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Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry (2017) {Ace Records CDCHD 1506}

Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou: Ain't Broke, Ain't Hungry (2017) {Ace Records CDCHD 1506}
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© 2017 Ace Records | CDCHD 1506
Blues / South Louisiana Blues / Traditional Blues

28 slices of down’n’dirty blues from the Deep South – including eight previously unheard tracks and takes. The “By The Bayou” series leaps to Volume 18 with a return to the blues of South Louisiana, bringing you rare or previously unissued tracks from stars of the genre such as Lightnin’ Slim, Lazy Lester and Slim Harpo, plus a host of little-known or completely unknown performers. We also have two artists who you would never think performed in the downhome style – Barbara Lynn and Cookie (aka Huey Thierry) – but who sound right at home, with an unknown harmonica player setting the tone on Barbara’s track whilst Cupcakes guitarist Marshall Laday supports Cookie with some mean blues pickin’. In fact there are several tracks here that will have air-guitar virtuosos reaching for their imaginary axes.
Various Artists - More From The Other Side Of The Trax: Stax-Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968 (2017) {Kent-Ace Records CDTOP 462}

Various Artists - More From The Other Side Of The Trax: Stax-Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968 (2017) {Kent-Ace Records CDTOP 462}
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© 2017 Kent Records / Ace Records / Stax | CDTOP 462
Soul / Rhythm & Blues

Two dozen rare B-sides from Stax Records’ “blue” period, many reissued for the first time. An enormous and impressive undertaking, “The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-68” box set was issued in 1991. While pleased with its content, hardcore collectors were nevertheless disappointed that it was not as “complete” as it claimed to be, as it featured all the A-sides and only selected B-sides. While highly welcome, its release left more than 100 of approximately 225 “blue period” Stax and Volt B-sides un-reissued in any form. Several of those sides have since featured on CD compilations, either as individual tracks here and there or on Kent’s recent “The Other Side Of The Trax”, but that still left many awaiting reissue. Fortunately, the success of “The Other Side Of The Trax” has warranted this second volume. The 24 tracks here span almost the whole of Stax Records’ blue period, as far back as when the label was still called Satellite.
The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}

The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}
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© 1958-65, 2007 King Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 1167
Bluegrass / Country / Traditional Bluegrass / Bluegrass Gospel

During the final part of their career, the Stanley Brothers did most of their recording for the King label, laying down almost 200 sides for the company between 1958 and 1965. All of those tracks are available in box set form should you want them, but the ordinary fan will be satisfied with more selective samplers such as this one, which has a couple dozen cuts originally released in 1961-1966. The Stanley Brothers were a consistent enough act that the songs picked for best-of comps are pretty much up to the taste of the compiler, but this does a fine job both in the quality and the variety of the material presented. In addition to plenty of originals, there are also interpretations of songs by A.P. Carter, Alton Delmore, and traditional items.
The Shirelles - Baby It's You & The Shirelles And King Curtis Give A Twist Party (1962)  {Ace Records CDCHD 1199 rel 2008}

The Shirelles - Baby It's You & The Shirelles And King Curtis Give A Twist Party (1962) {Ace Records CDCHD 1199 rel 2008}
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© 1962, 2008 Scepter / King Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 1199
R&B / Early Pop / Soul / Doo Wop / Brill Building Pop

The second volume of Ace’s Shirelles reissue project finds our heroines firmly entrenched as America’s premiere group. Shirley, Doris, Beverly and Micki (“Mouse” to her friends) were on top of the world as they rang in 1962 at the Apollo Theater’s holiday show – the youngest-ever women to headline Harlem’s fabled showplace. 1961 had seen them rise to dizzying heights with seven major hits, numerous TV appearances and non-stop touring, including an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. The craze they had incited was booming – the Apollo bill featured the Marvelettes, who had recently become the second girl-group chart-toppers.
The Shirelles - Tonight's The Night / Sing To Trumpets And Strings (1960-61) {Ace Records CDCHD 1196 rel 2008}

The Shirelles - Tonight's The Night / Sing To Trumpets And Strings (1960-61) {Ace Records CDCHD 1196 rel 2008}
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© 1960-61, 2008 King Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 1196
R&B / Early Pop / Soul / Doo Wop / Brill Building Pop

2008 release, the first in a series that will restore to catalogue the original Scepter and Pricewise vinyl albums by The Shirelles, in the same running order as issued plus bonus non-album flipsides. This one pairs their first two albums, which include the Top 40 hits: classics such as 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow', 'Mama Said' and 'Dedicated to the One I Love' amongst others. The Shirelles were the door openers for the girl group sound of the early '60s. Their strongest sides stand alongside the best of anything that splendid genre has to offer. Exquisitely remastered - and in stereo where stereo tapes still exist - this CD and future releases in the series will provide the definitive Shirelles collection for anyone who wants something more than the umpteenth rehash of their Greatest Hits.
The Shirelles - Sing The Golden Oldies / Spontaneous Combustion (1964, 1967) {Ace Records CDCHD 1262 rel 2010}

