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Various Artists Collections - Ace Label - Part 2


INTRODUCTION: Britain's Ace Records label started in the 70s and rapidly acquired a well deserved reputation as one of the finest reissue labels in the world. It now has an extensive catalog of blues, rhythm & blues, soul, doo-wop, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, country and more. Whenever possible all tracks are remastered from original label master tapes by some of Britain's finest remastering engineers. When available, reissues frequently include unissued tracks and alternate takes. The accompanying booklets have extensive documentation on the performers, the music and the background to the recordings and frequently have rare and unpublished photos. When you buy an Ace release you can feel confident that you are getting the best.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 639 Miami Rockabilly ● CD $18.98
32 rockabilly rarities recorded for various small Miami, Florida labels between 1956 and '59.
CURLEY JIM & THE BILLEY ROCKS: Airforce Blues/ Rock'n'roll Itch/ WALLY DEANE & THE FLIPS: I'm Tellin' Ya, Baby/ Rockin' With Rosie/ THE FRANTICS FOUR: Down By The Old Millstream/ Tv Mama/ JIMMY GALE'S IMPERIALS: Dandy Sandy/ BOBBY GAY & SPARKLE TONES: Let's Dance/ WESLEY HARDIN WITH THE ROXTERS: Any Way/ JIMMY GALE'S IMPERIALS: We're Gonna Rock All Night/ ART LAW: Kitty Kat Rock/ ROSS MINIMI: Baby Rock/ Oh! Janet/ DON PATE & THE RHYTHM ROCKETS: Donny's Boogie/ RAY PATE & THE RHYTHM ROCKETS: Boppin' Strollin' & Messin' Around/ Here, There, Everywhere/ THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Everybody's Gonna Do The Rock'n'roll/ THE RHYTHM ROCKETS: Lucky Day/ My Shadow/ THE ROXSTERS: I Was Doing It Too/ So Long/ THE ROXTERS: She's Mine/ TOMMY SPURLIN: Heart Throb/ No Time For Heartaches/ Hang Loose/ One Eyed Sam/ BUCK TRAIL: Blues Keep Knocking/ Knocked Out Joint On Mars/ Honky Tonk On Second Street/ JIM VOYTEK: Sweetest Gal In Town/ KENT WESTBERRY & THE CHAPERONES: My Baby Don't Rock Me (now)/ No Place To Park

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 494 More Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 61 minutes, recommended. 28 rockers from Gene Autry's Hollywood-based Challenge label (and some of the labels they later bought.) Challenge dipped into a variety of music styles but mainly aimed for the rock'n'roll crowd. Many of these should be familiar to collectors - the trio by Country singer turned rocker (for a day, maybe) Wynn Stewart - She Just Tears Me Up/ Uncle Tom Got Caught/ Come On (all really great, even though his heart wasn't in it), Patsy Cline's Gotta Lotta Rhythm In My Soul , Big Al Downing's killer Down On The Farm , Kip Tyler's real cool Jungle Hop , etc. Lesser known tunes (some never released) stand up well too. The Kuf-Linx, a vocal group, do a great version of the Casuals' So Tough , helped out enormously by the blazing sax of Danny Flores (AKA Chuck Rio of Champs fame.) Eyeballin' is even better with cool lyrics, great melody and again, hot sax. Sun fans will remember Dean Beard, heard here on a nice pair of rockers - Shiverin' And Shakin'/ Egad, Charlie Brown . Plenty more gooduns too like Go Little Go Cat/ Spark Plug by the Four Teens, Machine Gun by the Rip Tides, Rock Roma Rock It by Scatman Crothers, etc.... AE
DEAN BEARD: Egad, Charlie Brown/ Shiverin' And Shakin'/ DAVE BURGESS: Shiver/ PATSY CLINE: Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul/ KIMBALL COBURN: Boo-be-ah-bee/ SCAT MAN CROTHERS: Rock, Roma, Rock It/ GENE DAVIS: Bad Dad/ BIG AL DOWNING: Down On The Farm/ Oh Babe!/ HUELYN DUVALL: Three Months To Kill/ THE FOUR TEENS: Go Little Go Cat/ Great Day In The Mornin'/ Spark Plug/ You Can Say That Again/ JIM 'N' ROD: Didn't It Rock/ JOHNNY AND JONIE: Kee-ro-ryin'/ THE KUFLINX: Eyeballin'/ So Tough/ BOBBY MILANO: Double Talkin' Baby/ Life Begins At Four O'clock/ THE RIP TIDES: Machine Gun/ ROCHELL AND THE CANDLES: Annie's Not An Orphan Anymore/ WYNN STEWART: Come On/ She Just Tears Me Up/ Uncle Tom Got Caught/ KIP TYLER: Jungle Hop/ GEORGE WESTON: Hey Little Car Hop/ Sneakin'

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 853 More Rockin' On Broadway - The Time/Brent/ Shad Story ● CD $18.98
Complementing Ace 758 ("Rockin' On Broadway") and 739 ("Wop Ding A Ling") this is another collection of sides recorded for Bob Shad's Time, Brent, Shad & Warner label. Though not as strong as the first two there some fine rockers and doo-wops hers including sides by The Beau-Marks, Bell Notes, Chevrons, Rusty Isabell, The Genies, Knockouts, Eddie Quinteros, Jimmy Church (two unissued tracks), O.C. And The Holidays (actually King Curtis & his band) and others.
O.C. AND THE HOLIDAYS: The Tuttle/ Watch That Action/ THE BEAU-MARKS: Cause We're In Love/ Daddy Said/ Rockin' Blues/ THE BELL NOTES: No Dice/ She Went That-a-way/ You're A Big Girl Now/ THE CHEVRONS: Come Go With Me/ Day After Forever/ That Comes With Love/ JIMMY CHURCH: I Wish/ Teenage Baby/ THE FI-DELLS: No Other Love (like Yours)/ THE GENIES: Chicken Necks/ The First Time/ RUSTY ISABELL: I Give Up/ The Blast/ THE KNOCKOUTS: Rich Boy, Poor Boy/ THE MIGHTY JUPITERS: Hy Wocky Toomba/ EDDIE QUINTEROS: Lindy Lou/ SKIP & FLIP: Fancy Nancy/ THE STROLLERS: Crowded Classroom/ We're Strollin'/ WAYNE WORLEY: To Be Alone

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 559 Playing Hard To Get ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 69 min., recommended For those who think all the good girl groups came from the East Coast, this collection features the best of left coast ladies on the Challenge label. The Blossoms and Delicates get 6 and 5 cuts respectively, and whoever decided to give them so many deserves a nice raise. Almost every one is pleasing, especially I've Been Hurt by the Delicates and Write Me A Letter by The Blossoms, whose lead is Darlene Wright, later known to Phil Spector and others as Darlene Love. Also excellent are the trio of Yvonne Carroll cuts, including the previously unissued gem How Long Must This Fool Pay and the single track from The Accents, You Better Watch Out Boy. Other artists include Donna Loren, Dee Dee Young, Sister Rachel, Dorothy Berry (wife of Richard), The Galens, Renee Medina, and The Francettes. (JC)
THE ACCENTS: You Better Watch Out Boy/ DOROTHY BERRY: Crying On My Pillow/ You're So Fine/ PANDA BERRY: Goodbye Jimmie/ THE BLOSSOMS: Big Talkin' Jim/ Hard To Get/ I Gotta Tell It/ I'll Wait/ The Search Is Over/ Write Me A Letter/ YVONNE CARROLL: A Little Bit Of Soap/ How Long Must This Fool Pay/ Mr Loveman/ THE DELICATES: Come On Everybody/ Comin' Down With Love/ I Want To Get Married/ I've Been Hurt/ Stop Shovin' Me Around/ THE FRANCETTES: Nothing To Write Home About/ THE GALENS: Chinese Lanterns/ Love Bells/ DONNA LAUREN: Dream World/ Muscle Bustle/ DIANE MAXWELL: Date Bait/ RENEE MEDINA: He's A Big Deal/ The Boy I Love/ SISTER RACHEL: Don't Mess Around With Me/ DEE DEE YOUNG: You Haven't Seen Nothing

