Tag: Ace Records

Scott Walker Jacques Brel

Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel (Ace Records)

American expat Scott Walker found influence in the work of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel. This handy collection might not offer anything new to the Scott Walker fan, but with its inclusion of Brel’s original French versions, it makes a fascinating little introduction for both artists.

Tim Peaks

Tim Burgess & Bob Stanley Present Tim Peaks: Songs From A Late-Night Diner (Ace Records)

Saint Etienne mastermind Bob Stanley enlists friend Tim Burgess to help curate the latest edition of his fictional setting compilation, Tim Peaks. This diner offers up a more contemporary setting than previous volumes, with a special focus on more melancholic, Factory Records-inspired post punk and indie-pop.

Various Artists: The Daisy Age (Ace Records)

This fantastic and fun Bob Stanley-produced compilation highlights one of the finest–albeit extremely brief–moments in hip-hop history, the Native Tongues “movement,” which found hip-hop musicians eschewing the violence and misogyny that dominated the rap scene and offering up a positive. more innocent vision of the world.

James Carr, “A Losing Game”

A fine slab of Memphis soul from a brilliant but doomed singer.

Various Artists: Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present State Of The Union: The American Dream In Crisis 1967-1973 (Ace Records)

This absolutely essential compilation from musicologists and Saint Etienne masterminds Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs offers a very rare glimpse into how older, mainstream American pop musicians addressed the changing times of the Richard Nixon/Vietnam war era.

Song Of The Day: Rachel and The Revolvers: “The Revo-lution” c/w “Number One”

Remembering the vocalist Betty Willis, who died tragically this week, and who had a very small but important role in the history of one of rock music’s titans.

Various Artists: Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-69 (Ace Records)

While the rest of the world was going crazy over the Beatles and the British Invasion, Bob Dylan was covertly conquering the hearts and minds of British musicians. Ace Records’ latest compilation serves as an excellent document of the love affair British artists had for the mysterious and cantankerous rocker.

Bobby Hatfield: The Other Brother: A Solo Anthology 1965-1970 (Ace Records)

When The Righteous Brothers split up in 1968, both members launched solo careers. Bobby Hatfield’s was quite low-key, releasing nothing more than a handful of singles and only one solo album. This new compilation shows that even though his solo career may have been brief, it wasn’t lackluster in terms of quality, as the music found here demonstrates.

Various Artists: Chartbusters USA: Special Country Edition (Ace Records)

For the fifth installment of Ace Records’ fantastic Chartbusters USA, the focus is squarely on Country crossovers, and provides for a satisfying listen.

Song Of The Day: Chet Ivey, “A Dose Of Soul”

Taken from the forthcoming Ace Records release A Dose Of Soul: The Sylvia Funk Recordings 1972-1975.