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Ace Records Oct 2003 new cd releases


New Releases for OCTOBER 2003 from Ace Records HY WEISS presents OLD TOWN RECORDS - ACE - CDCH2 979 It is hard to believe that this year marks the Golden Anniversary of Hy Weiss Old Town Records, the New York label that meant so much to me in my youth, and still does. So what did you want to be when you grew up? A rocknroll star, a baseball player, or maybe even a cop or a fireman? I wanted to be a record man, and Hy Weiss and Old Town Records were my first role models. more JIMMY NELSON / Cry Hard Luck - ACE - CDCHD 976 Its now been almost a quarter of a century since Ace struck its first deal to release masters from the Modern/RPM/Kent/Flair group of labels. Shortly thereafter - in the early 1980s, to be exact - we set up our first "ten inch series" and quickly released a slew of fine albums from some of Moderns mainstays of the early 50s, among them Jimmy McCracklin, Oscar McLollie and Jimmy "T-99" Nelson. more PHILS SPECTRE / A Wall Of Soundalikes - ACE - CDCHD 978 Phil Spectors vision rose far above and beyond that of any of his contemporaries. In fact, Spector saw himself as the sole occupant of a parallel recording universe where his was the only way, and everyone else was nowhere. This, to a large degree, was what made him different and difficult in equal measure. more THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW / Vintage 1950s Broadcasts From Los Angeles - ACE - CDCHD 981 When Johnny Otis first made a name for himself in Los Angeles, it was the post-war golden era of Hamp and Mingus, Club Alabam, The Barrelhouse and Central Avenue; the urban crucible within which jazz begat rhythm and blues. A couple of years into the next decade, the action had to shifted slightly to Western and Broadway, Club Oasis, Club Alimony and the 5/4 Ballroom. All these thoroughfares were still geographical slivers of the black American community within the district known as Watts, a community as artistically vibrant as it was economically disenfranchised. more CREEDENCE CLEAWATER REVIVAL / Bad Moon Rising: The Best Of - FANTASY - CDFE 500 Creedence Clearwater Revival were a huge part of my mid-to-late teens. They seemed to come out of nowhere (which I later found out was actually a place in California called El Cerrito, a very nice town just north-east of San Francisco) at the beginning of 1969, and for a couple of subsequent years they dominated the US and UK charts with a string of hit singles that were, and remain, everything that good pop music always ought to be - short, sharp and to the point, and 35 years on, timeless in the way that only the best popular music - from Sun to Motown, Sinatra to the Sex Pistols - can be. more THE IMPRESSIONS / The Definitive Impressions Part 2 - KENT - CDKEND 213 This release speaks or sings for itself. Given the success and critical acclaim showered upon our best selling DEFINITIVE IMPRESSIONS, Kent CDKEND 923, we had a hard act to follow. more MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL - KENT - CDKEND 222 To the uninitiated I wont go into the full explanation of Modern Soul, there are more than enough words in the sleevenotes. Suffice it to say that it is primarily danceable 70s soul music with a solid, as opposed to a funky beat. more Produced by Ace Records Ltd

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