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 347 Radio Gold ● CD $18.98
The title refers to the increasing number of "Golden Oldies" stations popping up in the U.K., and this CD contains 30 (!) favorites mostly from the mid-50's and '60's. Among the expected classics are Richie Valens' La Bamba, Crests' 16 Candles, Skyliners' Since I Don't Have You, Penguins' Earth Angel, Bobby Day's Rockin' Robin, Jarmel's Little Bit Of Soap, Isley Bros.' Twist And Shout and Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly, among others. More unusual selections include Johnny Allan's Cajun-flavored Promised Land, Hello, This Is Joannie (from the 70's) by Paul Evans, and a cover of Sweet Dreams by Tommy McLain. Dion gets three cuts, the Everly Bros. get two. The Jive Five, Larry Williams, Chordettes, Bobby Fuller, Mystics, Shirelles, Chiffons, Sam Cooke, Jessie Belvin, Aaron Neville and others also sing hits. About 75 minutes of music, almost no notes. (JC)
JOHNNY ALLAN: The Promised Land/ FRANKIE AVALON: Venus/ THE CHIFFONS: One Fine Day/ THE CHORDETTES: Mr Sandman/ SAM COOKE: I'll Come Running Back To You/ THE CRESTS: Sixteen Candles/ BOBBY DAY: Rockin' Robin/ DION: Runaround Sue/ The Wanderer/ Where Or When/ PAUL EVENS: Hello, This Is Joannie/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Wake Up Little Susie/ When Will I Be Loved/ THE FOUR PENNIES: When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too)/ BOBBY FULLER 4: I Fought The Law/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Twist And Shout/ THE JARMELS: A Little Bit Of Soap/ THE JIVE FIVE: My True Story/ LITTLE RICHARD: Good Golly, Miss Molly/ TOMMY MCLAIN: Sweet Dreams/ CHRIS MONTEZ: Let's Dance/ THE MYSTICS: Hushabye/ AARON NEVILLE: Tell It Like It Is/ THE PENGUINS: Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)/ RANDY & THE RAINBOWS: Denise/ THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomarrow/ THE SKYLINERS: Since I Don't Have You/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: Poetry In Motion/ RITCHIE VALENS: La Bamba/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Dizzy Miss Lizzy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 446 Radio Gold, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 74 min., recommended Another of those discs that Ace does so well, a lengthy various artists look at late 50s to early 60s rock 'n' roll. The actual years here are 1956 to 1967, and the titles include Long Tall Sally by Little Richard, Donna by Ritchie Valens, Soldier Boy by the Shirelles, Nut Rocker by B. Bumble and the Stingers, Let's Dance by Chris Montez, Alley Oop by the Hollywood Argyles, Hound Dog Man by Fabian, This Time by Troy Shondell, Louie Louie by the Kingsmen, and, The Hippy Hippy Shake by Chan Romero best known from the cover by The Swinging Bluejeans. Fine sound, minimal notes, and a radio, the likes of which I have never seen before, on the cover. (DH)
JEWEL AKENS: The Birds And The Bees/ FRANKIE AVALON: Gingerbread/ BILLY BLAND: Let The Little Girl Dance/ B BUMBLE & THE STINGERS: Nut Rocker/ CATHY CARR: Ivory Tower/ THE CASINOS: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye/ BRUCE CHANNEL: Hey! Baby/ THE CHORDETTES: Lollipop/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: Bye Bye Love/ FABIAN: Hound Dog Man/ ERNIE FIELDS ORCHESTRA: In The Mood/ THE FIREBALLS: Quite A Party/ GOGI GRANT: Wayward Wind/ EDDIE HODGES: I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door/ THE HOLLYWOOD ARGYLES: Alley Oop/ THE KINGSMEN: Louie Louie/ CURTIS LEE: Pretty Little Angel Eyes/ LITTLE RICHARD: Long Tall Sally/ CHRIS MONTEZ: Let's Dance/ THE OLYMPICS: Shimmy Like My Sister Kate/ PAUL & PAULA: Hey Paula/ GENE PITNEY: Nobody Needs Your Love (Like I Do)/ CHAN ROMERO: The Hippy Hippy Shake/ DEL SHANNON: Runaway/ THE SHEPHERD SISTERS: Alone/ THE SHIRELLES: Soldier Boy/ TORY SHONDELL: This Time/ JOHNNY TILLOTSON: Send Me The Pillow You Dream On/ RITCHIE VALENS: Donna/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Bony Moronie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 557 Radio Gold, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
Another collection of pre-Beatle U.S. hits that have become popular on British oldies radio stations. 
HARRY BELAFONTE: Day-O (Banana Boat Song)/ JERRY BUTLER: Make It Easy On Yourself/ FLOYD CRAMER: On The Rebound/ THE CRICKETS: That'll Be The Day/ DANNY & THE JUNIORS: At The Hop/ FATS DOMINO: I'm In Love Again/ PAUL EVANS & THE CURLS: Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat/ BETTY EVERETT: It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)/ THE FOUR PREPS: Big Man/ THE KALIN TWINS: When/ BRENDA LEE: Sweet Nothin's/ SMILEY LEWIS: I Hear You Knocking/ JIM LOWE: The Green Door/ ROBIN LUKE: Susie Darlin'/ JOHNNY MATHIS: The Twelfth Of Never/ CHAS MCDEVITT & NANCY WHISKEY: Freight Train/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Love Is Strange/ GUY MITCHELL: Songing The Blues/ ROY ORBISON: Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)/ TONY ORLANDO: Halfway To Paradise/ JOHNNY OTIS: Willie And The Hand Jive/ JOHNNY RAY: Just Walkin' In The Rain/ MARTY ROBINS: A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)/ NEIL SEDAKA: I Go Ape/ DAVID SEVILLE: Witch Doctor/ ART & DOTTY TODD: Chanson D'Amour (Song Of Love)/ THE TOKENS: The Lion Sleeps Tonight/ JOE VALINO: The Garden Of Eden/ BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOS: Star Dust/ BILLY WILLIAMS: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 810 Radio Gold, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
After a delay Ace resumes its series featuring pre-Beatles rock 'n' roll hits popular on various international oldies radio stations. Basically this is just a fabulous collection of oldies from the 50s and the track listing speaks for itself with sides by The Contours, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, Louis Prima, LaVern Baker, Eddie Cochran, The Earls, Jackie De Shannon, Billy Ward & His Dominoes, Barbara Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Robbins, Maxine Brown, Bobby Darin and more. Being Ace I don't need to tell you that these are all original recordings directly mastered from original master tapes wherever possible - half of them in stereo. Includes 20 page booklet with lots of information and trivia and loads of photos and other ephemera - many in full colour.
LAVERN BAKER: Tweedlee Dee/ CHUCK BERRY: The Promised Land/ MAXINE BROWN: Oh No, Not My Baby/ JERRY BUTLER: Moon River/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Summertime Blues/ THE CONTOURS: Do You Love Me/ FLOYD CRAMER: Last Date/ BOBBY DARIN: Splish Splash/ JACKIE DE SHANNON: Needles And Pins/ DION AND THE BELMONTS: A Teenager In Love/ FATS DOMINO: Blueberry Hill/ THE DRIFTERS: Up On The Roof/ THE EARLS: Remember Then/ DUANE EDDY: Because They're Young/ THE EVERLY BROTHERS: All I Have To Do Is Dream/ BETTY HARRIS: Cry To Me/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Put A Spell On You/ ERSEL HICKEY: Bluebirds Over The Mountain/ JOHNNY HORTON: The Battle Of New Orleans/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Shout Pt 1/ SONNY JAMES: Young Love/ MARV JOHNSON: You Got What It Takes/ BARBARA LEWIS: Baby I'm Yours/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: It'll Be Me/ DEAN MARTIN: Memories Are Made Of This/ GENE MCDANIELS: A Hundred Pounds Of Clay/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Lover Please/ LOUIS PRIMA: Buona Sera/ MARTY ROBBINS: The Story Of My Life/ BILLY WARD & HIS DOMINOES: Deep Purple

