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V.A. - Cafe Exil - New Adventures In European Music 1972-1980
V.A.
Cafe Exil - New Adventures In European Music 1972-1980
2LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Ace)
31,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder available from 04.12.2020
When David Bowie and Iggy Pop relocated from LA to continental Europe, taking trains to Berlin, Paris and Warsaw, they would have come across new music that was very different to the burgeoning disco scene they left behind. “Cafe Exil” – named after one of Bowie’s favourite Berlin haunts – imagines the soundtrack that would have informed “Low”, “Heroes” and “Lodger”. It’s an awesome mix of electronica, Krautrock and experimental treats.

There are key tracks from members of Can and Tangerine Dream, fascinating obscurities by German act Streetmark and Italian library maestro Piero Umiliani, the Herzog-soundtracking Popul Vuh, and highly collectible avant-strangeness by Annette Peacock. Czech-born Jan Hammer’s beautiful, light, atmospheric groove is among myriad surprises.

“Cafe Exil” has been put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Jason Wood, author of multiple books on cinema and programmer at Home in Manchester. It fits in with other recent Ace compilations such as “English Weather” and “76 In The Shade” – it creates a mood, a time and a place. You’re right there, sat next to Bowie, drinking his Pernod and black, in a darkly lit Berlin bar.

This 2LP set features a bonus track from Edgar Froese.
V.A. - Girls With Guitars Know Why!
V.A.
Girls With Guitars Know Why!
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Ace)
22,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
A collection of guitar-wielding all-girl bands, drop-dead female frat rock, garage girls and axe-centric she-pop from the 60s. 14 hot nuggets, each one hand-picked with vinyl lovers in mind.

Features a bevy of genuine all-girl bands – namely Goldie & the Gingerbreads from the environs of New York; the Debutantes from Detroit; Florida’s the Belles; the Rums & Coke and Girls Take Over, both from Wisconsin; and Ace favourites She from California, all of whom give their male counterparts a good run for their money. The Belles, incidentally, released only one record – a killer rendition of Them’s ‘Gloria’, gender-switched as ‘Melvin’ – before drifting apart, never dreaming that copies of the disc would one day change hands for $500 a pop.

Some of the other girls receive help from male colleagues. Glenda Collins, for example, is backed by producer Joe Meek’s favoured house band the Outlaws featuring guitarist Richie Blackmore; Merseyside ex-pat Sandy Edmonds is accompanied by the Pleazers, New Zealand’s answer to the Pretty Things; and teenage trio the Chymes are supported by the Turtles.

Pressed on 180g transparent violet vinyl, with a swanky inner bag sporting a fact-filled 4,000-word track commentary and an array of rare photos.

Compilation and note by Mick Patrick.
Zombies, The - Odessey & Oracle
Ohio Players - Pleasure
V.A. - The Daisy Age
V.A.
The Daisy Age
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
28,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
It wasn’t really a movement, barely even a moment, but the Daisy Age was an ethos that briefly permeated pop, R&B and hip hop. The name was coined by Long Island trio De La Soul; they claimed D.A.I.S.Y. stood for “da inner sound, y’all”, but then De La Soul said a lot of things. Playfulness and good humour were central to their 1989 debut album, which cast a long, multi-coloured shadow. The 90s, it promised, would be a lot easier going than the 80s.
101'ers - 1976 EP
101'ers
1976 EP
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
12,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
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.
V.A. - Rhythm & Blues Christmas
V.A.
Rhythm & Blues Christmas
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Ace)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Having noticed that Christmas tends to be an annual event and that vinyl is suffering a resurgence, we here at Ace have put the two together and extracted 14 blues, R&B and doo wop sides from our Christmas R&B compact disc and turned them into a seasonal platter.

A mostly upbeat selection that will certainly help you and yours get through these fraught times.

Blues stars like B.B. King and Lowell Fulsom, with their ripping up-beat guitars join forces with the mellower mistletoe sounds of Hadda Brooks and Jesse Belvin.

