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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0042EJDLM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

* The latest volume in this critically acclaimed and best selling series moves us backwards, for the first time, into the 1950s and offers another stunning cross-section of hits, flips, flops and rarities that found their way across the Atlantic ocean, for the first time, via the London American label.

* With most tracks specially chosen to complement, rather than duplicate, existing Ace CDs, it's a pleasure to note that only two of the 28 cuts can be found elsewhere in the Ace catalogue.

* As always, Ace's selection is laden with big names of the era and with big Hot 100 hits, some of which actually found their way into the UK Top 40 too. Iconic US labels that this collection draws on include Chess, Sun, Atlantic, Big Top, Ace (MS), Specialty, Jamie and many more.

* In keeping with Ace's mission statement to master from the original tapes that were used to manufacture the London 45s and 78s, wherever they still exist, 20 of the tracks here were sourced from London tapes. The sound you hear here is exactly as you heard it then!

* 2011 will bring three more releases in this series, from 1963, 1958 and 1957, each one laden with more collectors' gold from the greatest ever UK home of classic American music.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Wanderer on 4 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having bought and enjoyed all the previous releases in Ace's "The London American Label" series, I have to say that in my opinion this 1959 edition is the best yet. What listeners think of the individual tracks will always be a matter of personal taste, of course. But the marvellous all-mono sound on this CD has to be heard to be believed! I found it so much so that it turned a track like "Here Comes Summer" by Jerry Keller (which I hadn't thought of as being anything special before) into a revelation making me revalue that record in a positive light. And as for a track like "Red River Rock" by Johnny & The Hurricanes, which has been one of my favourites for decades - well, I have never heard it sound better than on this record. Mono, in the quality that Ace has provided here, fills one with spontaneous joy and sets off the foot-tapping! For maximum effect, I suggest listening through earphones the first time. Reviewers of the other London American CDs have mentioned that some of the tracks are quite obscure, but that might be all to the good. At any rate, I found a nice track here that was new to me in "Ring-a-Rockin'" by Neil Sedaka - which sounds quite raunchy by his standards.

The booklet provided with this CD is like an Aladdin's Cave of detailed info for music buffs. For instance, the section referring to Wink Martindale's "Deck of Cards" (the record from which I paraphrased my title for this review) mentions that even though this religious musical monologue is unlikely to be a favourite among most London American fans, its place in the collection is justified by the record having been one of the label's biggest hits and greatest sellers - charting no less than four times in the U.K. between 1959-1963. I should add that I don't care for records of this type either as a rule, but on "The London American Label 1959" even "Deck of Cards" plays well to me!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2010
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Another brilliant volume in this fantastic 'Ace Records' series. 1959 must have been quite a year for music. This cd shows a good range of musical styles and the quality of these records never dips below 7 out of 10 (many are 10 out of 10). There are too many great songs to mention all of them but my favourites are 'Just keep it up' Dee Clark, 'So high, so low' LaVern Baker, 'Sweet Annie Laurie' by the ever wonderful Sammer Turner and the cherry on top 'Run, boy run' Sanford Clark. It comes with a fantastic 24 page booklet. The sound quality is excellent throughout (all tracks Mono). Don't take my word for it - buy it now and listen for yourself. It's fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddy on 22 Nov. 2010
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The latest in Ace's London-American series maintains the high standard of the first three with a mix of the well-known and the relatively obscure.
Everything about this series is good: track selection and liner notes are done by people who are music fans just like the people who'll buy it.
I'll be playing this until the next one comes. Thanks Ace.

Eddy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Stringer on 17 May 2011
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Just a quickie to advise of the very excellent re-mastering work on this cd. It's one of Ace's best which is praise indeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tibby Mike on 30 Nov. 2010
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Another excellent release from Ace. A good mix of well known original American hits in the UK, and lesser known titles from the States, and accompanied as usual, by an authoritive and well informed information booklet. No connoisseur of pre-Beatles pop music should be without it. Bring on the next issue.
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