Holiday Gift Guide
“Santa Baby, slip a CD under the tree, for me…”
Yes, folks, the Season To Be Jolly is with us once again. The time of year when thoughts turn to peace on Earth, goodwill to all men and an earnest hope that those Elmore James, B.B. King and Fame Records boxed sets you’ve been hoping to own for years will be hanging in a stocking by the fireplace.
How pleasant would it be this Christmas night to slip away to the record room while the other half is watching Kill The Midwife or Strictly Christmas Specials, crack open a cold beer and crank up a seasonal helping of ‘Dust My Broom’ or ‘Sweet Sixteen’?
Who needs mince pies, port and stilton or other sundry filling when you could be gorging yourself on Ace’s Zombies boxed set, or any of our award winning Southern Soul selections? Never mind all that Dasher, Prancer and Vixen caper – bring on Carter, Jackson and Staton with music that’ll do you right all year round.
For anyone who’s stuck for an idea for a Christmas pressie suggestion, for themselves or someone else of similarly exquisite taste, we’ve made a list (and checked it twice to help you decide where to spend your record token money, in the absence of actual record tokens these days. It may be an idea to leave this webpage open and in full view of the other half if there’s been moaning that you’re difficult to buy for. Better you get that Ace T-shirt (or any of the others from our extensive range) you’ve been craving than another lurid escapee from the Val Doonican Christmas cardigan collection.
Do You Hear What I Hear? Is it the Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour 6CD set in a natty slipcase, by any chance?
If it isn’t, I guarantee that those will be your chestnuts roasting on that open fire, Santa Baby…
So, although it’s been said – many times, many ways…
GIVE (OR GET) ACE CD’S THIS CHRISTMAS!
'I'm Not Talkin' - The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison 1957-1971'
Mose Allison is the cool voice of jazz and blues who influenced a generation of British musicians. Here are his definitive performances of the songs that made his name.
Top notch set focusing on this grooviest sides. MOJO ★★★★
In the month that the great man left us, it's good to be reminded of how many superb songs Allison crafted over the years. The Sunday Times
There can be no more fitting memorial to his work and influence. i ★★★★
..getting A handle on Allison has previously been difficult as a concise, single-disc collection compiled with an eye towards his influence on British music has been lacking until now. The splendid I'm Not Talkin' plugs this gap. theartsdesk.com
Let It Be - Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney And Harrison
Various Artists (Black America Sings)
'Let It Be - Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney And Harrison'
John, Paul and George get soul with a little help from their friends.
..magnificent reinventions which bring fresh female insight to familiar songs. UNCUT 8/10
..each song can't help but reveal something fundamental about either song or artist. MOJO
This follow-up to 2011's dazzling Come Together is awash with equally bizarre, bonkers and brilliant takes on that songbook. Shindig ★★★★
astonishingly multifaceted The Sunday Times
a Rough Trade Compilation of the Year
This Is Fame 1964-1968
A definitive look at the recordings made for the famous studio’s in-house label. 24-track, two-disc vinyl set.
..well packaged and thoroughly annotated, this is a splendid tribute to Rick Hall and his musician's creativity Echoes ★★★★1/2
Everything is great here, from Jimmy Hughes’ self-penned Steal Away and Hall’s studio house band, The Del-Rays’ cover of Benny Spellman’s Fortune Teller to June Conquest’s sole issue on the label; the ace Almost Persuaded, co-written by Dan Penn. Record Collector ★★★★
Totalement Chic! French Girl Singers of the 1960s Complete Set
Various Artists (Ace International)
All three volumes in our French girl singers series housed in this elegant rigid card slipcase.
A glorious compilation. Record Collector ★★★★★
Had Mike Meyer's Austin Powers films been set in sinful Paris as opposed to swinging London, these 24 tracks would have provided the perfect soundtrack. allmusic.com ★★★★ 1/2
'The Fame Studios Story'
The story of the studio that put the Muscle Shoals sound on the map.
It's an essential purchase! Record Collector ★★★★★
Back To The River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978
Various Artists (A Southern Soul Story)
Back to the River
A follow up to the award-winning “Take Me To The River”, this set brings you 75 more slices of exquisite Southern Soul.
Exhilarating stuff. MOJO ★★★★
B.B. King 'The Vintage Years'
B.B. King is an international icon, the founding father of the blues and rock guitar styles. His landmark recordings of the 1950s and early 1960s for RPM, Kent and Crown were so influential at the time, and still are. We proudly present 106 tracks from that extraordinary body of work.
This traditional “Album” contains seven singles, a small jukebox worth of recordings. A limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide.
A real treasure trove, with an acute attention to detail in keeping with the label's ethos. MOJO Vinyl Package of the Month
Theme Time Radio Hour Complete Series
Various Artists (Theme Time Radio Hour)
Theme Time Radio Hour Complete Series
150 songs and 75 years of musical dreams, schemes and themes drawn from the first three series of Bob Dylan's highly acclaimed Theme Time Radio Hour radio show. This is a limited edition bundle set, housed in the now hard-to-find Theme Time Radio Hour slipcase.
