This month we’re pleased to announce the latest two releases in our new Hip Pocket inspired series. The Radio Stars “Songs For Swinging Lovers” and the classic Link Wray compilation “Early Recordings”.
The original Hip Pocket format ran from 1967-69 and included more than 60 titles. The records measuring just 3 7/8 inches were manufactured in either 33-1/3 or 45 rpm speeds and could be played on a standard turntable that did not auto-return the tone arm.
The format aimed at the “music-loving young set,” who want their music “portable, low-priced and groovy”, boasted a versatility ahead of it’s time, enabling kids to carry up to 50 of the virtually indestructible, wafer thin releases at a time.
Ace’s new CD based Hip Pocket series (measuring 4 7/8 inches) presents classic albums from the Ace vaults in replica LP packaging. More titles will follow over the next few months. Please note these releases unfortunately still require laser pick up rather than tone arm and belt drive to perform. We're hopeful that the new format will encourage the people in hardware-land to develop a battery operated "single-play" style Hip Pocket CD player..no news as yet on this though.
From time to time the Link Wray Swan 45s would turn up at our Rock On Record stores, but otherwise Link Wray vintage material was in short supply, apart from a welcome but dubious LP on Union Pacific. His previous album of new recordings was 1975’s “Stuck In Gear”, but we also carried a 45 of a coruscating alternate take of I’m So Glad, I’m So Proud from 1972’s “Beans and Fatback” LP. So a Link Wray album of his vintage material was on the cards in April 1978, and this CD replicates that in miniature. The sleeve could hardly have been simpler with a cut out a stuck down pic of Link on a yellow background and his name in BIG letters, and now it is an icon of the period. It is hard to imagine in these days of overkill in the re-issue market that this LP was in 1978 one of the few genuine rock’n’roll records available.