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on 27 October 2012
When you look at the McKee book The London American Legend you learn that many London singles were issued here which were complete flops in the States yet others were chart entries which were not and its one of the strangest things about the label and its policy.Though the first Pat Boone single Two Hearts Two kisses was never out here till it was decided to issue it on the strength of the hits makes the Boone U K singles discog out of order so possibly the only single here of the song was by Lita Roza with the Ted Heath Band on the Decca label
So here like the other volumes are a few flops among the biggest hits.
Personally I'd have welcomed Judy Killen's version of Just Walking In The Rain which is not available anywhere
Whether Ace will issue 1955 next or just how far they will go to 1949 is the question
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Another well produced and compiled compilation from 'Ace' records. Great sound quality and a great 24 page booklet which is very informative - with detailed track by track information. This is the eighth in the series which always shows off a diverse range of music. This instalment has pushed my musical boundaries to there limit. The music comes from all genres and gives a good snap shot into the music London chose to release in 1956. I can say categorically that I don't like the majority of the music on this compilation, however you may, and that's the wonderful thing with music or any creative art - it's subjective. Notable exceptions are the first seven tracks, which include the original of 'See you later Aligator' by Bobby Charles and the Smiley Lewis version of 'One night' other highlights would be 'I'll be true' Faye Adams, the wonderful 'Soldier of fortune' by the Drifters and I can't not mention the ever great Richard Penniman. Overall, a real mixed bag as far as the music is concerned (my own personal tastes that is). The product itself is to the usual 'Ace' records high standards. Take a dip. Looking forward to the 9th instalment 1964.
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Another in the series The London American Label from Ace, and with others in the series, it contains some absolute gems, sound quality as usual from Ace is top notch, as is the always informative booklet. I hope that Ace continue the series, I wrote to them recently congratulating them on this excellent series, and askng if they will be carrying on with more, at the moment they are up to 1963, hope they do go into the mid sixties, and possibly other volumes of the already issued ones. Would highly recommend to all, whether you are a music lover, or wanting to build a collection of classic rock and roll. Well done Ace.
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on 28 December 2013
once again the collection of the music from these great days when music was king i have bought most of these disc's in the years it is a stupendace collection enjoy them all
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on 4 November 2012
Only Ace can do these type of compilations any real justice, well written notes and easy to read booklet other firms should take note of these superb complilations
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on 17 March 2013
Despite featuring tracks that EVERYONE must have I had to get this if only to complete the set so far. LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT.
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