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Masta AceLong Hot Summer ... LP
M3, 2004. Sealed 2LP ... $79.99
A solid early 00s effort from Delicious Vinyl/Cold Chillin survivor Masta Ace – with production by 9th Wonder, Spinna, Dug Infinite and others! Back around 01' Masta Ace caught us off guard with his damn strong Disposable Arts LP – which immediately went on our short list of all time best hip hop comeback LPs – along with Slick Rick's Art Of Storytelling. Ace mines some of the same lyrical territory on this album – with some straight up, no BS storytelling in which he contemplates his status as one of hip hop's true pioneers, a near legend in his own medium who nevertheless has to deal with day jobs and bills. He also dips into less introspective territory, more common street hop stuff, but hits that pretty deftly, too. Tracks include "Big City", "Good Ol' Love", "Da Grind" featuring Apocalypse, "Beautiful", "Soda & Soap" featuring Jean Grae, "The Ways", "Wutuwankno" featuring Edo G, "Oh My God" featuring the Beatnuts & Rahzel and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has bumped corners.)

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Masta AceSon Of Yvonne Remix Instrumentals ... LP
Vinyl Digital, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $12.99
Remixes of the MA Doom joint effort Son Of Yvonne –by a who's who of producers from the German scene – this one honing in on the skillful remixes, no disrespect to Masta Ace's timeless rhyme skills! Includes remixes by Wun Two, ILL Will, Dead Rabbit, Philantrope, Melodiesinfonie, Mr.Mar, Retrogott, Dramadigs, Django, Knowsum, Figub Brazlevic, Scarf Face, Dude26, Kinderzimmerproductions, Flitz & Suppe, Haitian Star and more. 28 tracks in all, including "Intro S Ski's (Wun Two)", title track remixes by DerRalle and Dude26, "Fresh Fest" remixes by DJ Haitian Stars, Kamikazes and Iman Magnetic, "Slow Down (Q-Fingaz)", "Crush Hour (ILL Will)", "Da Pro" remixes by Mr Mar and Philanthrone and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Buddy AceSomething New/From These Roots ... 7-inch
Fidelity, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some pen and a paint spot.)

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✨✧ Ace SpectrumInner Spectrum ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous debut from Ace Spectrum – a harmony quartet who never cracked the charts as much as some of their east coast contemporaries, but who were every bit as great as the bigger names on the east coast scene! The album's got a soaring sound that's strongly influenced by Philly, but recorded in New York – a warmly compressed style that's professional and focused, and beautifully put together with arrangements from Bert DeCoteaux and production by the team of Tony Silvester and Ed Zant. We love the group the best on the mellower cuts – which have a quality that's deeply personal amidst the smoothness – but even the more upbeat tracks are plenty darn great too! Titles include the sublime slow numbers "Moving On" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – plus "Don't Send Nobody Else", "If You Were There", "Pickup", "I Don't Want To Play Around", and "Me & My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a center split spine and some tape along the top seam.)

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✨✧ Ace SpectrumJust Like In The Movies ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of east coast harmony soul – and worth it for the title cut alone! Ace Spectrum are always pretty great, but on this album, they really bust out of the box with some of the most wonderful harmonies they've ever recorded – set to impeccable arrangements by Patrick Adams, who hits the same blend of mellow harmonies and upbeat grooving he did with Black Ivory! Vocals are amazing – right at the height of the east coast generation that also included The Moments, Delfonics, and Stylistics – and the backings are equally wonderful, and make the album one of our favorite 70s releases from Atlantic Records. Titles include "Just Like In the Movies", "Sweet Music Soft Lights & You", "I Can't Keep Holding On", "Sooner or Later", "Magic Touch", and "Live & Learn". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Earl Forest with Bobby Blue Bland & Johnny AceEarl Forest Featuring The Beale Streeters With Bobby Bland & Johnny Ace ... LP
Duke/Ace (UK), Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of early work from the Memphis scene – Duke Records 78 rpm sides from bandleader Earl Forest – who's working here with a very young Bobby Blue Bland on a few tracks, and the great Johnny Ace on another! Even without those talents, the music here is plenty strong – that more sophisticated, jazz-tinged approach to blues material that was bubbling up in Memphis during the 50s – served up here on some rare singles, and a few unissued tracks. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tiny bit of a seam split on top, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Masta AceDisposable Arts (colored vinyl) ... LP
HHV (Germany), 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Masta Ace at the dawn of the new millennium – and we'll go out on a limb and call this one of the best hip hop "comeback" ever! Ace proves he's still got battle stills on "Acknowledge", with some of his best punchlines on record, some amazing self-reflection on "Dear Diary" – how many MC's can rhyme about the ups and downs of their career in hip hop with such brutal honesty – and while those two tracks alone are enough to call it a win, this one holds up from beginning to end on both the rhymes and production side. Other titles include "Too Long", "Don't Understand", "Hold U", "Enuff" "Last Rights" and many more, with guest appearances by Rah Digga, Greg Nice, Punch & Words, King T and others. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Masta Ace & Marco PoloBreukelen Story ... LP
Fat Beats, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rock solid collaboration between classic boombap influenced veteran producer Marco Polo and legendary rhymer Masta Ace – a thoroughly headnodding full length ode to the borough of Brooklyn! Tight, top notch straight forward hip hop all with the way, with guests Pharoahe Monch, Lil Fame, Elzhi and others bringing their A-game, with titles that include "Kings" "Breukelen Brooklyn", "Get Shot", "Still Love Her" feat Pearl Gates, "Man Law" feat Styles P, "Sunken" feat Pav Bundy, "Corporal Punishment" feat Elzhi, "Count Em Up" feat Lil Fame of MOP, "American Me", "God Bodies" feat Trini Boy, "Fight Song" with Pharoahe Monch and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Master AceTake A Look Around ... CD
Cold Chillin, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
His first and best LP from the days when being hardcore and/or sullen was not the first requirement for being an MC. Perfect mid-tempo production by Marly Marl. With Ace's impersonation of Biz Markie on "Me & the Biz", "Letter To The Better", "I Got Ta", "As I Reminisce", "Music Man" and 8 more. CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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✨✧ Masta Ace & Marco PoloBreukelen Story ... CD
Fat Beats, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rock solid collaboration between classic boombap influenced veteran producer Marco Polo and legendary rhymer Masta Ace – a throughly headnodding full length ode to the borough of Brooklyn! Tight, top notch straight forward hip hop all with the way, with guests Pharoahe Monch, Lil Fame, Elzhi and others bringing their A-game, with titles that include "Kings" "Breukelen Brooklyn", "Get Shot", "Still Love Her" feat Pearl Gates, "Man Law" feat Styles P, "Sunken" feat Pav Bundy, "Corporal Punishment" feat Elzhi, "Count Em Up" feat Lil Fame of MOP, "American Me", "God Bodies" feat Trini Boy, "Fight Song" with Pharoahe Monch and more. CD

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✨✧ Master AceBest Of Master Ace – Take A Look Around ... LP
Cold Chillin, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
His first and best LP from the days when being hardcore and/or sullen was not the first requirement for being an MC. Perfect mid-tempo production by Marly Marl. With Ace's impersonation of Biz Markie on "Me & the Biz" plus "Letter To The Better", "I Got Ta", "As I Reminisce", "Music Man" and 7 more. This re-issue omits "Postin' High", which was on the original LP. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Master AceMusic Man (rmx voc, mic master mix, bonus beats, ext version, dub, album) ... 12-inch
Cold Chillin, 1990. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Early 90s Marley Marl production. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Masta AceLong Hot Summer (colored vinyl) ... LP
HHV (Germany), 2004. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A solid early 00s effort from Delicious Vinyl/Cold Chillin survivor Masta Ace – with production by 9th Wonder, Spinna, Dug Infinite and others! Back around 01' Masta Ace caught us off guard with his damn strong Disposable Arts LP – which immediately went on our short list of all time best hip hop comeback LPs – along with Slick Rick's Art Of Storytelling. Ace mines some of the same lyrical territory on this album – with some straight up, no BS storytelling in which he contemplates his status as one of hip hop's true pioneers, a near legend in his own medium who nevertheless has to deal with day jobs and bills. He also dips into less introspective territory, more common street hop stuff, but hits that pretty deftly, too. Tracks include "Big City", "Good Ol' Love", "Da Grind" featuring Apocalypse, "Beautiful", "Soda & Soap" featuring Jean Grae, "The Ways", "Wutuwankno" featuring Edo G, "Oh My God" featuring the Beatnuts & Rahzel and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Long Hot Summer ... LP 79.99

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✨✧ Masta Ace IncorporatedSittin' On Chrome ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A moodier, funkier street rap record from Masta Ace on Delicious Vinyl! Masta Ace's second album under the Incorporated banner really has a lot more going for it creatively than we've given it props for in the past, with some of best tracks even if it got a little bit lost in the shuffle with higher profile 90s hip hop classics. Ace takes on the darker edged style of east coast hip hip at the time without emulating anyone to the point of losing his signature style and soulful rhyme style, he just shows he can play on their field too. It holds up really well, too – where stunned how solid the best tracks still sounds after all these years. "The INC Ride", 'Eastbound", "Sittin' On Chrome", "People In My Hood", 'Ain't No Game", "Born To Roll" and "The Phat Kat Ride". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Masta Ace IncorporatedSlaughtaHouse ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second proper Masta Ace album and first under the Masta Ace Incorporated banner – dope stuff from the glorious early 90s that lives up to his work with the legendary Juice Crew and his classic debut! At this point Masta Ace good at creating excellent full length listening experiences – with tracks that show a wiser MC who can rhyme about what's wrong with hip hop and the culture in a broader sense – but doing it with a sharp sense of humor and what's since been proven as time beats. The tracks are just about as nice as the previous Take A Look Around LP on Cold Chillin, with a few hilarious tracks mocking the "hardcore" MC's, including "Jeep A** N*gguh)", "Slaughtahouse", "Late Model Sedan", "Style Wars" and "Saturday Nite Live". Other titles include "Jack B Nimble", "Who You Jackin'" and "Crazy Drunkin' Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Masta Ace IncorporatedSlaughtahouse (LP, murder mix, death mix)/Born To Roll (jeep ass rmx)/ Style Wars (rmx, rmx inst) ... 12-inch
Delicious Vinyl, 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a plain sleeve.)

