Certified classics of soul and jazz that shaped the style of the UK’s original 1960s mod hero.
Ace’s popular “Heard Them Here First” series continues to grow with each new volume eagerly anticipated by those with an interest in the inspirations of their musical heroes.
In their pomp, Georgie Fame and his group the Blue Flames regularly played four or five sets a night at London’s Flamingo and Roaring 20s clubs, so were always on the lookout for new songs to play. Material came to Georgie from all directions: the GIs and West Indians who frequented the clubs and brought him new soul imports, friends such as clued-up Mick O’Neill (Nero of early 60s instrumental specialists Nero and the Gladiators), the record collections of members of the Blue Flames, specialist soul/jazz/R&B record shop Transat Imports and the copious record box of sound system operator Count Suckle. Musical sponge that he was, Georgie absorbed it all in order to put their own spin on things.
This is an altogether terrific 25-track cross-section of material Georgie covered or revived across his early singles, his four Columbia albums and first CBS EP. Many of these originals will be familiar to lovers of vintage soul and jazz but we have included several major obscurities, a few of which – including Shorty Billups’ original of Georgie’s rare single ‘Bend A Little’ – are receiving their first ever reissue here.
Georgie’s regard for these songs is reflected by the fact he still includes many of them in his shows. At a time when his 60s recordings have just been reissued in a high-profile boxed set, this collection of recordings that helped shape his career is most welcome.