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!