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✨✧ Johnny AceMemorial Album ... LP
Duke, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west coast postwar R&B singers into a rougher, rawer mode that would pave the way for Memphis soul in years to come. And although Johnny died a tragic early death (and partially because of it), the impact of his work was tremendous, even in the few short years for which he recorded for Duke – leading to countless posthumous collections, mostly illegitimate, which often presented Johnny's work in less-than-superior conditions. This set is still the best – and features 12 tracks that Ace recorded for the Duke label. Titles include "How Can You Be So Mean", "My Song", "The Clock", "Cross My Heart", "Anymore", "Don't You Know", "Saving My Love For You", "So Lonely", and "Pledging My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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BB KingBest Of BB King Vol 1 (Ace) ... CD
Flair/Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... $2.99
The first great moments from the legendary BB King – served up here in a well-chosen, well-presented collection of his early material for the Modern Records label! CD
(Out of print.)

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Sir Shina PetersAce – Afro Juju Series 1 ... LP
CBS (Nigeria), 1990. Good+ ... $12.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and stains around the edges.)

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✨✧ MotorheadAce Of Spades ... LP
Bronze, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Landmark British metal from Motorhead– inarguably one of the greatest albums ever in the genre! If there's a flaw to Ace Of Spades, it's that Lemmy & Co.'s signature song – the title track, of course – is so damned amazing, you want to drop the needle on it 10 times in a row before going on to the rest of the record. If only more rock & roll albums had this "problem". Other tracks include "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch", "Love Me Like A Reptile", "Shoot You In The Back", "Fast And Loose", "Fire, Fire", "Jailbait", "Bite The Bullet", "The Hammer", "Dance", "Live To Win" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BB KingBest Of BB King Vol 2 (Ace) ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The first great moments from the legendary BB King – served up here in a well-chosen, well-presented collection of his early material for the Modern Records label! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ VariousYou Heard It Here First – 26 Classics From The 50s & 60s In Their Original Pre-hit Versions ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A novel idea for a stylistically rich compilation of classic tunes – in most cases far lesser known late 50s and 60s original (or if not always original, very early) versions of songs made famous by the superstars to come! The songs range from uptempo soul, to early rock, to loungey groovers, to gutbuckety blues – and each track brings pure freshness back into many songs you probably never need to hear again in their more famous incarnations!!! Includes "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones, "Suspicious Minds" by Mark James, "Wild Thing" by The Wild Things, "I Fought The Law" by The Crickets, "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry & The Pharoahs, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by The Mindbenders, "Something Stupid" by Carson & Gaile and more. 26 tracks in all. CD

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Bobby Blue BlandWoke Up Screaming ... LP
Duke/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good- ... $5.99
A really great early Ace Records compilation – filled with well-chosen material from the Duke Records years of Bobby Blue Bland! Titles include "It's My Life Baby", "Woke Up Screaming", "No Blow No Show", "Time Out", "Further Up The Road", "I Smell Trouble", "You've Got Bad Intentions", "Wise Man Blues", "Honey Bee", "I Don't Believe", "Don't Want No Woman", and "I Can't Put You Down Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and a bit of pen on the back.)

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Carolines Featuring Carell MancusoCarolines EP – Big House/Baby That's Me/Mama's Little Girl ... 7-inch
Ace (UK), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99 14.99
The cover looks like a vintage 45 – but all the work here is previously unreleased, even though it was recorded back in that magical year of 1966! The Carolines are a wonderful girl group with a Brill Building sort of bigness in their sound – almost wall of sound production from Larry Weiss, and a strength that might well beat the singles the group did issue for Roulette and Dynavoice in the 60s! Titles include their own "Big House", and versions of "Mama's Little Girl" and "Baby That's Me". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Benny CarterSwingin At Maida Vale ... LP
Ace Of Clubs (UK), 1936. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a lightly bent corner and gloss separation at the spine.)

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Eugene ChurchVery Best Of Eugene Church ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
A massive collection of work by Eugene Church – a great vocalist from the LA scene of the 50s, and a key link between that city's R&B and early soul recordings! Church sang in a number of great vocal groups, and also recorded for a variety of labels – including King, Class, Modern, and Specialty – all of which are represented here in this wide-ranging collection of work. The CD features a total of 26 tracks in all, supported by great notes on Church's career, recordings, and his amazing voice – and as usual for an Ace collection of this nature, there's also a few previously unreleased tracks! Titles include "Pretty Girls Everywhere", I Ain't Goin For That", "Without Soul", "Jack Of All Trades", "Miami", "The Struttin Kind", "Mind Your Own Business", "Polly", "Geneva", "Light Of The Moon", "Time Has Brought About A Change", "Open Up Your Heart", "Don't Stop Lovin Me", and "I'm Your Taboo Man". CD

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✨✧ CJ & CoAin't It Amazing – The Unreleased Westbound Masters ... CD
Westbound/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
The lost third album from CJ & Co – that totally groovy, totally tight group who were one of the best things going on Westbound Records in the late 70s! CJ & Co had a groove that was just right for the new club world of the time – but they also had a sharp instrumental approach that was much more tied to the Detroit funk of early 70s Westbound – and their sound was given a fantastic push and polish by the production team of Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey, who really keep things sounding strong throughout! These aren't leftover cuts, or the kind of material that was rejected at the time – and instead, the whole package has a quality level that really matches the classic Devil's Gun record by the group – a funky disco spectacular all the way through. Titles include "Is Your Love Life Better", "Ain't It Amazing", "Rainbow Music", "Brassband", "Get Lucky", "Rainmaker", "The Golden Touch", "Can't Believe You'd Break Your Promise", "Let Them Talk", "Boogie Love", and a rare "original mix" of "Devil's Gun". All tracks previously unreleased! CD

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✨✧ CountsWhat's Up Front That Counts (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Westbound/Ace (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Maybe the funkiest album ever cut for the legendary Westbound label in Detroit – and that's saying a lot, given that the company was the initial home to Funkadelic! Yet on this stunning full length set, The Counts maybe do that famous group one better – pushing aside their vocals for some incredible instrumental interplay that comes from bumping Hammond lines, wickedly sharp drums, and non-stop riffing guitars – all of which take center stage, while the vocals only seem to be part of the mix to urge the instruments onward! Tracks are long and jamming – ala the early Westbound work from George Clinton – and although The Counts recorded before and after the space of this album, this set is definitely the group's masterpiece. Titles include "What's Up Front That Counts", "Rhythm Changes", "Thinking Single", "Why Not Start All Over Again", "Bills", and "Pack Of Lies". CD features two bonus tracks – "Motor City" and "What's It All About". CD

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Maxwell DavisFather Of West Coast R&B ... LP
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Great work from one of the strongest tenorists wailing on the west coast R&B scene of the 50s – and a force who did some work as an arranger and bandleader for the scene too! The set features Davis on tracks recorded under his own name – and with Lloyd Glenn and Gene Phillips! LP, Vinyl record album

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Shirley EllisThree Six Nine – The Best Of Shirley Ellis ... CD
Congress/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Hard-romping soul from the great Shirley Ellis – a singer most folks know for a single crossover hit – but an artist who's got a hell of a lot more to offer than just that novelty number! This excellent package is a long-overdue look at one of the queens of raw soul in the 60s – a singer who could belt it out with a hell of an edge, even when the music was moving at a mighty fast clip – which it does often here, as Shirley works with superb guidance from arranger Lincoln Chase – whose ears for a groove are outstanding at this point in his career! The package brings together early singles for the Congress label, plus even more obscure work a few years later for Columbia Records – and as always with Ace, the whole presentation is wonderful – light years away from just a simple greatest hits or public domain package. Titles include "The Nitty Gritty", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Get Out", "Takin Care Of Business", "The Clapping Song", "Sugar Let's Shing A Ling", "Back Track", "Yes I'm Ready", "Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife", "You Better Be Good World", "Ka Ta Ga Ta Boom Beat", "The Name Game", "I Never Will Forget", "Such A Night", "That's What The Nitty Gritty Is", and "One Sour Note". CD

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✨✧ Caesar FrazierHail Caesar!/'75 ... CD
Eastbound/Ace (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
2 killers from organist Caesar Frazier – back to back on one CD! Hail Ceasar is a monster bit of funky jazz – filled with long tracks that all jam mightily, all at a level that matches or tops the best work coming out of Prestige or Blue Note Records at the time! The set is one of the rare few on the Eastbound jazz subsidiary of Detroit soul powerhouse Westbound Records – and it's the first to feature organist Ceasar Frazier as a leader – really grooving hard here with a Prestige-styled combo that includes Idris Muhammad on funky drums, Melvin Sparks on heavy guitar, and Houston Person on soulful sax – all produced with a gritty gritty edge by the legendary Bob Porter! The whole album's great – filled with incredible cuts that include a version of "Hicky-Burr", the first Bill Cosby theme – plus the tracks "Make It With You", "Running Away", "Hail Ceasar!", and "See-F". Ceasar Frazier 75 is a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that includes Horace Ott, Wilbur Bascomb, and Bernard Purdie. But the overall sound is somewhat shifted too – brought more into the tightly jamming jazz funk mode of the mid 70s – a bit richer and fuller overall, yet never in a way that's slick or sloppy – just more like some of the best later sides on Prestige or Fantasy from the same stretch. The record features a crazy version of the "Mighty Mouse Theme", a mellow take on the Isley's "Summer Breeze", Stevie Wonder's great "Living For The City", and the original "Funk It Down". CD

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✨✧ Bobby FreemanC'mon & Swim ... CD
Autumn/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Great comeback work from San Francisco's Bobby Freeman – a singer who first broke big in the early days of rock, then had this great second chapter recording for Autumn Records – with plenty of great help on songwriting, arranging, and production from a young Sly Stone! Sly's a few years ahead of heading up his famous Family Stone here – but already has a fantastic ear for a tight gritty groove – soul tunes that pack plenty of punch, and which stand together here as a great precursor to funky styles to come! Freeman has this raw, bold style that's perfect for these groove – and the set brings together tracks from his rare album, a few key singles, and a number of never-issued titles too. Titles include "Do The Monkey", "C'Mon & Swim", "The Duck", "S-W-I-M", "Honest", "Swing Me", "Money", "Ya Ya", "Speedoo (The Monkey Man)", and "Come To Me". CD
Also available C'mon & S-W-I-M ... LP 33.99

