Ace The Face Extra tracks
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This album is divided up into two parts the unreleased album and the ‘previously released’ tracks; Of the unreleased album tracks, this could have been a great album in the sixties, the music and production are definitely of that era, and that is not a bad thing. There are plenty of highlights, ‘White Mask’ stands out there is a subtlety to the song which beleighs the content. The song ‘Infanta Marina’ seems to have stuck in my head, and I love ‘Trouble in the Air’. A great many of these songs could have featured on a Move album without being out of place.
The Ace Kefford Stand tracks are brilliant and this band could have rivalled The Move live, there is a certain power in the songs, I would have loved to see this band live. Highlights are, For your Love (Stereo) really comes alive when the guitar solo happens nice arrangement of a song I know as a Yardbirds classic. ‘This World’s an Apple’ Groovy baby.
The Rockstar tracks sound remarkably like Ziggy Stardust era Bowie and again worth the price of the disc alone.
Lastly there is 'William Chalkers Time Machine' a lost Psych gem. who knows what else is included as a bonus lets just say the last track is very long.
For me, ‘FYL’ is the best track on this compilation. Only problem is you may get sick of hearing it ; it appears in three versions – stereo, demo and (hidden-last-track) mono. The other four tracks included by AKS (including a blisteringly on-form Cozy Powell) are all quite impressive, and suggest a group in sync with late 60’s hard rock. But Ace was not strong enough to sustain it, and as the booklet informs us, he endured a personal hell for many years after. Sadly, it’s the unreleased ‘solo’ LP that disappoints. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to actually hear this stuff, considering it was long thought lost forever, and it boasts great production from Tony Visconti (and Ace himself helped mix it for CD release). Some vocals are very Winwood-esque, as Ace himself freely admits, the lead track ‘Oh Girl’ is reminiscent of Traffic’s ‘Dear Mr Fantasy’, and is actually really good. Also really good is ‘Trouble in the air’, which boasts a good riff and is quite rocky and has a good edgy vocal. The rest however are rather so-so, mostly quieter songs that don’t suit his vocal style, and the truly awful ‘Infanta Marina’ with its woeful vibrato vocal (what was he thinking?). And ‘Happy Hour’ is really just a novelty track, fairground organ and background shouting – hardly essential.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this ages ago and got it for a fraction of what's being charged now. What a bargain! It sums up a music period not often played. Brilliant!Published 6 months ago by samazon
A very good cd it is expensive because it is so rare if you like the move you will love it got the same beat well worth a listen go out and get it before it gets even more rarierPublished 10 months ago by emmavedgen