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March New Releases From Ace Records

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New Releases for MARCH 2005

from Ace Records

BOYD BENNETT / Rockin' Up A Storm - Best Of The King Recordings - ACE - CDCHD 1039

Boyd Bennett's standing in rock'n'roll is forever assured, thanks to his 1955 hit Seventeen - a record that he had to fight hard to get released, and one that eventually sold more than a million copies. He never had another hit of comparable size, but he and his Rockets made a bunch of records that are treasured by rock'n'roll collectors everywhere - especially those who like to dance. more

The LAMPLIGHTERS / Loving, Rocking, Thrilling - The Complete Federal Recordings - ACE - CDCHD 1040

Of the many, many groups who recorded for the King/Federal/DeLuxe group of labels during the 1950s, few are as deserving of their own legally-licensed compact disc as the Lamplighters. Although just about all their recordings have been reissued in years gone by (with inferior sound and presentation) on bootlegs, "Loving, Rocking, Thrilling" marks the first time that their entire discography has been reissued from pristine transfers that have been made directly from the original master tapes. They have not sounded this good - well, probably ever. more


We've arrived at Volume 4 of this delicious series, so we're used to the recipe by now - very feminine, and extremely tasty. The formula ain't no secret. Start by gathering and preparing your ingredients, then proceed as follows:For starters, carefully blend together: Brenda Lee's Dum Dum, one of several compositions gifted to Little Miss Dynamite by a certain Jackie DeShannon:... more

B.B. King / Singin' The Blues - ACE - CDCHM 1041

Step forward the eighth set in Ace's mid-price series of vintage B.B. King recordings based on his albums released on the Crown label. Between 1957 and 1963, the Bihari brothers' dime store label released 12 albums, comprised of singles from their RPM and Kent labels, tracks from the vaults, plus dedicated album sessions.more

Elmore James / Blues After Hours - ACE - CDCHM 1043

For those who had thought that Ace Records had "done it all" when they issued the definitive collection of Elmore James' early recordings on a 3 CD box set over ten years ago (The Classic Early Recordings 1951-1956, ABOXCD 4), that is not so. Blues and rock fans will find much to celebrate with Elmore's "Blues After Hours", the latest must-have instalment in Ace's Crown LP reissues on CD (see also the B.B. King, Howling Wolf and Jimmy Witherspoon releases in the series).more


When folk merged with rock to form the explosive new hybrid known as folk rock in the mid-1960s, Vanguard Records found itself literally in the vanguard of the new movement, probably at least as much by happenstance as design. The label was already enjoying more commercial success with folk music than any other indie, largely on the back of superstar Joan Baez, but also bolstered by such innovators and solid sellers as Buffy Sainte-Marie and Ian & Sylvia. more


Strangely enough Mirwood is a household name. Admittedly only among a few select residences dotted around the north of the UK and the odd foreign outpost, but the cry "Go and put some Mirwood on Agnes" is as common up there as "Do you want a cuppa Arbuthnot?" That's because two generations of Northern Soul devotees have been brought up, while dandled on their mother's knee, to the sounds of Jackie Lee, Bobby Garrett and the Olympics playing on the phonogram. more

DORIS DUKE / I'm A Loser, The Swamp Dogg Sessions - KENT - CDKEND 242

'A Legend In Her Own Time' could be an overblown statement when applied as the title to an artist's second album, especially when the debut made no greater dent than #39 on the Billboard R&B album chart during a nine-week run. However, when related to the magnificent Doris Duke, the title is well-deserved. The man or woman in the street may have ignored that debut set - "I'm A Loser" issued on Canyon 7704 in 1970 - but it got the soul world a-buzzing and anxious to know more about her. Investigation proved that Doris had been around a longer than first thought: her debut recording had been on the small Hy-Monty label under her (then) married name of Doris Willingham. more

JOAN BAEZ / Live At Newport - VANGUARD - VCD 77015

JOAN BAEZ AT NEWPORT is an invaluable addition to Joan Baez's impressive body of recordings. The performances present Joan Baez in her natural element. To listen to that voice which, 37 years after her Newport Folk Festival debut, is still a pleasure to hear, reminds us why Joan Baez's music continues to endure.more


DOC WATSON's only son, Merle, had just turned fifteen when he started to play the guitar. His Dad had left on the longest tour he had ever taken and expected to be gone for two months or more. By the time Doc got back home, Merle was able to play finger style guitar with a thumb pick and he could back up a fiddle with a flat pick as solidly as any fiddler could hope for. more

CAMILLE YARBROUGH / The Iron Pot Cooker - VANGUARD - VMD 79356

If you were looking for an easy way of summing up Camille Yarbrough it might be difficult. Her life has seen her take on many different careers: she has been a dancer, poet, actor, writer of children's literature, and a recording artist. To most she may be best known as the voice on Fatboy Slim's Praise You which used a sample from Take Yo' Praise from THE IRON POT COOKER. more






The emotional tug-of-war endured by JOAN BAEZ in the aftermath of her ill-fated trip to England with Bob Dylan in April-May 1965 would end up turning into one of the most profound segues of her recording career. Temporarily estranged from both Dylan and the hard rockin' scene which now informed his personal life and his music, Baez recorded three fascinating LPs during 1966-67 with classically trained arranger-conductor-composer Peter Schickele.more



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