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Gigi & The CharmainesGigi & The Charmaines ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-overdue collection of work by this sublime Ohio soul group of the 60s – a trio of lovely ladies with a really tremendous sound! Gigi & The Charmaines are hardly the girl group cliche you might think from their sweet name and the image on the cover – and on most of the numbers here, they're hard-rolling at a pace that's somewhere between the best Detroit Northern Soul of the time, and some of the sweeter female soul that was coming out of Chicago at the end of the 60s. Ace have really outdone themselves with the collection – and bring together the group's singles on the Columbia, Date, and Fraternity labels – as well as some other key sides that have them performing vocals on records by other artists in the lead! CD features a whopping 28 tracks in all, plus a full set of notes – with titles that include "Guilty", "Poor Unfortunate Me", "Eternally", "Girl Crazy", "If You Ever", "I Idolize You", "Rockin Old Man", "On The Wagon", "What Kind Of Girl Do You Think I Am", "All You Gotta Do", "GI Joe", "I Can't Go On This Way", and "I Don't Want To Lose Him" – plus "I'm So Satisfied" with Max Falcon, "Lucy Miloo" with Kenny Smith, "Baby Please Don't Go" with Carl Edmonson, and "Baby What's Wrong" with Lonnie Mack. CD

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Rosco GordonBootin' – The Best Of The RPM Years ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
Roscoe Gordon was an R&B powerhouse in the 50s – an artist with a huge legacy of music that included records for Vee Jay, Chess, and Sun Records, and a singer who continued to have an impact for many decades to come! Yet Gordon may have sounded best right at the start of his career – on these smoking early sides for the RPM Records label, cut in a beautiful fusion of blues piano, romping rhythms, and some very special vocals from the man himself! The collection presents that material at a level that really blows away some of the cheaper Roscoe Gordon volumes on the market – with a total of 24 tracks, detailed notes, and a selection of singles that even includes a few unreleased tracks, too – all in the best Ace Records tradition. Titles include "New Orleans Wimmen", "No More Doggin", "City Woman", "Ouch Pretty Baby", "Saddled The Cow", "Dime A Dozen", "Booted", "Cold Cold Water", "Just In From Texas", "We're All Loaded", and "Throwin My Money Away". CD

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Wynonie HarrisLovin Machine ... CD
King/Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... $9.99
Nobody tops Wynonie Harris – NOBODY – and his recordings for the King label are some of our favorite tracks of all time! Harris is way more than just another jazz singer or bluesman – and instead, almost singlehandedly unlocks the gate to the path that leads to later rock and roll with sides like these – cuts that are as raw and raunchy as they are as tight and grooving – a perfect blend of unbridled energy and razor-sharp performance – at a level that so many others wouldn't hit until many years to come! Harris has roots in jazz, and uses that class to keep things hip with the arrangements – but his vocal power is also massive enough to blow away most blues singers, too – especially as he furthers that power with an unflinching ability to hit topics that include adultery, gambling, and alcoholism – all while making them sound like a mighty good time! CD features a whopping 26 tracks from the King Records years – including "Tremblin", "Lovin Machine", "All She Wants To Do Is Mambo", "Drinking Blues", "Adam Come & Get Your Rib", "Rot Gut", "Married Women Stay Married", "Bloodshot Eyes", "Here Comes The Night", "Just Like Two Drops Of Water", "I'll Never Give Up", "Keep On Churnin Till The Butter Comes", "Git With The Grits", "Do It Again Please", and "Down Boy Down". CD

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Roy HawkinsHighway 59 ... LP
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Stunning sounds from a blues singer that hardly ever got his due – but who we'd rank right up there with the 50s best singers like Pee Wee Crayton or Smokey Hogg! Like both of those singers, Roy Hawkins has a way of blending older roots with postwar touches that include a bit of jazz – inflecting his vocals in a beautifully expressive way, often amidst larger arrangements with a bit of horns – while still cutting things to the quick with his amazing work on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a very short click in one spot, but is great overall. Cover has a cutout mark.)

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Willie HightowerOut Of The Blue ... CD
Ace (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
The long-overdue return of a southern soul legend – as the great Willie Hightower returns to the Muscle Shoals scene that gave him some of his best music of the 60s! Hearing the sound of the record, it's as if nothing's changed at all – and we mean that in the best way possible – as Willie's vocals are still wonderful, and the backing has that right mode of easygoing soul to really let the singer flow – which he does wonderfully under the production guidance of equal southern soul legend Quinton Claunch, with backing from all star players who include Travis Wammack on guitar and Clayton Ivey on Hammond. The whole thing's better than you might even expect – like lost tapes from the mid 70s, with a warm glow that shows Willie in perfect for all the way through! Titles include "Everybody Wants My Girl", "No Gettin Over Me", "You Can't Love", "I Found You", "Raining All The Time", "Somewhere Dry", "Tired Of Losing You", and "Easy Loving". CD
Also available Out Of The Blue ... LP 18.99

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Willie HightowerOut Of The Blue ... LP
Ace (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99
The long-overdue return of a southern soul legend – as the great Willie Hightower returns to the Muscle Shoals scene that gave him some of his best music of the 60s! Hearing the sound of the record, it's as if nothing's changed at all – and we mean that in the best way possible – as Willie's vocals are still wonderful, and the backing has that right mode of easygoing soul to really let the singer flow – which he does wonderfully under the production guidance of equal southern soul legend Quinton Claunch, with backing from all star players who include Travis Wammack on guitar and Clayton Ivey on Hammond. The whole thing's better than you might even expect – like lost tapes from the mid 70s, with a warm glow that shows Willie in perfect for all the way through! Titles include "Everybody Wants My Girl", "No Gettin Over Me", "You Can't Love", "I Found You", "Raining All The Time", "Somewhere Dry", "Tired Of Losing You", and "Easy Loving". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Out Of The Blue ... CD 12.99

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Gillian HillsZou Bisou Bisou – Tout En Francais – The Ye Ye Years 1960 to 1965 ... CD
Barclay/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Totally groovy work from French singer Gillian Hills – an artist who was initially best known for her work in film, thanks to movies like Beat Girl or Les Liaisons Dangereuses – but one who grew to become one of the cooler singers in Parisian pop during the 60s! Gillian's work here is a great bridge between two generations of chanteuses – a bit early in the "yeh yeh" years of French pop, but still done with all the grooves and jerky rhythms of that scene – but also maybe slightly more expressive at times, in a way that has Hills bringing her acting charisma to the music! Arrangements are often nicely jazzy, but in playful 60s ways – kind of the epitome of the bright, bubbly vibe of the French pop world of the period – and since most of Hills' work from the period was issued on 7" singles and EP releases, not full albums, the music here is a lot more obscure than that of contemporaries like Sylvie Vartan or Francoise Hardy. Titles include "Tut Tut Tut", "Cha Cha Stop", "Je Partirai", "Tu Mens", "Ma Premiere Cigarette", "Un Petit Baiser", "Ne T'En Fais Pas", "C'Est Le Garcon", "Rien N'Est Change", "Maintenant Il Telephone", "Les Jolis Coeurs", "Le Paradis Pour Toit", "Qui A Su", and "Oublie". CD

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Smokey HoggMidnight Blues ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $7.99
Smokey Hogg's a musician with roots in Texas, and a huge recorded legacy from labels on the west coast in the postwar years – but unlike some of his contemporaries, the shift to the west never seemed to take the Texas out of Smokey's style too much – as you'll hear on the tracks in this wonderful collection! Music here was recorded for the Modern and Combo labels – often in a relatively stripped-down style that has either vamping piano alongside the vocals, or some rootsy guitar work that holds on strongly to acoustic phrasing – both of which really let Hogg's vocals come out strong in the lead. Smokey brings some nice inflections to his lyrics – almost a bit of jazzy class at times, which makes for a nice surprise in the setting – and the package has that usual Ace records top-shelf approach, right down to the 11 previously-unissued tracks that are included alongside the full 24 titles. Tracks include"You Can't Keep Your Business Straight", "Late Prowling Girl", "Midnight Blues", "Pack Your Grip", "Smokey's In Town", "Bottle Up & Go", "Love Me With Feeling", "Oohw Baby", "I'm Gonna Find Your Trick", and "Misery Blues". CD

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John Lee HookerOriginal Folk Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Mid/Late 70s. Used ... $6.99
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Spike HughesSpike Hughes & His All American Orchestra ... LP
Ace Of Clubs (UK), 1933. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Features work by Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Red Allen, and Dicky Wells! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam & some aging.)

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IntenseGarage Movement – Let The Rain Come Down/Can't Treat Me This Way/Strength/You Got To Love Me/Dog A Baseline ... 12-inch
Ace Beat, 1989. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
The most complete collection of pre-Chess work by Etta James ever offered – a huge 2CD package that's filled with rare album tracks, key singles, and even some previously unissued material! Etta's fame at Chess in the 60s is a well-known fact of classic soul music – but in the years before hooking up with that label, she recorded some smoking R&B work for the Kent and Modern labels – really hard-hitting stuff that often had a rawer, earthier quality than any of her later recordings. Even at this early date in Etta's career, she had a voice that wouldn't quit – easily blowing away more established R&B singers like Laverne Baker or Ruth Brown – and tearing it up with some great small combo backings and a production style that really let her do her thing. Collection features 42 tracks in all – with tracks that include "The Wallflower", "Fools We Mortals Be", "Baby Baby Every Night", "Sunshine Of Love", "How Big A Fool", "Dance With Me Henry", "Nobody Loves You Like Me", "Don't You Remember", "We're In Love", "I Hope You're Satisfied", "Come What May", "Market Place", "Shortnin Bread Rock", "My One & Only", "I'm A Fool", "Hey Henry", and "That's All". CD

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✨✧ George JonesGeorge Jones & The Jones Boys – Live In Texas 1965 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
Fantastic work from the young George Jones – working here at the height of his powers, and in a raw live setting that's a nice change from some of the polish of his studio recordings of the 60s! George's voice is great – already hitting that wider range that marked his Musicor material as a huge step forward from his years on the Mercury and Starday labels – but the live setting also returns some of the grit of those early days, and has Jones working with the very romping Jones Boys combo – who can not only cook on stage, but also bring in some of the searing guitar that made George's initial singles appeal to the young rock market too. The group get a few instrumental moments in the spotlight, too – which makes for a nice addition to the set – and although the material had been issued before, this set goes back to the original tapes, remasters the whole set, and also features a total of 26 titles that include "Who Shot Sam", "White Lightnin", "Jole Blon", "The Race Is On/Hold It", "Big Harlan Taylor", "The Window Up Above", "She Thinks I Still Care", "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds", "Aching Breaking Heart", "Sing A Sad Song", "Act Naturally", and "I'm Ragged But I'm Right". CD

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✨✧ Kansas City Six featuring Lester YoungPrez ... LP
Ace Of Hearts (UK), 1938. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 60s pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a bent corner.)