This positive view of seasonal goodwill was probably down to the fact that all these sides were cut in Los Angeles in the warm California sun.
Billy Hawks - O'Baby!
Billy Hawks
O'Baby!
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Ace)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Billy Hawks’ second album "Heavy Soul" is an organ-heavy mod R&B masterpiece. It included club classic ‘O'Baby (I Believe I'm Losing You)’, as well as three other floor-fillers; ‘You've Been A Bad Girl’, ‘Whip It On Me’' and ‘What More Can I Do?’.

The beautifully packaged EP is designed in the London Records / Decca style and showcases the two known photographs of Billy. These were provided by the organ-playing singer's brother Leroy in 2014. Until this point almost nothing was known about Billy.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he based himself in Philadelphia and his trio worked up and down the Eastern seaboard. He was discovered playing in one of the endless clubs and lounges that existed at the time and made his first album for Prestige, “The New Genius Of The Blues”, in 1966; “Heavy Soul” followed a year later.

Produced by Cal Lampley at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, both ‘You've Been A Bad Girl’ and ‘What More Can I Do’ are appearing on 7- inch for the first time.
Fatback Band - Keep on steppin
V.A. - She's All Right With Me - Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968
V.A.
She's All Right With Me - Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Ace)
18,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
For those who prefer to own their music on vinyl, here is an eclectic and gorgeously packaged selection of American girl group artefacts from the 60s.

The album opens with ‘Whirlwind’ by producer Gary Paxton protégées the Rev-Lons, the trio’s final recording but also their best, and closes with ‘He’s All Right With Me’ by the Mirettes ( the Ikettes incognito). Other highlights include the Supremes-style ‘Cupid’s Got A Hold On Me’ by the Belles; the Sweethearts’ recording of ‘Beauty Is Just Skin Deep’, a song originally intended for the Ikettes; and ‘Summertime Is Surfin’ Time’ by the Surf Bunnies – three more terrific instances of the West Coast girl group sound. But not all the tracks here emanate from that part of the USA – viz ‘Mr Everything’ by New York-based Little Eva Harris and little-heard examples from the Pets, Tren-Teens and Lovettes, all from New Jersey.

Felice Taylor – here with her unissued-at-the-time ‘Sing Me A Love Song’ – graces the eye-popping jacket, which houses a colourful inner sleeve featuring a 3,000-word track commentary and an array of illustrations. Compilation and notes by Mick Patrick.
V.A. - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Occasional Rain
V.A.
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Occasional Rain
2LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Ace)
31,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
It’s the day after the 60s. You turn on the radio and there is news about John leaving the Beatles – or will Paul be the first to jump? There is insecurity and uncertainty. The rain filters into the post-psychedelic, pre-progressive sound; in times of upheaval, you always notice bad weather.

“Occasional Rain” is the sequel to Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs’ highly successful “English Weather” collection (“Really compelling and immersive: it’s a pleasure to lose yourself in it” - Alexis Petridis, the Guardian). This is the sound of young bands experimenting in a period of flux, feeling for a new direction, exploring jazz and folk – as many songs are led by mellotron, piano and flute as they are by guitar. Lyrically, there are two themes that crop up regularly: the search for a home that isn’t there anymore – the certainties of the optimistic 60s, the physical reality of terraced streets – and the rain. For the former, there’s Cressida’s gentle, keening ‘Home And Where I Long To Be’, while Duncan Browne’s shape-shifting ‘Ragged Rain Life’ feels like a decent summary of Britain in both 1970 and 2020.

“Occasional Rain” puts the era’s bigger names (Traffic, Yes, Moody Blues) and the lesser known (Mandy More, Shape Of The Rain, Tonton Macoute) side by side. Like its predecessor “English Weather”, it evokes the turn of the new decade, a beautiful state of fuzzy confusion, and the feel of a wet Saturday afternoon at the dawn of the 70s spent flicking through the racks, wondering whether to buy the new Tull album or maybe take a chance on that Christine Harwood album in the bargain bin (go on, you won’t regret it).
Margaret Lewis - The Country Soul Of Margaret Lewis
Margaret Lewis
The Country Soul Of Margaret Lewis
12" | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The latest in our series of 4-track EPs features Margaret Lewis’ RAM recordings.

