Tag Archives: Ace Records

SLY AND THE VISCAYNES-YELLOW MOON: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1961-1962.

Sly and The Viscaynes-Yellow Moon: The Complete Recordings 1961-1962. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. By 1960, there were only two high schools in the city of Vallejo which is situated in the northeastern corner of San Francisco Bay. St Vincent’s and the Vallejo High School which was where the members of The Viscaynes would matriculate. …

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THE SONGS OF LEON RUSSELL.

The Songs Of Leon Russell. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. Leon Russell embarked upon a career as a professional musician in the late-fifties, and over the next six decades, the versatile singer-songwriter worked with some of the biggest names in music when he worked as a touring musician and session player. He worked with everyone …

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SHE WANTS YOU! PYE RECORDS’ FEMININE SIDE 1964-1970.

She Wants You! Pye Records’ Feminine Side 1964-1970. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. Between 1964 and 1970 Pye Records and its sister label Piccadilly Records were housed in London’s West End. Both labels had an enviable roster of artists and included some of the top British female pop singers. Two of the biggest names were …

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BIRTH OF SOUL-LOS ANGELES SPECIAL.

Birth Of Soul-Los Angeles Special. Label: Kent Soul. Format: CD. Nowadays, the compilation market is hugely competitive and it’s unlikely that many new series will still be going strong after twenty-five years. Sadly, most new compilation series are short-lived affairs and run out of steam after a few volumes.However, Kent Soul’s Birth Of Soul compilation …

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NORTHERN SOUL’S CLASSIEST RARITIES VOLUME 7.

Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Volume 7. Label: Kent Dance. Format: CD. Nowadays, Northern Soul compilations are two a penny and hardly a week goes by without yet another Northern Soul compilation being released. That has been the case for the last few years, and nothing has changed recently. The compilations can be described as the …

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CLASSIC ALBUM: THE OHIO PLAYERS-PAIN.

Classic Album: The Ohio Players-Pain. It wasn’t until The Ohio Players signed with Westbound, and released their sophomore album Pain in 1972, that commercial success came the way of a group that was founded in 1959. Originally, they were known as The Ohio Untouchables, and had a chequered history. Initially, The Ohio Untouchables lineup featured …

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SNIFF ’N’ THE TEARS-LOVE/ACTION.

Sniff ’n’ The Tears-Love/Action. Label: Chiswick Records. By 1981, Sniff ’n’ The Tears were about to record their third alum Love/Action with Mike Howlett taking charge of production. However, the last few years had been eventful.  So much so, that the only original member of the band was lead singer and songwriter-in-chief Paul Roberts.  He …

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SMOKEY HOGG-THE TEXAS BLUES OF SMOKEY HOGG.

Smokey Hogg-The Texas Blues Of Smokey Hogg. Label: Ace Records. One of the most prolific bluesmen early twentieth Century was Andrew Hogg, who was born on a farm in Glenfawn, Rusk County, Texas on the ’27th’ of January 1914. Growing up, his father taught him to play guitar. Little did his father know that his …

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LOST INNOCENCE-GARPAX 1960S PUNK AND PSYCH.

Lost Innocence-Garpax 1960s Punk and Psych. Label: Ace Records. Gary Sanford Paxton was born on the ‘18th’ of May 1939, in Coffeyville, Kansas and was adopted when he just three, and brought up in abject poverty. Life was tough growing up, and when he was eleven he contracted spinal meningitis. A year later, the Paxton …

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FOR THE GOOD TIMES-THE SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. 

For The Good Times-The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson. Label: Ace Records. Nowadays, the name Kris Kristofferson means different things to different people. For film fans he’s the star of eighty-five films, while record buyers remember the singer-songwriter who has released eighteen studio albums and three live albums between 1970 and 2014. He’s also collaborated on …

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LITTLE ANN-DETROIT’S SECRET SOUL.

Little Ann-Detroit’s Secret Soul. Label: Kent Soul. Up until the dawn of the new millennia, only a few discerning soul fans had heard of Detroit-born singer and songwriter Little Ann. They remembered One Way Street which featured on one side of a single released on the Ric-Tic label in 1968. That seemed to her only …

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THE OHIO PLAYERS-ECSTASY.

The Ohio Players-Ecstasy. Label: Westbound. Format LP. It wasn’t until The Ohio Players signed with Westbound, and released their sophomore album Pain in 1972, that commercial success their way. The group  was founded in 1959 and originally was known as The Ohio Untouchables and had a chequered history. Initially, The Ohio Untouchables lineup featured drummer …

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MILLIE JACKSON-21 OF THE BEST 1971-1983.

Millie Jackson-21 Of The Best 1971-1983. Label: Westbound. Format: CD. It’s no exaggeration to say that Millie Jackson was one of the most talented and charismatic female vocalists of the seventies and early-eighties. She spent twelve years signed to Spring Records and released sixteen studio albums between 1972 and 1983. Three of these albums, 1974s …

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CAFE EXIL-NEW ADVENTURES IN EUROPEAN MUSIC 1972-1980.

Cafe Exil-New Adventures In European Music 1972-1980. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. At the end of David Bowie’s Station To Station tour in July 1976, he journeyed to Château d’Hérouville to start recording a new album.This wasn’t the followup to his critically acclaimed tenth album Station To Station. Instead, it was his friend Iggy Pop’s …

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GEORGE JACKSON IN MEMPHIS.

George Jackson In Memphis. Label: Kent Soul. Format: LP. Just like Sam Dees, George Jackson was a prolific songwriter but an occasional recording artist. During his career, he penned over 300 songs which were recorded by everyone from James Carr, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Clarence Carter, Z.Z. Hill, Candi Staton, Bettye Swann, Ann Peebles, Bobby …

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LOFTS AND GARAGES-SPRING RECORDS AND THE BIRTH OF DANCE MUSIC.

Lofts and Garages-Spring Records and The Birth Of Dance Music. Label: BGP. Format: CD. Release Date: ‘30th’ October 2020. As 1979 dawned, the tide was turning against disco, which had been one of the musical success stories of the late-seventies, and had provided the soundtrack to dance floors across the world. That was about to …

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HAPPY TIMES-THE SONGS OF DAN PENN AND SPOONER OLDHAM VOL 2.

Happy Times-The Songs Of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham Vol. 2. Label: Ace Records. Format: CD. Release Date: ‘30th’ October 2020. One of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the past sixty years is without doubt Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. The pair met at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals in the mid-sixties and went on …

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THIS IS FAME 1964-1968.

This Is Fame 1964-1968. Label: Kent Soul. Format: CD. Release Date: ’30th’ October 2020. Back in the sixties, many record companies sent their artists to the Fame Recording Studios, in Muscle Shoals which was home to Rick Hall and the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. They had previously transformed ailing careers and worked on million …

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LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY-LOLEATTA AND CRY TO ME.

Loleatta Holloway-Loleatta  and Cry To Me. Label: Kent Soul. Format: CD.  Release Date: ’30th’ October 2020. Before being transformed into a disco diva by guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer Norman “The Machine” Harris at Salsoul imprint Gold Mind Records, Loleatta Holloway released two albums of Southern Soul for Michael Thevis’ Aware Records. The first was …

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