still be there . . . !