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BB KingBB King Wails ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
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BB KingKing Of The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Crown/Ace (UK), 1960. Used ... $6.99
Kent recordings by BB – issued here in a mid 60s package with a pretty slick photo on the front! Cuts include "Good Man Gone Bad", "I'm King", "Partin Time", "You're On The Top", "Feel Like A Million", "I'll Survive", "Long Nights", "What A Way To Go", and "I've Got A Right To Love My Baby". CD

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Mary LoveLay This Burden Down ... LP
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
An amazing journey in soul music – captured here on a great vinyl set! Mary Love is a singer who never broke big, but who cut some wonderful records on the LA scene of the 60s and 70s – a range of work that rivals some of the better-known female soul work from Detroit or Philly at the time! Mary's got a gut-wrenching vocal style that comes through right away – set up initially with these upbeat, uptempo grooves for the set's large portion of 60s Modern Records sessions – then holding strong on two later tracks from the CoLove label. Most material here is in a Northern Soul vein, and a few of the later cuts have a more modern soul vibe – and titles include "I'm In Your Hands", "You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet", "Hey Stoney Face", "Think It Over", "Move A Little Closer", "Talkin About My Man", "I've Gotta Get You Back", "Dance Children Dance", "The Price", and "Come Out Of The Sandbox". LP, Vinyl record album

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LyresOn Fyre ... LP
Ace Of Hearts, 1984. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Includes the seminal "Help You Ann" – one of the best Boston songs of the 80s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Peggy MarchIf You Loved Me – RCA Recordings From Around The World 1963 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Peggy March is a singer with a surprisingly varied career – an artist that most folks know for only her early little girl pop fame – but one who went onto record a very unusual range of sounds as the 60s moved on! RCA was her label, and while she never hit the heights of the charts after her early hit, the company was more than committed to allowing Peggy's sound to grow and flourish – especially on the international scene, where she not only recorded tracks in other languages, but also picked up new non-American songs, and served up very cool English-language versions! This set really does a great job of moving past the early stuff, and looking at this lost later legacy of March's music – sounds that we'd easily compare to the hipper 60s material by Jackie DeShannon, even though Peggy didn't write her own material. The range of studio talents really keeps things interesting – there's even one track arranged by Ennio Morricone – and titles include "He's Back Again", "If You Loved Me", "He Couldn't Care Less", "Watch What You Do With My Baby", "Johnny Cool", "Kilindini Docks", "Eh Bravo", "Passo Su Passo", "Too Long Away", "Wasurenaiwa", "Ne Joue Pas Les Enfants", "He Couldn't Care Less", "This Heart Wasn't Made To Kick Around", "Can't Stop Thinkin About Him", and "Fool Fool Fool". CD

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Gary McFarlandIn Sound/Soft Samba ... CD
Verve/Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of fantastic albums from vibes master and genius arranger Gary McFarland – back to back on a single CD! First up is The In Sound – one of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The album's probably the most perfect realization of the unique groove that Gary McFarland was going for back in the day – a mix of vibes, whistling, and wordless vocals, supported by some gently funky rhythms that use a fair bit of electric bass to underscore the groove! The lineup here is wonderful – with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Gabor Szabo on guitar, Grady Tate on drums, and Sadao Watanabe making a rare 60s US appearance on flute and tenor sax. Gary blends these instrumental elements perfectly for the record – and comes up with a completely unique sound that can only be described as "McFarlandy"! Amazing cuts include "Fried Bananas", "Bloop Bleep", and "Over Easy" – but the whole album's incredible, and other tracks include "The Sting Of The Bee", "Wine & Bread", "Here I Am", "The Hills Of Verdugo", and "The Moment Of Truth". Soft Samba is a dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in a melodic and lovely kind of way! The whole thing's incredibly charming, and even familiar tunes come across sounding quite different in McFarlands hands. Titles include "From Russia With Love", "More", "Emily", "La Vie En Rose", "The Love Goddess", and even a groovy take on "I Want To Hold Your Hand". For you true swingers, the cover includes directions for mixing a "Soft Samba Cocktail" (courtesy Spanish Sherry Institute)! CD
Also available
In Sound (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99
In Sound ... CD 11.99

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Carmen MirandaBrazilian Bombshell ... LP
Ace Of Hearts (UK), 1930s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A nice 60s UK collection, filled with classics that include "Tico Tico", "Upa Upa", "Tic Tac Do Meu Coracao", "When I Love I Love", "Rebola A Bola", "The Man With The Lollipop Song", and "South American Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a few small bits of tape.)

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Googie Rene ComboWham Bam! – The Best Of The Googie Rene Combo ... CD
Class/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
Rough and funky piano from Googie Rene – one of the hippest cats on the LA scene of the 50s and 60s! Googie first got his start laying down boogie-styled R&B numbers, but as the 60s moved in, Googie moved onto a whole new batch of grooves – picking up bits of beatnik jazz, soundtrack themes, and even early funky combo grooving! This excellent set's one of the first to look at Googie's genius – and pulls together a host of hard-hitting piano based numbers – originally recorded for the tiny Class and Rendezvous labels, and spanning the decade from 1956 to 1966. 26 tracks in all, with titles that give you a great idea of the grooves – "Wiggle Tail (parts 1 & 2)", "Skumbo", "Bossa Baby", "Flapjacks (parts 1 & 2)", "Sunrise", "The Slide (parts 1 & 2)", "Smokey Joe's La La", "Chica Boo", "Mercy Mercy", and "Soul Zone". CD
Also available Wham Bam! – The Best Of The Googie Rene Combo ... CD 11.99

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Googie Rene ComboWham Bam! – The Best Of The Googie Rene Combo ... CD
Class/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rough and funky piano from Googie Rene – one of the hippest cats on the LA scene of the 50s and 60s! Googie first got his start laying down boogie-styled R&B numbers, but as the 60s moved in, Googie moved onto a whole new batch of grooves – picking up bits of beatnik jazz, soundtrack themes, and even early funky combo grooving! This excellent set's one of the first to look at Googie's genius – and pulls together a host of hard-hitting piano based numbers – originally recorded for the tiny Class and Rendezvous labels, and spanning the decade from 1956 to 1966. 26 tracks in all, with titles that give you a great idea of the grooves – "Wiggle Tail (parts 1 & 2)", "Skumbo", "Bossa Baby", "Flapjacks (parts 1 & 2)", "Sunrise", "The Slide (parts 1 & 2)", "Smokey Joe's La La", "Chica Boo", "Mercy Mercy", and "Soul Zone". CD
Also available Wham Bam! – The Best Of The Googie Rene Combo ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Charlie RichToo Many Teardrops – The Complete Groove & RCA Recordings ... CD
RCA/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 22.99
A great look at a really lost legacy in music from Charlie Rich – obscure sides recorded for RCA Records in the early 60s – done after his initial rush of genius on Sun Records, and before his later commercial success on Epic! Charlie's got one of the all-time great voices in pop music – a richness that easily rivals that of Memphis contemporary Elvis Presley, and which never fully got its due at the time – even though labels like RCA and Smash provided Rich with some fantastic material and production! Charlie's work for Smash has been picked up by the cognoscenti in recent years, and we'd honestly put these RCA tracks right up alongside them – with a similar Tennessee blend of soul and rock, rural and urban – all delivered by Charlie's incredibly charming vocal approach, and recorded with a depth that goes way beyond the usual RCA production modes of the time. There's plenty of currents of soul in the mix – even some New York-styled modes, which really work well with Rich – and this 40 track set is the first time this material has ever been pulled together – long-overdue, and a real treat to our ears! Titles include "Like Someone In Love", "Lady Love", "Nice & Easy", "Big Boss Man", "It's All Over Now", "The Grass Is Always Greener", "Now Everybody Knows", "My Mountain Dew", "The Big Build Up", "She Called Me Baby", "Gentleman Jim", "Christmas Greetings", "All Of My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers", "Is Goodbye That Easy To Say", "Tragedy", "Ten Dollars & A Clean White Shirt", "Tomorrow Night", and "No Room To Dance". CD

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ShirellesBaby It's You/Shirelles & King Curtis Give A Twist Party (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Ace (UK), 1962. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Girl soul heaven – two 1962 albums from The Shirelles, back to back on CD with bonus tracks too! First up is Baby It's You, a great one from The Shirelles – the album that carries their big hit "Soldier Boy", and which features a fair bit of other great tunes too! Many of the numbers here aren't well-known hits – either by the group or other artists – and they make for a nicely fresh sound that shows that the girls have a lot more to offer than just a few familiar oldies singles. Production has a nice sad-tinged, late nite quality – and titles include "Baby It's You", "Irresistible You", "Voice Of Experience", "Big John", "Twenty One", "A Thing Of The Past", "Putty In Your Hands", and "Make The Night A Little Longer". On Shirelles & King Curtis Give A Twist Party, Curtis and the girls trade tracks back and forth on this sweet LP that's probably one of the rawest efforts we ever heard on Scepter! Forget the "twist" in the title, because this is mostly R&B stuff with a nice nice groove. The Shirelles do their usual girl group thing, but with an uptempo sound, and less of a pop feel. Curtis plays tenor and sings a bit, and turns in some nice tracks that rank with his work for the Fire/Fury label. Titles include "Mister Twister", "Potato Chips", "Mama, Here Comes The Bride", "Take The Last Train Home", and "Love Is A Swinging Thing". CD also features 3 bonus tracks too – "I Saw A Tear (single version)", "Baby IT's You", and "Hurry Home To Me (Soldier Boy)" by Valli. CD