Country and Soul are never that far apart and in Margaret Lewis’s vocal delivery, underpinned by Grace Tennessee’s shimmering guitar, they meld seamlessly.

As if to prove this, the opening cut, ‘Reconsider Me’, was a hit for Johnny Adams in 1969. Margaret’s world-weary, almost resigned vocal tells a story that resonates across class and colour. The waltz time of the plaintive ‘It’s Alright (You Can Go)’ exposes Margaret’s Louisiana roots, adding another dimension to the varied sounds of this EP.

Opening Side 2 is an out-and-out soul groove that is setting the UK’s New Breed dance scene alight, ‘Somethin’s Wrong Baby’. Although first issued in 1961 it presages the funkier sounds of later that decade, with a proto-James Brown style riff and great greasy sax all guaranteed to get the party started.

The closing track opens with a sensuous guitar line from Grace Tennessee before Margaret’s bluesy vocal kicks in; a track that has been causing outbreaks of the stroll in dancehalls coast to coast.

A limited edition of 1000 copies.
Mighty Whites / Jacqueline - Given My Life / A Frown On My Face
Mighty Whites / Jacqueline
Given My Life / A Frown On My Face
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
9,49 €* 9,99 € -5%
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Mighty Whites’ ‘Given My Life’ has been the Modern Soul hit of the last 18 months. It is coupled with the in-demand 1974 Loadstone crossover classic ‘A Frown On My Face.’
Ace Of Cups, The - It's Bad For You But Buy It! 180g Edition
Ace Of Cups, The
It's Bad For You But Buy It! 180g Edition
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
21,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Selected tracks from the band’s Big Beat CD of 2003, plus a previously unissued version of ‘Simplicity’. Pressed on 180g black vinyl in a thick cardboard sleeve with copious notes on inner bag.
V.A. - Would She Do That For You?! - Girl Group Sounds USA 1964-68
V.A.
Would She Do That For You?! - Girl Group Sounds USA 1964-68
LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
17,09 €* 18,99 € -10%
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Spanning the years 1964 to 1968, 14 great examples of the US girl group sound, together on a stylish vinyl-only collection.

Highlights include the Gary Paxton-produced ‘Earthquake’ by the Fashionettes, Cincinnati duo the 2 Of Clubs’ version of Garnet Mimms’ ‘Look Away’, the Motown-esque ‘This Couldn’t Be Me’ by the Sweethearts, and ex-Teddy Bear Carol Connors’ unlikely cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘He Belongs To Me’.

The inner bag sports a 3,000-word track commentary by compiler Mick Patrick featuring illuminating quotes from Gigi Jackson of the Charmaines, Patti Valentine of the 2 Of Clubs and Darlene Love of the Blossoms.
V.A. - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Paris In The Spring Colored Vinyl Edition
V.A.
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Paris In The Spring Colored Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ace)
32,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
"The events of May ’68 are seen as a turning point in France’s social history - pictures of the barricades are still potent images. Lines were drawn politically, culturally, socially, and pop music was not exempt.

“Paris In The Spring” is a collection of the new music, put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, that emerged from France between 1968 and the mid-70s, an extraordinary blend of several previously independent strains – French chanson and yé-yé, American jazz and funk, British chamber pop – shot through with the era’s underlying mixture of optimism, uncertainty and darkness. This is the first collection of its kind, released on the 50th anniversary of the Paris uprising.

Serge Gainsbourg – a jazz pianist with a chanson past and a pop present – was in a position to play a key role in soundtracking France in flux over the next five years. His “Histoire de Melody Nelson”, with its heavily atmospheric arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier, was the acme of this new, unsettling French sound. “Paris In The Spring” includes other equally dazzling Vannier arrangements (for Léonie) and Gainsbourg compositions (for Jane Birkin and Mireille Darc).

Prior to 1968, 60s French pop had been dominated by yé-yé, the country’s unique brand of upbeat pop, a world of primary colours, mini-jupes and discothèques (a French invention, after all). Its stars either faded fast after May ’68 or adapted to the new era: Jacques Dutronc (‘Le Métaphore’) and France Gall (‘Chanson Pour Que Tu M’aimes un Peu’) discovered a moody side they had previously kept hidden, while Françoise Hardy released the Brazilian-influenced, after-hours classic “La Question”, from which we have picked ‘Viens’.

