I started buying this collection from the first edition, as it had Tiny Tim by Lavern Baker on it. one of my all time favourite R&B tracks. So I thought I would give it a go, and found the whole album intrigueing. As already mentioned in other reviews on this collection, not every track will appeal to everyone, but that is where these compilations have been clever, and have kept me and many other intereted purely because we dont always know what is coming next.
The Country, Ballady, and obscure songs I am not really into, but find it intereting that this label actually put these tracks out to their audiences of that genre. And each new release covers a multitude of Genres and songs.
Most people will know the Crystals, Del Shannon, Bob B Soxx and many other of the artistes, but not neccassrily the tracks included here. The quality of this Cd package (as with all Ace/Kent releases),cannot be faulted, even if I dont like all of the tracks.
Stand out tracks for me on this selction are The Righteous Brothers and "My Babe" a really Great version, Booker T & the MGs and "Chinese Checkers", Lavern Baker and "See See Rider" brilliant R&B, and Shirly Ellis doing the "Real Nitty Gritty", It is interesting that Sun , Kapp , Challenge , Atlantic and King and many other labels released through London American, and although I am familar with most of the artistes it is the unknown ones I look forward to playing just in case there is something there I like. But even though there may be only 20% of tracks I would purchase , and 50% of tracks that I would skip (Miriam Makeba being one such track)(30% i know but can take or leave) , it doesnt stop me buying each new release.
This edition of the London American label covers all Genres, from Country & Western, Soul, R&B and Pop, and we are only in 1963.
If you like sixties, or if you like collecting labels,then this cd (and series) is excellent value for money.