The London American Label: Year By Year 1966 Various Artists (London American)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1444

1966 as documented by the releases of the UK’s most famous source for US rock’n’roll, pop and R&B.

London’s releases for 1966 reflected the way music trends were moving mid-decade. There were soul singles aplenty and, as the year progressed, a deeper investment in the proto-psychedelic rock that we now know as garage. For all that, London’s biggest hits of the year came courtesy of old standby Roy Orbison and producer Phil Spector, the latter bringing the label its greatest success with Ike & Tina Turner’s ‘River Deep – Mountain High’, which ends our CD on a high.

Just like London always did, our collection offers a musical menu that embraces rock, soul, country and straight-ahead pop, with a little quality MOR on the side.

By 1966 London’s output was a long way down from the 200+ singles of the early 60s, but the label was still in the hunt for hits and still picking up some of the more interesting independent releases in the face of stiff competition from rivals such as EMI, Pye and Philips/Fontana.

Our selection comprises 28 tracks that have never been issued on Ace before. Wherever possible we have mastered from tapes used to manufacture the original mono London 45s (except, that is, where the label used disc dubs). On the whole, what you have is an excellent representation of what London got up to in 1966.

Tony Rounce


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Five O'Clock World - The Vogues

  • 02 Preview Love's Made A Fool Of You - Bobby Fuller Four

  • 03 Preview Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Shelby Flint

  • 04 Preview Open The Door To Your Heart - Darrell Banks

  • 05 Preview Come On In - Butterfield Blues Band

  • 06 Preview Don't Touch Me - Jeannie Seely

  • 07 Preview Crazy Like A Fox - Link Cromwell

  • 08 Preview The Pain Gets A Little Deeper - Darrow Fletcher

  • 09 Preview I'll Keep It With Mine - Judy Collins

  • 10 Preview The Rains Came - Sir Douglas Quintet

  • 11 Preview She Blew A Good Thing - The American Poets

  • 12 Preview Mister Bang Bang Man - Little Hank

  • 13 Preview Bird-Doggin' - Gene Vincent

  • 14 Preview Teenager's Prayer - Joe Simon

  • 15 Preview Hand Jive - The Strangeloves

  • 16 Preview The White Cliffs Of Dover - The Righteous Brothers

  • 17 Preview Cherish - The Association

  • 18 Preview You Left The Water Running - Barbara Lynn

  • 19 Preview United - The Intruders

  • 20 Preview Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife While The Bubbles Bounce About Above The Water? - Shirley Ellis

  • 21 Preview Party People - Ray Stevens

  • 22 Preview I Can Hear Music - The Ronettes

  • 23 Preview You Burn Me Up And Down - We The People

  • 24 Preview Mr Dieingly Sad - The Critters

  • 25 Preview 7 And 7 Is - Love

  • 26 Preview I'm A Nut - Leroy Pullins

  • 27 Preview To Make A Big Man Cry - Roy Head

  • 28 Preview River Deep - Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner

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