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                                                                             The Debutantes from Destroy That Boy (courtesy Jan McClellan)

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Packshot photography by Louise Hilton

                                                                                       Ace Records, 42-50 Steele Road, London NW10 7AS
Bob Dylan, when asked why he played so much old music on his Theme Time Radio Hour show,
                                                                                                                         hits hits hits
                                                                                                                         Whether crafted by genius producers, cooked up by barely sane independent record company guys
said ‘Because there is more of it’. And indeed there is an awful lot of it, you have no idea how much                    or stumbled upon after one too many beers, the hit record contains a little magic that insinuates its way
and frankly even we have no idea how much more there is and we have been doing this since 1975.                          into the ear, sticking to the relevant brain cells whether wanted or not. There is no formula for making a
The Ace archivists just keep discovering new old recordings that might as well have been made                            hit, they just happen, or more often than not – they don’t, for the hit record is a rare thing.
yesterday. Like any great art form, recorded music endures, retaining its strength and its quality over                  Somewhere along the career path of even the most adventurous artist there is almost certain to be a
decades.                                                                                                                 hit record, or at the very least a blatant attempt at one. Though for some that hit was the career.
Ace aims to bring you the very best of it in a succinctly annotated, attractively packaged way with                      In the Golden Age the hit came as a 45 rpm seven-inch and lasted anywhere from 1:14 to around
absolutely top-notch sound and to this end has teams of hugely knowledgeable music historians,                           2:27. It was this leanness, this lack of excess that made them a delight; it was all over before you had
designers with a keen eye for the right period look and highly-skilled trained audio engineers joyously                  a chance to think about it and left behind a fleeting memory of something wonderful.
producing hand-crafted CDs and vinyl.                                                                                    Of course these old hit records can be pure nostalgia, pushing emotional buttons, throwing you back
Sure Shots aims to be a quick and easy way into this wonderful world of sound, wisdom,                                   into the moment, but they are also little works of art, miniature existential miracles and if you don’t have
entertainment, hilarity, absurdity, turmoil, in fact the full panoply of human emotion and experience.                   a stack of them in your heart, then something sure is missing.
The very fact that you have read this far encourages us to believe that you share an obsession with
recorded music, its history, its context and all things bright and beautiful about it. So welcome to
what will hopefully be a long, strange and rewarding trip.

                                                                                                                         Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 1 CDCHD 289 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 2 CDCHD 445 l Golden Age
                                                                                                                         of American rock’n’roll, Vol 3 CDCHD 497 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 4 CDCHD 500 l Golden Age of American
                                                                                                                         rock’n’roll, Vol 5 CDCHD 600 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 6 CDCHD 650 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll,
                                                                                                                         Vol 7 CDCHD 700 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 8 CDCHD 750 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 9 CDCHD 800
                                                                                                                         l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 10 CDCHD 850 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Vol 11 CDCHD 1200 l Golden

                                                                                                                         Age of American rock’n’roll, special Country edition CDCHD 845 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, special Novelty
                                                                                                                         edition CDCHD 980 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, special Doo Wop edition CDCHD 1000 l Golden Age of American
                                                                                                                         rock’n’roll, special Doo Wop edition, Vol 2 CDCHD 1230 l Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Follow-up hits CDCHD 1190 l
                                                                                                                         Golden Age of American rock’n’roll, Bubbling under CDCHD 1050
                                                                      Barbara Brown (courtesy Simply Grand Music, Inc)
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girl zone
Here come the girls! From Ace’s earliest days, there’s always been a place in our hearts for music’s
feminine side. Every few months since then has seen a new release to keep girl pop aficionados
satisfied – whether single artist sets and twofers or multi-act series and themed compilations. The
Where The Girls Are collections zone in on the 1960s girl group sound, paying special attention to the
                                                                                                                                                        Where the GIrLs Are, Vol 5                         DestroY thAt BoY: More GIrLs                           eArLY GIrLs, Vol 2 CDCHD 657
rare and obscure: think castanets, anguished teen sirens, Svengali-esque producers and mini-sonatas                                                     CDCHD 823                                          WIth GuItArs CDCHD 1224                                Brought to you by the team behind our flagship
                                                                                                                                                        Among the delights on this volume in the           Genuine axe-toting female combos form the              Golden Age Of American Rock’n’Roll series, the
about dancing and boyfriends (sometimes deceased). Get the picture? The Early Girls series, on the                                                      long-running series are a host of gems from        basis of this edgy collection of beat group,           Early Girls compendiums explore feminine pop
other hand, is drawn entirely (well, almost) from Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 of the pre-Beatles era.                                                  the environs of the Brill Building, most making
                                                                                                                                                        their CD debut. Laura Nyro rubs shoulders with
                                                                                                                                                                                                           garage band and freak beat platters with an
                                                                                                                                                                                                           international twist. Ann-Margret produced by Lee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of the early rock era, encompassing solo artists,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  groups and male outfits fronted by a girl lead.
                                                                                                                                                        some great black girl groups – she would have      Hazlewood, anyone?                                     Key artists: MARCIE BLANE l RuBY & THE
                                                                                                                                                        been proud.                                        Key artists: THE DEBuTANTES l THE LIvERBIRDS           ROMANTICS l TIMI YuRO l THE PIPS l ANN-
                                                                                                                                                        Key artists: THE POPPIES l THE OPALS l PEGGY       l KAREN vERROS l THE WHAT FOuR l THE                   MARGRET l THE BONNIE SISTERS l BARBIE
                                                                                                                                                        LIPTON l THE PuSSYCATS l THE ORCHIDS               TERMITES l THE FEMININE COMPLEx                        GAYE l THE ExCITERS l LESLEY GORE

                                                                                                                                                        the Best oF rePArAtA & the                         the CLICKettes Meet the FAshIoNs                       CoNNIe FrANCIs – roCKIN’ CoNNIe
                                                                                                                                                        DeLroNs CDCHD 1066                                 CDCHD 1095                                             CDCHD 1245
                                                                                                                                                        These exotically monikered New York dolls are      To connoisseurs of doo wop, the Clickettes are         No slowies allowed. By a mile the most successful
                                                                                                                                                        one of the most respected acts of the girl group   one of the most revered girl groups. Spanning          female artist of the pre-British Invasion era,
                                                                                                                                                        era. With the Wall of Sound epic ‘I’m Nobody’s     1958 to 1962, this collection comprises the            Connie rocks, bops and boogies on this bumper
                                                                                                                                                        Baby Now’ they came very close to beating          teenage outfit’s complete recordings, including        comp, tackling up-tempo material with the same
                                                                                                                                                        the Shangri-Las and the Ronettes at their own      decks cut as the Fashions and previously               gusto she applied to her Neapolitan ballads.
                                                                                                                                                        game.                                              unissued numbers.                                      Key titles: FALLIN’ l GONNA GIT THAT MAN
                                                                                                                                                        Key titles: CAPTAIN OF YOuR SHIP l WHENEvER        Key titles: BuT NOT FOR ME l BECAuSE OF                l ROBOT MAN l I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS
                                                                                                                                                        A TEENAGER CRIES l TOMMY l SHOES l                 MY BEST FRIEND l LOvER’S PRAYER l TO BE A              WINTER l DON’T EvER LEAvE ME l EIGHTEEN
                                                                                                                                                        SATuRDAY NIGHT DIDN’T HAPPEN l PANIC               PART OF YOu l WARM, SOFT AND LOvELY                    l LOvE EYES l LOLLIPOP LIPS

                                                                                                                                                        BoY trouBLe: GArPAX GIrLs                          JACKIe DeshANNoN – You WoN’t                           CoNDItIoN reD! the CoMPLete
                                                                                                                                                        CDCHD 1005                                         ForGet Me: the CoMPLete LIBertY                        GooDees CDCHD 1291
                                                                                                                                                        Want obscure? Look no further. Only eight          sINGLes, Vol 1 CDCHD 1243                              As 1968 drew to a close the golden age of girl
                                                                                                                                                        tracks here have previously seen the light of      In the early 60s, the beautiful Jackie was known       groups had seemingly been and gone. Then
                                                                                                                                                        day, released on miniscule logos such as Big       as the writer of hits for Brenda Lee, the Searchers    along came Condition Red, a cleverly-produced
                                                                                                                                                        Ben. The rest are previously unissued numbers      and others, but she also made great recordings         psychodrama enacted a trio of foxy teenagers
                                                                                                                                                        from the vaults of maverick Hollywood-based        of her own. Here’s the proof in all its nascent folk   from the suburbs of Memphis. Includes seven
                                                                                                                                                        producer Gary Paxton.                              rock glory.                                            unissued titles.
                                                                                                                                                        Key artists:     THE REv-LONS l BEvERLY            Key titles: NEEDLES AND PINS l WHEN YOu                Key titles: CONDITION RED l JILTED l FOR A
NIPPoN GIrLs CDWIKD 288                                                                                                                                 WILLIAMS l MARY SAENz l DIANA DAWN l THE           WALK IN THE ROOM l FADED LOvE l TILL YOu               LITTLE WHILE l DOuBLE SHOT l ANGRY EYES l
The brainchild of Cha Cha Charming’s Sheila Burgel (a former Tokyo resident), this compendium of hits and obscurities celebrates the female forebears   FASHIONETTES l MARY SAxTON                         SAY YOu’LL BE MINE l I’M GONNA BE STRONG.              WOuLD YOu, COuLD YOu
of J-pop. Ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous … sometimes in the same song, according to one reviewer. Konichiwa!