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 495 Ram Records, Vol 1 : Shreveport Stomp ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, 59 min. recommended An enjoyable compilation of late 50's to early 60's numbers recorded for the small Ram Record Company of Shreveport, Louisiana. The label was run by one Mira Smith, an entrepreneur whose tastes were broad enough to include country, swamp pop, blues, doo-wop, and rockabilly. Variety is indeed the hallmark here. Selections include Ba Da by Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, Cheaters Can't Win by Margaret Lewis, Come Back Betty by L. C. Steel, Bow Wow Puppy Love by Jimmy Bonin, Pow Wow by Grace Tennessee and the American Spirits, Anyway You Do by Linda Branon, and El Rancho Grande Rock by the Star Marks. Highly recommended in spite of its obscurity and its relative amateurism. And up to Ace's normal high standards in all other ways. (DH)
JUNE BUG BAILEY: Louisiana Twist/ JIMMY BONIN: Bow Wow Puppy Love/ LINDA BRANNON: Any Way You Do/ I'm Leaving/ Wherever You Are/ ELGIE BROWN: Let Me Feel It/ CHARLOTTE HUNTER: Lonesome Heart/ MARGARET LEWIS: Cheaters Can't Win/ Reconsider Me/ THE LONESOME DRIFTER: Eager Boy/ BOBBY PAGE: Hippy-ti-yo/ SCATMAN PATIN & THE RAM RODS: Ginning/ SCATMAN PATIN WITH LINDA BRANNON: Red Beans And Rice/ ROY "BOOGIE BOY" PERKINS: Ba Da/ Drop Top/ ROCKY ROBIN AND THE RIFF RAFFS: What Did You Do Last Night/ THE RUN-A-WAYS: Night Creature/ SLIM AND HIS HEARTBREAKERS: Flat Foot Sam/ THE STAR MAKERS: El Rancho Grande Rock/ STEEL: Come Back Betty/ GRACE TENNESSEE AND THE AMERICAN SPIRITS: Pow Wow/ ERNEST WALKER: Lovers Land/ TROY WEBB: Baby Please Forgive Me/ VINCENT WILLIAMS: Girl In The Street/ SONNY "GOLDEN BOY" WILLIAMSON: Mailman, Mailman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 806 Rare West Coast Surf Instrumentals ● CD $18.98
24 rare tracks from the vaults of George Brown's Titan label. Includes all the sides by The Strangers and The Surfmen (who later became The Lively Ones), Davie Allen & Gary Usher, The Lancasters and others.
DAVIE ALLAN: Beyond The Blue/ Warpath/ THE LANCASTERS: Earthshakers/ Satan's Holiday/ THE PLAYBOYS: Cat Walk/ Scramble/ THE STORMS: Makin' Out/ Shot Down/ THE STRANGERS: Boogie Man/ Caterpillar Crawl/ Dance Of The Ants/ Hill Stomp/ Lost Soul/ Navajo/ Rockin' Rebel/ Young Maggie/ THE SURFMEN: Breakers/ Casanova/ El Toro/ Ghost Hop/ Malibu Run/ Paradise Cove/ GARY USHER: Driven Insane/ You're The Girl

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 311 Rarest Rockabilly & Hillbilly Boogie/ Best Of Ace Rockabilly ● CD $18.98
Oldtimers and newcomers alike should go ape over this CD pairing two of the finest rockabilly LP collections ever released - The Best Of Ace Rockabilly & Rarest Rockabilly & Hillbilly Boogie . All but 2 of the 28 tracks here were originally released on the Starday label in the 50's. There are classics galore here like Rock It & How Come It by George "Thumper" Jones, My Big Fat Baby by Sonny Hall, Everybody's Movin' and One Cup Of Coffee by Glen Glenn and Rockin' Daddy by Sonny Fisher & The Rocking Boys! Of course there are plenty more rockin' faves too by the likes of Sleepy LaBeef, Link Davis, Hal Harris, Hershel Almond, Bill Mack, Jimmy Stewart and His Night Hawks and a host of others. Git it cats.... AE
HERSHEL ALMOND WITH AL GOOD & HIS BAND: Let's Get It On/ JIMMIE DALE: Baby Doll/ Darlin'/ LINK DAVIS: Trucker From Tennessee/ SONNY FISHER: Sneaky Pete/ Rockin' Daddy/ GLEN GLENN: Everybody's Movin'/ One Cup Of Coffee/ SONNY HALL & THE ECHOES: My Big Fat Baby/ HAL HARRIS: Jitterbop Baby/ R D HENDON AND THE WESTERN JAMBOREE COWBOYS: Big Black Cat/ SLEEPY JEFFERS & THE DAVIS TWINS: My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now/ Pretending Is A Game/ JIMMY AND JOHNNY: I Can't Find The Doorknob/ BILL JOHNSON & THE DABBLERS: Umm Boy You're My Baby/ RALPH JOHNSON AND THE HILLBILLY SHOW: Henpecked Daddy/ GEORGE JONES: Rock It/ THUMPER JONES: How Come It/ SLEEPY LA BEEF: I'm Through/ Little Bit More/ BILL MACK: It's Saturday Night/ MEL PRICE: Little Dog Blues/ DANNY REEVES: I'm A Hobo/ ROCK ROGERS: My Baby Left Me/ BUDDY SHAW: Don't Sweep That Dirt On Me/ No More/ JIMMY STEWART & HIS NIGHTHAWKS: Nothin' But A Nuthin'/ THE STONEY MOUNTAIN PLAYBOYS: Stoney Mountain Boogie

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 816 Riot City! Rocking Northwest Instrumentals ● CD $18.98
31 tracks, 74 minutes, essential
The sound of the Northwest was unlike most of the rest of the country. Taking a cue from Dave Lewis' instrumental classic David's Mood, the sound not only had driving guitar, but plenty of sax & organ. This isn't a semi-bootleg of obscure tunes, but an exciting set of stuff from Jerry Dennon's Jerden label, taken from the master tapes, some with original studio chat. A real treat is finally having the flip-side David's Mood Pt 2 on CD. The biggest name here is probably Don & The Good Times with Don Gallucci, former Kingsman, future producer of Iggy & The Stooges' "Fun House", with original Paul Revere & The Raiders guitarist Pierre Oulette (future Raider Jim "Harpo" Valley was a later member) with such fine sides as Turn On & Straight Scepter. Other legendary bands heard here include Sir Raleigh & The Cupons (with Dewey Martin, future Buffalo Springfield drummer, former Bluecap Johnny Meeks & Sneaky Pete Kleinow!), The Chessmen, The Beachcomers & Rocky & His Friends who provide the jumpin' title tune. Compiled by liner note writer & El Cerrito Wonder Boy Alec Paleo. (GM)
THE ADVENTURERS: Excelsior/ THE BEACHCOMBERS: The Wheeley/ THE BELLINGHAM ACCENTS: Sampan/ THE CHECKERS: Black Cat/ THE CHESSMEN: Mr Meadowlands/ THE CLASSICS: Aces High/ THE COUNTS: Chitlins Etc Aka Chittlins Con Carne/ Clyde, Clyde, The Cow's Outside/ Feel Alright/ DANNY & THE SENIORS: Pipeline (live)/ DON & THE GOODTIMES: Straight Sceptre/ Turn On/ GENTLEMAN JIM & THE HORSEMEN: Soul Searchin'/ JAMES HENRY & THE OLYMPICS: Sticky/ THE IMPERIALS: Backyard Compost/ Chinese Checkers/ THE JESTERS: Alki Point/ JOHNNY & THE VELVETONES: Hitch Hiking Home/ Wop Sticks/ THE JUVENILES: I've Got A Woman/ LEROY & THE GALAHADS: Fidget/ Purple Peanuts/ DAVE LEWIS: David's Mood (pt 2)/ THE RAYMARKS: Backfire/ Work Song/ DOUG ROBERTSON & THE GOOD GUYS: Drivin' Home/ Quiet Riot/ ROCKY & HIS FRIENDS: Riot City/ SIR RALEIGH & THE CUPONS: Somethin' Or Other/ Whitcomb Street/ VINCE & THE VICTORS: Torquila

