In 2009 Ace Records a leading UK based speciality cd re-issue label commenced its new project the London American year by year series.
The London American label was an imprint of UK Decca Records that licensed recordings from the very many independent companies in the States and promoted them for the UK market at a time when very few US companies had UK operations of their own and the global multi-market companies we have today just didn't exist.
London American had many deals with companies such s United Artists, Liberty, Big Top, Chess and Cadence that were the home to many of the stars of the late 1950's and early 60's such as the Everly Bros, Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, Chuck Berry and Johnny and the Hurricanes who were really popular some more popular than back home in the States.
So a series like this is really valuable for giving you a taste of what the music of this era the one before the Beatles was really like and what is more they have deliberately gone for the previously unissued on cd tracks.
As a really good move they have also gotten access to the UK Decca tape vaults where the tapes used to manufacture the original 45's were stored and used them so we have the original monaural sound those who bought and collected the 45's expect which has been expertly re-mastered.
To date three titles have been issued 1960, 1961 and 1962 which came out last week landing in my mailbox on Monday.
Hear we go again rewinding to the past with this the latest instalment of ACE's London American year By Year series.
28 tracks some hits some misses that haven't been re-issued on cd from 1958 from the original UK masters.
Artists featured are Duane Eddy, The Mills Bros, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pat Boone, Chuck Berry, The Drifters and Eddie Cochrane with his Summertime Blues.
What's great about the series is there's very little duplication with other ACE London American compilations