New bands like Triangle emerged, influenced by Soft Machine and Gong who became regulars on the Paris club scene. French library music from Janko Nilovic and film soundtracks (François De Roubaix, Karl-Heinz Schäfer) reflected the era’s edginess. All are represented on “Paris In The Spring”, making it a continental cousin to Stanley and Wiggs’s hugely popular 2017 Ace compilation “English Weather”..
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V.A. - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present English Weather
V.A.
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present English Weather
2LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Ace)
31,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The latest project from two-thirds of Saint Etienne is a compact disc and deluxe double LP of English music that represented the transition from psychedelia to prog as the 60s moved into the 70s. Most of it is not an easy listen, but it’s always interesting, melodic, melancholy, with jazz and folk touches.

While America may have licked its wounds at the turn of the seventies by turning to singer-songwriters, purveyors of homilies like “teach your children well”, Britain wasn't so ready to give up the trappings of psychedelia. And while the UK counterculture may have shed its “faith in something bigger”, it wasn't about to chuck out the mellotron.

This is how the day after the sixties felt: damp, fuzzy-headed, neither optimistic nor pessimistic but more than a little lost. British bands would mirror the ennui of the new decade with a new kind of music.

Lavishly put together, with two of Peter Mitchell’s iconic photographs of 1970’s Leeds.

The double LP is on 180g clear vinyl with a heavy card sleeve.
V.A. - C’est Chic! French Girl Singers Of The 1960s
V.A. - Hang It Out To Dry
V.A.
Hang It Out To Dry
7" | 2012 | UK | Original (Ace)
10,99 €*
Release:2012 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
60s hard-to-find garage classics from the Downey label!
Funkadelic - The Best Of - Standing On The Verge
Isaac Hayes - The Man! - The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969 - 1977
Isaac Hayes
The Man! - The Ultimate Isaac Hayes 1969 - 1977
2LP | 2009 | UK | Original (Ace)
22,99 €*
Release:2009 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For a new generation of Isaac Hayes fans who first came to him via samples and some outrageous threads, this is the ultimate compilation of his recordings for Stax and his own HBS productions between 1969 and 1977.
Gold - No Parking / Alternative Version
Denise & Abe / Arthur Alexander - Ain't That Lovin' / You Better Listen To Me
V.A. - Bob Stanley Presents 76 In The Shade
V.A. - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present The Tears Of Technology
V.A. - Tea & Symphony-English Baroque 1968-1974
Tim Burgess & Bob Stanley present - Tim Peaks - Songs For A Late Night Diner
V.A. - Live It Up! Bayswater Beat Girls 1964-1967
V.A.
Live It Up! Bayswater Beat Girls 1964-1967
CD | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
11,19 €* 13,99 € -20%
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Pop
Hand-picked 60s she-pop from UK Philips, Fontana and Mercury, including many titles new to CD.
V.A. - The Daisy Age
Link Wray - Link Sings Elvis
Link Wray
Link Sings Elvis
10" | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
18,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
From ‘Rumble’ onwards, Link Wray was known for his terminal, Kerrang-style guitar instrumentals as featured in many movies.

But he was also a fine singer and an enormous Elvis fan as shown on these 90s recordings made for Ace.

So here we present two sides of Link and Elvis. The LOUD side rocks out in the classic Link, turbo-charged, full-tilt way for which he is renowned. The flipside takes down the tempo and the volume and finds Link in a reflective mood with five ballads, including the previously unissued ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’.

