One of my greatest pleasures over the years has been visiting small places on day trips to search for records, furniture and bric a brac.
Over the weekend I jumped into the 64 Austin Healey, put down the top and cruised south.
I didn’t really know where I would go I just drove and stopped where there was a place to stop.
The weather was beautiful, the car humming and the wind blowing through my hair really made for a spectacular weekend record hunting.
I cruised down to Wollongong with the intention of stopping the night and heading back the following morning. On the way I pulled up in a little place just out of Sydney called Engadine. Most would just think of it as a simple suburban area, but there is something interesting going on in Engadine, I don’t know if it’s deliberate or accidental due to their geographic location but Engadine seems to have rejected all major commercialisation of their shopping precinct.
These days we have become so used to the big brand names that when you roll into a town that doesn’t have them, it really is quite noticeable. Other interesting things was the existence of not one but two “Arcade” shopping corridors, hell, I even found a video rental store with new release videos for $1.50. Oh and by the way, you won’t find a Just Cuts in Engadine if you need your locks trimmed, just a good old fashioned barber with a candy stick pole outside so you don’t miss him. And on subject of the local barber, there are four of them in Engadine, perhaps there is something in the water that makes men’s hair grow faster in good old Engadine!
It certainly was an interesting experience to once again see a traditional shopping strip that had life and vitality and most importantly was well patronized by locals.
Ok , down to the music. I wouldn’t say that it was the most successful trip but I did walk away with two nice additions to the library.
A slightly ripped “Al Caiola- The Golden Guitar And the Manhatten Strings”.
This is a nice album with some fantastic covers like “Taste Of Honey” and ”Theme From A Summer Place”. I love the work of Al Caiola so you know it’s going to be a winner, this record is a little scratched in places so I need to clean it up before thinking about putting it on air.
Sadly with vinyl it can be an issue to get broadcast quality from older recordings so unfortunately many that I collect won’t be heard on the show.
The second album I picked up is “Carlini’s World Of Strings Million Seller Hits of 69.
The album is from 1970 and, like a lot of lesser known bands, it is somewhat difficult to find any information about them. I do know that quite a few themed albums came from the Carlini brand, but that’s about it. Just like the other album I found, this one is filled with covers from the year 1969 and I do love the fact that pop songs like Aquarius get an Orchestoral pop treatment.
All in all a fun trip on the roads south of Sydney.