After our trip back to 1959 for the most recent edition of London-American Year By Year, we move forward once again into the 1960s and arrive at 1963.
Although a general upsurge of interest in UK-created pop was already beginning to take hold of the world as '63 dawned, the UK still generally looked towards the USA for musical inspiration. London-American Year By Year '63 offers the usual impeccable cross-section of the sounds and styles that were happening Stateside, just as Beatlemania was preparing to dominate the world and change the face of popular music forever.
Nearly 20 of the 28 featured tracks made the US Hot 100. Only four of these have previously appeared elsewhere on Ace. More than 75% of the tracks featured are sourced from the tapes that were used to manufacture the original London 45s, too.
Big UK hits from the likes of the Ronettes, the Crystals, Roy Orbison and Del Shannon help to remind even the most casual listener why the London-American imprint was and remains so revered among record buyers of the day and thereafter.
Next stop? 1958, so make it a date and don't be late.