In my review of Volume 1 in this series I mentioned how Lenny Dee and Bill Doggett kicked off the R&R instrumental genre in 1955 and 1956 which, mingled with some traditional big band arrangements [Reg Owen and Ernie Fields to name a couple], and even pure jazz tunes [Swinging Shepherd Blues and Take Five by the Moe Koffman and Dave Brubeck Quartets as examples], stayed with us throughout the rest of the 1950s and well into the 1960s.
As with the first two volumes they continue to mix familiar tunes with some that are coveted only by dedicated collectors of the R&R instrumental, and in that category are tracks 3, 14, 16, 17, 21, 25 to 28 inclusive, and 29. There are also a number of bona-fide hard-to-find hits, amon which are Velvet Waters by The Megatrons (# 51 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in summer 1959), Pipeline by The Chantays (# 4 Hot 100 spring 1963), Baja by The Astronauts (# 94 Hot 100 summer 1963), Back Beat No. 1 by The Rondels (# 66 Hot 100 summer 1961) - all of the foregoing being One-Hit Wonders - and Brass Buttons by The String-A-Longs (# 35 Hot 100 April 1961) and Big Guitar by The Owen Bradley Quintet (# 46 Hot 100 spring 1958).
Ace Records of England is to be congratulated for this excellent series which presents most of the best of the genre in packages that include extensive liner notes, discographies, vintage photographs, and album/poster reproductions. All are original renditions and the sound reproduction is, as always when it comes to Ace, just excellent.