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Omer SimeonOmer Simeon Playing With His Trio, Harry Dial's Blusicians, Ruben Reeves & His River Boys, Alex Hill & The Orchestra, & The Dixie Rhythm Kin ... LP
Ace Of Hearts (UK), 1929. Near Mint- ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Staple SingersSoul Folk In Action/We'll Get Over ... CD
Stax/Ace (UK), 1969. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe TexGet Way Back – The 50s Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Tight early work from the great Joe Tex – whose real commercial breakthrough was to come in the southern soul scene of the mid 60s – but his early roots in jumpin' 50s cuts for the King label are pretty incredible! This set has some tight, mean little tunes that sound just as good to us as the more famous tunes by Little Richard, and other 50s firebrands – but Joe works with more of a lean, controlled burn – and he knows his way around bluesy ballads, too. Titles include "Davy, You Upset My Home", "Come In This House", "Another Man's Woman", "Right Back To My Arms", "Get Way Back", "Cut It Out", "You Little Baby Faced Thing", "Boys Will Be Boys", "Come In This Hose", "Gee, I Really Want You", "Grannie Stole The Show" and more. 27 tracks in all! CD

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Rufus ThomasFunkiest Man – The Stax Funk Sessions 1967 to 1975 ... LP
Stax/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $18.99 22.99
The funkiest man? Could well be – and this set will more than support that case! By the time of these recordings, Rufus Thomas was already a legendary figure in the Memphis scene – an aging R&B star that also worked on radio and did a fair bit of promotion for other artists, including daughter Carla. At the end of the 60s, Stax brought him into the studio with the idea of pumping up his sound a bit – adding in some of the newer funky styles, which proved to be a perfect fit for Rufus' rough-hewn style of vocals. Tracks on the set feature a number of classic singles from these years, plus a few unissued numbers – with an all funky track list that includes "Funkiest Man Alive", "Give Me The Green Light", "Itch & Scratch", "Turn Your Damper Down", "Funky Hot Grits", "I'm Getting Better", "Sophisticated Sissy", "Funky Mississippi", "Git On Up & Do It", "The Breakdown (part 1)", "Push & Pull (part 1)", "Do The Double Bump", "Funky Robot (part 1)", "Memphis Train 75", and "Funky Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Big Mama ThorntonQuit Snoopin Round My Door ... LP
Duke/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Classic Duke/Peacock material from this R&B legend – mostly recorded in Houston, with titles that include "Nightmare", "Stop A Hoppin On Me", "Laugh Laugh Laugh", "The Fish", "Hard Times", "Rock A Bye Baby", "No Jody For Me", "Everytime I Think Of You", and "Let Your Tears Fall Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big Mama ThorntonYou Ole Houn Dawg ... LP
Peacock/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $18.99
A great set of 50s recordings by gritty rhythm & blues singer Big Mama Thornton – whose most famous for grittier shouters – but there's some surprisingly easygoing numbers here, too! Her famous "Hound Dog" opens this set, and sets the pace strongly – for a batch of tunes that nicely feature big, forceful voice – with some great, top shelf 50s R&B with heavy horns, raw drums and unshakable rhythm – along with some straighter blues numbers that point the way towards Mama's work in the 60s. LP, Vinyl record album

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Andy WilliamsAndy Williams/Sings Steve Allen ... CD
Cadence/Ace (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $6.99 18.98
Few folks have a voice as great as Andy Williams – and it sounds especially nice on these early sides done for the Cadence label! First up is the Andy Williams self-titled LP – a record that mixes Williams warm vocals with some slightly rocking arrangements – bits of Caribbean influences in the rhythms, some occasional rockabilly basslines, and an overall style that's a lot more grooving than Andy sounded in his later Columbia years. Williams' vocals really fit the setting nicely – romping along with the rhythms, while still keeping their cool – and often inflecting a bit more feeling than you might expect. Titles include "Canadian Sunset", "Lips Of Wine", "I Like Your Kind Of Love", "Stop Teasin Me", "Butterfly", "Baby Doll", "Not Anymore", and "It Doesn't Take Very Long". Next up is Andy Williams Sings Steve Allen – a record that's much jazzier overall, and which points the way towards the sound of Williams' more mature years. Arrangements are by Alvy West, who also plays a bit of sax on the set – and as you'd guess by the title, the tunes were all penned by Steve Allen – and including some of Allen's hits, and a number of great lesser-known gems. Tracks include "Picnic", "Impossible", "Playing The Field", "Stay Just A Little While", "All The Way Home", "An Old Piano Plays The Blues", and "Forbidden Love". CD

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✨✧ Camille YarbroughIron Pot Cooker ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
One of THE spoken word classics of the 70s funk years – an amazing album based around the poetry of Camille Yarbrough – set to some amazing funky backings! The sound here is incredibly righteous – almost a more sophisticated version of Betty Davis – done with a stark, spare groove that makes the bass bits and drums really come out in the mix! Camille's got a heck of a lot of personal vision, and really works the album together as a whole – making for a set that's far more than just "poetry plus music" – and instead an audio tapestry with an incredibly deep sound! Includes a heavy rap on the streets that culminates in the great "Little Sally the Super Sex Star" – plus the classic "Take Yo Praise", which was sampled famously by Fatboy Slim – and the cuts "Can I Get A Witness" and "All Hid". CD

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Young JessieHit, Git, & Split (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
Rollicking, masterful early R&B by Young Jessie – most of cut from 1953 to 1955, with raw, hipshaking vibe that's more in line with sounds later in the decade – so it's not only fantastic stuff, it's trailblazing, too! It's a killer batch of singles recorded for Modern, making some waves on the west coast scene back in the day, but never really breaking out in a big way nationally or internationally at the time. Still, it's fresh and exciting even all these decades later! Includes the killer title tune, "Don't Happen No More", "Do You Love Me", "Nothing Seems Right", "I Smell A Rat", "Lonesome Desert", "Oochie Coochie", "Here Comes Henry", "Hot Dog", "Well Baby", Mary Lou" fronting The Cadets and pair of tracks out front of the The Hunters – "Down At Hayden's" and "Rabbit On A Log". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousA2 – An A-Square Compilation ... LP
Ace/Third Man, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 27.98
A great look at the Michigan scene before things broke big on labels like Elektra and Columbia – rare early recordings from the A Square label – some of them never issued at the time, and together a perfect portrait of that amazing new sound that was coming from Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Beyond! There's definitely a few points here that really resonate with the Elektra releases of 1968 and 1969 – and there's some other material that's a bit more gritty and garagey, but which works well with the rest. Titles include an early pre-Stooges track with Iggy Pop – "I'm A Man" by The Prime Movers – plus early MC5 material, on "Looking At You" and "Border Line" – plus "I'm So Glad" and "Get The Picture" by The Scot Richard Case, "Somehow" and "Time Of The Season" by Thyme, "Stranded In The Jungle" and "Tired Of Waiting For You" by The Apostles, "Get Down" by Half Life, "Mystery Man" by Dick Wagner & The Frost, and "Just Like An Aborigine" by The Up. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBellissima – More 60s She Pop From Italy ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Very cool sounds from the 60s scene in Italy – music that's clearly inspired by the best British female pop of the period, and also a bit by Detroit soul – with maybe just a touch of French "yeh yeh" modes thrown in for good measure! Yet because the sounds come from a scene that was also reinventing the sound of movies with its studio genius, there's also a really special vibe going on here – in part because the music often features contributions from soundtrack and sound library maestros – including Nora Orlandi, Berto Pisano, Alessandro Alessandroni, Bruno Nicolai, and others – who put these tunes together with a wonderfully spacious, wonderfully creative vibe – which really helps take them past their basic musical influences. The set list is every bit as well-chosen as the Ace Records collections of 60s French female pop – and titles include "Il Beat Cos'E" by La Ragazza, "Cartoline" by Mina, "Le Ragazze Semplici" by Orietta Berti, "E Proprio Inutile" by Meri Marabini, "Coccodrillo" by Ornella Vanoni, "Se Mi Vuoi Mi Vuoi" by Catherine Spaak, "Il Treno" by Rita Pavone, "A Me Piace Lui" by Vibeke, "Come Ti Vorrei" by Iva Zanicchi, "Tamburino Ciao" by Milva, "Zero In Amore" by Gigliola Cinquetti, "Il Paradiso" by Patty Pravo, and "Una Stanza Vuota" by Lisa Gastoni. CD

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VariousBellissima – More 60s She Pop From Italy ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
Very cool sounds from the 60s scene in Italy – music that's clearly inspired by the best British female pop of the period, and also a bit by Detroit soul – with maybe just a touch of French "yeh yeh" modes thrown in for good measure! Yet because the sounds come from a scene that was also reinventing the sound of movies with its studio genius, there's also a really special vibe going on here – in part because the music often features contributions from soundtrack and sound library maestros – including Nora Orlandi, Berto Pisano, Alessandro Alessandroni, Bruno Nicolai, and others – who put these tunes together with a wonderfully spacious, wonderfully creative vibe – which really helps take them past their basic musical influences. The set list is every bit as well-chosen as the Ace Records collections of 60s French female pop – and titles include "Il Beat Cos'E" by La Ragazza, "Cartoline" by Mina, "Le Ragazze Semplici" by Orietta Berti, "E Proprio Inutile" by Meri Marabini, "Coccodrillo" by Ornella Vanoni, "Se Mi Vuoi Mi Vuoi" by Catherine Spaak, "Il Treno" by Rita Pavone, "A Me Piace Lui" by Vibeke, "Come Ti Vorrei" by Iva Zanicchi, "Tamburino Ciao" by Milva, "Zero In Amore" by Gigliola Cinquetti, "Il Paradiso" by Patty Pravo, and "Una Stanza Vuota" by Lisa Gastoni. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBoppin By The Bayou – Flip, Flop, & Fly ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A huge range of rare rockers from the Louisiana scene – one of the most surprising hotbeds of musical activity in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – given that so many great sounds were recorded far from the well-known hub of New Orleans! These are all cuts from way out in the swamps – music recorded by underground studio legends like Pappy Dailey and JD Miller – some of which were issued on small indie labels like Starday or Hollywood, and a fair bit more of which were never released at all! Miller's legacy has been especially strong – and over the years, his vaults have provided an ever-evolving understanding of early rock and roll, rockabilly, and garage swamp – all of which are featured here in many flavors – in a lineup that shows why true connoisseurs of these sounds are constantly pointing their ears down south. Ace provide great notes, and lots of other information to illuminate these lost corners of the Louisiana scene – and the set also features great sound throughout, more than enough to knock out any of those dodgier collections on the market. Titles include "She's My Baby" by Johnny Jano, "Put A Nickel In The Jukebox" by Willie Goodson, "Hole In The Wall" by Amos Como & His Tune Toppers, "Jambalaya" by Joe Carl & The Dukes Of Rhythm, "Goin To Louisiana" by Frankie Lowrey & The Golden Rockets, "My Glass Is Empty" by Larry Hart, "Couple In The Car" by Little Billy Earl, "Jail Break" by Dean & Jean, "Able Miss Gable" by Charles Page, "Where Did You Stay" by Boo, "So Long" by Bob Henderson, "Irene" by Rocket Morgan, and "Little Bitty Boy" by TK Hulin & The Lonely Knights. CD