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with a little help
from our friends
The Ace in-house team of compilers, writers and men who probably should have spent more time in
the snooker hall, need no introduction and have been providing top quality Ace releases for many a
year. But once in a while we like to invite in a stranger, sit them down and make them feel welcome
in the Ace compiling room (four walls, no windows and a pile of records). They can be DJs, legends,
just have a good idea, or be all of the above, but they do have a pretty good idea of what it is that
we do, so these compilations nestle comfortably with the rest of the catalogue and most of them are
better snooker players than the Ace compilers.
Charlie Gillett’s The Sound Of The City and Making Tracks are among the most essential books any
music lover could own. Many who have read them were also devoted listeners to Honky Tonk, his
weekly show on BBC Radio London. To say we’re proud to be the home of Charlie’s Honky Tonk
compilation is an understatement. Likewise with Gaz Mayall’s Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues and Pete Wiggs
and Bob Stanley’s Songs For The Dog & Duck, the sequel to the Saint Etienne guys’ Songs For
Mario’s Café set of yore. Released with the full approval, input and encouragement of Bob Dylan,
Theme Time Radio Hour comprises tracks drawn from his satellite radio series, each show a musical
history lesson unto itself (not to mention a Herculean challenge for our licensing department).                                  theMe tIMe rADIo hour WIth Your host BoB DYLAN: seAsoN 1 CDCH2 1202 (2CD)
                                                                                                                                 45 years after being officially declared spokesman for a generation, Bob Dylan really tells it like it is on his Theme Time Radio Hour shows. Displaying an
                                                                                                                                 eclecticism very much in tune with the times, a remarkable range of music is covered across a 75-year time span. As reflected on this Ace double CD
                                                                                                                                 most tracks are from the past, but when asked why he played so much old music, the reply was “because there is more of it”. A veritable feast for the ears.
                                                                                                                                 Seasons 2 and 3 are also available, plus a swanky slipcase to house the set.
                                                                                                                                 Note: For the voice of Bob Dylan, please refer to the radio programme.
                                                                                                                                 Key tracks: TuRN YOuR RADIO ON – GRANDPA JONES l SEvEN NATION ARMY – THE WHITE STRIPES l ME AND MY CHAuFFEuR BLuES – MEMPHIS
                                                                                                                                 MINNIE accompanied by LITTLE SON JOE l I DRINK – MARY GuATHIER l EAT THAT CHICKEN – CHARLES MINGuS l TOMMY GuN – THE CLASH l AIN’T
                                                                                                                                 GOT THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THIS DRINK – GEORGE zIMMERMAN & THE THRILLS with the BuBBER CYPHERS BAND l MAMA TRIED (THE BALLAD FROM
                                                                                                                                 KILLERS THREE) – MERLE HAGGARD l CRY TOuGH – ALTON ELLIS & THE FLAMES l BEATNIK’S WISH – PATSY RAYE & THE BEATNIKS l CHAIN OF FOOLS
                                                                                                                                 – ARETHA FRANKLIN l MONA – BO DIDDLEY

                                                                                                                                 hoNKY toNK: ChArLIe GILLett’s                        sAINt etIeNNe PreseNts soNGs For                    GAZ’s roCKIN’ BLues CDCHD 1071
                                                                                                                                 rADIo PICKs CDCHD 1242                               the DoG & DuCK CDCHD 1244                           Gaz Mayall’s Soho nightspot is about as close as
                                                                                                                                 From his seminal books through to his 70s radio      The soundtrack to a night of drinking and pop       London gets to a juke joint, pumping out a diet of
                                                                                                                                 show and beyond into the world of world music, the   philosophising as found in an unlikely mix of       rockin’ blues and R&B into the wee small hours.
                                                                                                                                 late and very much missed Charlie Gillett did more   glam rock, soul and rockabilly on the jukebox       And just like the club this compilation jumps, jives
                                                                                                                                 for the taste in and knowledge of music than most    in a Soho boozer. (The pub in question doesn’t      and will occasionally harmonise to give you the
                                                                                                                                 people could ever manage. This tip of the iceberg    actually have a jukebox, but hey.)                  flavour of a night at Gaz’s place. Though you will
                                                                                                                                 compilation is as good a place to start as any.      Key tracks: HIGH FLuTIN’ BOOGIE – JOHN              have to provide your own sweat down the walls.
                                                                                                                                 Key tracks: SHOPPIN’ FOR CLOTHES – THE               SCOTT l SMOKE RINGS – LES PAuL & MARY               Key tracks: YAMA YAMA PRETTY MAMA –
                                                                                                                                 COASTERS l CALL ME THE BREEzE – J.J. CALE            FORD l ROCK-N-BONES – ELROY DIETzEL &               RICHARD BERRY l GOOD ROCKIN’ DADDY –
                                                                                                                                 l LET’S HAvE A PARTY – AMOS MILBuRN l                THE RHYTHM BANDITS l I CAN’T GET THROuGH            ETTA JAMES l SHE’S DYNAMITE – B.B. KING l
                                                                                                                                 SuLTANS OF SWING (DEMO) – DIRE STRAITS               – BILL ODDIE                                        SHAKE HOLLER AND RuN – JOHN LEE HOOKER
                                              The Stanley Brothers from Theme Time Radio Hour Season 1 (courtesy King Records)
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the songwriters
Music publisher Max Dreyfus – head of Chappell Music and the dean of New York City’s allegorical
Tin Pan Alley – once said, “Always take care of your writers. Without them you are nothing”. Max
knew a good songwriter when he heard one (Richard Rodgers, for example) and we like to think we
do too, although we specialise in a more modern era.                                                                GoFFIN & KING: A GerrY GoFFIN &                     GLItter & GoLD: WorDs & MusIC BY                     Do-WAh-DIDDY: WorDs & MusIC BY
Concentrating on the 1960s and 50s, over the last few years Ace has built up a fine catalogue of                    CAroLe KING soNG CoLLeCtIoN                         BArrY MANN & CYNthIA WeIL                            eLLIe GreeNWICh & JeFF BArrY
                                                                                                                    1961-1967 CDCHD 1170                                CDCHD 1212                                           CDCHD 1203
writer-based compilations. In addition to those featured here, the series includes collections of the               In addition to milestone performances, this         Still together today, their ability to move and      It was with this duo – the most successful of the
                                                                                                                    indispensable set includes some spellbinding        adapt with the musical times – switching from girl   1960s Brill Building songwriting teams – that Phil
work of Lee Hazlewood, Pomus & Shuman, Leiber & Stoller, Ashford, Simpson & Armstead, van                           rarities. Al Kooper contributes an exclusive        group sounds to gritty city soul to smooth soft      Spector co-penned many of his most famous
McCoy, Bo Diddley, Ernie Maresca and others. There are more in the pipeline too.                                    interview with Goffin to the booklet. Second
                                                                                                                    volume is just as good.
                                                                                                                                                                        pop with consummate ease – always kept this
                                                                                                                                                                        urbane couple ahead of the game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             teen symphonies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Key tracks: I CAN HEAR MuSIC – THE BEACH
                                                                                                                    Key tracks: HE’S IN TOWN – THE TOKENS l             Key tracks: IT’S GETTING BETTER – MAMA CASS          BOYS l OuT IN THE STREETS – THE SHANGRI-
                                                                                                                    HALFWAY TO PARADISE – TONY ORLANDO l                l HuNGRY – PAuL REvERE & THE RAIDERS l               LAS l I’LL TAKE YOu WHERE THE MuSIC’S
                                                                                                                    I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE – P.J. PROBY                  MAGIC TOWN – THE vOGuES                              PLAYING – THE DRIFTERS

