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Dana Gillespie - Deep Pockets (2021)

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Dana Gillespie - Deep Pockets (2021)

Dana Gillespie - Deep Pockets (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 51:22 | 305 / 118 Mb
Genre: Blues / Label: Ace Records

Strong new work from Dana Gillespie – a British singer, but one who's always had a love of American roots in her music – way back to when she was just performing as a schoolgirl back in the 60s! Yet somehow along the way, Dana didn't always get the setting that her voice deserved – sometimes records that were too polished, or to commercial – which is definitely not the case here – as Gillespie sings in this moody, mature vibe that really fits her look on the cover – given small group backing headed up by guitarist Jake Zaitz, who also co-produced the record, and wrote most of the songs with Dana too. The whole thing's great – understated, in a way that maybe even brings out more magic in Dana's vocals than she had back in the day – on titles that include "Putting My Dreams On Hold", "Howling Howling", "The Truth About Lying", "We Share The Same Sky", "Beat Of My Own Drum", and "Back In The Day".

VA - For The Good Times: The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson (2021)

Posted By: ciklon5
VA - For The Good Times: The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson (2021)

VA - For The Good Times: The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson (2021)
FLAC (tracks + .cue,log,scans) / MP3 320 kbps | | 176 / 512 Mb
Genre: Rock, Pop, Country, Soul / Label: Ace

Ace's much acclaimed Songwriter Series rolls into 2021 with a long overdue overview of the work of one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Kris Kristofferson's catalogue has been visited and revisited on scores of occasions over the past half century, with almost 1000 covers alone of just three songs one of which For The Good Times gives this new 23-track collection its title.

VA - Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7 (2021)

Posted By: ciklon5
VA - Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7 (2021)

VA - Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7 (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 41:46 | 185 / 95 Mb
Genre: Soul, Funk, RnB / Label: Ace Records

Los Angeles features strongly throughout. As a taster of the pleasures to come over the next couple of years, the opening tracks by ex-Motowners Carolyn Crawford and Kim Weston, along with the Joe Buckner & Major IV number, are from Mickey Stevenson’s late 60s Los Angeles operation; and the Lovers’ acetate-only ‘She’s Supreme’ and John Wesley & the Four Tees’ stomping version of the Williams & Watson LP track ‘Love Is Such A Funny Thing’ were recorded under the aegis of the city’s great arranger Arthur Wright.

VA - The Sound Of The R&B Hits (2020)

Posted By: ciklon5
VA - The Sound Of The R&B Hits (2020)

VA - The Sound Of The R&B Hits (2020)
FLAC (tracks + .cue,log,scans) | 01:14:21 | 399 Mb
Genre: Soul, RnB / Label: Ace Records

By May 1964, when The Sound of the R & B Hits compilation came out in the UK on Stateside, Motown had yet to have a hit or even a record issued on its own label, later to be Tamla-Motown. This LP was the first of many UK anthologies of recordings from the Detroit-based group of labels. At this stage, Motown was an underground affair, known only to aficionados of rhythm and blues music. Among those were members of groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames and super-fan Dusty Springfield. This was not music that was played on the radio, so it was through UK cover versions that many young people were directed to the Motown sound. Ace director Roger Armstrong bought The Sound of the R & B Hits at the time and always heard it is as a companion piece to With The Beatles from the previous year. They both contained the Barrett Strong song Money.

VA - Birth Of Soul - Los Angeles Special (2021)

Posted By: ciklon5
VA - Birth Of Soul - Los Angeles Special (2021)

VA - Birth Of Soul - Los Angeles Special (2021)
FLAC tracks | 46:38 | 143 Mb
Genre: Soul, RnB, Funk / Label: Ace Records

The doo wop, gospel, blues, girl group and ballad scenes of Los Angeles fused to make it one major soul city.Ace has very strong links with Los Angeles labels such as Modern, Combo, Flash, Flip, Mirwood, Money, Doré and Era, most of which had notable soul singles in their catalogues. Couple that with our many licensing deals of music made in that city and it is safe to say Los Angeles is just about our main area of expertise.

Lazy Lester - Rides Again (Expanded Edition) (1987/2013)

Posted By: Pisulik
Lazy Lester - Rides Again (Expanded Edition) (1987/2013)

Lazy Lester - Rides Again (Expanded Edition) (1987/2013)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 524 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 173 MB | 01:14:05
Blues | Label: Ace Records

The prime of Lazy Lester's recording career was his stint for Excello Records in the 1950s and '60s, and he hadn't recorded in the studio for quite some time when the Rides Again album was cut in England over the course of four days in late May 1987. You wouldn't say this is a peak of his work by any means, but if you accept that he couldn't be reasonably expected to replicate the magic of his vintage swamp blues with producer J.D. Miller, it's fairly decent. Lester himself is in good voice and blows the harmonica well on a set mixing remakes of Miller-era material with newer songs.

