Of the five CDs Ace has put together (as far as I can tell that's all) covering the LA-based instrumental group, The Champs, this one seems to have no purpose whatsoever! They began in 1993 with one labeled Wing Ding, which itself was a little puzzling as a first release for a group which had but 8 charted hits from 1958 to 1962 for Gene Autry's Challenge Records (they were named after his famous horse, Champion), since it contained none of those hits but instead gave us 28 tracks of mostly previously unreleased sides or obscure album cuts.
They began to rectify that in 1996 with their release of The Champs - The Early Singles, containing 30 tracks covering 15 of their first 16 single releases, including their first five hits, and then a year later released The Champs - The Later Singles which gave us 13 of their last 14 single releases, including their last three hits. And, in 2006, they put out, in a commemorative cardboard sleeve reproduction of the original Challenge 1958 LP Go Champs Go, the 12 tracks that appeared in that release.
Each of these had a theme, whereas this one, which they tossed onto the market in 2004, seems to be nothing more than a last-minute tossing together of a 22 tracks in no chronological order whatsoever! And, with the exception of What's Up Buttercup? and Bandido, all of the contents had already appeared in the previous volumes. And Bandido then became part of the 2006 release mentioned above.
I can't fault their sound reproduction, and as usual they provide interesting notes, but considering what they already have available on The Champs I can see absolutely no purpose behind this release. It would have made more sense had it included the two singles they omitted from the 1996/97 volumes: Maybelle b/w Take This Love on Challenge 1018 in 1958 billed to Dave Burgess & The Champs (the only time they used that billing), and What A Country b/w I've Just Seen Her on Challenge 59143 in 1962.
Since they remain impossible to find in a CD format, could we be looking at the partial contents of a SIXTH Ace release on this group?