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Which To Choose,
This review is from: The London American Story 1957 (Audio CD)
If you're looking for a London American collection for 1957 you've got two choices, this and Ace's The London American Label ~ 1957. I've just received and reviewed the Ace collection so I gave this another play to compare the two. I should say right off that I found the Ace collection disappointing, there are too many awful tracks which should have stayed in the vaults. This, however, is a different proposition. With 50 tracks it's a representative sample of the 176 tunes issued by London American that year. Apart from the well known artists Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke etc. there are plenty of others worth a listen. Everyone needs some Lavern Baker, Lloyd Price and Larry Williams in their collection and even In The Aisle by The Five Satins deserves it's place. It Would have been nice to get Ruth Brown's version of Lucky Lips but all in all there's much to be happy about and not a lot to complain about.
So which is best. With Ace you get an excellent booklet and a number of tracks you could live without. Here you've got almost twice as many tracks at a bargain price. If you've got the money get them both but as all the better cuts on Ace are here you won't be missing much if you only buy this. One last thing Ace Records are rightly praised for their sound but on my system I prefer this, it seems a bit more vivid somehow.