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1976
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: 7
List Price: (B17) $17.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) For the first time ever the four Chiswick label sides recorded by the 101'ers are gathered together on one Extended Play 7" Vinyl record. It was 1976 just before Punk Rock was about to rage and its early rumblings were emanating from the pubs of London. Leading the charge with the 101'ers was Woody aka Joe Strummer who was soon to form another band - the Clash. Joe's passion - later on display to remarkable effect - can be heard here on the lead track 'Keys To You Heart'. Once derided as "pub rock", in the cold light of the post-punk era the seminal sound of the 101'ers can be heard as much more than cheap boogie. In fact, the sound of Joe's later bands like the Mescaleros starts here, in particular with the Latin swing of 'Sweet Revenge'.

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Title:
It's Bad For You But Buy It!
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B33) $33.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) One of the most heartwarming reunions of recent times has been the re-emergence of the Ace Of Cups, the pioneering all-women band that memorably graced the stages of the San Francisco psychedelic ballrooms in late 1960s, yet never got a chance to make a record. With their decades-overdue debut album garnering much in the way of plaudits, there has been renewed interest in "It's Bad For You But Buy It", the Big Beat anthology that first introduced the world to the music of this remarkable outfit back in 2003. Previously a full-length CD, we now offer a distilled vinyl version of this much-loved compilation of vintage demos, rehearsals and live tracks dating from 1968 and 1969, focusing on tracks cut by the original Ace Of Cups five-piece. The youthful wit, energy and soul on display on cuts like 'Glue,' 'Circles' and 'Music' continues to resonate, explaining why the group was rated by no less than Jimi Hendrix and are fondly recalled by all who encountered them. This attractive new vinyl package comes with a detailed band history and boasts an alternative, previously unissued performance of the song 'Simplicity' to that of the CD version. Makes both a great introduction for the Ace Of Cups novice, or a renewed opportunity for the aficionado to sample this unique group's many charms. 180g black vinyl with thick card sleeve.

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Title:
Leo's Rising
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B35) $35.98 

Some psych, rock, blues, Texas soul from Dallas, TX. This is the first full length album from Atlantis Aquarius. The entire gatefold cover art was done by Dawn Aquarius from Los Angeles, CA.

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Title:
Leo's Rising
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B14) $14.98 

Some psych, rock, blues, Texas soul from Dallas, TX. This is the first full length album from Atlantis Aquarius. The entire digipack cover art was done by Dawn Aquarius from Los Angeles, CA.

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Title:
The Last Taxi: New Destinations
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

This is the follow-up to the 2018 release CD LR 836 THE LAST TAXI; IN TRANSIT. Both CDs is the result of collaboration between American piano player Pat Battstone and Italian musicians from the south of Italy. Although the line-up of both CDs is different the music has a strong sense of continuity. With 13 pieces on the CD, the music flows and breathes naturally from one mood to another and has a kind of hypnotic effect which makes you want to listen to this music again and again.

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Title:
The Bellwether Ep
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B10) $10.98 

So-Cal punk legends Channel 3 return with this homage to their Posh Boy punk past. It's punk, it's rock, it's pop and it rips, brand new recordings including a cover of the Plimsouls "How Long Will It Take? and a small hit punk-strumental track Mendiolas 1983. FFO: PoshBoy Records. So-Cal punk, Classic Punk, Agent Orange, TSOL, Stiff Little Fingers.

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I Idolize You! Fraternity Recordings 1960-1964
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B28) $28.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) A brief appearance on Billboard's Bubbling Under chart belies the fact that the Charmaines were Cincinnati's leading 1960s girl group. Formed by Marian "Gigi" Jackson, Dee Watkins and Irene Vinegar, the group was awarded a contract with Fraternity Records for winning a talent show. Gigi's sister Jerri sang on many of the group's records but was too young to perform in nightclubs. When Dee left to get married, Jerri joined as a full-time member. The Charmaines called it a day in the early 70s but several of their records remained popular with dancers on the UK's Northern Soul scene. That popularity received a boost in the mid-2000s when their great version of Ike & Tina Turner's 'I Idolize You' was made available for the first time, immediately finding favour with DJs and club-goers. During their career the Charmaines had singles on six different labels, but they never did have an album released. We rectify that situation here with this stylishly packaged vinyl-only 14-track collection of their finest Fraternity recordings. Along with 'I Idolize You', highlights include 'What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am)', 'On The Wagon' (as covered by the Ronettes), their rip-roaring version of 'Rockin' Pneumonia' and three terrific examples of their work as backing singers for label-mates Lonnie Mack and Carl Edmondson.