The 10” album format is ideal for this and no prizes for guessing the influence of the cover design. Note Link’s T-shirt as well – not Photoshopped in, but worn on the day.
Little Ann - Detroit's Secret Soul
Little Ann
Detroit's Secret Soul
LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Little Ann’s nine Dave Hamilton recordings (including three previously unheard, improved takes) are augmented by her four super-scarce 1972/3 Canadian sides. In the last two decades, Little Ann’s music has gone from being almost unheard to celebrated widely across the world. Initially known only as a footnote for having one side of one Ric-Tic single in 1968, the discovery and playing of her acetate of ‘What Should I Do’ at Wigan Casino in the late 70s meant her name become important to rare soul fans (when it was revealed that Little Ann was the real singer of the song erroneously attributed to Rose Valentine at the time).

Once Ace Records acquired Dave Hamilton’s Detroit studio tapes, through the auspices of researcher Richard Gilbert, more previously unheard gems came to light and eventually there were found to be nine songs recorded in 1967 and 1968 with Dave and his partner Darrell Goolsby. The dancers ‘Who Are You Trying To Fool’, ‘Sweep It Out In The Shed’ and ‘Lean Lanky Daddy’, proved to be perfect additions for the Northern Soul dance scene, while ‘I Gotta Have You’ and ‘Possession’ wowed the funk crowd, and the beauty of ‘Deep Shadows’ got through to every type of soul fan.

In 2009 Finnish label Timmion Records licensed a vinyl LP of the nine songs from Ace which was well received by soul collectors around the globe, especially in the USA. Since then more tape research has revealed a noticeably alternate take of ‘Who Are You Trying To Fool’, ‘I Gotta Have You’ with added backing vocals, and a cleaner version of ‘What Should I Do’. For this LP we were able to access Ann’s only other known recordings, which she cut under her real name of Ann Bridgeforth in Canada in 1972 and 1973.

Her self-penned ‘That’s All I Want From You’ is right up there with ‘Deep Shadows’ as a truly great ballad. Ann’s cousin provided us with a great colour shot of her from her high school days and the artwork and presentation of the album makes it a desirable object on many levels.
California Playboys - Just Say A Four Letter Word (Love) / She's A Real Sweet
California Playboys
Just Say A Four Letter Word (Love) / She's A Real Sweet
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
7,99 €* 9,99 € -20%
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The top two dance tracks from The California Playboys’ collectable Loadstone LP are pressed here on a handy 7” disc. The California Playboys’ Loadstone LP has been a several hundred pounds album for decades. Here we feature the top two dance tracks which propelled it into that price bracket. Both are Modern Soul fans’ favourites and to have them on a handy 7” disc with a suitable 45 edit will make them irresistible.
Fire Escape, The - Psychotic Reaction
Joe Hicks - Don't It Make You Feel Funky / I Gotta Be Free
Joe Hicks
Don't It Make You Feel Funky / I Gotta Be Free
7" | 2019 | EU | Reissue (Ace)
9,49 €* 9,99 € -5%
Release:2019 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
At last a legal re-release of Joe Hicks’ Northern all-time classic ‘Don’t It Make You Feel Funky’; a record oozing adrenalin and sounding magnificent from the original master tape.
September Jones / Pied Piper Players - Chink A Chank Baby / That's What Love Is
V.A. - Jon Savage's 1965-1968 The High Sixties On 45
V.A.
Jon Savage's 1965-1968 The High Sixties On 45
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
30,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Spread over four sides of two 33rpm 12-inch albums, this is a love letter to the 7-inch 45rpm single. Deluxe packaging includes a heavy-duty gatefold jacket and two fully illustrated inner bags containing the 180g orange vinyl discs. Album cover photo: Riot On Sunset Strip 1966 by Julian Wasser.
Bobby Jameson - Viet Nam / Instrumental
Bobby Jameson
Viet Nam / Instrumental
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
9,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
‘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. This 45 is mastered straight off the original 3-track tape and on the flip we have a fantastic instrumental version.
Charmaines - I Idolize You! Fraternity Recordings 1960-1964
Charmaines
I Idolize You! Fraternity Recordings 1960-1964
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
18,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
A vinyl-only 14-track collection of the Cincinnati trio’s best Fraternity recordings.
V.A. - Spotlight On Fraternity
V.A.
Spotlight On Fraternity
7" | 2019 | UK | Original (Ace)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
In the 1950s and 60s, the Cincinnati recording scene was dominated by Syd Nathan’s King label, whose R&B catalogue made it a major player among post-war independents. In its shadow was Fraternity, a smaller concern launched by Harry Carlson in 1954.