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 763 Rock All Night ● CD $18.98
28 tracks, 69 min., recommended. A must for all you Roger Corman fans! Based on his 1957 film "Rock All Night" (which was originally released in April 1957 on a double bill with Edward L. Cohn's "Dragstrip Girl"), some of the music was arranged (un-credited) by the California born pianist Edward Truman (Eddie) Beal (1910-1984), who's roots in R&B go back to playing with Buddy Banks, on Percy Mayfield's Please Send Me Someone To Love, and being the musical director-arranger for The Platters. Beal's combo can be heard accompanying the title track Rock All Night (by The Blockbusters), and on 2 sides sung by R&B diva Nora Hayes and written by Buck Ram The Great Pretender/I Guess I Won't Hang Around Anymore. Nora Hayes was a pseudonym for the nineteen year old Patricia (Patti Ann) Mesner, daughter of Edward & Theresa Riese Mesner (of Aladdin Records). The original Mercury album was produced by Buck Ram, and for this CD reissue, 4 cuts have been omitted, including 2 sides each by The Platters and Eddie Beal. Ace has supplemented this soundtrack with other Buck Ram (mostly Antler) productions, including extra tracks by The Blockbusters (who played themselves in the movie, and were actually 2 unrelated bands!), Dolly Cooper, Linda Cardinale, Johnny Olenn, Bill Peck, Ray Scott (aka Walter Springs), The Teen Queens, Troopers, and saxophonist Earle Warren. With excellent CD notes by Bill Millar, I guarantee you'll need to re-read the notes as it's full of new data! (EL)
EDDIE BEAL COMBO: Breezin'/ Honey Buggin'/ THE BLOCKBUSTERS: Full Time Baby/ Good Gosh Golly/ I Wanna Rock Now/ Nobody To Love/ Raunchy (twist)/ Rock & Roll Guitar (part 1) (instrumental)/ Rock & Roll Guitar (part 2) (vocal)/ Rock All Night/ Take It And Git/ LINDA CARDINALE: That Crazy Feeling/ DOLLY COOPER: Big Rock Inn/ I'm Looking Through Your Window/ NORA HAYES: The Great Pretender/ I Guess I Won't Hang Around Anymore/ BENNY JOY: Bundle Of Love/ JOHNNY OLENN: Shake, Rattle And Roll/ Tutti Frutti/ Born Reckless/ For The First Time (come Prima)/ The Magic Touch/ BILL PECK: Alligator With The Blue Suede Shoes/ Opportunity/ RAY SCOTT: Let's Be Friends/ THE TEEN QUEENS: Eddie My Love/ THE TROOPERS: You're Making Me Nervous/ EARL WARREN: Poinciana

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCH 191 Rockabilly Shakeout ● CD $18.98
The majority of these mid-to-late 50's tracks come from the Houston-based Starday company. A wide variety of styles under the umbrella term "rockabilly" are represented, making a wonderful introduction to that country genre. Included are two by the seriously deranged Glenn Barber Shadow My Baby and Atom Bomb, which recommends dancing during total annihilation. Benny Joy's Spin The Bottle is classic wild man stuff, as is Sonny Hall & The Echoes My Big Fat Baby, which sounds like Little Richard at a barn-raising party. Meanwhile, Jimmy & Johnny's My Little Baby and Byron Johnson's True Affection offer a more sedate brand of hillbilly rock. This CD reissues the Ace LP and adds a healthy 9 cuts - the textbook perfect Hang Loose by Tommy Spurlin, Charlie Feathers' Wild Wild Party from 1961, and Boppin' Wigwam Willie by Ray Scott among them. (JC)
GLEN BARBER: Atom Bomb/ Shadow My Baby/ EDDIE BOND: Here Comes That Train/ LINK DAVIS: Slipping And Sliding/ DEE AND PATTY: Gee Whiz/ JIMMY EVANS: The Joint's Really Jumping/ CHARLIE FEATHERS: Wild Wild Party/ PAT FERGUSON: Fool I Am/ TRUITT FOESE: Chicken Bop/ RUDDY GADDIS: Uranium Fever/ BOBBY GARRETT AND ROY LEE'S COMBO: Short Skirts/ SONNY HALL & THE ECHOES: My Big Fat Baby/ HAL HARRIS: I Don't Know When/ THOMAS INGLE: Rockin' At The Y/ JIMMY AND JOHNNY: My Little Baby/ BYRON JOHNSON: True Affection/ HOYT JOHNSON: Eenie Meenie Minie Mo/ BENNY JOY: Spin The Bottle/ SLEEPY LA BEEF: All The Time/ MERLE LINDSAY: Hey Hey Little Boy Blue/ BILL MACK: Cat's Just Got Back In Town/ HOYT SCOGGINS: Tennessee Rock/ RAY SCOTT: Boppin' Wigwam Willie/ TOMMY SPURLIN: Hang Loose/ GENE WYATT: Prettiest Girl At The Dance

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 496 Rockin' From Coast To Coast ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended A terrific collection of (mostly) late 50s rockers showing how rock 'n' roll had taken over the country with great sounds emanating from small studios throughout the country. Apart from Freddy Cannon's great Bo Diddley flavored Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It and 12 year old Brenda Lee's Rock The Bop most of the recordings are pretty obscure and many are making their first legitimate appearance on CDs. Lots of energetic guitar, honking saxes and pounding piano on an all up-tempo selection. Among the highlights are bluesman Roy Gaines' Skippy Is A Sissy with ear bending guitar, a personal favorite Flirty Gerty by The Jiv-A-Tones with it's wonderful garage band atmosphere and jangly guitar, Billy Barrix's Cool Off Baby - a rare excursion into rockabilly by Chess and Tyrone Schmidling's crazed You're Gone, I'm Left. Lots more goodies from Sam Butera, Big Danny Oliver, The Rio Rockers, Tiny Lewis, Roy Clark (yes the Roy Clark), Jeani Mack, Jackie Morningstar, Esquerita, The Lonesome Drifter, Lou Josie, Lou Graham, Pat Cupp & The Flying saucers and more. Superb sound (from master tapes wherever possible) and extensive notes by Rob Finnis in the 16 page booklet with lots of interesting facts and anecdotes about the recordings plus rare photos and label shots. A rockin' treasure trove. (FS)
BILLY BARRIX: Cool Off Baby/ SAM BUTERA: Bim Bam/ FREDDY CANNON: Buzz Buzz A-diddle-it/ ROY CLARK: Please Mr. Mayor/ PAT CUPP & THE FLYING SAUCERS: Long Gone Daddy/ LEE DENSON WITH EDDIE COCHRAN: New Shoes/ LONESOME DRIFTER: Eager Boy/ BILLY ELDRIDGE & THE FIREBALLS: Let's Go Baby/ ESQUERITA: Rockin' The Joint/ ROY GAINES: Skippy Is A Sissy/ LOU GRAHAM: Wee Willie Brown/ JERRY HAWKINS: Swing Daddy Swing/ THE JIV-A-TONES VOCAL BY DEAN STEVENS: Flirty Gertie/ LOU JOSIE: Why Did You Leave Me/ BRENDA LEE: Rock The Bop/ TINY LEWIS: Too Much Rockin'/ JEANI MACK: Dirty Dishes/ JACKIE MORNINGSTA: Rockin' In The Graveyard/ BIG DANNY OLIVER: Sapphire/ THE RAIDERS: Hocus Pocus/ THE RIO ROCKERS: Mexicali Baby/ TYRONE SCHMIDLING: You're Gone, I'm Left/ Honey Don't/ JOE SOUTH: I'm Snowed/ THE VALIANTS: Frieda Frieda

