When it comes to rare soul, Ace Records never sleeps! The label has recently released a compilation celebrating the career of Sam Cooke not as a singer but as a songwriter, along with collections dedicated to excavating the vaults of two great Detroit labels: Westbound Records, and of course, Motown!
Bring It on Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke features 24 versions of Cooke compositions recorded between 1959 and 1976, performed by some of the biggest African-American names in popular music.
The label also dips into the hallowed vaults of Motown for Satisfaction Guaranteed: Motown Guys 1961-69, featuring 24 tracks – every one of which is new to CD. And since we’re talking Motown, we’re talking major names here like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Edwin Starr, The Spinners, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Chuck Jackson, and even The Fantastic Four! Satisfaction Guaranteed follows in the footsteps of Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-1967, released in spring 2013. Four tracks – from Freddie Gorman (“I’m Gonna Make It to the Top”), Marvin Gaye (“Mojo Hannah”), The Temptations (“He Who Picks a Rose (Version 1)”) and The Four Tops (“The Night We Called It a Day”) have previously only been released on the digital compilation Motown Unreleased 1963.
Via The Second Disc: Ace Is Twistin the Night Away with Sam Cooke Tribute, Motown Rarities and More