                                                                                                                    BreAK-A-WAY: the soNGs oF JACKIe                    oN VINe street: the eArLY soNGs                      A soLItArY MAN: the eArLY soNGs
                                                                                                                    DeshANNoN 1961-1967 CDCHD 1208                      oF rANDY NeWMAN CDCHD 1186                           oF NeIL DIAMoND CDCHD 1235
                                                                                                                    Jackie was one of the most in-demand                Newman is one of the greatest exponents of the       Like numerous of his contemporaries, prior to
                                                                                                                    songwriters of the 60s, providing material for      songwriting craft America has ever produced.         his commercial breakthrough as an artist Neil
                                                                                                                    everyone from the Fleetwoods to the Byrds. This     Numbers penned for other performers – before         Diamond struggled through several dues-paying
                                                                                                                    bumper collection features solo compositions        he found his own voice as a performer – are the      years as a freelance songwriter. Find the best –
                                                                                                                    and songs co-written with Jimmy Page, Jack          foundation of this well-received collection.         indeed most – of his early work on this comp.
                                                                                                                    Nitzsche and Sharon Sheeley.                        Key tracks: SIMON SMITH AND THE AMAzING              Key tracks: GLORY ROAD – ARTHuR ALExANDER
                                                                                                                    Key tracks: DON’T DOuBT YOuRSELF, BABE – THE        DANCING BEAR – THE ALAN PRICE SET l I DON’T          l CHERRY CHERRY – THE MuSIC MACHINE l
                                                                                                                    BYRDS l WHEN YOu WALK IN THE ROOM – THE             WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE – SCOTT WALKER l             LOOK OuT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) – THE
                                                                                                                    SEARCHERS l BREAK-A-WAY – IRMA THOMAS               vINE STREET – vAN DYKE PARKS                         MONKEES l LOvE TO LOvE – BILLY DAvIS

                                                                                                                    WILD thING: the soNGs oF ChIP                       ALWAYs soMethING there: A                            You BABY: WorDs & MusIC BY P.F.
                                                                                                                    tAYLor CDCHD 1229                                   Burt BAChArACh CoLLeCtors’                           sLoAN & steVe BArrI CDTOP 1264
                                                                                                                    From the Troggs to Aretha. When artists that        ANthoLoGY 1952-1969 CDCHD 1195                       This talented pair wrote scores of memorable
                                                                                                                    diverse record your songs, you know you’re          Rarities abound on this two decade-spanning          songs in every style from dance craze to hot rod
                                                                                                                    doing something right. This set features solo       set of songs from Burt and his various lyricists,    to girl group to surfing to novelty to R&B to faux-
                                                                                                                    compositions and collaborations with Ted Daryll,    ranging from his first recorded composition to an    British Invasion to folk rock. Comes with epic
                                                                                                                    Al Gorgoni, Jerry Ragovoy, Wes Farrell and Billy    obscure Dionne Warwick flipside that somehow         10,000 word 28 page booklet.
                                                                                                                    vera, plus an interview with Chip in the booklet.   managed to avoid any of her albums.                  Key tracks: LET ME BE – THE TuRTLES l
                                                                                                                    Key tracks: WILD THING – THE TROGGS l ANGEL         Key tracks: THEY DON’T GIvE MEDALS TO                ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE – THE 5TH
                                                                                                                    OF THE MORNING – MERRILEE RuSH l I CAN’T            YESTERDAY’S HEROES – BEN E KING l CRAzY              DIMENSION l YOu BABY – THE MAMAS & PAPAS
                                                                                                                    LET GO – EvIE SANDS l I CAN’T WAIT uNTIL I SEE      TIMES – GENE vINCENT l DREAM SWEET                   l I FOuND A GIRL – JAN & DEAN l SuMMER
                                                                                                                    MY BABY’S FACE – ARETHA FRANKLIN                    DREAMER – DIONNE WARWICK                             MEANS FuN – BRuCE & TERRY
                                                                     Jackie DeShannon (courtesy Jackie DeShannon)
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southern soul
Not just a geographic location but also a state of heart and mind, Southern Soul has, like much
American music, been identified by European fans and largely defined by them. Back in the days
when American music was largely regional, studios sprang up in the Southern states, often with
regular house bands that developed their own distinctive sound. Generally the singers were black,
                                                                                                                                                   Arthur ALeXANDer – the GreAtest                      Luther INGrAM – I DoN’t WANt to                        JAMes CArr – the CoMPLete
but often the bands had black and white players and it was this mix of sensibilities that produced                                                 CDCHD 922                                            Be rIGht: the Ko Ko sINGLes, Vol 2                     GoLDWAX sINGLes CDKEND 202
                                                                                                                                                   No self-respecting beat combo in the early 60s       CDKEND 292                                             For the sheer amount of pain and pathos in his
such unique music. Steve Cropper once said that he thought he was playing country until Otis                                                       would dare go on stage without knowing at            One of the truly great, restrained, intense and        vocal delivery, James Carr is head and shoulders
Redding sang and suddenly it was R&B. This approach was combined with understatement to lend                                                       least one Arthur Alexander tune. John Lennon
                                                                                                                                                   in particular was very familiar with Arthur’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                        devastating soul ballads of all time is If Loving
                                                                                                                                                                                                        You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want To Be Right) and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               above any other soul man. No doubt his turbulent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               life and fragile mental state contributed heavily
the whole thing an air of authenticity that bared the soul, an honesty in performances not swathed                                                 understated way of insinuating himself into a song   Luther Ingram’s 1972’s smash hit version nails it.     to the feeling of despair in much of his work:
                                                                                                                                                   and this is still the bedrock of Southern Soul.      His Ko Ko 45s and LPs are musts for early 70s          uplifting none the less.
in production.                                                                                                                                     Key titles: ANNA (GO TO HIM) l YOu’RE THE            soul fans.                                             Key titles: THE DARK END OF THE STREET l A
                                                                                                                                                   REASON l SOLDIER OF LOvE l A SHOT OF                 Key titles: YOu’vE GOT TO GIvE LOvE TO GET             MAN NEEDS A WOMAN l POuRING WATER ON
Arguably Southern Soul was born at the end of 1961 when two seminal records came out within                                                        RHYTHM AND BLuES l YOu BETTER MOvE ON                LOvE l I CAN’T STOP l MISSING YOu l PuTTIN’            A DROWNING MAN l YOu’vE GOT MY MIND
a month of each other. First was William Bell’s gospel-tinged You Don’t Miss Your Water cut in                                                     l GO HOME GIRL                                       DOWN GAME                                              MESSED uP l I’M A FOOL FOR YOu

Memphis for Stax. That was followed by Arthur Alexander’s moody ballad You Better Move On
recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Here was a record with intense emotion that was not a
blues and between them, these 45s provided the template for some of the 20th century’s most
compelling music.

                                                                                                                                                   JIMMY huGhes – steAL AWAY: the                       the oVAtIoNs FeAturING LouIs                           DorIs DuKe – I’M A Loser: the sWAMP
                                                                                                                                                   eArLY FAMe reCorDINGs CDKEND 324                     WILLIAMs – the GoLDWAX reCorDINGs                      DoGG sessIoNs AND More CDKEND 242
                                                                                                                                                   Jimmy Hughes epitomises the contradictions           CDKEND 246                                             A record that is much about its producer Jerry
                                                                                                                                                   often felt in black American culture when it         Much more than the Sam Cooke sound-a-like              Williams (aka Swamp Dogg) as it is about the
                                                                                                                                                   comes to “the devil’s music”. Straight from a        voice of Louis Williams, the Ovations were that rare   singer Doris Duke. It’s also about the naked
                                                                                                                                                   gospel background his second record pretty           thing: a Southern Soul group and with the accent       emotion in the, at times, pitiless lyrics. Restrained
                                                                                                                                                   much started the genre known as the “cheating        on “soul”. They took a broader view of what soul       musical power combined with unrestrained lyrical
                                                                                                                                                   song”. It became the first hit on the Fame label     meant than some of their contemporaries, but           content.
                                                                                                                                                   and Jimmy never looked back.                         the music retained that distinctive sparseness.        Key titles: HE’S GONE l GHOST OF MYSELF l
                                                                                                                                                   Key titles: A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLuES l             Give the guys a big hand.                              TO THE OTHER WOMAN (I’M THE OTHER WOMAN)
                                                                                                                                                   NEIGHBOuR, NEIGHBOuR l STEAL AWAY l YOu              Key titles: I’vE GOTTA GO l I KNOW YOu DON’T           l I DON’T KNOW HOW (TO FALL OuT OF LOvE
                                                                                                                                                   MIGHT AS WELL FORGET HIM                             WANT ME l DON’T CRY l I’M LIvING GOOD                  WITH YOu) l IF SHE’S YOuR WIFE (WHO AM I)