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✨✧ VariousC'Est Chic! – French Girl Singers Of The 60s ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
Fantastic French femmes from the 60s – and a great illustration of the way that girl power really took over the sound of the Parisian scene at the time! These tunes have a punch that few American or British tracks of the period could ever hope to match – a way of staying sweet, yet really hitting hard with a groove – sometimes with fuzzy guitars or organ, sometimes with a fuller blast of orchestrations – always completely charming and immediately appealing – even if you can't understand the lyrics! Most numbers feature work by some top-shelf arrangers from the tight Parisian scene – including Alain Goraguer, Jacques Denjean, Michel Colombier, and Ivan Julien – and titles include "Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doights" by Jacqueline Taieb, "Laisser Tomber Les Filles" by France Gall, "Voila" by Francois Hardy, "Il Suffit D'Un Jour" by Liz Brady, "L'Adorable Femme Des Neiges" by Christie Laume, "Impatiente" by Les Gams, and "Les Filles C'Est Fait Pour Faire L'Amore" by Charlotte Leslie. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousComplete Goldwax Singles Vol 2 – 1966/1967 ... CD
Goldwax/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 22.99
Legendary work from Goldwax Records – pulled from a stretch when the Memphis imprint was really going strong! By the time of these tracks, Goldwax was really coming into their own – picking up some of the best soul currents of the Memphis scene – and rivaling the Stax/Volt powerhouse in terms of quality – especially on the deep soul tracks that Goldwax seemed to do better than anyone else! This 2CD package is a wonderful overview of these golden years for the label – and it features every single single, both a and b-sides intact – presented with detailed notes on each release. Some of the work is the stuff of Memphis soul legend – mixed in with some more unusual, lesser-known bits from the scene – including a few rock, blues, and country numbers as well. 54 tracks in all – with titles that include "Anything You Do Is Alright" by Spencer Wiggins, "Don't You Believe Him" by Ivory Joe Hunter, "Cry Me A Hand Full" by The Terrys, "Say You Need It" by Barbara Perry, "Lovable Girl" by James Carr, "When You Look In The Mirror" by Eddie Jefferson, "What Time Ye Got" by Gene Bowlegs Miller, "Little Things" by Jeannie Newman, "Forgetting You" by James Carr, "Hello Daughter" by Leroy Daniel, "I Can't Forget You" by The Yo Yos, "Good Times" by George & Greer, "Walking Out On You" by Spencer Wiggins, "Qualifications" by The Ovations, "Liquid Mood" by Timmy Thomas, "Call On Me" by Percy Milem, "Me & My Imagination" by The Ovations, and "The Wife Of The Life Of The Party" by Kathy Davis. CD

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✨✧ VariousCover Me – The Eddie Hinton Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
We'd put the great Eddie Hinton right up there with Dann Penn and Spooner Oldham for southern soul songwriting genius – and like that pair, Eddie never got as much time in the spotlight as he did in the background – where his genius for a heartfelt tune helped give more than a few artists some great success over the years! This package is a long-overdue look at Hinton's mighty talents with a tune – and it includes a great mix of soul, rock, and pop artists taking on some of his finest work – mostly recordings from that late 60s/early 70s time when Eddie was working at full capacity – and lending his talents to some killer tracks coming out of the Muscle Shoals scene. Most numbers have a deep soul vibe – even the rock ones – and titles include "Cover Me" by Jackie Moore, "Down In Texas" by Oscar Toney Jr, "Every Natural Thing" by Aretha Franklin, "Love Waits For No Man" by Al Johnson, "Lay It On Me" by Gwen McCrae, "Poor Mary Has Drowned" by Brick Wall, "Masquerade" by Don Varner, "A Little Bit Salty" by Bobby Womack, "Sure As Sin" by Candi Staton, "300 Pounds Of Hongry" by Tony Joe White, "Always David" by Sweet Inspirations, "Where's Eddie" by Lulu, "Breakfast In Bed" by Dusty Springfield, "If I Had Let You In" by The Box Tops, "Home For The Summer" by The Hour Glass, "People In Love" by Lou Johnson, and "Where You Come From" by Bonnie Bramlett. CD

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VariousCub Koda Crazy Show ... LP
Ace (UK), 1984. Near Mint- ... $16.99
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VariousCyclone – Gallic Guitars A Go Go 1962 to 1966 ... CD
Ace (UK), New Copy ... About March 29, 2019
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✨✧ VariousDave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol 2 – Taken From The Vaults ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $9.99 18.99
Deep soul is special soul – a certain breed of soul music that features extremely emotive vocal performances, and the kind of gut-level delivery of lyrics you'd find in the best work by legends like Otis Redding or James Carr! Yet despite the fame of those big names, the style is maybe best served up by the legion of artists who worked in the underground – some of the lesser-remembered singers who stand here alongside Redding, in a killer second batch of material all hand-picked by Dave Godin – the man who first coined the "deep soul" term back in the day! The collection seems to be even greater than the first – maybe Dave's feeling even more confident than ever – and features a stunning 25 titles that include "How Much Can A Man Take?" by Big John Hamilton, "Losin Boy" by Eddie Giles, "I'll Run Your Hurt Away" by Ruby Johnson, "Make It Me" by The Premiers, "How Was I To Know You Cared" by Doris Duke, "A Love That Never Grows Cold" by Jimmy & Louise Tig, "Let Nothing Separate Us" by Arthur Conley, "If I Could See You One More Time" by Johnny Adams, and "Hiding In the Shadows" by Eddie & Ernie. CD

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VariousDig These Blues – The Legendary Dig Masters ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... $8.99
A wealth of rare work from the west coast scene of the 50s – all material recorded under the mighty large umbrella of bandleader Johnny Otis – who was one of the gretest forces for discovering new talent at the time! Yet despite the presence of Otis as a guiding force, much of this material is in more of a blues-based mode than Johnny's own recordings – handled here still with the production sharpness of more R&B material on the Dig label, but presented in styles that often have more ties to Texas. The whole set's rich in musical discovery – and titles include "Come On Home" by Jimmy Nolen, "Talkin Bout Me" by Moose John, "Springtime Blues" by TW Sams, "Country Home" by Sailor Boy, "Old Folks Boogie" by Al Simmons with Slim Green, "I've Got An Expensive Woman" by Hozay, "Moore Boogie" by Abe Moore, "Full Grown Woman" by Larry Waters, "They Say You Never Can Miss" by Sugarcane Harris, and "My Woman Done Quit Me" by Slim Green. CD

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VariousEven More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens – Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1945 to 1951 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
It's no secret that LA was one of the hippest musical cities in the US after World War Two – a real hotbed of early R&B, served up with a sound that few other scenes could match! And although many names in the LA scene broke into the big time, this collection features a fair bit of lesser-known material – all taken from the rich vaults of Modern Records, and including 14 previously unissued numbers! The sound quality is great – way better than a pile of scratchy old 78s – and as with most Ace productions of this type, the already-wonderful music is supported by an array of detailed notes and great photos – all to really unlock the richness of this great moment in music. Titles include "Ride Ride Ride" by Herb Fisher, "Drop A Nickel In The Slot" by Three Bits Of Rhythm, "Bully Wully Boogie" by Hadda Brooks, "Laziest Gal In Town" by Helen Humes, "Play Fair" by Howard McGhee, "Baby Face" by Butch Stone, "Full House" by Felix Gross, "Mean Ole Gal" by Johnny Otis, "Stop Skip Four Beats" by Jim Wynn, "Huggin The Pillow" by Will Rowland, and "B Splat" by Happy Johnson Sextette. CD

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VariousGirls Want The Boys – Sweden's Beat Girls 1966 to 1970 ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
Totally groovy sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a flurry of female pop tunes that we love every bit as our favorite French femme work from the time! Like French pop, the tunes here are lively and upbeat – often with a slight current of funk or soul in the rhythms, and with instrumentation that mixes fuller orchestrations with groovier elements at the core – creating a juxtaposition of large sound and personal presence that makes the music plenty darn great throughout! There have been lots of other European scenes tapped like this over the years – but this may well be the first Swedish collection we've ever heard – and, thanks to the folks at Ace Records, it gets beautiful presentation with top-shelf sound, and detailed notes on the music. Titles include "The Girls Want The Boys" by Eleanor Bodel, "Karlek Finns Det Overallt" by Mak Les Souers, "Last Train To Liverpool" by Plommons, "Good Kind Of Hurt" by Lena Junoff, "Don't" by Doris, "Benny Law" by Plums, "Lite For Liten" by Lill Babs, "Vadret" by Mona Wessman, and "You Really Have Started Something" by Britt Bergstrom. 12 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGolden Age Of American Rock & Roll Vol 9 – Hot 100 Hits From 1954 to 1963 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
Music from Joe Barry, Freddy Cannon, Dion & The Belmonts, the Six Teens, Charlie Rich, Buster Brown, Paul Chaplain & His Emeralds, the Stereos, Ronnie Self, the Majors & more. CD

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VariousGolden Age Of American Rock N Roll – Special Country Edition ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Includes 30 tracks by George Jones, Bobby Edwards, Bobby Bare, George Hamilton IV, Marty Robbins, Hank Locklin, Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Carl Butler, Jim Reeves, Claude King, Webb Pierce, and more! CD

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VariousHallelujah – The Songs Of Leonard Cohen ... CD
Ace (UK), New Copy ... About March 29, 2019
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VariousHeart of Southern Soul Vol 2 – No Brags, Just Facts ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
A landmark collection of southern soul from the 60s and 70s – all of it pulled from the vaults of Excello Records, a label that didn't always circulate strongly at the time! The work here is buried in the depths below Stax and Atlantic, but echoes many similar themes – influences from blues, R&B, and country – and a presentation of the themes that's always in a newly proud, newly sophisticated mode for the era. There's some grittier funk in the mix too, and the set features a whopping 24 tracks in all – including "Letter From My Darling" by Kip Anderson, "My Love Grows Stronger" by The Kelly Brothers, "Look What I've Done" by Percy Wiggins, "Funky Little Train" by Stacy Lane, "Let's Try To Build A Love Affair" by The Exotics, "Seventh Son" by Lee Webber, "I Will" by Latimore Brown, "Don't Let Me Be A Cryin Man" by Johnny Truitt, "Way Cross Town" by Tiny Watkins, "No Brags Just Facts" by Stacy Lane, and "No Pity In The City" by Eugene Kemp. CD

