So today I returned to the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht instead of a 3rd day at the Den Bosch fair. Utrecht is half way between Den Bosch and the airport, so made a stop over for old time sake
In truth I had rumours that there would be some records as part of the general collector fair. I was even told that one dealer had 100.000 record on show
Well that was true on both counts. One area of the fair was taken over by a gated area where there were at least 100K records. However the whole approach was more like a supermarket/ prison, the staff all wore the same branded tops and what about the records? Well...
I spent about 20 minutes going through the alphabetised singles, went from W to S and found ZILCH
It was mainly 80s stuff, totally over-priced and crap that should be destined to landfill
Leaving the area in disgust, I then stumbled upon 3-4 dealers scattered around the main hall and found some nice stuff
Of particular note is The Riats. How did a Dutch band n 1967 end up recording 2 Velvet Underground tunes from the first album.
Although I missed the emotional and social buzz of Utrecht fair when I was at Den Bosch, I will reserve judgement in term of its merit and how special it might become. Change is never easy, so let's see what happens in November