One of the most unusual labels on the British scene at the end of the 70s – a small indie that first began by issuing sounds from the US, but which then went onto have a strong role in the growing new wave and Brit pop scene of the time – before moving into world music in their later years! The mix of cuts here is quite surprising at first, but soon falls into a cohesive groove – especially when Oval Records
hit that point when they were becoming the farm team for acts that would break later on bigger labels – including a few entries here that might come as a real surprise! The package is very well done – the usual Ace Records
sensitivity to the history behind the music – and given that Oval Records
titles never got much circulation on our side of the Atlantic, the whole thing's a real revelation to American listeners like us. Titles include "Lucky Number" by Lene Lovich, "One Heart One Song" by Pete Fowler, "The Lull" by Reluctant Stereotypes, "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" by Holly & The Italians, "Rhythm On The Radio" by ABC, "Mumbo Jumbo" by Woodhead Monroe, "Don't Depend On Me" by Direct Drive, "We'll Be Together" by Bosca, "Highlife Time" by George Darko, "The Jack That House Built" by Jack N Chill, "C'Est La Danse" by African Connexion, "Brickyard Blues" by Helen Shapiro, "I'm On A Rocket" by Harry Kakoulli, "English Guns" by Airstrip 1, "Don't Be Mistaken" by First Light, and "Hippy Street" by Local Heroes SW9.