                                                                                                                                                   BArBArA & the BroWNs – CAN’t FIND                    sPeNCer WIGGINs – the GoLDWAX                          shreVePort southerN souL – the
                                                                                                                                                   hAPPINess: the souNDs oF MeMPhIs                     YeArs CDKEND 262                                       MurCo storY CDKEND 178
                                                                                                                                                   reCorDINGs CDKEND 278                                Memphis-born singer Spencer Wiggins was                Never mind the bright lights of Stax and Atlantic,
                                                                                                                                                   Proof if it was needed that Memphis was a            brought up next door to the tradition, never           this here is the little label telling the little guy’s (and
                                                                                                                                                   hotbed of fabulous soul singers are these 20         wanting to do anything but sing, be it gospel          gal’s) story of sadness and regret. At times they
                                                                                                                                                   sides from the lesser-known Barbara Brown. Her       or soul. He achieved that ambition playing club        were unashamedly inspired by the greats at the
                                                                                                                                                   debut 45 was on Stax, but it is these later sides    dates and recording throughout the 60s. A              big labels but this was a far cry from those. Dee
tAKe Me to the rIVer: A southerN souL storY 1961-1977 KENTBOx 10 (3CD Set)                                                                         where she really comes into her own.                 lesser-known artist to many but to aficionados         Marais was typical of the indy label owner of the
Welcome to one of many possible Southern Soul stories, any one of which could be reconfigured into a Tennessee Williams novel. These 75 songs of   Key titles: CAN’T FIND NO HAPPINESS l IT             one of the greats.                                     time, finding the talent, producing the records and
love, lust, cheating and hope define the human condition and lift the soul with their musical harmony.                                             HuRTS ME SO MuCH (TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AND             Key titles: ONCE IN A WHILE (IS BETTER THAN            promoting the result.

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fun time
Every now and then we here at Ace Towers take a break from excavating discographical databases
                                                                                                                                                                  vinyl, disc, wax or platter it really doesn’t matter what you call it, be it seven-inches across or 12, it
or spooling through the vast archive of multiple takes on the tapes and kick back and have a little                                                               feels good, looks good, plays good and would probably taste good under the right circumstances.
funtime. In the golden ages of the 50s and 60s, novelty records were surprisingly successful and                                                                  It has to be the only inert object that arouses such passion, such adoration and its appeal is
as the technology improved the opportunity to make funny noises with speeded-up tapes and other                                                                   enduring. This new-fangled Compact Disc is all very well and good, but it’s in a drawer, you can’t
devices proved irresistible to many producers in search of a hit, regardless. They were mostly aimed                                                              see it playing, there is no needle bouncing around dangerously in a groove threatening to skip at
directly at teens and the appeal was to the juvenile sense of humour or even angst. But they retain an                                                            any moment. You can grab a record from the deck, chuck it in a sleeve, grab another one and
often quaint charm, tapping into our younger selves. Wow, it went all serious and psychologicalistic                                                              throw it on, lower the tone arm and pow – instant joy.
there for a moment and that’s not the point, mostly its just plain stupid and none the worse for it.                                                              vinyl really got going in 1948 with CBS’s Long Playing 12-inch black disk spinning at 331/3 rpm
                                                                                                                                                                  up against RCA’s seven-inch rpm platter in beautiful coloured wax. ultimately they both won and
                                                                                                                                                                  so did the public as they bought millions of copies of both formats in fabulous sleeves with great
                                                                                                                                                                  labels and at times excitingly-shaped centres on the 45s. The argument as to whether vinyl sounds
                                                                                                                                                                  better than CD will rage forever, but when it comes to true love, vinyl wins every time.

DeAD! the GrIM reAPer’s GreAtest                      these GhouLIsh thINGs: horror                        GreAt GooGA MooGA CDCHD 880
hIts CDCHD 1100                                       hIts For hALLoWe’eN CDCHD 1070                       These 26 indisputable truths from some of the
Hey, you’re only dead once but it sure lasts a        It’s a monster mash up for the season of the         finest minds in rock’n’roll almost certainly contain
long time, so while you’re still hangin’ around,      witches, warlocks, werewolves, mummys,               the answer to the meaning of life, the universe
why not have a little fun with the more amusing       vampires, zombies and things that go bump in         and everything and it isn’t 42. But it is also a
side of eternity. These paeons to premature           the night. A parade of ghouls from the twilight      hilarious romp through the outer limits of musical
passing are certainly loaded with tragedy, but        zone twist and scream in a musical feast of horror   taste with a menu of gibbering, mumbling and
their sheer kitsch naivety combined with naked        humour guaranteed to scare the living daylights      verbal pyrotechnics that will leave you reeling in
emotion make them irresistible. Well that’s if your   out of young and old. Yeah – really – watch out      the face of their sheer profundity.
sense of humour stretches to 24 ways to leave         behind you behind you. Oh NO!!!                      Key tracks: RuBBER BISCuITS – THE CHIPS
the planet, mostly suddenly.                          Key tracks: DRAC’S BACK – BILL DE MARCO &            (MüLLER vITALITY AD) l BIP BOP BIP – PRETTY
– JODY REYNOLDS & THE STORMS                          MILTON DELuGG & ORCHESTRA                            PENGuINS (BAILEYS AD)

FeLINe GrooVY CDCHD 1168                              BeAtLeMANIACs!!! CDCHD 1075                          GoLDeN AGe oF AMerICAN
For all you sophisticated cats out there, this        Yeah! Yeah Yeah! with the occasional No!! No!!,      roCK’N’roLL, sPeCIAL NoVeLtY
purrrfect CD soundtrack to the feline lifestyle       but mostly in praise of the fab-est of foursomes     eDItIoN CDCHD 980
is also guaranteed to delight and to amuse cat        as they became the coolest guys on the planet        Novelty records were the court jesters of
lovers as well as their owners everywhere. So         and everyone wanted-in on the action. Such           rock’n’roll, tapping into the fears, obsessions,
sit back and relax with a nice bowl of milk and       was their success that hundreds of tributes and      fads and cultural mores of the time, using sci-fi,
languish in these 24 tuneful delights. Compiled       covers were spawned, along with some gear            horror movies and Tv characters as their main
by cool cats for cool cats (and kittens).             answer records. Immerse yourself vicariously in      sources of inspiration. Here are the 30 that
Key tracks: CLEO – RENE HALL l THE SIAMESE            the screaming mayhem.                                brightened up the charts and put a smile on
CAT SONG – LEE ANN SIMMS l SNEAKIN’ uP ON             Key tracks: I’LL LET YOu HOLD MY HAND                everybody’s face.
YOu – PEGGY LEE l WHAT’S NEW PuSSYCAT –               – THE BOOTLES l WE LOvE THE BEATLES                  Key tracks: MARTIAN HOP – THE RAN-DELLS l
TOM JONES                                             (BEATLEMANIA) – THE vERNON GIRLS                     THE BLOB – THE FIvE BLOBS

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from seattle
to the medway
delta (with                                                                                                            uPtIGht toNIGht: the uLtIMAte 60s
                                                                                                                       GArAGe CoLLeCtIoN CDWIKD 255
                                                                                                                       A fistful of chords and a lot of attitude is what
                                                                                                                       makes a great garage band and compilations
                                                                                                                                                                               the stANDeLLs – hot hIts AND hot
                                                                                                                                                                               oNes: Is thIs the WAY thAt You Get
                                                                                                                                                                               Your hIGhs CDWIKD 114
                                                                                                                                                                               The Standells were the most commercial of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the soNICs – PsYCho-soNIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CDWIKD 115
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Distortion didn’t know what hit it the day the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sonics got hold of it and throttled it to within an

                                                                                                                       really don’t come on any better than this. This is      garage bands, but we don’t hold that against            inch of its life. Do not be put off by the five guys in
                                                                                                                       the one way in to the glorious noise of crashing        them. Sunset Strip’s finest tore up the Whiskey-        cardigans on the cover – this is nuclear and how
                                                                                                                       guitars, screaming organs and rasping vocals.           A-Go-Go, appeared in low rent movies, wrote             did Seattle survive it? Compiling their no-holds-
                                                                                                                       Key artists: THE LITTER l THE MuSIC MACHINE             four great garage anthems and had a neat line           barred Etiquette sessions, this is the ultimate
                                                                                                                       l FLASH & THE MEMPHIS CASuALS l THE                     in Stones covers.                                       Sonics anthology.
                                                                                                                       vAGRANTS l DENISE & COMPANY l MOuSE &                   Key titles: DIRTY WATER l SOMETIMES GOOD                Key titles: THE WITCH l PSYCHO l LOuIE LOuIE
                                                                                                                       THE TRAPS l THE SONICS l THE OuTCASTS l                 GuYS DON’T WEAR WHITE l MEDICATION l                    l STRYCHNINEv l HAvE LOvE, WILL TRAvEL l
                                                                                                                       THE uNRELATED SEGMENTS l THE CASTAWAYS                  19TH NERvOuS BREAKDOWN                                  DIRTY ROBBER

Back in the 60s when the sound of the British Invasion swept the uSA, young Americans from coast
to coast grew their hair long, affected the English (via Italy) dress sense (with a touch of Ivy League)
and had a rave up. In many cases they took it that bit further out and in the process they invented
the garage sound.
Though not known for extremes, the Northwest city of Seattle produced some of the furthest out
sounds and spawned the wildest of the wild in the shape of the Sonics.
Some 20 years on and Mickey and the Milkshakes with Billy Childish brought it back home in the wake
of the uK’s Punk Rock explosion in the unlikely setting of the Medway in the Thames Delta, just south
of London in an unfashionable way. The Milkshakes in turn inspired another bunch of bored teens in                     reQuIreD etIQuette CDWIKD 224                           Mouse & the trAPs – the FrAterNItY                      the PrIsoNers – the LAst
                                                                                                                       Out Of Our Tree, the opening track here by the          YeArs CDWIKD 171                                        FourFAthers CDWIKM 223
Seattle and 10 years later Mudhoney, Nirvana et al were all the rage, but that’s another story.                        Wailers, sets the tone for this rant through the        Fronted by Ronnie “Mouse” Weiss, the greatest           Straight out of the early Mod handbook, Medway’s
                                                                                                                       history of Seattle’s finest label, Etiquette Records.   Dylan impersonator ever to deny the influence           Prisoners deliver slashing guitars, a mammoth
But the disaffected youth of Seattle were not the only ones to go into their garages and emerge                        A tribute to its owner, producer and Wailer Buck        (oh, come on), the Traps were from Texas and            Hammond B3 sound and impassioned vocals
fuelled up. In Los Angeles, Sunset Strip had a riot of its own and deep in the heart of Texas they                     Ormsby. The Sonics’ tracks here are taken for
                                                                                                                       the first time directly from the 2-track tape that
                                                                                                                                                                               in Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice made a record
                                                                                                                                                                               that could rip your ears off if you play it too loud.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that went on to influence the next generation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       They had too much passion to contain in one
risked life and limb to be longhairs in the land of the longhorns.                                                     the band actually recorded onto. Rock’n’roll            Key titles: A PuBLIC ExECuTION l MAID OF                band so they finally crashed and burned.
                                                                                                                       dementia in hi-fi.                                      SuGAR, MAID OF SPICE l NOBODY CARES l                   Key titles: NOBODY WANTS YOuR LOvE l NIGHT
And so at the dawn of hippiedom America raged and all those years later in the middle of Thatcherism                   Key artists: THE WAILERS l THE SONICS l PAuL            CRYIN’ INSIDE l LIE, BEG, BORROW AND STEAL              OF THE NAzGuL l THINKING OF YOu (BROKEN
                                                                                                                                                                               l I AM THE ONE                                          PIECES) l I AM THE FISHERMAN
the London-based garage bands snarled in the uK.                                                                       BEARER & THE HEARSEMEN l THE BOOTMEN

                                                                                                                       the MILKshAKes – 20 roCK’N’roLL                         the tALL BoYs – FuNtIMe CDWIKD 175                      sINGLe MINDeD CDWIKD 109
                                                                                                                       hIts oF the 50s & 60s CDWIKM 20                         From a small dark corner of the garage come             Take a dog-eared copy of the definitive 60s
                                                                                                                       If the Hamburg Beatles had recorded in a garden         the larger darker Tall Boys fronted by Nigel Lewis      psychedelic garage compilation LP Nuggets,
                                                                                                                       shed with Joe Meek producing, then they would           recently estranged from seminal psychobillies the       a handful of beat group 45s, add a little psych
                                                                                                                       have sounded like this. The Medway Sound in all         Meteors. He certainly retained the psycho aspect        pop and stir it up in a sweaty north London club
                                                                                                                       its lo-fi glory from the men who created it.            in this dangerous twist to the garage ethos. Even       in the 1980s. You get this antidote to the bland
                                                                                                                       Key titles: JAGuAR AND THE THuNDERBIRD l                Bernard Goetz bought a copy of Brand New Gun            and 20 years after the previous rage against the
                                                                                                                       COMANCHE l MONEY (THAT’S WHAT I WANT) l                 – but then it is about him.                             anodyne.
                                                                                                                       BOYS l HIDDEN CHARMS l I WANNA BE YOuR                  Key titles: BRAND NEW GuN l THROuGH A                   Key artists: THE DELMONAS l THE ESCALATORS
                                                                                                                       MAN l HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE l RIP IT uP l I’M               GLASS l RIDE THIS TORPEDO l ACTION WOMAN                l THE STING-RAYS l THE vIBES l THEE
                                                                                                                       GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND CRY (OvER YOu)                 l DRAGSTER                                              MILKSHAKES l THE PRISONERS

                                                                              The Prisoners (courtesy the Prisoners)
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cult heroes
The dictionary definition of cult invariably refers to religion, worship, idolising; though deification of
any of these artists is something of an exaggeration, they all certainly inspire devotion in their fans
that at times is beyond the purely rational. The attention to detail in Ace CDs encourages this and
as what was known as the “oldies” business has matured, a whole new generation of people have
                                                                                                                                                        DIoN – BorN to Be WIth You/                            Pet ProJeCts: the BrIAN WILsoN                         Lee hAZLeWooD – these Boots Are
been introduced to artists in such a way as to see (and hear) them in a different light.                                                                streetheArt CDCHD 793                                  ProDuCtIoNs CDCHD 851                                  MADe For WALKIN’: the CoMPLete
                                                                                                                                                                                                               It would seem that Brian Wilson was more               MGM reCorDINGs CDCHM2 860 (2CD)
This is not about nostalgia, the fleeting pleasure of that old hit you danced to down the disco all those                                               From streetwise finger-clickin’ 50s doo woppin’
                                                                                                                                                        rock’n’roll star to the voice that fronted the sound   comfortable conducting the band rather than            Maybe if Lee Hazlewood had concentrated on
years ago. This is about (re)introducing great artists with something magic about them, changing the                                                    of Phil Spector at his most grandiose, Dion            playing in it, and this CD brings together 23          doing one thing he would have been more famous,
                                                                                                                                                        DiMucci always had smarts and the voice to go          single sides he produced outside the Beach             but then he wouldn’t have been Lee Hazlewood,
perspective to hear performances as new, as fresh as the moment they were first recorded.                                                               with them. He could float vocally like a butterfly     Boys between 1963 and 1972 – from the faintly          DJ, songwriter, producer, label-owner and on these
                                                                                                                                                        and sting emotionally like a bee, and still can.       absurd to the absolutely sublime, but always           exceptional late 60s sides performer as well.
It is hard to define a cult artist. Often less than successful in their time but not necessarily dragged                                                Key titles: BORN TO BE WITH YOu l YOuR OWN             impeccable.                                            Key titles: SuMMER WINE l I MOvE AROuND
from the shadows of obscurity, they can even have had a spectacular career or two over the years                                                        BACK YARD l (HE’S GOT) THE WHOLE WORLD IN              Key artists: RACHEL & THE REvOLvERS l THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                               HONEYS l GLEN CAMPBELL l THE LAuGHING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      l MY AuTuMN’S DONE COME l DARK IN MY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HEART l THIS TOWN l LITTLE WAR l MY BABY
                                                                                                                                                        HIS HANDS l IN AND OuT OF THE SHADOWS l
involving chart records. But what defines the cult artist is inventiveness, intensity and an enduring                                                   THE WAY YOu DO THE THINGS YOu DO                       GRAvY l SHARON MARIE l GARY uSHER                      CRIED ALL NIGHT LONG

quality that transcends the zeitgeist to be an influence on successive generations of musicians and
a joy for successive generations of irrational fans.

                                                                                                                                                        heArING Is BeLIeVING: the JACK                         JohN FAheY – the LeGeND oF BLIND                       ABout tIMe: the terrY CALLIer storY
                                                                                                                                                        NItZsChe storY 1963-1978 CDCHD 1030                    Joe DeAth CDTAK 1002                                   1965-1982 CDBGPD 199
                                                                                                                                                        Essentially Jack Nitzsche was the guy with his         Once upon a time, say around 1959, a group             In early 90s London a mix of mainly 70s jazz
                                                                                                                                                        name at the bottom of the label under Arranged         of friends collected pre-war jazz, blues and           and soul coagulated around the Acid Jazz
                                                                                                                                                        by… but that humble credit belies the brilliance       hillbilly 78s, venturing into the southern states to   banner with countless performers coaxed out of
                                                                                                                                                        of a man who was so much more. In a 40-year            “canvass” for them. The young John Fahey was           obscurity, retirement or Midwest American lounge
                                                                                                                                                        career he was also producer, composer and              one such collector and the shellac got into his        bars to delight the new young hip scenesters.
                                                                                                                                                        musician and had an encyclopaedic knowledge            blood and turned him into a remarkably prolific,       The results were often mixed, but Terry Callier
                                                                                                                                                        of music that informed an immense talent.              inventive guitarist with the most original take on     transcended all possible expectations, leaving
                                                                                                                                                        Key tracks: NEEDLES AND PINS – JACKIE                  some very arcane music.                                an indelible impression on all who heard him.
                                                                                                                                                        DESHANNON l SISTER MORPHINE – MARIANNE                 Key titles: DESPERATE MAN BLuES l ON DOING             Key titles: YOu GOIN’ MISS YOuR CANDYMAN l
                                                                                                                                                        FAITHFuLL l RuMBLE – JACK NITzSCHE                     AN EvIL DEED BLuES l uNCLOuDY DAY                      I DON’T WANT TO SEE MYSELF (WITHOuT YOu) l
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOOK AT ME NOW l ORDINARY JOE

                                                                                                                                                        LINK WrAY – eArLY reCorDINGs                           LIttLe WILLIe JohN – NINeteeN sIXtY                    the ZoMBIes – oDesseY AND
                                                                                                                                                        CDCHM 6 (also available on vinyl CH 6)                 sIX: the DAVID AXeLroD & h.B. BArNuM                   orACLe CDWIKM 181
                                                                                                                                                        Link Wray, the man who put the kerrrannnnnggg          sessIoNs CDKEND 305                                    One of the all-time cult favourites, the zombies’
                                                                                                                                                        into the electric guitar, was introduced to many       James Brown was a fan, cutting an album called         masterpiece is presented on this mid-price
                                                                                                                                                        a young rocker in the mid-70s through these            Thinking About Little Willie John...And A Few          package in both mono and stereo versions
                                                                                                                                                        mid-60s instrumentals, enticing them into a life       Nice Things while he was on King Records, the          with unissued bonus tracks. Also available
                                                                                                                                                        of debauchery. Down, dirty and downright nasty         label Little Willie John had just left when he made    as 12-track Hip Pocket (CDHP 025) and vinyl
                                                                                                                                                        rock’n’roll. Not for the fainthearted.                 these recordings. Willie died soon after and they      (WIKD 181) editions.
LIsteN to the VoICes: sLY stoNe IN the stuDIo 1965-1970 CDCHD 1255                                                                                      Key tracks: BATMAN THEME l ACE OF SPADES               remained in the vaults until Ace issued them over      Key titles: TIME OF THE SEASON l CARE OF
When it comes to extreme career curves, Sly Stone takes the biscuit, eats it and wants another one. Our two volumes of his production work provide an   l JACK THE RIPPER l BLACK WIDOW l HIDDEN               40 years after they were made.                         CELL 44 l CHANGES l A ROSE FOR EMILY
insight into the complex, perverse and definitely sly mind of the irrepressible Mr Stone. He covers everyone from the Kinks to himself – in French.     CHARMS l RuN CHICKEN, RuN l THE SHADOW                 Key tracks: WELCOME TO THE CLuB l                      l I WANT HER, SHE WANTS ME l BuTCHER’S
Key artists: THE FRENCH FRIES l JOE HICKS l FREDDIE & THE STONE SOuLS l LITTLE SISTER l THE BEAu BRuMMELS l BILLY PRESTON                               KNOWS l I’M BRANDED                                    SuFFERING WITH THE BLuES                               TALE (WESTERN FRONT 1944)

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About as far from Pat Boone as you can get are the true believers in the power of rock’n’roll to                               roCKABILLY PsYChosIs & the
                                                                                                                               GArAGe DIseAse CDWIK 18 (also available
                                                                                                                                                                                     ChArLIe FeAthers & MAC CurtIs –
                                                                                                                                                                                     roCKABILLY KINGs CDCHD 1053
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WANDA JACKsoN – QueeN oF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            roCKABILLY CDCHD 776
raise hell, whilst speaking in tongues and letting most all of everything hang out. Fuelled by the                             on vinyl WIK 18)                                      Charlie Feathers would be equally at home in           She had a date with Elvis for real and a date
increasingly powerful radio stations broadcasting across America, post-war teens came out of the                               Carpet-chewing, head-banging, foot-stomping,
                                                                                                                               hip-shaking, knee-trembling, mind-blowing,
                                                                                                                                                                                     our Cult Heroes section, so revered is he in
                                                                                                                                                                                     rockabilly circles, but his idiosyncratic way with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with history as the fiercest female rocker of her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            day. Wanda tears into a song with the most
MOR closet and ignited by the spark that was Elvis, quiffed or bouffanted their hair and cut loose                             hair-raising, eye-popping, scary rock’n’roll and      hiccupping vocal and uncanny ability to bop have       remarkable rasping vocal and a “don’t mess with
                                                                                                                               that’s just the first track. For over 25 years this   him and label-mate Mac Curtis firmly among the         me” attitude that obviously attracted the hillbilly
from the restraints of austerity. Suddenly anyone could be a rock’n’roll star, with a few chords and                           has been the introduction to the outer limits, the    great rockers of the 50s.                              cat and that she carried with her into the 21st
                                                                                                                               ultimate trip into musical madness. You have                                                                 century.
a backbeat and enough attitude to carry it off. As the big companies were slow to get it daddy-o,                              been warned.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Key tracks: ONE HAND LOOSE l BOTTLE
                                                                                                                                                                                     TO THE BABY l I CAN’T HARDLY STAND IT l                Key titles: MEAN, MEAN MAN l FuJIYAMA MAMA
indie record labels sprang up to fill the void, and into the void was sucked the weird, the wonderful,                         Key tracks: LOvE ME – THE PHANTOM (LP ONLY)
                                                                                                                               l SuRFIN’ BIRD – THE TRASHMEN
                                                                                                                                                                                     GRANDADDY’S ROCKIN’ l GOOSEBuMPS l IF I                l HONEY BOP l LET’S HAvE A PARTY l HOT
                                                                                                                                                                                     HAD ME A WOMAN                                         DOG! THAT MADE HIM MAD l FuNNEL OF LOvE
the wild and the downright demented.
Some 30 years later these demented teens inspired a whole new desire to take apart rock’n’roll and
reconstruct its constituent parts into a brand new monster. And so it came to pass that the meek
may have inherited the earth, but the sun, the moon and the stars were domain of extreme rock’n’roll
and long may it wail.

