The Ace Story Volume 2 Various Artists (Ace Mississippi)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1281

We weren’t in the least bit surprised at how well our expanded CD reissue of “The Ace (USA) Story Volume 1” was received. It’s been one of the most requested items in the “Why don’t you reissue more of your old vinyl albums on CD” stakes for years and, frankly, we’d have been more surprised if it hadn’t gone down well. In fact, it’s gone down so well that we’ve advanced the release of the second volume to satisfy public demand. The remaining three volumes are to be expanded and digitised during the course of next year. As with the previous and forthcoming collections, Volume 2 is enhanced by the addition of a dozen bonus tracks that complement those selected many years ago for the original vinyl LP.

Johnny Vincent may not have been a musician himself, but he certainly knew which musicians would make his 45s and albums sound as great as they did. By employing hands-on A&R men of the calibre of Huey “Piano” Smith, sax king Alvin “Red” Tyler and the young Mac “Dr John” Rebennack, who commanded respect among their musical peers, he always ensured that Ace’s rhythm tracks would personify the sound of New Orleans at its best.

The beauty of a catalogue such as Vincent’s is that there are so many great records in it that there’s no question of turning to anything not so good in an attempt to fill a CD. Volume 2 offers more of what Volume 1 delivered: the unbeatable goodtime New Orleans rock’n’roll and R&B for which Ace was famous (although one or two tracks were recorded outside of the Crescent City, next door in Houston).

Several Ace label stalwarts inevitably make their welcome return, but we also encounter a number of highly talented people who briefly figured in Johnny Vincent’s discography – and who, but for the lack of a hit record, may have figured more prominently than they did. Our roll call includes 40s R&B megastars Amos Milburn and Charles Brown duetting on Huey Smith’s rocking ‘Educated Fool’, Edgar “Big Boy” Myles and Issachar “Junior” Gordon stepping out from premier vocal groups the Shaweez and the Spiders respectively, more great stuff from blues kings Frankie Lee Sims and Julius “Mercy Baby” Mullins, a brilliant example of the early work of Crescent City legend Eddie Bo and more from the inevitably top quality repertoire of Ace mainstays Frankie Ford, Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Marchan and Huey Smith.

If this music doesn’t cure your blues and put a smile on your face, it really is about time you gave some thought to having that check-up from the neck up.

By Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Blow Wind Blow - Junior Gordon

  • 02
    Bad Boogie - Lightnin' Hopkins

  • 03
    Silly Dilly Woman - Mercy Baby

  • 04
    Roberta - Frankie Ford

  • 05
    I Love To Rock & Roll - Eddie Bo

  • 06
    Rockin' Behind The Iron Curtain - Bobby Marchan

  • 07
    Please Don't Tell 'Em - The Blue Dots

  • 08
    Mercy - Gene & Al's Spacemen

  • 09
    Sea Cruise - Little Shelton

  • 10
    Looped - Joe Dyson vocal Johnny Collins

  • 11
    Educated Fool - Charles Brown & Amos Milburn

  • 12
    Go, Jimmy, Go - Jimmy Clanton

  • 13
    Would You Believe It (I Have A Cold) - Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns

  • 14
    Teen Age Rock - Little Booker

  • 15
    Sleeping In The Ground - Sammy Myers

  • 16
    My Talk Didn't Do Any Good - Frankie Lee Sims

  • 17
    I Want To Be Your Man - Frankie Ford

  • 18
    Little Girl - Earl King

  • 19
    Honey Honey - The Supremes

  • 20
    Chickee Wah-Wah - Bobby Marchan

  • 21
    I Trusted You - Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets

  • 22
    New Orleans - Big Boy Myles

  • 23
    Curiosity - Joe & Ann

  • 24
    The Second Line - Huey & Curley

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” Bus Stop Mail Order Ltd, 42-50 Steele Road, London, NW10 7AS. 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 Bus Stop Mail Order Ltd, 42-50 Steele Road, London, NW10 7AS. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Customer reviews

comments powered by Disqus

Press quotes

Continues the high-quality run set out by its preceding volume. ★★★★

Record Collector

Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought

© Ace records 2012-2016