Steal Away Jimmy Hughes


60s Soul
Catalogue Id:

As Ace’s catalogue of 180g vinyl albums grows, so does the amount of vintage soul music contained within it. This month we’re pleased to add a newKenttitle in the shape of a 50th anniversary reissue of the inaugural Fame Records album, the debut LP of the label’s first major star, Jimmy Hughes. 

Jimmy’s breakthrough hit ‘Steal Away’ introduced a new kind of music called southern soul as it eased its way into the US Top 20 in the summer of 1964. The song’s attendant album was issued later that year, but its chart prospects were hampered by the slide towards bankruptcy of Vee-Jay, Fame’s distributors. Original copies of the album seldom turn up, and when they do they are often not in premium condition, making this like-for-like reissue all the more welcome. As well as the title track, the album contains both sides of each of Jimmy’s two follow up 45s and a bunch of other nice things.

This was the only Fame album to feature the studio’s first great rhythm section, most members of which relocated toNashvilleshortly after these tracks were recorded in order to join the busy local session scene there. Fame founder and studio boss Rick Hall’s production techniques have stood the test of time well, and the tracks here do not sound like 50 years have gone by since they were recorded.

Jimmy Hughes never made the sustained chart impact subsequent Muscle Shoals-associated stars such as his cousin Percy Sledge and Clarence Carter did, but the tracks here show his talent was never in doubt. It’s good to be able to restore the album to catalogue after so many years, on fetching blue vinyl to boot.

By Tony Rounce



Track listing


Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought