The Ace Story Volume 1 Various Artists (Ace Mississippi)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1261

A little over 30 years ago, the R&B and rock’n’roll loving directorate of Chiswick Records decided that it might be fun to start a sister label, which did for the recordings of what was then a mere 20 years previously what Chiswick was doing for the more current stuff. Chiswick itself had sprung from small beginnings involving two men with a market stall full of golden oldies both common and rare, so this was not something that surprised too many people who witnessed the birth of this new reissue label – which shared the name of one of the most famous imprints in rock’n’roll/R&B history and which, in 2010, still goes by the name of Ace Records.

The American Ace label, run out of Jackson Mississippi by shrewd record man Johnny Vincent, was a veritable sweet shop of great 50s and early 60s music. Ted Carroll and Roger Armstrong had been selling vast quantities of original Ace 45s on the Rock On stall, and when Ted broached the prospect of licensing some Ace masters for UK issue/reissue with Johnny Vincent, he not only said yes but gave Ted his blessing to use the Ace name as an outlet for these, and other, reissues. Thus it was that UK Ace was able to successfully mine Vincent’s trove of musical treasures and that Ted, Roger and expert Ray Topping were able to compile – among other things – five fabulous volumes of “The Ace Story”.

These original albums stayed in catalogue for years, until the deal ran out and Vincent decided to take his catalogue elsewhere. Of all the old vinyl UK Ace albums, they are among the most asked-for on CD by those who bought them decades ago and want to indulge themselves in a newly digitised version.

Over the course of the next year-and-a-bit, we’ll be reissuing all five volumes of “The Ace (Ms) Story” using the original covers. Each volume will be augmented with additional classics that wouldn’t fit the finite running time of a long player, Some tracks will have been reissued many times since we first compiled them in the late 1970s and early 1980s, while others have barely been heard in public since the aspiring hopefuls in question stood before the mic in, usually, Cosimo’s Recording Studio in downtown New Orleans and did their bit to let the good times roll. Each set offers a fabulous overview of New Orleans R&B, and some of the greatest music of their time. We’re sure we don’t need to reintroduce you to Huey Smith, Frankie Ford, Earl King, Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Marchan, Frankie Lee Sims and other members of our company. And we’re sure you’ll greet them with warm appreciation, no matter how many times you might have heard some of the biggest hits that we obviously couldn’t leave out…

…Ace is back on Ace. And this is the story, morning glory…

By Tony Rounce


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford

  • 02 Preview Everybody's Carried Away - Earl King

  • 03 Preview Hey Little Girl - Frankie Lee Sims

  • 04 Preview Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu Pt 1 - Huey Smith & The Clowns

  • 05 Preview Just For You And I - The Supremes

  • 06 Preview You Little Baby Face Thing - Joe Tex

  • 07 Preview Gee Baby - Joe & Ann

  • 08 Preview I Love My Baby - The Phaetons

  • 09 Preview Storm Warning - Mac Rebennack

  • 10 Preview Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets

  • 11 Preview The Peanut Vendor - Alvin "Red" Tyler

  • 12 Preview Let's Get It On - Hershel Almond with Al Good & His Band

  • 13 Preview Quit My Job - Bobby Marchan

  • 14 Preview Morgus The Magnificent - Morgus & The Ghouls

  • 15 Preview I Warned You Baby - Frankie Lee Sims

  • 16 Preview Just A Moment - Roland Stone

  • 17 Preview Pop-Eye - Huey Smith & His Clowns

  • 18 Preview Alimony - Frankie Ford

  • 19 Preview Lover Of Love - Chuck Carbo & His Band

  • 20 Preview Everytime I See You - Harry Lee

  • 21 Preview Come On Home - Calvin Spears

  • 22 Preview What's Going On - Frankie Ford

  • 23 Preview Another Sleepless Night - Jimmy Clanton

  • 24 Preview Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu Pt 2 - Huey Smith & The Clowns

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.

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An irresistibly rollicking set. ★★★★

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