Thursday, October 13, 2016

The real feeling (Ace) (LP 54)

Ace Five-a-side (Vinyl - Anchor Records, 1974) ****

Genre: English pop/rock

Places I remember: Slow Boat Records in Wellington

Fab, and all the other pimply hyperboles: How Long is the brilliant single.

Gear costume: 24 Hours is a fine example of the great Ace sound - terrific beat thanks to the drums/bass combo, great organ/guitar licks, terrific Paul Carrack vocals, excellent horns.

Active compensatory factors: Ace were a great but underrated Beatles influenced band from the seventies. Most notably, they are known for Paul Carrack and his pop hit How Long (no question mark).

But the band (and this, their debut album) are way more than just that song. They played a fine funky brand of pop.

There isn't a dud track among the ten songs (five a side - ha!).

Where do they all belong? Paul eventually moved onto Mike + The Mechanics - you'll meet them along this journey!

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