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It's Bad For You But Buy It [CD]

Ace of Cups Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B0000TCOHI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boy What Will You Do Then - Denise & Company
2. Stones
3. Waller Street Blues
4. Glue
5. Touch Of One
6. Circles
7. Pretty Boy
8. Gypsy Boy
9. Let It Be Known/You Of Little Faith
10. Simplicity
11. Music
12. Looking For My Man
13. Catch You Later
14. Afro-Blue
15. I Wanna Testify
16. Hear Every Sound
17. Gospel Song

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Ace Of Cups - It's Bad For You But Buy It: Big Beat’s acclaimed Nuggets From The Golden State series returns after a brief hiatus with the first-ever collection devoted to the Ace Of Cups, a name most familiar to aficionados of late 1960s San Francisco psychedelic rock, thanks to their names being emblazoned on countless Avalon and Fillmore posters. On this anthology, dating from 1967-69, we finally get to hear what this pioneering all-girl band sounded like. They never actually released any records, but the Cups were rated by no less than Jimi Hendrix. The band’s career was one of unfortunate circumstance, but the recordings that have survived display a unique combo that could sound at once punky (Stones), soulful ‘Looking For My Man’ and poetic (‘Touch Of One’ – in fact Quicksilver covered a Cups’ song on their "Shady Grove" LP). A special bonus is the inclusion of group leader Denise Kaufman’s 1966 45 as Denise & Company – a tremendous and widely regarded girl garage artefact, with only a couple of copies known to exist!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cups! 10 July 2004
By LBS
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
You know when you buy an album and you kind of expect it to be pretty good but not that good! That`s how I felt when I ordered this LP knowing these recordings featured the Denise Kaufman (of Denise and co. fame) responsible for "Boy, what`ll you do then" the amazing classic girl punk gem! Well that track`s here and it sure is a killer but the rest truly holds it`s own! Like many comps it plays it`s hand a little too early. The first seven tracks simply contain some of the finest music to have emerged from SF in the late 60`s and all from previously unreleased demos no less! The opening track "Music" is truly lovely ( recorded acapella- but this ain`t no Flying Picketts trip!) For the aforementioned "Boy" words are not enough! "Glue" buy it, buy it, it`s bad for you but buy it! Sweet ballad "taste of one" Rocker "Stones" where they declare they`re in love with the Rolling Stones "cos their grass is greener!" "looking for my man" and Mongo Santamaria`s "Afro Blue". The rest is good- don`t get me wrong but I still love these the most! If you like your music raw, wild and truly evocative of another era just buy this album- Your CD player deserves it!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A (LOW ON THE BILL) 60'S BAY AREA TRADITION AT CONCERTS 23 Jun 2012
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was playing THE CHARLATANS' album the other day, and sitting right next to it was this collection of tunes from THE ACE OF CUPS, perhaps the Bay Area's first all female r 'n' r band. I remember hearing them a few times-low on the bill-while in college. And to be honest, I thought they were a kind of goof (as they used to say). Girls (or "chics" as we called young women in those days of non-enlightenment) with electric guitars? A girl drummer? What's that all about? The vocals were a bit weak, and their musicianship wasn't too great either. But when they finished their set, they always got a smattering of polite (or stoned) clapping, and a couple of whoops from the guys.

But in those days of anything goes, THE ACE OF CUPS became something of a Bay Area tradition. And the band's music began to grow on audiences-especially as they gained experience from gigging all over the place. And at least they have a song ("Glue", heard here), and a full page color photograph of the band on that great compilation "Love Is The Song We Sing", which is a good overview of Bay Area music from the 60's period.

The band never got to record a proper album. The closest they came to the inside of a studio is as back-up singers for other bands. They shared management with QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE, but to no avail. The ladies played in the area for a few years and then the band splintered. The 20 page booklet includes an essay, with quotes from band members, about the music. Also included are a few period photographs and concert posters.

This release is comprised of rehearsal tapes, demos, live recordings and TV sound stage recordings. Obviously the sound quality varies depending on the tape source, but (and this isn't a cop out) the spirit of the band's music, determination, and a certain naive quality overpowers the sound issues.

To be honest you'll hear some pretty good guitar fills and solos, some pretty powerful organ, and some fairly forceful drumming (all from "chics"!) throughout this album. Other times they don't seem to have command of their respective instruments. And of course the vocals are hit and miss-sometimes okay (but not great), and sometimes slightly embarrassing. But as I wrote earlier, overpowering all that is the spirit of those special times. The anything goes thinking (the whole Hippie gestalt) of the period is responsible for a lot of good and/or weird music. This collection conjures up some good memories of those always open, changing, exciting times. If you weren't lucky enough to have been there, this music is one small piece of "back then". And that's good enough.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated as hell 11 Mar 2012
By Mabus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't think anyone could match this band from the sixtie's. They rival Moby Grape and are all very cute. Hot Baby!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fulfills an empty niche for San Fran Heads 1 Nov 2006
By Duane R. Wirdel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though they were not the greatest band in the Bay area, the Aces played all over and with everyone. If you've studied the San Fran rock scene of the 60's, this cd will be welcome if only to have the opportunity to hear them. "Afro Blue" is outstanding and some of the garagey stuff is pretty good, but overall an average band.
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