June 2014

June sees Fantastic Voyage return to Chicago for Breezy Sugar, a different take on the city’s rich musical heritage to that offered by Chicago Bound last month; we also push into the Sixties with the latest instalment of our ambitious American Music Library series, and provide a vinyl edition of our much-loved Girls Gone Rockin’ compilation.

Magazines have been quick to review Breezy Sugar, welcoming the return of Stuart Colman’s long-running series which captures the essence of rock & roll on a region-by-region basis. Breezy Sugar turns its sites on the Windy City, Chicago, and was afforded the lead review slot in Now Dig This, which opined “something for all tastes scattered around this fine compilation which…comes as a real bargain”. Record Collector decided it was “impeccably chosen, successfully capturing the architects of Chicago’s R&B scene with big names…and cult heroes…receiving equal coverage.” Inevitably Chess gets a look-in, but Stuart’s selection draws on many other labels as well, and there is no track overlap with Chicago Bound.

American Music Library: The Hits Of 1960 rounds up 90 US hit singles which evaded the UK charts, including all 30 Pop Top 10 Hits, all eight additional Country and R&B #1s, and 52 further Hot 100 hits selected by compiler Austin Powell, who also provided the fascinating notes in the 20pp colour illustrated booklet. The American Music Library concept has been welcomed by collectors of hit singles who want a series devoted to US hits, which doesn’t duplicate tracks found on the likes of our British Hit Parade series.

Finally, way back in 2010 we issued Girls Gone Rockin’a 75-track 3CD set of fabulous femme rockers, which has proved immensely popular. Hailed by Record Collector as “a grandly definitive statement”, it spawned the sister volume Let’s Have A Party. Now compiler Lucky Parker has selected 32 favourite tracks for a limited 2LP vinyl edition of Girls Gone Rockin’, complete with annotated insert.