Ace of Spades [Bonus Tracks]

Ace of Spades [Bonus Tracks]

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by Motörhead
     
 

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Talk about truth in advertising! The band that borrowed its name from the Brit slang term for a speed freak has seldom taken the pedal off the metal long enough to allow its fans a breather -- which is just what those tireless headbangers demand. This disc may well be the most concise distillation of the Motörhead sound: good, solid rock played at hyperspeed with a… See more details below

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Talk about truth in advertising! The band that borrowed its name from the Brit slang term for a speed freak has seldom taken the pedal off the metal long enough to allow its fans a breather -- which is just what those tireless headbangers demand. This disc may well be the most concise distillation of the Motörhead sound: good, solid rock played at hyperspeed with a minimum of fuss -- and a surfeit of volume. The timeless title track is probably the best known attraction here, but the surrounding sonic blasts don't fall too far short of that one's wild-eyed fury. From the blue-collar choogle of "We Are the Road Crew" to the lowdown lewdness of "Love Me Like a Reptile," Lemmy and company rant and rave in inimitable style -- and let you know that nothing succeeds like excess.

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
With the 1980 release of Ace of Spaces, Motörhead had their anthem of anthems -- that is, the title track -- the one trademark song that would summarize everything that made this early incarnation of the band so legendary, a song that would be blasted by legions of metalheads for generations on end. It's a legendary song, for sure, all two minutes and 49 bracing seconds of it. And the album of the same name is legendary as well, among Motörhead's all-time best, often considered their single best, in fact, along with Overkill. Ace of Spades was Motörhead's third great album in a row, following the 1979 releases of Overkill and Bomber, respectively. Those two albums have a lot in common with Ace of Spaces. The classic lineup -- Lemmy (bass and vocals), "Fast" Eddie Clarke (guitar), and "Philthy Animal" Taylor (drums) -- is still in place and sounding as alive and crazed as ever. The album is still rock-solid, boasting several superlative standouts. Actually, besides the especially high number of standouts on Ace of Spades -- at least relative to Bomber, which wasn't quite as strong overall as Overkill had been -- the only key difference between this 1980 album and its two 1979 predecessors is the producer, in this case Vic Maile. The result of his work isn't all that different from that of Jimmy Miller, the longtime Rolling Stones producer who had worked on Overkill and Bomber, but it's enough to give Ace of Spaces a feeling distinct from its two very similar-sounding predecessors. This singular sound (still loud and in your face, rest assured), along with the exceptionally strong songwriting and the legendary stature of the title track, makes Ace of Spades the ideal Motörhead album if one were to choose one and only one studio album. It's highly debatable whether Ace of Spaces is tops over the breakthrough Overkill, as the latter is more landmark because of its earlier release, and is somewhat rougher around the edges, too. Either way, Ace of Spades rightly deserves its legacy as a classic. There's no debating that. [The various single-disc reissues of Ace of Spades append a B-side ("Dirty Love") and two songs from the St. Valentines Day Massacre EP ("Please Don't Touch" and "Emergency").]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768520622
catalogNumber:
85206
Rank:
24517

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Motörhead   Primary Artist
"Fast" Eddie Clarke   Guitar
Lemmy   Bass,Vocals
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor   Drums
Cat Heads   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tony Williams   Composer
"Fast" Eddie Clarke   Composer
Denise Dufort   Composer
Kelly Johnson   Composer
Lemmy   Composer,Liner Notes
Vic Maile   Producer
Kim McAuliffe   Composer
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor   Composer
Steffan Chirazi   Liner Notes
Heath Robinson   Composer
Curtis Evans   Reissue Design
Alan Ballard   Sleeve Photo
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer

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