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 715 Rockin' From Coast To Coast, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
26 rockers from the 50s.
JOHNNY BELL: Flip, Flop And Fly/ ROY BROWN: Saturday Night/ BILLY CARROLL: Big Green Car/ JOHNNY CARROLL: Sugar Lips/ RIC CARTEY: Scratchin' On My Screen/ THE CATALINAS: Speechless/ JOE CLAY: Duck Tail/ Sixteen Chicks/ DON COLE: Snake Eyed Mama/ BUDDY COVELLE: Lorraine/ G L CROCKETT: Look Out Mabel/ RONNIE DEE: Action Packed/ JOYCE HARRIS & THE DAYLIGHTERS: Got My Mojo Working/ ERSEL HICKEY: Goin' Down That Road/ JOEL HILL WITH THE STRANGERS: I Thought It Over/ BENNY INGRAM: Jello Sal/ WANDA JACKSON: Let's Have A Party/ JESSE JAMES: Red Hot Rockin' Blues/ THE KING BEES: Buzzin'/ RONNIE PEARSON: I Dig That Gal The Most/ She Bops A Lot/ SUGAR PIE & PEEWEE: One, Two, Let's Rock/ TARHEEL SLIM: No 9 Train/ Wildcat Tamer/ BIG T TYLER: King Kong/ GENE WYATT: Lover Boy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 758 Rockin' On Broadway - The Time/Brent/ Shad Story ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended. Excellent collection of rock 'n' roll and pop issued by Bob Shad's Time, Brent & Shad labels in the late 50s and early 60s (plus a couple previously unissued). It includes several big hits including the hypnotic I've Had It by The Bell Notes, the poppish It Was I and Cherry Pie by Skip & Flip and the great rocking Clap Your Hands by The Beau-Marks from Canada. Other highlights include the rocking doo-wop cut Who's That Knocking from The Genies, Rusty Isabell's wonderful piano led instrumental Firewater, a great hard driving version of Sonny Burgess's Red Headed Woman by Tennessee rockabilly Wayne Worley, the beautiful and soulful Oh My Angel by Bertha Tillman and two cuts by excellent girl group The Donays including the original of Devil In His Heart which was covered by four guys from Liverpool. This set also features the earliest recordings of Lou Reed - two unissued solo cuts as Lewis Reed and two as member of The Jades - all cuts a million miles from the Velvet Underground? There are a couple of bizarre cuts here I Hate People by Brad & Jerry and Bury The Hatchet from Chuck & The Chuckles (actually Gary Paxton & Clyde Battin). Rounding things out are Tony Farrell, Leslie Harris, Don Jordan, The Knockouts, Lee Greenlee, Latino rocker Eddie Quinteros, Jody Reynolds and Pete & The Minute Men. Usual quality production from Ace with superb sound and 12 page booklet with notes by Rob Finnis and a bunch of photos. (FS)
THE BEAU-MARKS: Clap Your Hands/ Oh Joan/ THE BELL NOTES: Be Mine/ I've Had It/ White Buckskin Sneakers And Checkerboard Socks/ BRAD & JERRY: The People Hater/ CHUCK & CHUCKLES: Bury The Hatchet/ THE DONAYS: Bad Boy/ Devil In His Heart/ TONY FARRELL: Stumpty Stump/ THE GENIES: Who's That Knocking/ LEE GREENLEE: Starlight/ LESLIE HARRIS: Come On Little Sarah/ RUSTY ISABELL: Firewater/ THE JADES: Leave Her For Me/ So Blue/ DON JORDAN: Hypnotized/ THE KNOCKOUTS: Darling Lorraine/ Riot In Room 3 C/ PETE & THE MINUTE MEN: Barracuda/ EDDIE QUINTEROS: Come Dance With Me/ Slow Down Sandy/ LEWIS REED: Merry Go 'Round/ Your Love/ JODY REYNOLDS: Raggedy Ann/ SKIP & FLIP: Betty Jean/ Cherry Pie/ It Was I/ BERTHA TILLMAN: Oh My Angel/ WAYNE WORLEY: Red Headed Woman

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 818 Shreveport High Steppers ● CD $18.98
27 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended
A terrific collection of rockabilly and rocking country from the vaults of Mira Smith's Ram label in Shreveport recorded between 1956 and '59. This is the stuff I like with a raw stripped down sound - twangy vocals with mostly two guitars and bass with some occasional drums and piano and only two tracks with sax. Star of the set is Thomas Johnson (aka The Lonesome Drifter) who has ten tracks including the fabulous Eager Boy and Teardrop Valley which are justifiably considered rockabilly classics with their soulful bluesy vocals and hot guitar work. His other tracks are also fine - some not originally issued. James Wilson's two fine cuts from 1956 were Ram's first rockabilly issue and also marked the first appearance on record of James Burton who is also featured on several other cuts here. Buddy Sepaugh presumably figured his real name wasn't catchy enough so he adopted the pseudonym of Endom Spires (go figure!) - he does a great rockin' version of Johnny Bond's I Wonder Where You Are Tonight. Linda Brannon has one of the only ballads here Just Another Lie - with the stark backup of just two guitars she turns in a fabulously powerful and bluesy vocal. Lots of other fine sides here from Mack & Gwen & The Country Playboys, Joe Osborne (a hot previously unissued instrumental), Margaret Lewis, Leon Post, Toby Johnson (two superb previously unissued sides) and others. Usual high quality Ace sound and presentation. A real winner! (FS)
LINDA BRANNON: Just Another Lie/ CHARLOTTE HUNTER: I'll Be True/ Wherever You Are/ MARGARET LEWIS: Shake A Leg/ Goin' To St Louie/ LARRY LINCOLN: My Baby Went Away/ That'll Hold You/ THE LONESOME DRIFTER: Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues/ Eager Boy/ Honey Do You Think Of Me/ I Wished It Wasn't So/ I'll Be Lonesome When You're Gone/ I'll Take A Chance/ I'm Gonna Quit My Crying/ No Loving No Rocking Blues/ Teardrop Valley/ This Old World Don't Seem The Same/ MACK AND GWEN & THE COUNTRY PLAYBOYS: Baby I Want Another Date/ JOE OSBORNE: Rovin'/ LEON POST: Dollie In The Dirt Boogie/ ENDOM SPIRES: I Wonder Where You Are Tonight/ ROY WAYNE: Any Way You Do/ Honey Won't You Listen/ JAMES WILSON & THE JIMMIE CATS: Wilson's Blues No/ You Won't Know Why 'til I'm Gone

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 704 Starday Dixie Rockabillies, Vol. 1 ● CD $18.98
24 tracks of classic rockabilly from Lucky Wray, Bill Willis, Orange Ray Hubbard, Eddie Skelton, Rudy Grayzell, Mack Banks and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 708 Starday Dixie Rockabillies, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
This second collection features 24 rare and great sides by Groovey Joe Poovey, Corky Jones, Jimmie Lee & The Playboys, Alton Guyon, Hal Payne, Billy Match & The Starfires, John Wrothan and others.
ALTON GUYON: Bop Bobby Sox Bop/ Coffee Baby/ THE HI-LITERS (VOCAL JOE FRANKLIN): Big Bad Wolf/ Dance Me To Death/ CORKY JONES: Hot Dog/ Rhythm And Booze/ JIMMY LEE & THE PLAYBOYS: Three Little Wishes/ THE LOVE BROTHERS: Baby, I'll Never Let You Go/ BILLY MATCH & THE STARFIRES: I Want My Baby/ LATTIE MOORE: Why Did You Lie To Me?/ ORELLA MYERS: Rock'n'Roll Boogie/ TOMMY NELSON & BAND: Danglin' On A String/ DANIEL NIX & THE COMPENSATION BOYS: Compensation Blues/ HAL PAYNE: Honky Tonk Stomp/ JOE POOVEY: My Life's Ambition/ Sweet Louella aka Louella/ Careful Baby/ Move Around/ EDDIE SEACRIST & ROLLING ROCKETS: Dancing To The Rhythm Of A Rock'n'Roll Band/ RAY STRONG: You're Gonna Reap What You Sow/ FUZZY WHITENER WITH JERRY DYKES & HIS BAND: Sugar Buggar/ JOHN WORTHAN: The Cats Were Jumpin'/ LUCKY WRAY: Got Another Baby/ What'cha Say Honey?