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Title:
Psychedelic Guitars
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Psychedelic Guitars is the third release from Ace Records featuring Jerry Cole's Crown and Custom label's recordings from the 1960s. Crown jumped all over the latest fads and wasted no time whatsoever in proffering their $1.98 LPs at grocery stores and other retail outlets. And they often recycled recordings with updated packaging that often didn't have anything to do with what was actually on the record itself. But unlike so many other drugstore records, Jerry Cole's LPs contained some really good tracks, mostly penned by Jerry and featured many of LA's super-session players such as Leon Russell, Don Randi, Steve Douglas and Billy Preston.

Artist:
Title:
For Coltrane
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

one of the best selling albums from avant garde jazz composer is a live concert recording made in London in 1987 (Previously deleted: 9/1/18. Original release date: 5/12/00)

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Title:
The Imperial Singles Vol 5 1962-1964
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

The fifth and final volume in the Fats Domino Imperial singles series takes us up to 1964, and as usual covers all the A and B-sides and includes a couple of contemporary album tracks in stereo for good measure. The rest of the CD is in original mono and never waivers from the true singles masters as they were issued in the US. This volume covers the period just as Fats was cooling off chart-wise and includes singles released on Imperial after he had left for ABC Paramount in 1963. This is the least reissued period of Fats Domino but contains many gems. The booklet is packed with great pictures, period advertising and detailed information, and is a handsome companion to the previous volumes and completes the set.

Artist:
Title:
Floating Being
Release Date: 7/10/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B43) $43.98 

Guitarist Gussie Larkin has become a master of the fuzz-smothered riff, and along with Ezra Simons' off-kilter drumming, they've been sending punters into transcendental states since they began gigging in their home town of Wellington, New Zealand in 2016. Earth Tongue embrace the imperfections in their playing and recording - drawing influence from early 70s psych and prog rock.

Artist:
Title:
The Collective Mind
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Heinz Geisser was the catalyst behind all six CDs by Collective 4tet featuring William Parker, Jeff Hoyer and Mark Hennen. This is his fifth CD with Ensemble 5. Glenn Astarita explains what is so special about this group: "These scenarios generate an edginess, but more importantly, a communicative solidarity that in basic terms would stand as the pinnacle of collective minds attaining a oneness through a vast artistic lens that encompasses the Ensemble 5's striking harmonisation". Ensemble 5: Heinz Geisser, Fridolin Blumer, Reto Staub, Robert Morgenthaler

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Title:
With Right To Bare Limbs (plus Bonus Tracks)
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B15) $15.98 

Oi! Ska, UK street punk sound, heavily influenced by Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and The Clash, direct from Sweden. Combines their first demo album plus 4 bonus tracks ("The Lost Tapes").

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Title:
Espresso Galattica
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Jurg Gasser, Peter K Frey and Dieter Ulrich have been among the pioneers of free improvised music in Zurich for many years. Jürg Gasser formed the trio in 2009. On their debut CD one hears the desire to improvise, the ease with which their loose music is played. One thing is certain: this trio seeks to play at the edges of sound, making particles fly, join forces again, flying from instrument to instrument. With precision and humour, noises and melodic fragments &emdash; new and surprising musical forms emerge. One hears a realised language of improvised music.

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Title:
Under The Western Freeway
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B26) $26.98 

(2-LP set) Reissue of the 1997 original plus bonus demo tracks. Deluxe Packaging, 20th Anniversary, Double Color Vinyl in Gatefold Jacket.

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Title:
Rations
Release Date: 7/10/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B51) $51.98 

'Rations' is Oli Heffernan's twentieth album in 7 years as Ivan The Tolerable, now the main vehicle for his hallucinatory basement outpourings since the dissolution of the beloved Year Of Birds. After a constant flow of releases on labels like Third Uncle, Art Is Hard, Endless, Forward Fast, Ack! Ack! Ack! and more, he finally found his way to Stolen Body Records. Here he eschews his old group's acerbic brevity for a sprawling double slab of time-dilating chug and wail. Joined by Tom Carter (Charalambides) on cosmic lead, Kevin Nickles (Ecstatic Vision/Writhing Squares) on flute and saxophone and members of King Champion Sounds (with whom Heffernan plays bass and organ), the band ride the taut, rattling grooves out past Pluto every time. Recorded during 2018-2019 in England, Holland and the USA.