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VariousJon Savage's 1968 – The Year The World Burned ... CD
Ace (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 21.99
The fourth fantastic chapter in this wonderful trip through the 60s – headed up by author Jon Savage, as a great soundtrack to his documents of the time! If you know Savage at all, you'll know to expect something different and fresh – an unusual take on the period, and one that goes way past the chart hits and overplayed oldies – to instead uncover currents of cultural activity at a much deeper level! And sure, there's a number of familiar songs here – but they're mixed with lesser-known gems, and presented in this great double-length package that features 48 tracks in all – all with notes from Savage himself. Titles include "Talkin About The Good Times" by Pretty Things, "Eastern Organ" by Brother Dan All Stars, "Hard To Handle" by Otis Redding, "Freedom Train" by James Carr, "Say It Loud (part 1)" by James Brown, "Omnibus" by The Move, "Sunshine Help Me" by Spooky Tooth, "Everydays" by Buffalo Springfield", "How Does It Feel To Feel" by The Creation, "Dear Delilah" by Grapefruit, "Machines" by Lothar & The Hand People, "Tomorrow Street Puzzle" by Fairport Convention, "I Got A Line On You" by Spirit, "Kick Out The Jams (preview pressing)" by MC5, "World In A Jug" by Canned Heat, "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams, "Honey Chile" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, "Danse A La Musique" by The French Fries, "Israelites" by Desmond Dekker, and "Why Does It Feel So Right" by The Shades Of Jade. CD

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VariousLand Of 1000 Dances – The Ultimate Compilation Of Hit Dances 1958 to 1965 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Dancefloor stormers from one of the most fruitful periods in American music – a set of tracks that were all based around a specific style or dancing mode, but which have gone onto become some of the best-remembered grooves of the time! The collection brings together Northern Soul, group harmony tracks, blues and rockers, and even a few Latin-styled tracks as well – most of which lent their name to a dance fad that they either inspired, or were recorded to help push forward – although the music here is more than great enough to keep on going, long after the dancefloor has died down! And given the strength of these cuts, the whole thing's way more than just a collection of faddish tracks – because these tunes have lasted a lot longer than their steps on the floor. Titles on this first volume include "The Loco Motion" by Little Eva, "Harlem Shuffle" by Bob & Earl, "The Duck" by Jackie Lee, "El Watusi" by Ray Barretto, "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez, "The Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis, "Hitch Hike (part 1)" by Russell Byrd, "The Shag" by Billy Graves, "Twist & Shout" by The Isley Brothers, "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & The Shondells, "Hippy Hippy Shake" by Chan Romero, "Walking The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "The Stroll" by The Diamonds, "Mashed Potatoes" by Steve Alaimo, "The Push & Kick" by Mark Valentino, "The Freeze" by Tony & Joe, "Hully Gully" by The Olympics, "Land Of 1000 Dances" by Canninbal & The Headhunters, and "The Walk" by Jimmy McCracklin. CD

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VariousLive In London Vol 1 ... LP
Ace, 1980s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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VariousMake Mine Mondo – Fuzzed Out Garage Bands, Manic Instrumentalists, Wayward Rockabillies – From The Eccentric Dore Label ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Wild & wooly early singles from the vaults of Dore Records – a fabled LA label who released some of the craziest singles to come out of the LA scene from the late 50s-mid 60s – which we've never seen compiled before! Dore would go on to make tremendous waves in the west coast soul scene later on, but in the earlier and crazier days of the LA recording industry, things were a little more freewheeling. A lot of these tunes have undercurrents of early rock and R&B – bleary sax, frenzied drumming and manic vocals if not in seedy instrumental mode – plus elements lifted from exotica records, early garage & proto-psych, even some B-movie inspired nuggets. It's fueled by hard-grooving musicianship, too, it's no mere novelty compilation. Fun, groovy stuff! Includes "Gorilla Hunt" by The Altecs, "The Mad Scientist" by The Zanies, "Midnight Star" by The Brentwoods, "Yes, Master!" by The Whips, "My Baby's Barefoot" by The Syndicate, "Boogie Woogie Feeling" by Tony Casanova, "Midnight Beach Party" by Johnny Z, "It's No Use" by Basil & The Baroques, "Haight (In Haight-Ashbury) Street" by Opus Five and more. 28 tracks in all. CD

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VariousMusic City Blues & Rhythm ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic sounds from the Bay Area scene of the 50s – more than enough to showcase a legacy of R&B as strong as postwar work from LA! The music here is great – tight, lively, and often very witty – with the sharpness of jump blues and pre-soul work from south Cali labels like RPM and Crown – done in a similar blend of class and groove that reflects the big changes on the bluesy side of the spectrum as artists and audiences moved to the west coast! All the tracks were recorded by the Music City studio in Berkeley – better known for later funk and soul – and a fair bit of them make their first appearance here – as 22 of the CD's 28 tracks have never been issued before. As usual with Ace Records, the presentation is stunning – lots of notes, history, and rare photos – for titles that include "Music City Jump" by Alvin Smith, "Here Lies My Love" by Roy Hawkins, "She Moves Me" by Jimmy "T99" Nelson, "Moving Out Baby" by Chick Morris with Al Harris, "Baby Call" by Jimmy Raney, "You Gotta Be Mighty Careful" by The Richmond Boys, "Long About Midnight" by Little Willie Littlefield, "Ease My Mind" by Pee Wee Parham, "Roland's Blues" by Roland Mitchell, "You're The One" by Gene Lee & The Blues Rockers, "Walking Blues" by Johnny George, "Wrong Doing Woman" by Jasper Evans, "Tin Pan Alley" by Sidney Grande, "I Don't Stand No Quittin" by Gloria Jean Pitts, "Your Money Ain't Long Enough" by Que Martyn with Del Graham, and "Who Did It" by an Unknown Male Vocalist. CD

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VariousOn The Detroit Beat – Motor City Soul UK Style 1963 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
British rock, but with plenty of soul – as these artists were some of the first in the world to be influenced by the sound of early Motown Records – then set about trying to create their own strand of Detroit soul! The influence of Motown on the sound of so many other scenes has been well documented over the years – but this cool little set gets right to the heart of the matter – by representing the kind of British singers and groups who were some of the first to revel in the spirit of Berry Gordy and his creations – then find a way to move things forward with new recordings of their own! As always with Ace Records, the set is way more than just music – as there's a big booklet of notes, with details on all the many tracks and artists – a double dozen selection, with tracks that includes "Sweet Thing" by Georgie Fame, "Mickey's Monkey" by The Hollies, "No 1 In Your Heart" by Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, "Heat Wave" by Beverley Jones & The Prestons, "One Of These Days" by Guy Darrell, "I Want To Go Back There Again" by Bill Kenwright & The Runaways, "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by Elkie Brooks, "I'll Be Doggone" by Billy J Kramer with The Dakotas, "As Long As I Know He's Mine" by Julie Grant, "Money" by The Undertakers, "I Want A Love I Can See" by John Leyton & The LeRoys, "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" by The Roulettes, "Every Little Bit Hurts" by Spencer Davis Group, "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by Small Faces, "Never Leave Your Baby's Side" by Tony Jackson, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, and "Let's Go Somewhere" by Beryl Marsden. CD

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VariousOn With The Jive – 1950s R&B From Dolphin's Of Hollywood Vol 1 ... CD
Hollywood/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Great work from one of the hippest record stores of all time – the legendary Dolphin's of Hollywood, home to some of the best R&B on the west coast scene in the 50s! The work here was all originally produced by John Dolphin for his Recorded In Hollywood label – a small imprint run out of the shop, but one that featured R&B and jazz that was every bit as great as that coming from bigger labels at the time. The titles here are all rare alternates and odd takes – compiled by Billy Vera, who first unearthed the stash of John Dolphin's tapes for Specialty Records at the end of the 80s. Vera's track selection here nicely complements other previously-released versions of Dolphin material – in that it includes some great oddities, and also even includes some great notes on the store and the scene at the time. CD features 25 tracks – all previously unissued – with titles that include "Dolphin's Theme" and "Rock Bottom" by Red Callender, "Hang Your Tears Out To Dry" and "My Love Comes Tumbling Down" by Jesse Belvin, "Pee Wee's Blues" and "Crying & Walking" by Pee Wee Crayton, "Easy Money" and "Papa" by Scatman Crothers, "Three Men In My Life" and "Tall Tan Baby" by Maggie Jacquet, "Cadillac Baby" by Little Caesar, "Baby Doll" by Marvin Phillips, "Atomic Baby" by Linda Hayes, and "The Blues Has Got Me" by an Unknown Vocalist – and even a "Dolphin's Radio Jingle" by Dick Huggy Boy Hugg! CD

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VariousOriginal Memphis Blues Brothers ... LP
Ace (UK), Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Great work by Bobby Bland, Ike Turner, Roscoe Gordon, Johnny Ace, Ear Forest, and BB King – rare singles from the Modern and Meteor labels! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousParis In The Spring – Presented By Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A totally fresh take on French sounds of the late 60s – served up here with a sound that's as revolutionary as the image on the cover! This isn't the dreamy strings of familiar Paris in the Spring – but instead, the sound of change that happened in and around 1968 – as a whole new generation of younger French musicians, singers, artists, and intellectuals were really making themselves known in bold new ways! You'll recognize a few names here – like Serge Gainsbourg or Brigitte Fontaine – but the collection goes way beyond those bigger names, and features loads of obscure artists from the scene that will be a real revelation. The collection was done by the same Saint Etienne team that gave us the excellent English Weather and Songs For The Carnegie Deli compilations on Ace – and titles include "L'Elu" by Ilous & Decuyper, "La Metaphore" by Jacques Dutronc, "Looking For You" by Nin Ferrer, "Chanson D'Un Jour D'Hiver" by Cortex, "Couleurs" by Leonie, "Leslie Simone" by William Sheller, "Litanies" by Triangle, "Baleines" by Francois De Roubaix, "Lileth" by Leonie, "Ystor" by Ys, "Chanson Pour Que Tu M'Aimes U Peu" by France Gall, "Le Victime" by Karl Heinz Schafer, "Les Adventures Extraordinaires D'Un Ballet De Banque" by Bernard Lavilliers, "Helicoptere" by Mireille Darc, "Les Garde Violent Au Secours Du Roi (alt version)" by Jean Claude Vannier, and "La Chanson D'Helene" by Romy Schneider & Michel Piccoli. CD