This collection is something else...it could hardly be a better primer for the shows themselves. MOJO ★★★★★
The Girls Want The Boys! Sweden's Beat Girls 1966-1970
A smörgåsbord of groovy 60s she-pop. 12-track LP version pressed on 180g white vinyl in heavy duty sleeve with sumptuously illustrated artist profiles on inner bag.
Doris' Don't is a funky brass-punctuated floorfiller worth the price of admission alone. Record Collector
Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls 1963-1970
British girl-pop gems from Decca Records’ matchless 1960s roster.
Peerless UK girl group sounds Mojo ★★★★
the whole package provides a vivid flashback anchored by enduring pop 45s allmusic.com ★★★★
The Fugs 'Don't Stop! Don't Stop!'
Compiled and annotated by Ed Sanders, founder Fug, with over two hours of previously unreleased Fugs mayhem.
The Zombies 'Zombie Heaven'
4CDs. 119 tracks all mastered from original tapes. 42 previously unissued. 68 page book. Many previously unpublished photographs. Memorabilia from the band's archive.
'Fame Singles Box'
The limited edition “Fame Singles Box” is something very special indeed. Within its packaging can be found faithful facsimiles of four of the rarest Fame singles from the 1960s, including the company’s first ever 45, by the Del Rays, Northern Soul classics by James Barnett and Art Freeman, and Jimmy Hughes’ Island Soul rarity ‘You Might As Well Forget Him’, plus a bonus, a previously unissued test pressing. Packaged in homage of Fame’s own original mailout envelopes.
Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977
Various Artists (A Southern Soul Story)
'A Southern Soul Story'
Take Me To The River is a selection of 75 songs that tell the story of the golden era of Southern Soul 1961-77 with full notes and lavish illustrations in a 72 page booklet.
A belter...a collection that will haul in new listeners with its mixture of the accessible and predictable and satisfy established fans with a running order that contextualises, tracks and maps the music's growth. MOJO ★★★★
The Damned 'The Chiswick Singles'
For your delectation facsimiles of the original promotional copies of all of the Damned Chiswick singles. Also included are associated promotional items and photographs.
Fab limited edition box set MOJO ★★★★
Gil Scott-Heron 'The Revolution Begins'
One of the most important voices of black America, Gil Scott-Heron emerged from the edges of the Black Arts Movement. This 3CD set features his first three albums and a rare track cut with Pretty Purdie’s band, plus a bonus disc containing an alternate version of the “Free Will” album – every surviving piece of music Gil recorded for the Flying Dutchman label.
Intelligent, engaging, brimming with righteous anger and humour. MOJO ★★★★
Masterpiece Record Collector ★★★★★ (Reissue of the Month)
Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene - Vanguard Records & The 1960s Music
Various Artists (Vanguard)
'Make it Your Sound, Make it Your Scene'
Between the late 50s and early 70s, Vanguard Records led the field in folk, blues and old timey music. Artists as diverse as Skip James, Bob Dylan, John Fahey and Country Joe & the Fish, chronicled the emerging folk scene and the point at which these transmuted into psychedelic rock. The Newport Folk Festival recordings brought a host of artists to an international audience.
'Rhythm & Blues Christmas'
Christmas comes but once a year, but an Ace Christmas record comes but once in a lifetime. Rich, varied and full of ho ho ho with a side of misery, so get it while stocks last. Not just for Christmas, but forever.
Born to Be With You
Back on vinyl and sounds even mightier than ever Record Collector ★★★★
Darlene Love 'So Much Love'
24 gems from the remarkable recording career of queen bee session singer turned Broadway star Darlene Love, featuring solo sides, tracks fronting the Blossoms in their various guises, movie soundtrack songs and three great previously unissued performances.
A wonderful showcase. Record Collector ★★★★
Phil Spector 'The Early Productions'
The early work of a genius in the making. Where it all began for Phil Spector. Our 24 page booklet plots his early years in a fully illustrated 6,500 word essay.
Record Collector ★★★★
Joan Baez 'Noel'
Doyenne of the 60s folk scene with a superb selection of Christmas songs from the French, English, Catalan, German and Welsh traditions - a world festivity.
Odetta 'Christmas Spirituals'
Afro-American spirituals mainly drawn from the days of slavery, free of Santa Claus and celebrating the spirit of Christmas in a poignant way.
The New Possibility: Guitar Soli Christmas Album/Christmas With John Fahey
John Fahey 'Christmas with John Fahey'
A complete collection of the original recordings of Fahey's Christmas songs - taken from his two best selling LPs.
Ace Records Cotton Bag
Launched, just in time for Christmas, the Ace Records Cotton Bag! For many more designs see our merchandise pages here: acerecords.co.uk/browse/merchandise/bags
Ace Records T Shirt
A new Ace t-shirt for 2014 designed by one of our favourite graphic designers Niall McCormack. For (many) more tees, see our merchandise page here: acerecords.co.uk/browse/t-shirts