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Title:
Viet Nam / Viet Nam (instrumental)
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: 7
List Price: (B13) $13.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) 'Viet Nam' was originally issued on Mira records in 1966 but vanished without a trace. Far from radio friendly with its fearsome Bo Diddley beat, wailing harmonica and strong anti-war lyric, the track has gone on to become a much sought-after garage rock classic and is now almost impossible to find on 45 at any price. It made an appearance on 1967's Mondo Hollywood soundtrack, the sort of record Quentin Tarantino might have in his collection. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that it is featured in the director's new movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. This 45 is mastered straight off the original 3-track tape and on the flip we have a fantastic instrumental version.

Artist:
Title:
The Rosehill Gates
Release Date: 7/10/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B25) $25.98 

Swelling 12 tracks of upbeat hardcore punk into a B side of epic melodic buildups depicting stories and social commentary of Chicago working class life centered around the bar across from the famous Rosehill Cemetery on the far North Side. For fans of punk bands such as The Unseen, AFI, The Casualties and Leftover Crack. The Kreutzer Sonata is equally inspired by charged hair aggro punk rock as it is the lyrics and vocal stylings of Tom Waits.

Artist:
Title:
Highway Dancer
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B15) $15.98 

Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Love credits his childhood isolation for leading him to music-the basement bands, local gigs, and early recordings that followed giving him what he needed to make his move. "I decided music would be the way I would see the world," Love explains. "To this day it has taken me places I would have never gone otherwise." There was a move to Europe at 18, a couple of years in LA, and a few more spent everywhere else you can think of-with Love developing his particular mix of lo-fi indie and darkly, atmospheric pop along the way.

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Title:
Readings, Red Cavalry
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

I don't think many of you heard of the brilliant Russian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel who in 1920 became a war correspondent at the age of 25. On 15th May 1939 he was arrested on fabricated charges of terrorism and espionage and brutally executed in 1940 by the NKVD (the then KGB). I am convinced that one day Simon Nabatov will be built a monument for reproducing the atmosphere of Babel's famous book Red Cavalry with Phil Minton narrating/singing the fragments from the book with improvising musical accompaniment. Simon Nabatov with Phil Minton, Frank Gratkowski, Marcus Schmickler, Gerry Hemingway

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Title:
Readings, Gileya Revisited
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Gileya is a circle of artists who came together in the Russian Futurist movement around 1910, a distinct chapter in the widespread cultural ferment that eventually included Italian Futurism, English Vorticism, multi-national Dada and French Surrealism. Nabatov's brilliance is to pick the outstanding musicians capable of creating the blend of the musical and the poetic to depict the amazing artistic movement which left such a radical mark on Russian art. This CD is the pinnacle of the entire Leo Records catalogue. Simon Nabatov with Jaap Blonk, Frank Gratkowski, Marcus Schmickler and Gerry Hemingway.

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Title:
On With The Show: The Johnny Otis Story Vol 2 1957-1974
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

The release of this collection, which together with “The Johnny Otis Story Vol 1” (CDCHD 1312) presents a concise overview of his entire career as a composer, musician, singer, producer, talent scout and songwriter.

Artist:
Title:
Natives And Aliens
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

This album was recorded in London in May 1966. On the way from Belgium to London, Marilyn, Barry & Paul saw a huge flying object hovering in the distance. Needless to say, the recording session was significantly influenced by this event. Features 11 improvisations & 69 minutes of music. This is a reissue; the first pressing got outstanding reviews & was sold out within a year. It's been unavailable for several years. (Previously deleted: 9/1/18. Original release date: 10/23/01)

Artist:
Title:
Sunbathing Animal
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B27) $27.98 

Much as Light Up Gold & the subsequent EP Tally All The Things That You Broke offered a uniquely tattered perspective on everyday life, Sunbathing Animal applies the same layered thoughts and sprawling noise to more cerebral, inward-looking themes. While heightened in its heaviness and mania, the album also represents a huge leap forward in terms of songwriting and vision.