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 4 (2012) {Ace Records CDCHD1337 rec 1954-1962}

Posted By: ruskaval
Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 4 (2012) {Ace Records CDCHD1337 rec 1954-1962}

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 4 (2012) {Ace Records CDCHD1337 rec 1954-1962}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 216 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 136 Mb
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© 1954-62, 2012 Ace Records | CDCHD 1337
Rhythm & Blues / Rock & Roll / Early R&B / Soul / Funk / New Orleans R&B / Blues

The five original volumes of “The Ace (MS) Story” were part of the backbone of our catalogue during our early days. They disappeared for a long while after our licensing agreement with Johnny Vincent expired, but we were delighted to restore three of the original five to catalogue in 2010 and 2011. Judging by their sales figures, we were not the only ones to be delighted.

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 3 (2011) {Ace Records CDCHD1297 rec 1956-1965}

Posted By: ruskaval
Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 3 (2011) {Ace Records CDCHD1297 rec 1956-1965}

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 3 (2011) {Ace Records CDCHD1297 rec 1956-1965}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 232 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 130 Mb
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© 1956-65, 2011 Ace Records | CDCHD 1297
Rhythm & Blues / Rock & Roll / Early R&B / Soul / Funk / New Orleans R&B

In revisiting the strength and depth of Johnny Vincent’s original Ace imprint, and its subsidiaries Rex and Vin, what’s immediately obvious is the quality of the often freewheeling studio musicians who recorded for the label. With rampant saxes and rolling pianos, more than likely anchored by Earl Palmer’s tight drumming, the Ace ensembles hit the button every time with their rocky, earthy tracks.

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 2 (2010) {Ace Records CDCHD 1281 rec 1956-1964}

Posted By: ruskaval
Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 2 (2010) {Ace Records CDCHD 1281 rec 1956-1964}

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 2 (2010) {Ace Records CDCHD 1281 rec 1956-1964}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 249 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 135 Mb
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© 1956-64, 2010 Ace Records | CDCHD 1281
Rhythm & Blues / Rock & Roll / Early R&B / Soul / Funk / New Orleans R&B / Blues

To clear up a couple possible points of confusion about this 2010 release: although it came out on the British Ace label, it's actually a compilation of material that came out on the American Ace label between the mid-'50s and mid-'60s (with the exception of a couple cuts that didn't appear until the early '70s). Also, it's not identical to the 12-track LP titled The Ace Story, Vol. 2 that came out in the '70s. This edition adds 12 bonus tracks, making it a more comprehensive sampler of the label's rock and R&B.

B.B. King - "Here's One You Didn't Know About": from the RPM & Kent Vaults (2015) {Ace Records CDTOP1457 rec 1954-1962}

Posted By: ruskaval
B.B. King - "Here's One You Didn't Know About": from the RPM & Kent Vaults (2015) {Ace Records CDTOP1457 rec 1954-1962}

B.B. King - "Here's One You Didn't Know About": from the RPM & Kent Vaults (2015) {Ace Records CDTOP1457 rec 1954-1962}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 413 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 191 Mb
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© 1954-62, 2015 Modern Records / Ace Records | CDTOP 1457
Blues / Modern Electric Blues / Soul Blues / Early R&B / Memphis Blues

The great bluesman B.B. King, who died in 2015, was one of the few artists whose every note was of interest. This 25-track CD of mostly previously unissued recordings are drawn from his sessions for Modern Records between 1954 and 1962. Be Careful Baby is a rare thing a B.B. King song that has never been released before in any version, while two tracks appeared on Ace's 2014 RPM compilation Speak Easy. The version of Catfish Blues is from a completely different session to the familiar issued version and from B.B.'s commentary appears to be the version he played on the road. There are many comments from B.B. and the band which provide an insight into the recording process and B.B.'s relaxed and informal manner in the studio. The CD ends with a previous unheard interview, recorded backstage at the Fillmore Ballroom in San Francisco with radio station KSAY at the 10/10 spot on your dial. All tracks are from the original master tapes.