The well-respected Carlson set about building an artist roster which reflected his conservative musical taste, scoring smash hits by Cathy Carr and Jimmy Dorsey a couple of years later which established the label as an indie to be reckoned with.

Here, though, we spotlight decidedly non-MOR Fraternity recordings by influential guitar hero Lonnie Mack, soulful girl group the Charmaines, bluesy singer-guitarist Albert Washington, and female duo the 2 Of Clubs.

For those with appetites whetted by this old-fangled 7-inch vinyl sampler, further Fraternity recordings by each of these artists can be found elsewhere in the Ace Records catalogue. For now, though, here’s your chance to enjoy four fine examples of the sound of mid-60s Cincinnati.
V.A. - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present Three Day Week - When The Lights went Out 1972-1975
V.A.
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present Three Day Week - When The Lights went Out 1972-1975
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
31,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
"Britain wasn’t on its own in having a thoroughly miserable 1973: O Lucky Man! and Badlands both found a great year to premiere, while Watergate brought America to a new low. But America didn’t still have back-to-backs and outside bogs. Tens of thousands of Britons remained housed in wartime pre-fabs and sub-standard dwellings. The bright new colours of the post-war Festival of Britain and Harold Wilson’s talk in the 60s of the “white heat of technology” now seemed very distant as strikes, inflation, and food and oil shortages laid Britain low. What had gone wrong? And what did pop music have to say about it?

With perfect timing this album soundtracks Britain on the brink of chaos. It includes lost masterpieces (Phil Cordell’s ‘Londonderry’), gritty singles by the new names of the early 70s (Mungo Jerry’s ‘Open Up’, David Essex’s ‘Stardust’) and forgotten gems by some of the biggest names of the previous decade, now struggling to make themselves heard (the Kinks’ ‘When Work Is Over’, the Troggs’ ‘I’m On Fire’).

Sometimes the approach was tongue-in-cheek (the Strawbs’ ‘Part Of The Union’), other times it was the sound of sheer frustration (Mike McGear’s ‘Kill’), and occasionally it was angry enough to incur the wrath of special branch (Hawkwind’s banned ‘Urban Guerilla’). Mostly the sound of these records evokes the feeling of nights in with only candles to light the house and TV closing down at 10pm: the empty spaces of Adam Faith’s ‘In Your Life’; the fuzz guitar minimalism of Ricky Wilde’s ‘Hertfordshire Rock’; Climax Chicago’s alternative lifestyle-musing ‘Mole On The Dole’.

Compiled by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, “Three Day Week” follows on from their highly acclaimed “English Weather”, “Paris In The Spring” and “State Of The Union” compilations. It amplifies the noise of a country which was still unable to forget the war, even as it watched the progressive post-war consensus disintegrating. We hear shrugs and cynicism, laughter through gritted teeth, melancholy, and a real anger that would rise to the surface with punk a few years later.

This 180g clear vinyl LP with deluxe gatefold sleeve features two extra tracks."
Four Shades Of Rhythm, The - Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie Part 1 & 2
Four Shades Of Rhythm, The
Bartender, Knock Me A Zombie Part 1 & 2
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ace)
9,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
"So the bartender probably took 1 ounce each of white, golden and dark rum, apricot brandy, pineapple and papaya juice, an optional jiggle of gin, added a dash of grenadine and put it all in a shaker. Poured the mix into a Tiki-style glass and then added ½ an ounce of 151-proof rum for good measure. No ice. Garnished with even more fruit and prepared his customer to “feel so far away”.

Recorded in around 1949 by Bernie Besman for his Detroit-based Sensation label, this ode to the high-powered cocktail by the Four Shades Of Rhythm lay undisturbed in the vault until recently unearthed and given an airing on Cerys Matthews’ BBC Radio 6 show.