Artist:
Title:
My Chops Are Rolling
Release Date: 7/19/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (A16) $16.98 

Here we have in our excited sweaty hands, the lastest from Jason Ricci and his band of over achievers, 'The Bad Kind'. Jason and the Band held engineer / producer Rich Morpurgo captive, for several days last year, at his Midwest Audio Recording Studio. It seems Rich does his best work under pressure. Yet this is where the magic happens along with hard work, ton's of Talent and a well seasoned band of veterans. This, along with honest, creative song writing, two 'mooncat cool' covers (featuring the soulful vocals of Kaitlin Dibble) this record is another musically diverse, hip platter of funky blue perfection. No need to talk about the genius or 'chops' of these cats as you probably already know this. Jason is an award winning and innovative harmonica player, some say the best in the world, as one award proclaims. An imaginative song writer, truly one of a kind. Dig it.

Artist:
Title:
Far From Earth
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B15) $15.98 

Australian four-piece Stonefield release Far From Earth, their third studio album on CD finally! And a veritable psych-prog gem it is, on Flightless Records (King Gizzard's label). Far From Earth is the latest addition to an extensive catalogue that the Findlay sisters have been officially releasing since 2010, but a catalogue they have been building since the days when they were only as tall as the strange stone formations that surround their hometown in Australia's rural south-east. For over a decade, the band have seemingly existed within their own stellar nebula; unaffected by fleeting modern musical trends, their sound is a homage to the prog, metal and psych powerhouses of the 70s whilst remaining completely their own.

Artist:
Title:
Strict Tempo!
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Digitally remastered edition of this 1981 album from the British Folk hero. This is an instrumental album, on which Thompson plays everything apart from drums, which are handled by ex-Fairport drummer, Dave Mattacks. Material is mainly traditional jigs and reels, with an original Thompson song and a Duke Ellington cover. Features new notes on each song by Thompson.

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Title:
Los Angeles Modern Kent Northern Soul
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B28) $28.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) UK black music collectors have revered the output of the Modern and Kent labels from Los Angeles since the early days of B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Ikettes. Much of the soul was crossed with R&B - witness the likes of Z.Z. Hill, Vernon Garrett and Johnny Copeland. Garrett's 'Shine It On' has become much in-demand in recent years along with Z.Z. Hill's cover of 'Make Me Yours' which was a UK-only 45 in the 60s. Larry Davis' name was largely unknown until his 'I've Been Hurt So Many Times' got Northern Soul plays in the 80s and onwards. Mel Williams' storming 'Can It Be Me' is also on the tough side - it has been a dancefloor-filler since its "discovery" in the early 70s; like Jimmy Bee's manic 'Wanting You' it is taken from recently found master tapes for even better clarity. Access to the tapes revealed male duo Gene & Gary's version of the classic Danny Monday dancer 'Baby Without You' and 'Get To Steppin'', a Jackie Day track recorded in a very similar vein to 'Naughty Boy', her Phelectron rarity. Johnny Copeland made a great version of 'No Puppy Love' as released by Jackie Paine on Jetstream, while the totally unknown Peggy Woods contributed a classic soul-girl stomper on 'Love Is Gonna Get You'. The originally unreleased version of Wally Cox's 'This Man' was recorded before his 1970 Wand release, although that actually sounds earlier. Group soul comes from the Brilliant Korners' rare and collectable final Modern release 'Three Lonely Guys', while Texas' Other Brothers left 'Nobody But Me', their best recording, on the tape shelf - it has grown continuously in popularity since its 1995 debut. There's a Mary Love classic and a great Arthur Wright instrumental version of her 'Lay This Burden Down' to round off a compelling compilation. A vinyl-only release compiled and annotated by Ady Croasdell.

