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From early bandleader stuff through to the peak of the great man’s worldwide popularity, with his first and biggest Capitol hits. Featuring Pete ‘Guitar’ Lewis, and the likes of Big Mama Thornton and Little Esther

The hits keep coming — just two of the twenty-six tracks here fell short of the US Top 30.

For Your Precious Love started out as a Bandera recording (subsequently leased to Vee-Jay), made by co-owner Vi Muszynski — and there are eleven Impressions sides here, seven of them previously unissued.

Hats off every time to the founding father of New Orleans rhythm and blues. DB holds the master recipe for soul-ska-rhumba-blues gumbo. Just check the tracklisting for a sense of his achievement. Don.

All the stuff he did for Smash.

‘The Complete Liberty And Imperial Singles, Volume 2.’

‘Most of the sides contained here were recorded in New Orleans or Los Angeles during the late 50s, providing her entire Modern recordings.’ Rocking and raunchy as ever.

Miss Peaches, 1954-9, rocking the hell out with Richard Berry, Lee Allen, Dave Bartholomew and co.

The first proper overview.

Fine Detroit doo wop, Drifters and Coasters style, definitively presented in this limited edition.

Superb songwriting in a dazzling range of styles and voices, from soul ballads to cocktail jazz, the sardonic to the purely heartfelt.

Stunning versions of his awe-inspiring songs — stuff like Tami Lynn on I’m Gonna Run Away From You, Erma Franklin’s Piece Of My Heart, Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, Mr Success by Bobby Harris.

Twenty-eight stonking, in-your-face female rhythm and blues cuts from sixty years ago — Cordella Di Milo kicking it off, Little Esther, Anonymous… Nobody does this better than Ace. Killer.

Highly eclectic, entertaining, cultured selection — so properly presented and well paced, with a fat booklet full of photos and facts about the performers, we won’t bother listing the unauthorised alternatives.