Last year, Ace were delighted to include the Blue
Flames' 'Orange Street' on our "A Snapshot In Time"
CD compilation (CDTOP 1623). This track was originally
released on the R&B label back in October 1963 as the
B-side to 'J.A. Blues'. In December 1963, another Blue
Flames 7" was released by R&B featuring 'Stop Right
There' and 'Rik's Tune.'
" The reason why these four tracks were instrumentals
was due to bandleader Georgie Fame inking a deal with
Columbia before they were recorded. His manager
deemed it unwise to let his distinctive voice loose
outside the confines of live venues like the Flamingo.
Thus, he sang on the first Georgie Fame and the Blue
Flames 7" 'Do The Dog' that appeared in January 1964.
" The Blue Flames 7" singles are highly collectable and
sought out by lovers of early R&B and the proto-Mod
sound as well as those who take their pleasure in the
ska beat of 'Orange Street'. Despite being released
nearly half a century ago, no one has actually reissued
them on vinyl. It seemed like a no-brainer for Ace to
combine them on this Blue Flames EP.
" When it came to packaging, we licensed the cover
photo of Georgie directly from the legendary Val
Wilmer, who snapped him all those years ago. Dean
Rudland also tips his hat in the liner notes to the story
beyond the recordings. To say that these four tracks
sound amazing is an understatement - these Blue
Flames are cooking on gas.