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Title:
This Is It! More From The Van Mccoy Songbook 1962-1977
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B20) $20.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) Some years have passed since "The Sweetest Feeling", Kent's first dip into the catalogue of the late Van McCoy, was issued to acclaim from soul fans all over the world. "This Is It!" collects a significant number of Van's biggest and rarest 60s/Northern Soul favourites, multiple modern-crossover treats from the 70s and, for balance, a few slower opportunities to get their breath back for those who mostly like to dance but occasionally like to listen. Although the inevitable licensing issues prevented us from securing a couple of tracks we would like to have included, we feel certain that everyone who loves the work of Van McCoy will be more than happy with the contents. As well as Northern and modern rarities by the likes of Sandi Sheldon, Kenny Carlton, the Vonettes and Bill Harris, among others, "This Is It!" also contains several of Van's most commercially successful songs and productions, including Melba Moore's title track and Gladys Knight and the Pips' UK chart monster 'Baby Don't Change Your Mind'. Several artists featured here, including the Spellbinders, Chris Bartley, the Ad Libs and Brenda and the Tabulations, are indelibly associated with Van, having spent most of their careers working with him. It's been 40 years this summer since Van succumbed to a fatal heart attack, at the age of just 39. Van may have left us a long time ago but his timeless music never will, and here are 24 more of the very best examples of "Van McCoy Magic".

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Title:
Da Doo Ron Ron - More From The Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Ace's popular songwriter series continues apace with Da Doo Ron Ron, our second volume of numbers penned by the Brill Building-based husband and wife team Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. One of the most successful songwriting teams of their time, their insanely catchy melodies, stick-in-your-head lyrics and nonsense syllable refrains were aimed straight at the hearts of teenagers, squarely hitting the bulls-eye more often than not. This compendium of proven classics and lesser-known gems, lovingly compiled and annotated by Mick Patrick, will go a long way toward explaining the special spot the couple occupy in so many hearts, especially those of girl group aficionados. It was with Greenwich and Barry that Phil Spector co-wrote many of his most famous songs, examples of which by the Ronettes, Darlene Love, the Crystals and Bob B Soxx & the Blue Jeans are featured here. After their initial golden run with Spector, they went on to even greater success at Leiber & Stoller's Red Bird label, where they wrote and produced an incredible string of hits for the Shangri-Las, the Dixie Cups, the Jelly Beans and the Butterflys. For those who might be wondering, the third person pictured on the CD cover is noted recording engineer Brooks Arthur, who manned the console at New York's Mira Sound Studios, where many of the tracks on this collection were recorded.

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Title:
Sassafras & Moonshine: The Songs Of Laura Nyro
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

UK collection of tracks written by the late, great singer/songwriter. A distinctive musician, an uncompromising vocalist and a great writer whose songs sold millions, but whose records did not, Nyro the performer was possibly too "out there" for mass consumption. Her lyrics were often obscure, but her glorious melodies meant that, in more mainstream interpretation, other artists enjoyed massive commercial success with her material. The performers contained on our collection reflect Nyro's devoted fan base, which pretty much consists of women and gay men, and are drawn from the worlds of Soul, Pop, Jazz and beyond. Highlights include 'Sweet Blindness' by the 5th Dimension, 'Save the Country' by Thelma Houston, 'Wedding Bell Blues' by Bobbie Gentry and new-to-CD rarities by Melba Moore, the Blossoms and Peggy Lipton.

Artist:
Title:
Kent Harris' R&b Family
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

As Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew, Kent Harris cut the original version of Bo Diddley's 'Cops and Robbers' and shot to prominence when it was proved that his version of 'Shoppin' for Clothes' was the original one, purloined by Leiber and Stoller for the Coasters. He was a major mover in black music in LA, appearing as DJ Stumblin' Blue on XERB, Wolfman Jack's station. He also had a string of record shops called Target Records in Southern California. His family included three sisters: Marcene ("Dimples"), Beverly and Betty who performed as the Harris Sisters. Dimples was the most prominent and it was on the flip of two of her 45s for the Trend label in 1954 that Kent first sang as Ducky Drake. Then came the Boogaloo 45s. Dimples continued to record under several different names and is featured on 'Love Came Tumbling Down' which she wrote with husband Harold Jackson who is also featured on the stunning 'Freedom Riders'; both are very in-demand 45s for the new R&B dance crowd.