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 406 Teen Beat ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, recommended Great collection of rockin' instrumentals - mostly hits from the 50s & early 60s including Teen Beat by Sandy nelson, Walk - Don't Run by The Ventures, Memphis by Lonnie Mack, Wild Weekend by The Rockin' Rebels, The Happy Organ by dave "Baby" Cortez, Topsy Part 2 by Cozy Cole, So Rare by The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Rumble by Link Wray and more by Ernie Freeman, The Tune Rockers, The Champs, The Spacemen, The Virtues, Ernie Fields Orchestra, Preston Epps, B.Bumble & Stingers, The Fireballs, The Van-Dells and others. Superb sound and informative notes by Rob Burt. (FS)
ARVEE ALLENS: Fast Freight/ B BUMBLE & THE STINGERS: Nut Rocker/ THE CHAMPS: Midnighter/ Tequila/ COZY COLE: Topsy II/ DAVE "BABY" CORTEZ: The Happy Organ/ FATS DOMINO: Swanee River Hop/ JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA: So Rare/ PRESTON EPPS: Bongo Rock/ ERNIE FIELDS: In The Mood/ THE FIREBALLS: Bulldog/ Torquay/ ERNIE FREEMAN: Raunchy/ RENE HALL: Twitchy/ THE HOT-TODDYS: Rockin' Crickets/ JOHNNY JENKINS: Spunky/ THE JIVE-A-TONES: Wild Bird/ LONNIE MACK: Memphis/ Wham/ SANDY NELSON: Teen Beat/ THE ROCKIN' REBELS: Wild Weekend/ THE ROYALTONES: Poor Boy/ THE SPACEMEN: The Clouds/ THE STRING-A-LONGS: Wheels/ THE TUNE ROCKERS: The Green Mosquito/ THE VAN-DELLS: Slumber Party/ THE VENTURES: Walk, Don't Run/ THE VIRTUES: Guitar Boogie Shuffle/ LINK WRAY: Rumble/ THE YELLOW JACKETS: So What

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 522 Teen Beat, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 70 min., recommended. Superior, high energy collection of late fifties-early sixties instrumentals from a variety of labels, including Challenge, Swan, RCA, Clock, Rendezvous, Jamie, Palette, Original Sound, Excello, Enjoy, and others. The emphasis is on rockin', though occasional cuts owe as much to the late 1940s sound (see Reg Owen Orchestra) as they do Chuck Berry. Vince Guaraldi Trio's Cast Your Fate To The Wind and Perez Prado Orchestra's Patricia are exceptions to the guitar-heavy, sax honkin' rule as laid down by The Teen Beats (Califf Boogie), Duane Eddy & The Rebels (Ramrod/ Rebel Rouser, The Rip Tides(Machine Gun), The Atmospheres (The Fickle Chicken/ Kabalo), B Bumble & The Stinger (Apple Knocker), and many more. Topflight stuff in generous amounts. (JC)
CHET ATKINS: Boo Boo Stick Beat/ Teensville/ THE ATMOSPHERES: Fickle Chicken/ Kabalo/ SKIPPY BROOKS: Doin' The Horse/ BOOTS BROWN & THE BLOCKBUSTERS: Cerveza/ ROY BUCHANAN: Mule Train Stomp/ Pretty Please/ B BUMBLE & THE STINGERS: Apple Knocker/ THE CHAMPS: El Rancho Rock/ LES COOPER AND THE SOUL ROCKERS: Wiggle Wobble/ DAVE "BABY" CORTEZ: Mardi Gras (The Blues)/ FLOYD CRAMER: Flip, Flop And Bop/ KING CURTIS AND THE NOBLE KNIGHTS: Soul Twist/ DUANE EDDY AND THE REBELS: Ramrod/ Rebel Rouser/ ERNIE FIELDS ORCHESTRA: Hucklebuck/ THE FIREBALLS: The Carioca/ THE VINCE GUARALDI TRIO: Cast Your Fate To The Wind/ GUITAR GABLE: Guitar Rhumbo/ NAT KENDRICK & THE SWANS: Dish Rag/ SANDY NELSON: Big Jump/ REG OWEN ORCHESTRA: Manhattan Spiritual/ PEREZ PRADO ORCHESTRA: Patricia/ THE RIP TIDES: Machine Gun/ JIMMY RIVERS COMBO: The Blue Eagle/ THE ROLLER COASTERS: Wild Twist/ THE STRING-A-LONGS: Mathilda/ THE TEEN BEATS: Califf Boogie/ GARY USHER: Power Shift

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 602 Teen Beat, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
30 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended An exceedingly hot collection of rockin' instrumentals from the late 50s and early 60 (with the occasional smoocher). It includes one of my all time favorites - the two part You Can't Sit Down by Philip Upchurch Combo plus Quite A Party by The Fireballs, Mau Mau by The Wailers, Walking With Mr. Lee by Lee Allen, Stick Shift by The Duals, Ramroad by Al Casey, the wonderful chaotic and bluesy Heat by The Rockin' R's, Baja by The Astronauts, Hot Pastrami by The Dartells, Wolf Call by Lord Dent & His Invaders and many more. LEE ALLEN & HIS BAND: Walking With Mr Lee/ THE ASTRONAUTS: Baja (pronounced Ba-ha)/ THE ATMOSPHERES: Telegraph/ BUMPS BLACKWELL: Sumpin' Jumpin'/ OWEN BRADLEY QUINTET: Big Guitar/ AL CASEY: Ramrod/ THE CHAMPS: Too Much Tequila/ THE CHANTAYS: Pipeline/ THE DARTELLS: Hot Pastrami/ LORD DENT & HIS INVADERS: Wolf Call/ JIMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA: Jay-dee's Boogie Woogie/ THE DUALS: Stick Shift/ DUANE EDDY: Moovin' 'n' Groovin'/ THE FIREBALLS: Quite A Party/ PLAS JOHNSON: Blue Jean Shuffle/ BUDDY LUCAS: I Want To Know/ ARTHUR LYMAN: Yellow Bird/ THE MEGATRONS: Velvet Waters/ THE RAMRODS: (Ghost) Riders In The Sky/ THE ROCK-A-TEENS: Woo-hoo/ THE ROCKIN' R'S: Heat/ THE RONDELS: Back Beat No.1/ THE STRING-A-LONGS: Brass Buttons/ THE SURFARIS: Wipe Out/ TROY & THE T-BIRDS: Twistle/ THE TEEN BEATS: The Slop Beat/ PHILIP UPCHURCH COMBO: You Can't Sit Down (part 1)/ You Can't Sit Down (part 2)/ THE VENTURES: Perfidia/ THE WAILERS: Mau Mau

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 655 Teen Beat, Vol. 4 ● CD $18.98
30 more rockin' instrumentals in this great series - includes Brontosaurus Stomp by The Piltdown Men, Ptere Gunn by Ray Anthony, Raunchy by Bill Justis, Tuff by Ace Cannon, Asia Minor by Kokomo, the bizarre Unitar Rock from Willie Joe and more from The Bobby Fuller Four, Bill Black's Combo, Hank Levine, Lonnie Mack, The Megatons and more.
RAY ANTHONY: Peter Gunn/ BILL BLACK'S COMBO: Smokie (part 1)/ Smokie (part 2)/ BOOTS BROWN & THE BLOCKBUSTERS: Trollin'/ THE BUSTERS: Astronauts/ Bust Out/ ACE CANNON: Tuff/ THE CENTURIANS: Bullwinkle Pt Ii/ GARNELL COOPER & THE KINFOLKS: Green Monkey/ DAVE 'BABY' CORTEZ: Rinky Dink/ WES DAKUS: Side Winder/ THE FATIMAS: Sandstorm/ ERNIE FIELDS: Honky Tonk/ THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR: The Lonely Dragster/ THE HOLLYWOOD PERSUADERS: Drums A-go-go/ BILL JUSTIS: Raunchy/ MOE KOFFMAN QUARTETTE: The Swingin' Shepherd Blues/ KOKOMO: Asia Minor/ HANK LEVINE: Image Pt 1/ Image Pt.2/ LONNIE MACK: Chicken Pickin'/ THE MEGATONS: Shimmy, Shimmy Walk Pt 1/ Shimmy, Shimmy Walk Pt 2/ DAVE MEYERS & THE SURFTONES: Church Key/ THE NITE ROCKERS: Nite Rock/ THE PILTDOWN MEN: Brontosaurus Stomp/ GOOGIE RENE: Wiggle Tail Pt 2/ TROY & THE T-BIRDS: Take Ten/ TRAVIS WAMMACK: Scratchy/ WILLIE JOE: Unitar Rock

