Ace Records is proud to announce the purchase of the Shrine label and Eddie Singleton’s independent productions. To celebrate we have compiled an album of the very best dance recordings the label made in 1965 and 1966, primarily in Washington DC.
It took decades for UK Northern Soul fans to realise the significance of the label. It finally clicked for Stafford’s Top Of The World all-nighter DJs who searched out the incredibly hard to find later releases and played them to the cult-following of the rare soul scene. The scarcity was caused by Shrine pressing up a batch of fourteen future singles but only getting a handful released before they folded. The vast majority of the later releases were destroyed in a warehouse fire or simply binned as stillborn commercial failures.
Such was the scarcity that when the first Shrine compilations were issued in 1990, the Prophets tracks from Eddie Singleton’s master tapes were assumed to be unreleased - until Shrine sleuth Andy Rix later obtained one from a group member.
1. GUESS WHO LOVES YOU - Eddie Daye & The 4 Bars
2. NO OTHER WAY - The Cautions
3. BABY DON'T LEAVE ME - Bobby Reed
4. DON' T LET HIM HURT YOU - Les Chansonettes
5. HEY BOY - The D C Blossoms
6. IF I HAD (ONE GOLD PIECE) - The Prophets
7. DREAM MY HEART - Shirley Edwards
1. STOP OVERLOOKING ME - The Cairos
2. SHAME - The Enjoyables
3. I WON'T BE COMING BACK - J.D. Bryant
4. MY ONLY LOVE - The Counts
5. I WON' T BELIEVE IT TILL I SEE IT – Little Bobby Parker
6. TAKIN' MY TIME - Leroy Taylor & The Four Kays
7. THIS TIME (I'M GONNA BE TRUE) - Ray Pollard