There was an immediate demand to make it available to the public at large and so the Ace team sprang into action and here it is in a part one and a part two, the first Sensation release since 1950."
V.A. - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present State Of The Union - The American Dream In Crisis 1967-1973
V.A.
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present State Of The Union - The American Dream In Crisis 1967-1973
2LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Ace)
32,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
By mid-1968 there was a growing consensus that something had gone horribly wrong with the American dream. The nation’s youth had loudly made their feelings clear, but now the older, pre-Beatles generations began to look at the country – with urban riots, Vietnam, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy – and wonder what the hell was happening.

This album includes rare classics (The Beach Boys’ ‘Fourth Of July’), lost masterpieces (Roy Orbison’s seven-minute ‘Southbound Jericho Parkway’), and forgotten gems by some of the biggest names in the business (Elvis Presley’s ‘Clean Up Your Own Back Yard’).

Reactions to America’s existential crisis ranged in subject matter from divorce (Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Train’) and the break-up of the nuclear family (The Four Seasons’ ‘Saturday’s Father’), to eulogies for fallen heroes (Dion’s ‘Abraham Martin and John’), sympathy for Vietnam vets (Johnny Tillotson’s ‘Welfare Hero’), the church’s institutional racism (Eartha Kitt’s intense ‘Paint Me Black Angels’), and even questioning the ethics of the space programme (Bing Crosby’s terrific ‘What Do We Do With The World’).

Compiled by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, State Of The Union follows on from their highly acclaimed English Weather and Paris In The Spring compilations. With clear parallels between today's fractured country and the USA fifty years ago, this is a fascinating condensation of what Americans were thinking when they turned on the TV, or the radio, or simply walked down Main Street in 1968.
Willie Hightower - Out Of The Blue
Willie Hightower
Out Of The Blue
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Ace)
14,24 €* 18,99 € -25%
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Ace Records and SoulTrax Records are proud to announce the release of a brand new recording involving two of soul music’s most distinguished legends.
• 77 year-old singer Willie Hightower and 95 year-old producer Quinton Claunch have made a remarkable Southern Soul record – recorded in Muscle Shoals, soaking up the atmosphere of nearly 60 years of soul music. The band features Muscle Shoals legends Travis Wammack and Clayton Ivey.
V.A. - Toujours Chic! More French Girl Singers
V.A.
Toujours Chic! More French Girl Singers
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Ace)
23,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
Experience the hip sounds of 1960s France with “Toujours Chic!”, the latest in our series of groovy Gallic girl-pop. The collection is available on 24-track CD and 12-track LP formats.

Star of the show is series debutante Laura Ulmer, who graces the cover of the CD version and contributes three pure pop tracks in the France Gall mode. Fabienne, Zouzou, Charlotte Walters, Stone, are all also new to the series.
This LP version, features a gorgeous cover photo of Françoise Hardy, is pressed on 180g lavender vinyl and comes with a fully illustrated inner bag.
V.A. - Ciao Bella! Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s
V.A.
Ciao Bella! Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Ace)
24,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Pop
The 12-track Colored Vinyl LP format opens with Brunetta’s prized dancefloor-filler ‘Baluba Shake’ and closes with ‘Pà Diglielo A Mà’, a dramatic ballad by big-voiced Nada. The prolific Mina - queen bee of Italy’s female singers - gets two tracks: folk rock nugget ‘No’ and ‘Se Telefonando’, a sophisto-pop epic courtesy of maestro Ennio Morricone.

Other highlights include the sitar-embellished ‘Il Mio Posto Qual’È’ by Ornella Vanoni, a convincing cover of ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ by beat girl Caterina Caselli, the pounding ‘Il Geghegè’ by petite dynamo Rita Pavone and breathy-voiced actress Catherine Spaak’s bossa-imbued ‘La Notte È Fatta Per Rubare’.
V.A. - Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers Of The 1960S
V.A.
Tres Chic! More French Girl Singers Of The 1960S
LP | 2013 | UK | Original (Ace)
23,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie, Pop
180g Colored Vinyl! Hand-picked titles by Françoise Hardy, France Gall. Annie Philippe, Elsa, Violaine, Pussy Cat, Brigitte Bardot, Delphine and Liz Brady!
V.A. - Rockabilly Psychosis & Garage Disease
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