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 766 Teen Beat, Vol. 5 ● CD $18.98
The fifth collection of rock 'n' roll instrumental features 30 tracks from late 50s and early 60. 
CHUCK ALAIMO QUARTET: Leap Frog/ SIL AUSTIN: Slow Walk/ DOC BAGBY: Dumplin's/ BILLY JOE & THE CHECKMATES: Percolator/ JAMES BOOKER: Gonzo/ BOOKER T & THE MGS: Green Onions/ RAY BRYANT COMBO: The Madison Time (pt 1)/ MARTIN DENNY: Quiet Village/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk (pt 1)/ Honky Tonk (pt 2)/ THE FRANTICS: Werewolf/ PHIL HARVEY: Bumbershoot/ JIMMIE & THE NIGHT HOPPERS: Night Hop/ THE KINGSMEN: Week End/ THE MAR-KETS: Surfer's Stomp/ THE MAR-KEYS: Last Night/ MARK II: Night Theme/ SANDY NELSON: Let There Be Drums/ JACK NITZSCHE: The Lonely Surfer/ PAT & THE SATELLITES: Jupiter-c/ THE PYRAMIDS: Penetration/ BOOTS RANDOLPH: Yakety Sax/ PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: Like Long Hair/ THE ROUTERS: Let's Go (pony)/ THE RUMBLERS: Boss/ ARTHUR SMITH & HIS CRACKER-JACKS: Guitar Boogie/ THE SURFARIS: Point Panic/ THE T-BONES: No Matter What Shape (your Stomach's In)/ LINK WRAY: Raw-hide

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 640 Teenage Crush ● CD $18.98
28 track collection of teen anguish ballads all of which made the top 100 between 1957 and '65 - most made the top 20 - all from original master tapes. Includes Steve Lawrence's Pretty Blue Eyes issued on CD from master tape for the first time. 
PAUL ANKA: Love Me Warm And Tender/ FRANKIE AVALON: Bobby Sox To Stockings/ JESSE BELVIN: Guess Who/ MEL CARTER: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me/ MIKE CLIFFORD: Close To Cathy/ MARK DINNING: Teen Angel/ CARL DOBKINS JR: My Heart Is An Open Book/ RAL DONNER: You Don't Know What You Got/ TOMMY EDWARDS: It's All In The Game/ THE FLEETWOODS: Tragedy/ THE G-CLEFS: I Understand/ DON GIBSON: Sweet Dreams/ BOBBY HELMS: My Special Angel/ BRIAN HYLAND: Sealed With A Kiss/ STEVE LAWRENCE: Pretty Blue Eyes/ THE LETTERMEN: The Way You Look Tonight/ JULIE LONDON: Cry Me A River/ JOHNNY MATHIS: Chances Are/ RAY PETERSON: Tell Laura I Love Her/ PHIL PHILLIPS AND THE TWILIGHTS: Sea Of Love/ THE PONI-TAILS: Born Too Late/ TOMMY SANDS: Teenage Crush/ JACK SCOTT: What In The World's Come Over You/ NEIL SEDAKA: The Diary/ CONWAY TWITTY: It's Only Make Believe/ BOBBY VEE: Devil Or Angel/ ADAM WADE: Take Good Care Of Her/ JERRY WALLACE: How The Time Flies

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 701 Teenage Crush, Vol. 2 ● CD $18.98
Second collection of 28 teen rock ballads from the late 50s & early 60s.
FRANKIE AVALON: Venus/ TONY BELLUS: Robbin' The Cradle/ BROOK BENTON: Endlessly/ THE BROWNS: The Three Bells/ JOHNNY BURNETTE: You're Sixteen/ THE CASTELLS: So This Is Love/ JIMMY CLANTON: Venus In Blue Jeans/ EDDIE COCHRAN: Sittin' In The Balcony/ BOBBY CURTOLA: Fortune Teller/ BOBBY DARIN: Dream Lover/ SKEETER DAVIS: The End Of The World/ JIMMY ELLEDGE: Funny (how Time Slips Away)/ PERCY FAITH: The Theme From "a Summer Place"/ LARRY FINNEGAN: Dear One/ THE FLAMINGOS: I Only Have Eyes For You/ THE FLEETWOODS: Come Softly To Me/ LARRY HALL: Sandy/ GEORGE HAMILTON IV: A Rose And A Baby Ruth/ BRIAN HYLAND: Let Me Belong To You/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Since I Met You Baby/ GARRY MILES: Look For A Star/ RICKY NELSON: Teenager's Romance/ JIMMIE RODGERS: Honeycomb/ CONNIE STEVENS: Sixteen Reasons (why I Love You)/ BILLY STORM: I've Come Of Age/ ED TOWNSEND: For Your Love/ RITCHIE VALENS: Donna/ DALE WARD: Letter From Sherry

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 790 Teenage Crush, Vol. 3 ● CD $18.98
Third compilation of teen oriented pop-rock features 28 tracks from 1957 to 1964.
GINO & GINA: Pretty Baby/ DONNIE BROOKS: Mission Bell/ GLEN CAMPBELL: Turn Around, Look At Me/ KENNY CHANDLER: Heart/ DEE CLARK: Raindrops/ KEN COPELAND: Pledge Of Love/ JOHNNY CRAWFORD: Rumors/ THE DEMENSIONS: Over The Rainbow/ RAL DONNER: Girl Of My Best Friend/ DONNIE AND THE DREAMERS: Count Every Star/ THE ECHOES: Baby Blue/ FABIAN: String Along/ JOHNNY FERGUSON: Angela Jones/ THE FIREFLIES: I Can't Say Goodbye/ JAMES GILREATH: Little Band Of Gold/ THE INNOCENTS: Honest I Do/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Talk To Me, Talk To Me/ JERRY KELLER: Here Comes Summer/ ROD LAUREN: If I Had A Girl/ RAY PETERSON: Corrina, Corrina/ JOEY POWERS: Midnight Mary/ FLOYD ROBINSON: Makin' Love/ TOMMY ROE: Sheila/ RONNIE AND THE HI-LITES: I Wish That We Were Married/ TERRY STAFFORD: Suspicion/ RANDY STARR: After School/ GARY STITES: Lonely For You/ JERRY WALLACE WITH THE JEWELS: Primrose Lane

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 36 Texas Rockabilly ● CD $18.98
28 tracks drawn from the Sarg label.
GLEN BLAND & THE RHYTHM KINGS: Mean Gene/ GLEN BLAND WITH THE RHYTHM KINGS: When My Baby Passes By/ HARMON BOAZEMAN: No Love In You/ LINK DAVIS: Cockroach/ THE DOWNBEATS: Come On Over/ Oh Please/ EDDIE DUGOSH & THE AH-HA PLAYBOYS: Strange Kinda Feeling/ DICK FAGIN: I Got A Ticket/ I Gotta Learn/ JIMMY FARMER WITH THE NOTES: Long Black Train/ BASH HOFFNER & THE PEARL RAMBLERS: Rockin' And A-Bopin'/ CHESTER MCINTYRE: I'm Gonna Rock With My Baby Tonight/ THE MEDALIONS: Home Town/ THE MIDNIGHTERS: Rockin' Romance/ Yes Baby, I'm Scared/ THE MOODS: Let Me Have Your Love/ Little Alice/ CECIL MOORE: (I Lost My) Little Baby/ Walkin' Fever/ Diamond Back/ Moonshine/ My Money's Gone/ Stormy/ JIMMY PAYNE & THE MIDNIGHTERS: I Get The Blues/ JEFF STONE: Everybody Rock/ AL URBAN: Gonna Be Better Times/ Lookin' For Money/ Won't Tell You Her Name

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 815 Them Rockabilly Cats ● CD $18.98
26 track collection of classic rockabilly sides from the 50s and early 60s - a mix of well known tracks and rarities.No real theme here - just great music with great sound and a 12 page illustrated booklet.
JIMMY ARROLL: Big Green Car/ PAT CUPP: That Girl Of Mine/ CURLEY JIM & THE BILLEY ROCKS: Rock'n' Roll Itch/ EDDIE DUGOSH & THE RED TOPS: Strange Kinda Feelin'/ JACK EARLS: Slow Down/ AL FERRIER: Let's Go Boppin Tonight/ SONNY FISHER: Rockin' Daddy/ GLEN GLENN: I'm Glad My Baby's Gone Away/ JIMMY & JOHNNY: I Can't Find The Doorknob/ SLEEPY LA BEEF: Ain't Going To Take It/ WAYNE MCGINNIS WITH THE SWING TEENS: Lonesome Rhythm Blues/ SPARKLE MOORE WITH DAN BELLOC & ORCH: Rock-a-bop/ CARL PERKINS: Where The Rio Del Rosa Flows/ WHITEY PULLEN: Everybody's Rockin'/ Walk My Way Back Home/ DAVID RAY: Lonesome Baby Blues/ BILLY LEE RILEY: Red Hot/ MEL ROBBINS: Save It/ RONNIE SELF: Bop-a-lena/ RED SMILEY: Take A Ride/ TOMMY SPURLIN & THE SOUTHERN BOYS: Hang Loose/ DON TERRY: Knee Shakin'/ PRENTICE THOMAS: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/ JUNIOR THOMPSON & THE METEORS: Mama's Little Baby/ RICHARD TURLEY: Makin' Love With My Baby/ HAPPY WAINWRIGHT: Juke Box Rock