                                                                                                                               the Meteors – teeNAGers FroM                          roDDY JACKsoN – CeNtrAL VALLeY                         roCKet IN MY PoCKet: the
                                                                                                                               outer sPACe CDWIK 47                                  FIreBALL CDCHD 1161                                    hIPster’s GuIDe to roCKABILLY
                                                                                                                               Raised on a diet of B movies and B-side               “If it hadn’t been for my musical talent, I would      MusIC CDCHD 1268
                                                                                                                               rockabilly 45s carved out of ancient wax, the         have been a nerd,” confessed Roddy Jackson,            No sooner had Elvis had his first brush with
                                                                                                                               Meteors turned it up past 11 as the audience          but best not suggest that to him. Despite the long     success on Sun Records than every independent
                                                                                                                               hung on for a hair-raising ride through a hellish     thin blond look, Roddy and his mixed Mexican,          record label in the South went in search of
                                                                                                                               blood splattered sci-fi, graveyard landscape in       black and white band the Blue Notes tore up            another hillbilly cat who might rock the bobby
                                                                                                                               3D and black and white. Reinventing the 50s as        California’s Merced County scene for a brief but       socks off the young girls and drive the young
                                                                                                                               nightmare in the 80s.                                 incendiary couple of years in the late 50s, leaving    men wild with jealousy. This soundtrack to Max
                                                                                                                               Key titles: vOODOO RHYTHM l RADIOACTIvE KID           these few recordings in his wake.                      Décharné’s latest book features 28 of them.
                                                                                                                               l MANIAC ROCKERS FROM HELL l GRAvEYARD                Key titles: HICCuPS l I’vE GOT MY SIGHTS ON            Key artists: DALE vAuGHN l GENE MALTAIS l CARL
                                                                                                                               STOMP l DOG EAT ROBOT                                 SOMEONE NEW l JuKE BOx BABY                            PERKINS l ROCKY BILL FORD l JIMMY LLOYD

                                                                                                                               DeAN CArter – CALL oF the WILD                        VINCe tAYLor – Jet BLACK LeAther                       the CrAMPs – A DAte WIth eLVIs
                                                                                                                               CDWIKD 213                                            MAChINe CDCHD 1213                                     CDWIK 46
                                                                                                                               How Dean Carter was not incarcerated for his          Welcome to the crazy world of vince Taylor and         Lux Interior and Ivy Rorschach knew how far too
                                                                                                                               destruction of Jailhouse Rock we will never know,     the man who made the best ever British rock’n’roll     far could go and went beyond it. For most groups
                                                                                                                               but this Midwest mid-60s collision of garage and      record, was the inspiration for ziggy Stardust, was    it is a career or even a calling, for the Cramps it
                                                                                                                               Elvis is a time-warped amalgam of everything          covered by the Clash and eventually developed          was a whole world that they inhabited and they
                                                                                                                               rock’n’roll probably shouldn’t be. To be taken in     a messianic complex in keeping with his status         introduced a new generation to it from the late
                                                                                                                               small doses as it might just do your head in.         as a true legend, a true star.                         70s on with incredible records and devastating
                                                                                                                               Key titles: JAILHOuSE ROCK l REBEL WOMAN l            Key titles: BRAND NEW CADILLAC l JET BLACK             stage shows of terminal rock’n’roll.
                                                                                                                               CALL OF THE WILD l SIzzLIN’ HOT l YOu TEAR            MACHINE l MY BABY LEFT ME l MY BABE l                  Key titles: HOW FAR CAN TOO FAR GO? l THE
                                                                                                                               ME uP l BLACK BOOTS l MARY SuE l I GOT A              WHAT’CHA GONNA DO (WHEN YOuR BABY                      HOT PEARL SNATCH l PEOPLE AIN’T NO GOOD
                                                                                                                               GIRL l SHADOW OF EvIL                                 LEAvES YOu) l I’LL BE YOuR HERO                        l CAN YOuR PuSSY DO THE DOG? l KIzMIAz
                                                               Vince Taylor (courtesy Roger viollet Collection/Getty Images)
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guitar heroes
Rarely is the old adage that less is more, truer than when applied to the ancient and mystic art of
the guitar solo. In fact there is a view that any solo is too long and that rhythm is all that is required
from the men of the plank. But if chords were all they played, we would be deprived of the elegiac
tones of the great bluesmen that make the guitar gently weep, bringing a tear to the eye and a lump
                                                                                                                        FuNKADeLIC – MAGGot BrAIN                             LINK WrAY – KING oF the WILD                          the Best oF eLMore JAMes: the
to the throat. In the hands of our heroes the guitar has a voice of its own and can be put to work in                   CDSEWM 202 (also on vinyl SEW 002)                    GuItAr CDCHD 1143                                     eArLY YeArs CDCHD 853
                                                                                                                        The exception to the brevity theory of guitar solos   Second to none when it comes to playing with          It may have been mainly about one guitar riff,
the interests of many different styles of music and it isn’t always about dexterity or technique. The                   is Eddie Hazel’s tour-de-force on the title track     the volume set permanently at 11, Link Wray           but what a visceral riff it was and it launched
one-note solo can be as effective as the most energetic of glissandos.                                                  here. Nine minutes and 45 seconds of epic wah
                                                                                                                        wah-drenched mayhem that shows the emotional
                                                                                                                                                                              extracts screams, roars and strangulations out of
                                                                                                                                                                              an electric guitar producing a totally unique audio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a thousand blues bands. Elmore James was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the heir to the great pre-war bluesman Robert
The first solid-bodied electric guitar wasn’t commercially available until the late 40s but it soon                     range that can be achieved by a guitar in the         experience that does not depend on anything           Johnson’s crown and gave an insight into how
                                                                                                                        hands of a true hero of the instrument. Give that     as demure as a geetar solo. A one-man wall of         Johnson might have sounded had he lived.
became all the rage and before too long the centrepiece of the small combo as amplification allowed                     man a medal.                                          sound, barrage of noise – wallow in it.               Selected tracks: DuST MY BROOM l I HELD MY
loud without the need to hire a small army of musicians. So the high loudness to portability ratio                      Key titles: MAGGOT BRAIN l HIT IT AND QuIT IT
                                                                                                                        l SuPER STuPID
                                                                                                                                                                              Key titles: RuMBLE l MuSTANG l I’M BRANDED
                                                                                                                                                                              l THE WILD ONE l APACHE l BARBED WIRE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BABY LAST NIGHT l I BELIEvE l HAWAIIAN BOOGIE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    l PLEASE FIND MY BABY l HAND IN HAND
combined with the relative ease with which an acceptable noise can be extracted from it has
positioned the electric guitar as the instrument of choice for would-be and actual guitar heroes.

                                                                                                                        FreDDY KING – BLues GuItAr hero                       the “5” roYALes – CAtCh thAt                          IKe turNer & hIs KINGs oF rhYthM
                                                                                                                        CDCHD 454                                             teArDroP CDCHD 1055                                   – IKe’s INstruMeNtALs CDCHD 782
                                                                                                                        More than any of the other old blues guitar kings,    Highly regarded as vocalists, the “5” Royales         One of the great rock’n’roll innovators, Ike Turner
                                                                                                                        this man influenced the 60s British school of         are often cited as the first soul group. But they     had a long career as bandleader, producer,
                                                                                                                        guitar gods, with Eric Clapton and Fleetwood          are here because of Lowman “El” Pauling, the          Svengalli and guitar picker extraordinaire. A
                                                                                                                        Mac’s Peter Green both covering Freddy King           guitarists’ guitarist, the master of understatement   wildly inventive player who up to late in life was
                                                                                                                        sides early on in their careers. Texas blues,         and a big big influence on that other guitar hero,    still knocking them dead with a fantastic range of
                                                                                                                        raised in Chicago.                                    Stax’s Steve Cropper. The title track currently       innovative playing.
                                                                                                                        Key titles: HIDEAWAY l SAN-HO-zAY l SIDE              commands £300 on the Northern Soul circuit.           Key titles: THE NEW BREED (PT 2) l THE
                                                                                                                        TRACKED l JuST PICKIN’ l IN THE OPEN l                Key titles: TAKE ME WITH YOu BABY l SHE DID           ROOSTER l TWISTIN’ THE STRINGS l CuBANO
                                                                                                                        SHE PuT THE WHAMMY ON ME l LONESOME                   ME WRONG l I GOT TO KNOW l I’M GONNA                  JuMP l CuBAN GETAWAY l ALL THE BLuES ALL
                                                                                                                        WHISTLE BLuES l I’M TORE DOWN                         TELL THEM l SOLID ROCK GOOF BALL                      THE TIME

