This is the UK Ace reissue label celebrating its US counterpart: Ace records of Jackson, Mississippi. The relationship between the two goes back some years, to a friendship between Ted Carroll, founder of the Rock On record shops, and Ace USA's Johnny Vincent, who agreed not only to license Ted's reissuing of Ace material in the UK, but also that Ted's UK label could use the Ace name. Thus was a living legend among UK labels born.
Johnny Vincent was in fact the co-writer of two classic songs that appear here: Frankie Ford's Sea Cruise, and Huey `Piano' Smith's Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu. These are probably the best tracks, and most are in similar vein: R&B with a `Swamp Rock' tinge. Look out for two by Jimmy Clanton: Just A Dream, and Another Sleepless Night. Also, ballad style, Roland's Stone's Just A Moment. I have to say that Mac Rebennack's Storm Warning didn't do much for me.
As ever with Ace records, the liner notes are excellent, giving background to each track and an essay about the label. This is the first of a planned five volumes, of which Vol 2 as been reached so far. Don't know if I'll buy the set, but if you like the genre, Vol 1 is worth a punt.