Ace 60s

The Ikettes - Can't Sit Down… 'Cos it feels so good! (The Complete Modern Recordings 1963-65) (2007) {Ace Records}

The Ikettes - Can't Sit Down… 'Cos it feels so good! (The Complete Modern Recordings 1963-65) (2007) {Ace Records}
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© 2007 Ace Records / Kent Records | CDKEND 276
Rhythm & Blues / Soul

Like Ike & Tina Turner, the Ikettes had a pretty confusing recording career, releasing numerous discs for several labels and enduring several lineup changes. They did, however, settle at Modern for a while in the mid-'60s, releasing six singles and one LP for the company. This 27-track compilation includes all of that material, as well as some solo recordings by Ikettes Venetta Fields and Flora Williams (aka Delores Johnson), adding quite a few outtakes and alternate takes not issued in the '60s. It's not, it should be a clarified, a greatest-hits compilation; it doesn't include anything not recorded for Modern, which means it doesn't have their biggest hit, 1962's Top 20 single "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)" (released on Atco), though it does have their only other Top 40 pop entry, 1965's "Peaches 'n' Cream."
Various Artists - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music 1956-1965 (2006) {Ace Records CDCDH 1111}

Various Artists - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music 1956-1965 (2006) {Ace Records CDCDH 1111}
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© 1956-65, 2006 Ace Records | CDCHD 1111
Pop / Transcended Rock'n'Roll / British Invasion

It was always going to be a dangerous mission. Trevor Churchill’s brainchild, THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN POP, had been in development for some time and the prototype was about to be launched into the fray with a bundle of seemingly undifferentiated repertoire. The potential embarrassment factor was high with risk of heavy flak on the way and snipers on the ground in the landing zone. Trevor was calling for volunteers. There was a lot of nervous shuffling among the ranks. Some of the lads took to studying their toecaps, while others took an inordinate interest in the state of their cuticles, or tried to look inconspicuous by melting into the background.
Various Artists - Swamp Pop By The Bayou: Let's Get Together Tonight (2017) {Ace Records CDCHD 1499}

Various Artists - Swamp Pop By The Bayou: Let's Get Together Tonight (2017) {Ace Records CDCHD 1499}
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© 2017 Ace Records | CDCHD 1499
Rock ’n’ Roll / Swamp Pop / Oldies / Cajun / Zydeco / Rhythm & Blues

The buckle-polishers and skirt-swirlers are back! Presenting 28 rare goodies from Louisiana and South East Texas. The variant of rock’n’roll that emanated from the Gulf Coast of South Louisiana and South East Texas in the 1950s-60s is as evocative of the area as chicken gumbo, crawfish étouffée and red beans and rice. The youthful Cajuns of the period threw themselves into r’n’r like teenagers across the globe, but had additional influences, not just the hillbilly and blues that created rockabilly, but the ethnic music of their parents and, most telling, the R&B sounds carried over the airwaves from New Orleans.
Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou (2013) {Ace Records CDCHD 1368}

Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou (2013) {Ace Records CDCHD 1368}
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© 2013 Ace Records | CDCHD 1368
Blues / Louisiana Blues

Hardly have we savoured the full taste of “Rhythm ’n’ Bluesin’ By The Bayou” than here comes another bucketful of steaming South Louisiana gumbo and this time it’s “Bluesin’ By The Bayou” – a spicy mix of guitars, harmonicas, and even the occasional accordion, accompanying those tales of despair or machismo that are the recipe for the blues. All the tracks stem from the studios of J.D. Miller in Crowley and Eddie Shuler in Lake Charles. These two men were wonders at spotting talent and getting the best out of the performers, as illustrated on the 28 tracks on this CD.
Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou: Rough 'n' Tough (2014) {Ace Records CDCHD 1403}

Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou: Rough 'n' Tough (2014) {Ace Records CDCHD 1403}
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© 2014 Ace Records | CDCHD 1403
Blues / South Louisiana / South East Texas

The second “Bluesin’” volume in the “By The Bayou” series concentrates on musicians from South Louisiana and South East Texas discovered and recorded by J.D. Miller and Eddie Shuler. These two giants of the post-war recording scene were supreme talent-spotters. They knew the sounds that appealed to the local record-buying public, their target audience. What they couldn’t have known, or even guessed at in their wildest fantasies, was that the appeal of their recordings would last so long and encompass the globe.
Various Artists - Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou - Vocal Groups (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1448}