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHK 798 This Is Louisiana - Swamp Pop & Cajun From Bayou Country ● CD $11.98
18 track, budget price compilation of Louisiana swamp pop and Cajun from the period 1959 to 1991 - Johnnie Allen, Nathan Abshire, Cleveland Crochet, Huey "Piano" Smith, Danny White, Belton Richard, Margaret Smith and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 634 Toes On The Nose - 32 Surf Age Instrumentals ● CD $18.98
Surf, hot rod and space material recorded for Liberty, Capitol and Imperial in 1963 & '64.
RICHIE ALLEN & THE PACIFIC SURFERS: Surf Man/ The Quiet Surf/ JERRY COLE & HIS SPACEMEN: Midnight Surfer/ Outer Limits/ Pipeline/ EDDIE & THE SHOWMEN: Border Town/ Faraway Places/ Lanky Bones/ Mr Rebel/ Scratch/ Squad Car/ Toes On The Nose/ We Are The Young/ Young And Lonely/ THE GHOULS: Coffin Nails/ Dracula's Theme/ Voodoo Juice/ THE HO-DADS: Legends/ Space Race/ SANDY NELSON: Casbah/ THE RALLY-PACKS: Bucket Seats/ THE SUPER STOCKS: Gridiron Goodie/ Midnight Run/ Newport Beach/ Oceanside/ Redondo Beach/ The Last Walk/ Trophy Run/ Ventura/ THE VULCANES: Moon Probe/ Twilight City

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 416 Voices Of America - Vocal Harmony Groups, Then & Now ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 76 min., recommended This compilation is a brief survey course in the development of vocal group harmony, spanning the time between the Ink Spots and their musical descendants, which is to say from 1944-92. In between are The Dell-Vikings, The Moonglows, The Orioles,The Robins, The Ravens, The Four Aces, The Happenings, The Marcels, Jerry Butler and The Impressions, Dion & The Belmonts, The Valentinos (1991), The Heartbeats, and much more. Doo Wop fans may already have many of the tracks here, but hearing the dramatic evolution of sound from The Andrews Sisters to The Chi-Lites and beyond in so brief a time makes for an interesting ride. (JC)
THE ANDREWS SISTERS: Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree/ THE BEACH BOYS: Do It Again/ JERRY BUTLER AND THE IMPRESSIONS: For Your Precious Love/ THE CAPRIS: Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love)/ THE CHI-LITES: Have You Seen Her/ THE DELL-VIKINGS: Whispering Bells/ THE DELLS: Oh What A Nite/ DION & THE BELMONTS: I Wonder Why/ THE FOUR ACES: Heart Of My Heart/ THE FOUR PREPS: Catalina I Love You/ THE FOUR VAGABONDS: PS, I Love You/ THE HAPPENINGS: I Got Rhythm/ THE HEARTBEATS: Crazy For You/ THE INK SPOTS: I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire/ THE JEWELS: Opportunity/ THE MAIN INGREDIENT: Everybody Plays The Fool/ THE MARCELS: Blue Moon/ THE MILLS BROTHERS: Till Then/ THE MOONGLOWS: Sincerely/ THE ORIOLES: Crying In The Chapel/ THE RAVENS: Count Every Star/ THE RIVILEERS: A Thousand Stars/ THE ROBINS: A Fool Such As I/ THE SCHOOLBOYS: Please Say You Want Me/ SHAI: If I Ever Fall In Love/ THE VALENTINOS: Chapel Of Dreams

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 699 West Texas Bop ● CD $18.98
24 cuts of Texas rock 'n' roll and rockabilly recorded at the Norman Petty studios in Clovis, New Mexico in the late 50s and early 60s. 11 tracks are previously unissued and most of the rest are making their first appearance on CD. Includes a couple of cuts with Buddy Holly on guitar. Includes Sonny West's classic Rock-Ola Baby plus sides by Peanuts Wilson, Weldon Rogers, The Nighthawks, Sonny Curtis, Gary Tollett, Ronnie Smith and others.
JACK & JIM: Midnight Monsters Hop/ WES BRYAN: Blue Baby/ I Just Want Your Love/ SONNY CURTIS: Talk About My Baby/ EARL HENRY: Whatcha Gonna Do/ JACK HUDDLE: Starlight/ DON LANIER & THE ROSES: Tease/ THE NIGHTHAWKS: All A Your Love/ Good Time Girl/ Queen Of Love/ When Sin Stops Love Begins/ WELDON ROGERS: So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye/ The Sale Of Broken Hearts/ Tryin' To Get To You/ RONNIE SMITH: My Babe/ GARY TOLLETT: Honey, Honey/ SONNY WEST: Rock-ola Ruby/ Sweet Rockin' Baby/ PEANUTS WILSON: Cast Iron Arm/ I've Had It/ My Heartbeat/ Paper Boy/ You've Got Everything/ You've Got Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 648 Where The Girls Are ● CD $18.98
24 girl group and solo sides from the 60s.
THE AVONS: Push A Little Harder/ BABY JANE & ROCKABYES: How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?/ IDALIA BOYD: Hula Hoppin'/ BARBARA BROWN: Sometimes I Wonder/ CAROLYN CARTER: I'm Thru'/ CHARMAINE: Young Girl/ THE CHARMETTES: Please Don't Kiss Me Again/ NOREEN CORCORAN: Love Kitten/ DORIS DAY: Oo-wee Baby/ ERMA FRANKLIN: What Kind Of Girl ( Do You Think I Am?)/ THE GEMINIS: A Friend Of Mine/ THE GOODEES: Condition Red/ JOEY HEATHERTON: Live And Learn/ THE KOLETTES: Who's That Guy/ THE LOVETTES: Lonely Girl/ JOAN MOODY: Anything Worth Having (is Well Worth Waitin' For)/ DOLLY PARTON: Don't Drop Out/ PATTY AND THE EMBLEMS: Mixed-up Shook-up Girl/ REPARATA AND THE DELRONS: Look In My Diary/ RUBY & THE ROMANTICS: Hey There Lonely Boy/ THE SHERRYS: That Boy Of Mine/ THE TREN-TEENS: Your Ya Ya Is Gone/ THE VICTORIANS: Oh What A Night For Love/ SUZY WALLIS: Little Things Like That

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 823 Where The Girls Are, Vol. 5 ● CD $16.98
A 26 track collection of solo female and girl group sides recorded for Columbia and affiliated labels between 1961 and 1971 - most making their first appearance on CD. Includes The Pussycats, Patty Michaels, Doris Day, The Surfer Girls, Tracey Dey, Bernadette Peters, The Sweet Things, April Young, The Orchids, Marlina Mars, The Opals, The Little Foxes, Peggy Lipton, Laura Nyro, LaBelle and others.

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 811 White Bucks To Stetson Hats - Bandera Rockabilly ● CD $18.98
Collection of rockabilly and country recorded for Chicago's Bandera label - includes the ultra rare Jello Sal by Benny Ingram and eight previously unissued tracks.
CHUCK AKIN: Roberta/ B.J. & THE BOYS: Roll That Rig (again)/ RICK EMERSON & THE SIDEWINDERS: Gully Washer/ BENNY INGRAM: Cuban Queen/ Cute Little Queen/ Hootchie Coochie Gal/ How Can I Keep You Lovin' Me/ Jello Sal/ Let The Juke Box Die/ Save Your Love/ Sweetest Little Girl/ JAMES MASK & HIS IMPALAS: Anna/ Dance With Me/ Side Winder/ Stolen Honey/ BOB PERRY: Can't Hardly Wait/ Don't Say Those Things/ It's The Way You Are/ She's The One/ The Rest Of My Life/ The Time Has Come/ Two Tiny Rings/ Weary Blues Goodbye/ MERLE RAY & THE SOUTHERN ROCKETS: Save The Last Dance For Me


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