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Motorhead - 1980 Ace Of Spades

ARTIST: Motorhead
ALBUM: Ace Of Spades
LABEL: Bronze
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: Reissue list..


LINEUP: Lemmy -vocals, bass * Fast Eddie Clarke - guitars * Philthy Animal Taylor - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ace Of Spades * 02 Love Me Like A Reptile * 03 Shoot You In The Back * 04 Live To Win * 05 Fast And Loose * 06 We Are The Road Crew * 07 Fire, Fire * 08 Jail Bait * 09 Dance * 10 Bite The Bullet * 11 The Chase Is Better Than The Catch * 12 The Hammer * 13 Dirty Love (bonus) * 14 Please Don't Touch (bonus) * 15 Emergency (bonus)


We may see a run of posthumous articles about Motorhead, since the recent passing of Lemmy on Boxing Day 2015. There are a few articles online already, but there are a couple of essential releases we haven't covered from the early days, and 1980s 'Ace Of Spades' is one of them. Released by Bronze at the tail-end of that year, the album would go gold early in 1981, and would also be picked by U.S label Mercury as their first domestic release into that market.

The Songs
Some of the tracks on 'Ace Of Spades' reads like a 'Best Of' list; if one was to put together a compilation. The opening pair of the title-track and 'Love Me Like A Reptile', and two others '(We Are) The Road Crew' (dedicated to the band's road crew) plus 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' would be good contenders. When the band raise the tempo, their appeal becomes even greater. Check out 'Fire Fire', 'Dance' and 'Bite The Bullet' for examples. Apparently Lemmy was quoted as saying that this was the album when he was actually singing rather than shouting. The trio cite producer Vic Maile as the person responsible for lifting their game. The results/success are an indication of his input.

In Summary
Over the years, many artists have cited this album as a significant influence. The hybrid proto-punk and heavy metal impacting on many across several sub-genre's of hard rock. Perhaps even the fore-father of thrash metal? There is a 2005 DVD released as part of the 'Classic Albums' series. Certainly this is an essential part of the Motorhead discography. [word count 266]

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#1 | spawn71 on January 13 2016 18:31:56
What can I say? A masterpiece!
#2 | tompa on January 16 2016 15:28:09
The 'last' Motorhead album for me and it was great to listen to at the time. But with this one it was now 3-4 LP's of the same thing and with so much else coming out around this time I drifted off to explore other stuff. 1980 was indeed a year of very stiff competition.
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