Category Archives: Surf

SOUNDS OF THE UNEXPECTED.

Sounds Of The Unexpected. Label: Ace Records. Ever since she was teenager growing up in Southend-on-Sea, on the Thames Delta, Vicki Fox loved music and was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable  collector of vinyl. It was no surprise that when Vicki Fox moved to London, she would embark upon a career in the music industry. One …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON VINYL EDITION. One of Ace Records’ longest running and most successful compilation series is their Songwriters’ series. It looks back at the careers of some of the most successful songwriters in the history of modern music. This includes Bacharach and David, Goffin and King, Serge Gainsbourg, Dan Penn, Laura …

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SHAZAM! AND OTHER INSTRUMENTALS WRITTEN BY LEE HAZLEWOOD.

SHAZAM! AND OTHER INSTRUMENTALS WRITTEN BY LEE HAZLEWOOD. During a career that spanned six decades, Lee Hazlewood was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He even founded his own record label LHI Records in 1967. By then, Lee Hazlewood had been involved with music since the the early fifties. By then, Lee Hazlewood’s life was …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 6.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 6. SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry formed what would prove to one of the Brill Building’s most successful songwriting partnerships. So much so, that it’s taken Ace Records three compilations to celebrate the Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry partnership. …

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THE BIRTH OF SURF VOLUME 3.

THE BIRTH OF SURF VOLUME 3. In 1963, Dick Dale and His Del-Tones released their sophomore album King Of The Surf guitar. By then, Dick Dale was rightly seen as the King Of The Surf Guitar. He had pioneered the surf guitar sound a few years earlier. Inspired by Link Wray, The Ventures and Duane …

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HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON.

HERE TODAY!-THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON. Brian Wilson is seen by some, as the closest thing music has had to a genius. Proponents of this argument cite the Beach Boys 1966 progressive, psychedelic Magnus Opus, Pet Sounds. By then, Brian Wilson was one of the most successful singer, songwriter, and producers of his generation. Already, …

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SECOND HELPINGS-SEQUELS TO THE SONGS THAT LEFT ‘EM HUNGRY FOR MORE.

SECOND HELPINGS-SEQUELS TO THE SONGS THAT LEFT ‘EM HUNGRY FOR MORE. Nowadays, people take for granted sequels in the film industry. Most movie goers will remember the sequels to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. However, who remembers the sequels to Carrie, …

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KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5.

KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5. Four years ago, in June 2011, Keb Darge and Little Edith released the first instalment in their Legendary Wild Rockers’ compilation series, on BBE Music. This was Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers. It was so successful, that Keb Darge and Little Edith’s …

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JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES-HURRICANE FORCE-RARE AND UNISSUED.

JOHNNY AND THE HURRICANES-HURRICANE FORCE-RARE AND UNISSUED. There aren’t many bands that have featured three hundred musicians. That was the case with Johnny and The Hurricanes. They were formed by Johnny Paris in 1958, and were together forty-eight years. It was only after Johnny Paris’ death on 1st  May 2006 that the Johnny and The Hurricanes’ …

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NIPPON GIRLS 2-JAPANESE POP, BEAT AND ROCK ’N’ ROLL 1965-1970.

NIPPON GIRLS 2-JAPANESE POP, BEAT AND ROCK ’N’ ROLL 1965-1970. It was five years ago, that Big Beat International, a subsidiary of Ace Records, released Nippon Girls- Japanese Pop, Beat and Bossa Nova 1966-1970 to critical acclaim. For many people, this was their introduction to the  groovy, eclectic sounds of sixties Japanese pop. What an …

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THE VENTURES-IN THE VAULTS VOLUME 5.

THE VENTURES-IN THE VAULTS VOLUME 5. When Don Wilson and Bob Bogle founded The Ventures in Seattle in 1958, little did they know that fifty years later, in 2008, they would be inducted into the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of Fame. In the intervening fifty years, The Ventures sold over 100 million records. This makes …

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KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 4.

KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 4. A lot has happened to Keb Darge and Little Edith since the release of Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 3, in June 2013. The village in the Philippines, where Keb Darge and Little Edith live, was destroyed by a typhoon. Nothing was heard …

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THE DEADBEATS-ON TAR BEACH.

THE DEADBEATS-ON TAR BEACH. There aren’t many teenagers who dream of leaving the Florida sunshine to head to London, and form a band. That’s what Suzie May did in 1979. She left her home in the Florida suburbs, and arrived in Camden Town, London. Suzie was halfway towards fulfilling her dream. Her dream was to …

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LOU ADLER-A MUSICAL HISTORY.

LOU ADLER-A MUSICAL HISTORY. Songwriter, producers, manager, director and impresario. That describes Lou Adler. During a long and illustrious career, that started back in 1958, Lou Adler has written over 150 songs and has 300 production credits to his name. Lou Adler has worked with some of the biggest names in music. Among them are …

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LONG-LOST HONKERS AND TWANGERS.

LONG-LOST HONKERS AND TWANGERS. For their latest compilation, Long-Lost Honkers and Twangers, Ace Records return to the golden age of the instrumental. Featuring twenty-six tracks, Long-Lost Honkers and Twangers is a return to an era when instrumentals were King. This “golden age” began around 1956 and exploded when Duane Eddy released his debut single Movin’ …

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KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 3.

KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 3. It doesn’t seem like a year since I was telling you about the delights of Keb Darge and Little Edith’s latest compilation Keb Darge and Little Edith’s Legendary Wild Rockers 2. However, a year has passed and during the previous twelve months, Keb Darge and Little …

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KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 2.

KEB DARGE AND LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS 2. While Keb Darge has been a compiler of quality compilations since the late nineties, his life has revolved around music since the seventies. His career started as a record collector, then dancer, DJ, record compiler and label owner. Keb started his career Northern Soul DJ and …

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