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VariousPeacock Chicks & Duchesses ... LP
Peacock/Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. Near Mint- ... $18.99
Rare female soul from the Duke/Peacock label – with work by Mildred Jones, Gwen Johnson, Olive Brown, Bonita Cole, Gladys Hill, and Bettye Jean Washington! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousPlanet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B, & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Planet Mod is a pretty groovy place – a spot in the solar system where rock, blues, and soul effortlessly blend together – thanks to the mighty talents of the legendary producer Shel Talmy! The set here is a great dip into the farther reaches of Talmy's records of the 60s – way past the hits, to show the kind of magic that really made the studio genius such a key force in developing the sound of London at the time – often with a fair bit of influence from America, but in a way that was already shifting into fresh British modes for the new audiences overseas. As always with Ace, the package and presentation are stunning – and the set even features some rare tracks that truly come from the vaults, mixed with other obscure singles, and supported with a great deal of notes. 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Mai Lee" by John Lee Hooker, "Don't Let It Be" by The Tribe, "Goodbye Girl" by The Preachers, "Goodbye So Long" by The Soul Brothers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Life's Too Good To Waste" by Tony Christie & The Trackers, "Stone Crazy" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Too Much Of A Woman" by The Corduroys, "Have You Ever Had The Blues (alt take)" by Ray Gates, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by John Lee's Groundhogs, "Unto Us (demo version)" by The New Breed, and "Think" by The Total. CD

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✨✧ VariousPop Genius Of Mickie Most ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 21.98
They're not lying with the title of this one – as producer Mickie Most was one of the true studio geniuses on the UK scene of the 60s – as you'll hear here in a fantastic collection of some of his best work – packaged with a beautiful 72 page booklet of notes that will tell you everything you'll need to know about the man himself! But even without the big booklet, the music here speaks volumes on its own – as Mickie's genius runs from some of the key groups of the Brit Invasion years, to that fantastic late 60s moment when the English scene was getting very cool and expressive – to key 70s points that include a bit of early glam, hard rock, and other styles too! You've probably heard a good number of these tracks over the years, but never realized they all had Mickie's hands on them – and they're packaged together here with some great surprises along the way – titles that include "Gin House" by Paul Williams & The Big Roll Band, "Little Games" by The Yardbirds, "Motor Bikin" by Chris Spedding, "House Of The Rising Sun" by The Animals, "Hi Ho Silver Lining" by Jeff Beck, "Journey" by Duncan Browne, "Brother Louie" by Hot Chocolate, "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan, "I Love Rock N Roll" by Arrows, "Living Next Door To Alice" by New World, "The Boat That I Row" by Lulu, "Walking" by CCS, "Dance With The Devil" by Cozy Powell, "No Milk Today" by Herman's Hermits, "Flight 2" by Angelo & Eighteen, "Some Girls" by Racey, "Bread & Butter" by Barry St John, "Days Of My Life" by The Seekers, and "48 Crash" by Suzi Quatro. CD

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✨✧ VariousReggie Young – Session Guitar Star ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A huge overview of greatness from guitarist Reggie Young – a musician who's remembered not only for a few key records of his own, but also for countless dates in the Tennessee studios of the 60s and 70s, where he helped transform the records of others with his talents! The package here features Reggie on every single track – adding guitar parts to a surprising variety of musical styles, including some classic southern soul that comes as a great surprise – because most folks usually think of Young in terms of his work for country music giants! The package is a great follow-up to the reissues that Ace Records has done of Reggie's own records – and features very detailed notes, with information on all the many and unusual tracks that feature Young's talents within. Titles include "Rock N Roll" by Sonny Curtis, "Touch Of The Blues" by Bobby Blue Bland, "Meet Me In Church" by Solomon Burke, "Don't Forget About Me" by Dusty Springfield, "Slip Slip Slippin In" by Eddie Bond & His Stompers, "Dream Baby" by Jerry & Reggie, "I'm Movin On" by The Box Tops, "The Champion (part 1)" by Willie Mitchell, "In The Pocket" by King Curtis & The King Pins, "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here & Drink" by Merle Haggard, "Victim Of Life's Circumstances" by Delbert McClinton, "Lover Please" by Billy Swan, "Morning Glory" by James & Bobby Purify, "Where Do We Go From Here" by Waylon Jennings, "Whenever You Come Around" by Little Milton, and "More Love" by James Carr. CD

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VariousRockin In The USA – Hot 100 Hits Of The 80s ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
80s come back, all is forgiven – especially when you sound so great in a collection as cool as this one! Ace Records is an imprint that we've loved for decades in the worlds of soul, rare rock, and R&B – but they've also got a keen ear for all things chartbound, and have served up some excellent pop collections from the 50s and 60s over the years. This time around, they hit the 80s – and bring together 23 tracks that hit the charts big in the early part of the decade – some by artists who were among the biggest of the period, others by folks that are maybe best remembered by these single hits – all given the care, liner notes, and proper showcase that Ace brings to its reissues. In other words, this overstuffed package is way better than some of those schlocky no-name collections on the market – and will have you reveling in the glory of tunes that include "What I Like About You" by The Romantics, "I Need You" by Paul Carrack, "Baby I Lied" by Deborah Allen, "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, "I'm Happy That Love Has Found You" by Jimmy Hall, "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do" by Huey Lewis & The News, "I've Done Everything For You" by Rick Springfield, "Our Lips Are Sealed" by The GoGos, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar, "Walking Down Your Street" by The Bangles, "Is It Love" by Mr Mister, "10 9 8" by Face To Face, "No Getting Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap, "ROCK In The USA" by John Cougar Mellencamp, and "The Valley Road" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range. CD

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VariousShe Came From Hungary – 60s Beat Girls From The Eastern Bloc ... CD
Qualiton/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great girl pop from a really unlikely source – not the better-known British and French female singles that rocked the European scene in the 60s – but a whole host of more obscure numbers from behind the Iron Curtain – all tracks recorded in Hungary, but hardly ever issued to the rest of the world at the time! Turns out, those Hungarians were very much in line with the kinds of sounds that were romping up London, Paris, and Rome at the time – beat-heavy, soul-influenced grooves that bring a new sort of brashness to the female singers in the lead – and give them a kind of universal appeal, even if you can't understand the lyrics at all! At some level, the instrumentation here is more than enough – loads of groovy organ lines, thumping bass, soaring horns, and all sorts of other groovy touches – but the unusual language of the vocals adds a very cool other aspect to the sound. All tracks are from the Qualiton catalog, and presented here with detailed notes and history in English – for titles tha tinclude "Ez Az Utolso Randevunk" by Eva Nagy, "Konyorogni Nem Fogok" by Zsuzsa Matray, "Keresek Egy Fiut" by Maria Wittek, "Mindig Tanul Az Ember" by Beata Karda, "Fekete Beat" by Sarolta Zalatnay, "Ha Csak Egy Fokkal Szebb Az Ordognel" by Gabi Fenyvesi, "Judas Vagy" by Kyri Ambrus, "Keresem A Szot" by Zsuzsa Koncz, and "Zsakutca" by Clementina Magay. CD

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VariousShe Came From Hungary – 60s Beat Girls From The Eastern Bloc (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Qualiton/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99 28.99
Great girl pop from a really unlikely source – not the better-known British and French female singles that rocked the European scene in the 60s – but a whole host of more obscure numbers from behind the Iron Curtain – all tracks recorded in Hungary, but hardly ever issued to the rest of the world at the time! Turns out, those Hungarians were very much in line with the kinds of sounds that were romping up London, Paris, and Rome at the time – beat-heavy, soul-influenced grooves that bring a new sort of brashness to the female singers in the lead – and give them a kind of universal appeal, even if you can't understand the lyrics at all! At some level, the instrumentation here is more than enough – loads of groovy organ lines, thumping bass, soaring horns, and all sorts of other groovy touches – but the unusual language of the vocals adds a very cool other aspect to the sound. All tracks are from the Qualiton catalog, and presented here with detailed notes and history in English – for titles tha tinclude "Ez Az Utolso Randevunk" by Eva Nagy, "Konyorogni Nem Fogok" by Zsuzsa Matray, "Keresek Egy Fiut" by Maria Wittek, "Mindig Tanul Az Ember" by Beata Karda, "Fekete Beat" by Sarolta Zalatnay, "Ha Csak Egy Fokkal Szebb Az Ordognel" by Gabi Fenyvesi, "Judas Vagy" by Kyri Ambrus, "Keresem A Szot" by Zsuzsa Koncz, and "Zsakutca" by Clementina Magay. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousShe's A Doll – Warner Brothers' Feminine Side ... CD
Warner/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
An excellent collection of rare female soul from the 60s – a set that not only features overlooked 45rpm singles from Warner Brothers at the time – but also some great gems from their famous Loma Records imprint too! If you think you know this territory, think again – as there's a huge amount of tracks here that are completely fresh to our ears – the kind of material that a label as big as Warner was able to cut with their ample staff and studio time, then never did a think to promote the singles at all – leaving a space of decades before all these 7" gems were finally able to get exposure on a set like this! The package moves between catchy group soul and deeper-burning solo material – and the whole thing's done with the usual high quality we love from Ace, from the sound quality right down to the notes in the book. Titles include "There He Goes" by The Royalettes, "We Can Find That Love" by Vickie Baines, "He's Good" by Barbara Jackson, "Contact" by Three Degrees, "Wounded" by The Cookies, "My Soul Concerto" by The Apollas, "I Taught Him (part 1)" by Gloria Scott & The Tonettes, "All Because I Love Somebody" by Barbara English, "Don't Come A Knockin" by Mary Lee Whitney, "Here I Come" by Joyce Alexander, "Jive Jimmy" by The Socialites, "The Reason Why" by The Dolls, "Bright Lights" by Delilah Kennebreuw, and "Oh Eddy My Baby" by Brenda Hall. CD
 
 
 



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