Various Artists - Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou - Vocal Groups (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1448}
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© 2015 Ace Records | CDCHD 1448
Rock & Roll / Rhythm & Blues

The forgotten sound of South Louisiana. Setting out on the “By The Bayou” journey, I didn’t envisage reaching CD 12. The project started as a vehicle for white Louisiana rockers, but exploration of the tape vaults of J.D. Miller and the catalogues of Eddie Shuler’s Goldband, Floyd Soileau’s Jin, Sam Montelbano’s Montel and Joe Ruffino’s Ric and Ron labels revealed more than enough great vocal group material to fill a dedicated CD. So here is a collection of chanting rockers and sweet harmonies, rather overlooked as ingredients which go into the rich gumbo of South Louisiana music of the 50s.
Various Artists - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music - More Country Hits (2016) {Ace Records CDCHD 1469 rec 1955-63}

Various Artists - The Golden Age Of American Popular Music - More Country Hits (2016) {Ace Records CDCHD 1469 rec 1955-63}
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© 1955-63, 2016 Ace Records | CDCHD 1469
Country / Classic Country / Country Folk

Ace’s flagship “Golden Age” series continues to be among our best selling and most highly respected releases. After a short hiatus, we’re pleased to announce this new volume featuring 28 country recordings that made the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1963. As “More Country Hits” is in the “Golden Age Of American Popular Music” series, the content is more melodic overall than a “Golden Age Of American Rock’n’Roll” edition might be. Nevertheless, there’s a generous helping of up-tempo hillbilly and borderline rockabilly among the straight-ahead country to give listeners a bit of light and shade. As usual, the CD comes with a generously illustrated and copiously annotated booklet.
Various Artists - Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1422}

Various Artists - Rhythm 'n' Bluesin' By The Bayou: Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies (2015) {Ace Records CDCHD 1422}
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© 2015 Ace Records | CDCHD 1422
Blues / Rhythm & Blues / New Orleans R&B / Soul

Ten volumes into their seemingly never-ending, always-excellent By the Bayou series, Ace returns to R&B for Mad Dogs, Sweet Daddies & Pretty Babies. Like nearly all of its predecessors, this is primarily archival – i.e., there aren't a lot of familiar names, but there are acts that have popped up on previous Bayou installments because, at this point, it's been proven that the well is deep but not fathomless. Newly discovered cuts by unknowns can hardly be called "recycling," and this, like its cousins, is pretty close to straight-up aural dynamite.
Johnny & The Hurricanes - Hurricane Force! (2015) {2CD Ace Records CDLUX2 015}

Johnny & The Hurricanes - Hurricane Force! (2015) {2CD Ace Records CDLUX2 015}
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© 2015 Ace Records | CDLUX2 015
Rock & Roll / Instrumental Rock

A limited edition 2CD set featuring 52 rare studio and live recordings, including 20 previously unissued. Package includes a bumper 40-page booklet containing many unpublished photographs and a definitive 12,000 word essay incorporating interviews with several band members. Johnny & the Hurricanes fans – standby to celebrate! This is unlike any other compilation on the market. Instead of the same old titles forever recycled, we have collected together many tracks that you will be hearing for the first time. With 20 unreleased tracks plus piles of rarities this bumper set is easily the most exciting release in decades from one of rock’n’roll’s most-loved bands.
Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou: I'm Not Jiving (2016) {Ace Records CDCHD 1471}

Various Artists - Bluesin' By The Bayou: I'm Not Jiving (2016) {Ace Records CDCHD 1471}
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© 2016 Ace Records | CDCHD 1471
Blues / Rhythm & Blues

Raw blues gems trawled from the swamps of South Louisiana, plus a touch of zydeco. Ten tracks are previously unreleased or alternate takes, while the other 18 are extremely rare. Baton Rouge was arguably the blues centre of Louisiana and just about all of the artists featured in this compilation spent part of their lives there. Long-time favourites Lightnin’ Slim, Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo and Silas Hogan certainly honed their skills in its clubs and bars, although they travelled some 70 miles west to record at J.D. Miller’s studio in Crowley. Everything here emanated from Miller’s studio or from his close rival Eddie Shuler’s facility in Lake Charles, except series newcomer Chris Kenner’s track, which was cut in New Orleans. Other artists new to the series are Henry Gray, Juke Boy Bonner, Elton Anderson, Ramblin’ Hi Harris and Schoolboy Cleve.