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Ace Records (United Kingdom)

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Ace Records Ltd. was started in 1978.[1] Initially the company only gained permission from the label based in Mississippi to use the name in the UK, but eventually also acquired the rights to publish their recordings.[2] When Chiswick Records' pop side was licensed to EMI in 1984, Ace switched to more licensing and reissuing work. In the 1980s it also gained the licensing for Modern Records,[2] and its follow-up company Kent Records, whilst in the 1990s, the company bought the label(s) including all original master tapes.[2]

Ace Records
Parent companyAce Records Ltd.
Founded1978 (1978)
FounderTed Carroll, Roger Armstrong, Trevor Churchill
GenreVarious, reissues
Country of originEngland



The following labels are owned or licensed by Ace Records.[3]

  • Ace Records: initially the only label[4] (reissues, also including Ace Records (US)): Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Rhythm & Blues, Cajun, 1950s and 1960s Pop, etc. It is well known for several series of releases: "The Golden Age of American Rock 'N' Roll"; "Early Girls"; "Teen Beat" (showcasing instrumentals); and "Radio Gold".
  • Beat Goes Public: Rare and Classic Funk
  • Big Beat: 1960s Rock 'n' Roll and Pop
  • Globe Style: World Music
  • Kent Records: Motown, Northern Soul, Deep Soul
  • Kicking Mule: Guitar Music (Stefan Grossman, Bob Brozman, Bert Jansch)
  • Southbound Records: 1970s Soul and Funk (Millie Jackson, Fatback, Sylvester, Joe Simon)
  • Westbound Records: Funk, Soul (Funkadelic, Ohio Players, Detroit Emeralds)

Artists released by Ace RecordsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Komara, Edward (Ed.) (2006), Encyclopedia of the Blues, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415926997
  2. ^ a b c [1] Archived 19 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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