Artist:
Title:
Elvis Heard Them Here First
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Ace's You Heard It / Them Here First series has quickly caught on with buyers and we regularly get correspondence from fans who are wondering what we have planned for the series. This month we present the first Special Edition with a collection of songs that were all later recorded by Elvis Presley, no less. The originals of the covers that Elvis cut in the 50s are well known and have been subject to compilation (not always legally) on several occasions. Our package is primarily themed towards songs that Elvis cut after his spectacular career revival in 1968 and going right through to his untimely death in 1977 - although for good measure we've also included a few obscure and seldom-reissued originals of things from the earlier 1960s. It's well known that Elvis loved buying records. He also regularly received demos of songs from publishing houses eager for him to record their product. The likelihood that our 24 tracks are the versions that Elvis heard first is a very strong one. And in all cases, the versions that YOU hear here are the originals in some cases, by only a matter of weeks before Elvis, but the originals nevertheless. To borrow one of Mr. Presley's own album titles - there's Something For Everybody here, whether you're an Elvis fan or just a fan of original versions of great songs.

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Title:
Ike Turner Studio Productions: New Orleans And Los Angeles 1963-65
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

When the Ike & Tina Turner Revue was on tour constantly in the 1960s, Ike would use any free time to book a local studio to cut tracks using all the Revue's members. This a collection of those great recordings, cut by Ike in the time period of 1963-1965, at various studios in the USA, made for Modern (Kent) Records of Los Angeles. Some of the tracks come from previously unissued studio sessions and all are in great sound quality. And, yes, Tina herself is here, but as if to prove Ike was no one-trick pony, the Acid Queen sings only two leads here, while she is in evidence as a back-up singer elsewhere in the collection. Other women featured are Jessie Smith, Venetta Fields and Dee Dee Johnson. The male leads featured are Stacy Johnson, Jimmy Thomas, Ernest Lane, Bobby John, Jackie Brenston and Vernon Guy, every one a Soul and Blues "King" in his own right.

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Title:
Something Good From The Goffin & King Songbook
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Of all the collections released so far in this series, the best-sellers are those of Gerry Goffin & Carole King, the most celebrated of the young teams operating on the Brill Building scene in the 1960s. a mixture of acknowledged classics such as 'At the Club' by the Drifters (the superior single version) and lesser-known treasures by Lenny Welch, Bobby Goldsboro, the American Breed and others, this third instalment of songs from their portfolio might just be the best one yet.

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Title:
Further Mellow Cats'n'kittens: Hot R&b And Cool Blues 1946-1951
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

As ever, deeper research has allowed us to include a copious amount of previously unissued recordings to add further spice to what is already a potent mix – 9 in total. Although this is the fifth instalment of “Mellow Cat’n’Kittens”, the contents are as strong as on any previous volume – and there’s still plenty of quality vintage Modern repertoire slated for reissue in the next few years.

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Title:
Criminal Records: Law, Disorder & The Pursuit Of Vinyl Justice
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Themes of crime and punishment have always featured strongly in music. This set is an hour long, not so much celebration but as documentation of heroes, villains, cops and robbers and their role in Rock 'n' Roll. Inebriation, incarceration, stick-ups, showdowns, 'failure to support' and all manner of other non-law abiding activities are on Ace's rockin' docket, although we plead not guilty to charges of crimes against music that this compilation may or may not elicit.

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Title:
The London American Label Year By Year 1957
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

1957 was a truly vintage year for youth-aimed American music, and its best overall representation in the UK came via London. A great number of the 178 singles the label issued that year are already available somewhere in the Ace catalogue, but the overview presented here is highly formidable and really does show all facets of their release schedule. Only a couple of the 28 tracks here are currently available on other Ace CDs, and I make no apology for including one of them: my all-time favourite record, Little Richard’s ‘Keep A Knockin’’ (a compiler’s perk that surely nobody will deny me).

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Title:
Smash Boom Bang: The Songs And Productions Of Feldman-goldstein-gottehrer
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

“Smash, Boom, Bang!” is exciting stuff from end to end, much of it new to CD and all held together by the distinctive F-G-G production imprimatur. This collection comes to you with the full co-operation and involvement of Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer themselves and comes with a sumptuous 28-page booklet packed with rare memorabilia.

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Rock Your Baby: 24 Red Hot Rompers Chosen By Mark Lamarr
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

2011 collection of family-friendly, yet still smokin' Rockabilly tuneage. Compiled with TLC and a depth of knowledge that will impress the most discerning of collectors, this is pure dynamite! a positive potpourri of known's, semi-known's and the downright obscure and they are all guaranteed to have you and the brood boppin' like crazy. A rocking CD with funny and silly songs to amuse the kids on those long car journeys or even those early years parties (just before they discover Justin Beiber!). Many tracks are new to CD and the booklet features an introduction by Mark and some informative and highly-entertaining notes by Sir Tony of Rounce.

