Ace Records (United Kingdom)

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Ace Records
Parent company Ace Records Ltd.
Founded 1978 (1978)
Founder Ted Carroll, Roger Armstrong, Trevor Churchill
Genre Various, Reissues
Country of origin  UK
Location London
Official website

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's 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: initially the only label[4] (reissues, also including Ace Records (US)): Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues, Cajun, 50s and 60s 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: Northern Soul, Deep Soul
  • Kicking Mule: Guitar Music (Stefan Grossman, Bob Brozman, Bert Jansch)
  • Southbound Records: 70s Soul and Funk (Millie Jackson, Fatback, Sylvester, Joe Simon)
  • Westbound Records: Funk, Soul (Funkadelic, Ohio Players, Detroit Emeralds)

Artists Released By Ace Records[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Komara, Edward (Ed.) (2006), Encyclopedia of the Blues, Routledge
  2. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Ace Records subsidiaries
  4. ^ the Ace Records label

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