                                                                                                                        B.B. KING – the Best oF the eArLY                     LoNNIe MACK – MeMPhIs WhAM!                           CLAreNCe WhIte – tuFF & strINGY/
                                                                                                                        YeArs CDCHD 1150                                      CDCHD 713                                             sessIoNs 1966-1968 CDWIKD 227
                                                                                                                        If it’s blues uptown, down home, swingin’ like        The combination of a Gibson Flying v guitar with      Most famously a member of the Byrds but
                                                                                                                        crazy, or stinging, B.B. King has the lot. His        a whammy bar and a great knowledge of blues,          that was only a tiny part of Clarence White’s
                                                                                                                        early career as a disk jockey gave him access         gospel and country produced the Lonnie Mack           career; for many years he was a top session
                                                                                                                        to an enormous range of music and he obviously        sound that reverberated around the uSA grabbing       player. From a bluegrass background and out of
                                                                                                                        absorbed all of it. But regardless of the style it    the ears of many a roadhouse band and Stevie          Bakersfield he helped make country music hip
                                                                                                                        is always a B.B. King record, confident and           Ray vaughan among countless others. This set          bringing innovation to what could often be the
                                                                                                                        superbly played.                                      includes eight previously unreleased sides.           sound of staidness.
                                                                                                                        Key titles: B.B. BOOGIE l PLEASE LOvE ME l            Key titles: MEMPHIS l WHAM! l SuSIE Q l               Key tracks: HONG KONG HILLBILLY (AKA
                                                                                                                        EvERY DAY I HAvE THE BLuES l SWEET LITTLE             CHICKEN PICKIN’ l TuRN ON YOuR LOvE LIGHT             NASHvILLE WEST) – CLARENCE WHITE l MAKE
                                                                                                                        ANGEL l CATFISH BLuES                                 l TENSION (PT 1)                                      uP YOuR MIND – THE SPENCERS
                                                                                   Ike Turner (courtesy Getty Images)
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she’s on chess
The transition from the 1950s to the 1960s signalled the commercial decline of some record
                                                                                                                                                                  For once in our history we are stacking them high and selling them cheap with four samplers to give
companies. Not so with the Chess group of labels of Chicago, whose progression to sophisticated                                                                   you the flavour of Ace over the past 30 years. Rather than deliver all the hits, these collections are
soul from raunchy R&B and blues was seamless. For lovers of vintage female soul, there are few                                                                    here to entertain, amuse and at times surprise. 80 cuts of great music across four bargain-priced
better sources. Always rootsier than Motown in not so far away Detroit, Chess and sister logos Argo,                                                              CDs.
Checker and Cadet boasted a truly spectacular stable of soulful sisters.

                                                                                                           suGAr PIe DesANto – Go Go PoWer:
                                                                                                           the CoMPLete Chess sINGLes
                                                                                                           1961-1966 CDKEND 317
                                                                                                           The complete Chess singles of one of the
                                                                                                           original female stars of soul, including three great
                                                                                                           duets with her homegirl Etta James and a corking
                                                                                                           previously unissued bonus track. Many titles new
                                                                                                           to CD.
                                                                                                           Key titles: SOuLFuL DRESS l I DON’T WANNA
                                                                                                           FuSS l GO GO POWER l THERE’S GONNA BE
                                                                                                           TROuBLE l IN THE BASEMENT l SLIP-IN MuLES              ACe reCorDs sAMPLer Vol 1: BLues & r&B CDCHK 1076                                    ACe reCorDs sAMPLer Vol 2: Doo WoP & roCK’N’roLL
                                                                                                                                                                  This set opens with the three of the kings of the Blues: Elmore, the Wolf            CDCHK 1077
                                                                                                                                                                  and John Lee, though the current indisputable King, B.B., makes a                    The samplert is a real rollercoaster of a ride – baby baby this is rock’n’roll,
                                                                                                                                                                  wonderfully low-key appearance later. We go down home for a couple of                but not necessarily as you know it. There is some pretty intense stuff here,
                                                                                                                                                                  cuts from Drifting Slim and Joe Hill Louis, before heading way out west with         from Danny Boy’s almost psychotic plea (in his best Elvis) for his baby to
                                                                                                                                                                  some cool LA sounds from John Watson and Pee Wee Crayton, just two                   stay, through to Marvin Phillips and friend telling it like it is in a Bo Diddley
                                                                                                                                                                  of the great guitarists to be found here. Check the lyric on Big Duke’s Hey          style. Instrumentals are handled by the Jive-A-Tones in their best laid-back-
                                                                                                                                                                  Dr Kinsey: never has an academic report on sexual proclivities been put              in-the-Cramps-groove style and the incomparable Link Wray, the only man
                                                                                                                                                                  to music with such deep-felt passion. Of all people Ike Turner cools things          to appear on two compilations here. There is a moment’s respite from all
                                                                                                                                                                  out with a fine rockin’ instrumental. The set closes with a beautiful soulful        this wild man stuff with the Shields heartfelt plea, “Aw shucks, you cheated”.
                                                                                                                                                                  performance from Little Johnny Taylor.                                               But no cheating here; this is all bona fide rockin’ and doo woppin’.
                                                                                                                                                                  Key artists: ELMORE JAMES l HOWLING WOLF l JOHN LEE HOOKER                           Key artists: DALE WRIGHT & THE WRIGHT GuYS l BOBBY DAY l THE
                                                                                                                                                                  l JOHNNY “GuITAR” WATSON l B.B. KING l IKE TuRNER                                    PENGuINS l LINK WRAY l ETTA JAMES l JOE HOuSTON

                                                                                                                                                                  ACe reCorDs sAMPLer Vol 3: GArAGe BeAt & PuNK                                        ACe reCorDs sAMPLer Vol 4: souL & FuNK CDCHK 1079
                                                                                                                                                                  roCK CDCHK 1078                                                                      It’s Soul/Funk time as Ace DJs and compilers Ady Croasdell and Dean
                                                                                                                                                                  The third volume kicks off with Have Love Will Travel, the Richard Berry classic     Rudland shake out some talc on the floor for a smooth ride into the heart of
MIttY CoLLIer – shADes oF MIttY                      Where the GIrLs Are, Vol 3                            ettA JAMes – Who’s BLue? rAre                          as mangled by the Sonics. Stable-mates the Wailers are next up, a pretty             soul. It opens with the Dave Hamilton instrumental Brother Ratt, kicking into
CoLLIer: the Chess sINGLes                           CDCHD 745                                             Chess reCorDINGs FroM the 60s                          good way to start any garage band selection. The Spiders featured here are           the sublime Make Me Yours from Bettye Swann and following with Mary
1961-1968 CDKEND 301                                 This delicious compendium of pop-soul augments        AND 70s CDKEND 345                                     not from Mars, but from Japan, where they were doyens of the GS scene                Love’s Stoney Face. Some Northern, courtesy Bobby Angello and Toby
All of the elegant Mitty’s Chess A-sides, plus a     Chess’ hometown sound with masters licensed           Never before has there been a collection of Etta’s     in the 60s, as indeed were our own spookily named zombies. We then                   Lark, some Psychedelic soul by Phillip Mitchell, and back to basics with
dozen great previously un-reissued flips, together   from indie producers in Washington, New York,         Chess recordings like this set of almost entirely      return to the garage, though this time for the 80s revival, kicking off with Billy   Johnny King and Fatback’s Peace, Love Not War. The luscious sounds
painting a portrait of an artist whose work will     Philly and Detroit, adding a dash of variety to the   new to CD soul, funk and jazz album cuts and           Childish’s second group Thee Milkshakes and four tracks later their girlfriends      of Millie Jackson drop effortlessly into the streetwise reality of Ann Alford’s
illuminate the life of any soul music lover. Spans   company’s already formidable female roster.           B-sides from the 60s and 70s. Out soon.                the Delmonas. For four years in the early 80s these garage bands were the            Got To Get Me A Job. Oh and there is one of the finest from Memphis: the
the whole of the 60s.                                Key artists: JAN BRADLEY l JACKIE ROSS l              Key titles: SEvEN DAY FOOL l I’M SORRY FOR             only people left standing up for real music by real men (and women) against a        late and indubitably great Mr James Carr. Have mercy and as the Ikettes
Key titles: I HAD A TALK WITH MY MAN l I’M           FONTELLA BASS l ETTA JAMES l SuGAR PIE                YOu l YOu CAN COuNT ON ME l THAT MAN                   plethora of haircuts and trousers worn by men playing ironing boards.                suggest be thankful.
YOuR PART TIME LOvE l NO FAITH, NO LOvE l            DESANTO l MITTY COLLIER l THE GEMS l THE              BELONGS BACK HERE WITH ME l TAKE OuT                   Key artists: THE SONICS l MOuSE & THE TRAPS l THE zOMBIES l THE                      Key artists: BETTYE SWANN l MARY LOvE l JOHNNY KING & THE
SHARING YOu l WALK AWAY                              STARLETS l THE LOvETTES                               SOME INSuRANCE                                         DAMNED l THE MILKSHAKES l THE PRISONERS                                              FATBACK BAND l MILLIE JACKSON l JAMES CARR l THE IKETTES

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