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Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

So begins Martin Kelly’s notes for the CD of his book about Fender guitars. A book about music of course lacks the medium that it describes, so Martin came to Ace with a proposal to produce an accompanying CD that would make his pages even more vibrant. We were more than happy to celebrate the great sounds that Leo Fender helped conceive through his inspirational instruments.

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Title:
James Burton: The Early Years 1956-1969
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

The story of James Burton’s early years told in this fine new compilation revolves around fast recognition of his talents by key US musicians who witnessed the teenager’s playing enhancing records with distinctive and memorable licks. James Burton’s story really kicked off with his distinctive playing on Dale Hawkins’ ‘Suzie-Q’ in 1957, though earlier work is included here. Soon after he worked with producer Jimmie Haskell on enhancing key tracks from Bob Luman and Bobby Lee Trammel, but the next step up came when Haskell introduced him to Rick Nelson. Burton was still only 17 in 1958, but immediately became the cornerstone for Rick’s road and recording band as he entered his halcyon hit days. Having such a strong back-up guitarist must have given the shy singer a great deal of added confidence. James Burton was to Rick Nelson as Scotty Moore was to Elvis, and Hank Marvin to Cliff Richard. With his work with Rick Nelson came credibility within the recording industry, allowing Burton to fully develop a session career that was every bit as important. The 60s saw him working with Lee Hazlewood, the Everly Brothers, Merle Haggard and even Buffalo Springfield on Richie Furay’s ‘A Child’s Claim To Fame’. Along the way he found time to be part of the Shindogs, the house band for the Shindig TV show, and a brace of their released tracks are also included. As Burton acknowledges, it can be quite easy for fans to miss much of his prolific work, including as it did playing with artists such as Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Sinatra and Elvis. This comp not only begins to tell the story, but also illuminates the darker corners via rare recordings that are so beloved of collectors. A second volume is planned that will take in Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons and Elvis, but for now let’s marvel at Burton’s journey from Shreveport’s Louisiana Hayride house band in 1957 to the later 60s when he was fully established as the guitarist that everybody wanted in their corner.

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The Johnny Otis Story Vol 1: Midnight At The Barrelhouse 1945-1957
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

There can’t be many people who have done more in the name of rhythm & blues than John Alexander Veliotes – Johnny Otis to his friends and fans.

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Title:
Where The Boys Are: The Songs Of Neil Sedaka And Howard Greenfield
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield were the first songwriters to sign with Al Nevins and Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music. ‘Stupid Cupid’, their initial song for the company, was recorded by Connie Francis. It shot up the charts in 1958 and before long Aldon was the most successful music publisher in the USA, with scores of international hits in their catalogue and a stable of writers that included Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and many of the other top exponents of the day.

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The London American Label Year By Year 1958
Release Date: 6/12/2019
Format: CD
List Price: (B16) $16.98 

1958 as documented by the releases of the UK’s most famous source for US rock’n’roll, pop and R&B.

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Jon Savage's 1965-1968 The High Sixties On 45
Release Date: 7/5/2019
Format: LP
List Price: (B37) $37.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 6-21-19) (2-LP set) Spread over four sides of two 33rpm 12-inch albums, this is a love letter to the 7-inch single. Since 2016, author Jon Savage has collaborated with Ace Records in a mapping of the mid-to-late 60s in terms of 45rpm singles. We began with 1966 and time stretched backwards and forwards over 96 songs and four double CDs - one collection per year between 1965 and 1968. We did discuss releasing the series on LP format but each compilation would have needed a triple album. So, by way of a résumé, we've decided to compress the four years into one year per side: beginning in early 1965 and ending in very late 1968. The intention is to give a flavour of each CD compilation, and an idea of their reach across the two albums. You'll also find songs that have not been released on any official vinyl album before, including the single version of 'Rain' by Kak, the overdubbed 'People! Let's Freak Out' by the Freaks Of Nature and the preview pressing of the MC5's 'Kick Out The Jams', to name but three. Pressed on 180g orange vinyl, housed in a heavy-duty gatefold jacket, with copiously illustrated track notes on the inner bags.


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