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 1 (2010) {Ace Records CDCHD 1261 rec 1957-1963}

Posted By: ruskaval
Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 1 (2010) {Ace Records CDCHD 1261 rec 1957-1963}

Various Artists - The Ace Story, Volume 1 (2010) {Ace Records CDCHD 1261 rec 1957-1963}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 246 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 138 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 24 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1957-63, 2010 Ace Records | CDCHD 1261
Rhythm & Blues / Rock & Roll / Early R&B / Soul / Funk / New Orleans R&B

With five separate volumes, Ace Story is the most comprehensive portrait of the seminal New Orleans R&B record label. Over the course of the series, each of the label's hits are featured, including "Sea Cruise," "Rockin' Pneumonia," and "Pop Eye," among others, as well as many lesser-known gems. During the late '50s and early '60s, Ace's roster featured such R&B giants as Huey "Piano" Smith, Eddie Bo, Joe Tex, Lightnin' Hopkins, Charles Brown, Amos Milburn, and Earl King; each artist is featured on at least one disc of Ace Story, along with several acts that didn't have hits, but recorded some outstanding tracks. Start with the first volume, then proceed to the other discs; every one is filled with timeless R&B.

Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Untouchable! The Classic 1959-1966 Recordings (2007) {Ace Records CDCHD 1180}

Posted By: ruskaval
Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Untouchable! The Classic 1959-1966 Recordings (2007) {Ace Records CDCHD 1180}

Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Untouchable! The Classic 1959-1966 Recordings (2007) {Ace Records CDCHD 1180}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 235 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 158 Mb
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© 1959-66, 2007 Ace Records | CDCHD 1180
Rhythm & Blues / Blues / Electric Blues / Early R&B

Veteran photographer Brian Smith has good reason to remember the night of 3 April 1965 that R&B legend Johnny “Guitar”’ Watson played Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club, with sidekick- Larry Williams, “It was the first time I took out my wife [39 years married, last June] - though I still stuck to the job in hand and buggered off to the ‘Wheel All-Nighter’ after I had put her on the bus home. I got a few decent black and whites on at Twisted Wheel, and then a couple at the Princess Club, same week: on stage, and some posed too.”

Del Shannon - The Complete UK Singles (and more) 1961-1966 (2013) {2CD Set, Ace Records CDTOP2 1360}

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Del Shannon - The Complete UK Singles (and more) 1961-1966 (2013) {2CD Set, Ace Records CDTOP2 1360}

Del Shannon - The Complete UK Singles (and more) 1961-1966 (2013) {2CD Set, Ace Records CDTOP2 1360}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 464 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 223 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 68 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1961-66, 2013 Ace Records | CDTOP2 1360
Pop / AM Pop / Rock and Roll / Oldies / Early Pop / Teen Idols

Del Shannon’s formidable hit list qualifies him as one of the truly great artists of the 1960s. Del made #1 on both sides of the Atlantic with his first 45, ‘Runaway’, and for the next few years he delivered the chart goods again and again with some of the best singles ever made – most of which he wrote or co-wrote. This new Ace set is, we believe, the first to present Del’s UK 45s, as released between 1960 and 1966, in the order they appeared here and in the same couplings used on the original London and Stateside pressings (which often differed from their US counterparts).

Marianne Faithfull - Come And Stay With Me - The UK 45s 1964-1969 (2018) {Ace Records CDTOP 1531}

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Marianne Faithfull - Come And Stay With Me - The UK 45s 1964-1969 (2018) {Ace Records CDTOP 1531}

Marianne Faithfull - Come And Stay With Me - The UK 45s 1964-1969 (2018) {Ace Records CDTOP 1531}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 274 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 154 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 94 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1964-69, 2018 Ace Records | CDTOP 1531
Pop Rock / British Invasion / Folk-Rock / Baroque Pop

The A and B-sides of the ten singles Marianne recorded for UK Decca between 1964 and 1969, plus her ‘Go Away From My World’ EP for good measure. All tracks are in authentic mono, just like the actual 45s and mastered from the best possible sources, including some fresh Abbey Road transfers of the original tapes.

Johnny Adams - I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964 (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1424}

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Johnny Adams - I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964 (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1424}

Johnny Adams - I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964 (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1424}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 196 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 131 Mb
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© 1959-64, 2015 Ace Records | CDCHD 1424
Rhythm and Blues / Soul Blues / New Orleans R&B / New Orleans Blues

Ace's 2015 compilation I Won't Cry: The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959-1964 covers familiar territory but in an appealingly thorough fashion. Adams had only one nationally charting hit on Ric or Ron – "A Losing Battle," which went to 27 in 1962 – but they were popular in his native New Orleans and over the years remained favorites of fans of Crescent City soul. Adams tended to be a little smoother than a lot of his Big Easy contemporaries: there's a recognizable NO lilt to some of the songs, but he was more of a crooner, sounding equally comfortable on dramatic ballads and lusher pop crossovers.