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4.0 out of 5 stars All killer, no filler, 22 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The UK Sue Label Story Vol.4 (Audio CD)
The question this time was, would Ace maintain the standard of volumes one to three, their previous, and originally planned to be, only, volumes in this series. Well the answer has to be yes. Again there are tracks here to die for. Even tracks which were flips of earlier inclusions turn out to be of a very high standard.

A good example of the latter is "Steal your heart away" from Bobby Parker. The A side was "Watch Your Step" , a simply stunning number, but "Steal your heart" almost matches it for slow intense modern blues. Carlos Santana is reported to have said about Bobby that "he's one of the few remaining guitarists on the planet who can piece your heart and soothe your soul". Jimmy Page was another fan. Another example is "Good Time Tonight" from the Soul Sisters. I'm not sure if this was the flip of "Can't Stand it" - I was so impressed with the ladies I bought the album - but again it's pretty good in its own right.

Other tracks include some which I'm surprised didn't make it onto the very first album in the series. Ike and Tina`s "A fool in love" is one of the early classics and was their first ever hit. It reached no. 2 on the US R&B charts and 27 on the pop charts. This was well before their "second coming" with Phil Spector's" "River Deep". Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I put a spell on you" simply stands alone" - don't bother listening to the many cover versions. And if you don't already have the New Orleans classic, "Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flue" from Huey Piano Smith and the Clowns, well, now's your chance to get it.

Add in another decent Inez and Charlie Foxx track, Jimmy Reed's typical slurring blues, "Odds and Ends", a soul standard in "I stand accused" from Jerry Butler, another good outing for Jimmy McGriff and his organ, another Elmore James, another Baby Washington. A few nice instrumentals as well.

I could go on but suffice to say that this is yet another very good set and more plaudits to Ace. It's all too easy to forget that many of these tracks were rarities and some remain so to date.

And as has been pointed out by other reviewers, what about all the other tracks that, presumably Sue, or is it Ace, are sitting on. Can't we have these as well? I appreciate that there were no plans for volume 5 but then I'm assuming that there weren't any for volume 4 ......
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