The start of a wonderful label – the legendary LA imprint Kent Records – home to some excellent soul, blues, and R&B in its early years – plus a handful of rockers, too! The label is one that often worked in budget territory, but had some killer talent – and their early run of recordings finally gets its due here – in a package that features a whopping 48 tracks in all, 30 of which have never been on CD before! Big names are here – like BB King and Etta James – but there's also loads of other lesser-known artists too, who really fill in the space between
the cracks – and offer up a very vivid picture of west coast R&B in the immediate pre-soul years. As always with Ace, the presentation and notes are superb – and titles include "You You You" by Van Robinson, "South's Gonna Rise Again" by Jesse James, "Ballad Of Stagger Lee" by the Senders, "The Fool" by BB King, "Sweet Lovin Honey" by Don Cole, "Baby Baby Every Night" by Etta James, "Hey Little Mama" by The Barker Brothers, "Dance The Thing" by Floyd Dixon, "Unlock The Lock" by Jimmy Nelson, "That's My Baby" by Artie Wilson, "Bye Bye Baby" by Chuck Tequila Rio, and "Without You" by Hal Davis.