The Shirelles - Sing The Golden Oldies / Spontaneous Combustion (1964, 1967) {Ace Records CDCHD 1262 rel 2010}
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© 1964, 1967, 2010 King Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 1262
R&B / Early Pop / Soul / Doo Wop / Brill Building Pop

All good things must come to an end. Thus it is with tears in our eyes and handkerchiefs in hand that, this month, we bring the curtain down on our series of pairings of the Shirelles’ original Scepter albums. We’d love it to have continued for longer but, unfortunately for us all, the girls just did not release enough long players to make that happen. If you’re looking for someone to blame for that, blame Florence Greenberg – Scepter was her label, not ours. Few big (or small) girl groups of the 1960s could have achieved the level of success that they did without the pioneering work of Shirley Alston, Micki Harris, Doris Coley and Beverly Lee. The conclusion of the series is with two very rare albums, neither of which has ever been on CD before.
Various Artists - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music 1956-1965 (2006) {Ace Records CDCDH 1111}

Various Artists - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music 1956-1965 (2006) {Ace Records CDCDH 1111}
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© 1956-65, 2006 Ace Records | CDCHD 1111
Pop / Transcended Rock'n'Roll / British Invasion

It was always going to be a dangerous mission. Trevor Churchill’s brainchild, THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN POP, had been in development for some time and the prototype was about to be launched into the fray with a bundle of seemingly undifferentiated repertoire. The potential embarrassment factor was high with risk of heavy flak on the way and snipers on the ground in the landing zone. Trevor was calling for volunteers. There was a lot of nervous shuffling among the ranks. Some of the lads took to studying their toecaps, while others took an inordinate interest in the state of their cuticles, or tried to look inconspicuous by melting into the background.
Various Artists - Swamp Pop By The Bayou: Let's Get Together Tonight (2017) {Ace Records CDCHD 1499}

Various Artists - Swamp Pop By The Bayou: Let's Get Together Tonight (2017) {Ace Records CDCHD 1499}
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© 2017 Ace Records | CDCHD 1499
Rock ’n’ Roll / Swamp Pop / Oldies / Cajun / Zydeco / Rhythm & Blues

The buckle-polishers and skirt-swirlers are back! Presenting 28 rare goodies from Louisiana and South East Texas. The variant of rock’n’roll that emanated from the Gulf Coast of South Louisiana and South East Texas in the 1950s-60s is as evocative of the area as chicken gumbo, crawfish étouffée and red beans and rice. The youthful Cajuns of the period threw themselves into r’n’r like teenagers across the globe, but had additional influences, not just the hillbilly and blues that created rockabilly, but the ethnic music of their parents and, most telling, the R&B sounds carried over the airwaves from New Orleans.
Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou (2013) {Ace Records CDCHD 1368}

Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou (2013) {Ace Records CDCHD 1368}
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© 2013 Ace Records | CDCHD 1368
Blues / Louisiana Blues

Hardly have we savoured the full taste of “Rhythm ’n’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou” than here comes another bucketful of steaming South Louisiana gumbo and this time it’s “Bluesin’ By The Bayou” – a spicy mix of guitars, harmonicas, and even the occasional accordion, accompanying those tales of despair or machismo that are the recipe for the blues. All the tracks stem from the studios of J.D. Miller in Crowley and Eddie Shuler in Lake Charles. These two men were wonders at spotting talent and getting the best out of the performers, as illustrated on the 28 tracks on this CD.
Various Artists - Swamp Pop By The Bayou (2014) {Ace Records CDCHD 1397}

Various Artists - Swamp Pop By The Bayou (2014) {Ace Records CDCHD 1397}
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© 2014 Ace Records | CDCHD 1397
Rock & Roll / Rhythm & Blues / Louisiana / New Orleans

In the mid-50s, as rock’n’roll swept across the USA, the Cajun youth of South Louisiana and South East Texas absorbed the R&B sounds emanating from New Orleans. This was reflected in their music, making it so distinctive. They thrilled to the sound of Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis and Huey Smith and performed their songs with the bands they formed, while the area’s new breed of songwriters – Bobby Charles, Jimmy Donley, Jivin’ Gene, etc – assimilated the Crescent City style in their work. Swamp pop was born, although the genre had yet to be named.