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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby hits one out of the park!, April 19, 2005
This review is from: Ace (Audio CD)
Bob Weir backed by the Grateful Dead serves up one gul-dern heck of a rock and roll album.

From the beginning ,"The Greatest Story Ever Told" ("you know the one thing we need is a left handed monkey wrench") flies out of the barn to the end "Cassidy" (a ballad for Cowboy Neal) it is a slick rockin' yet somewhat twisted winner. The album is somewhat speedy, macho (as mach as a rat dog could be) and very clever.

"The Greatest Story Ever Told" is slightly manic and among other instruments features an organ that sounds like it was stolen off the set of a game show. There is not much warm up here - the song comes flying at us.

Song 2 is my favorite song on the album - "Black-Throated Wind". It for the most part is a little slower than the rest of the songs on the album and somewhat bluesy. The lyrics are poignant but not maudlin and are clever to the point of sometimes being humorous. It is one of those story telling types of songs.

Song 3 "Walk in the Sunshine" is classic Weir. Weir always seemed like the approachable self-depricating white knight of the band and here he offers "Look out here comes some free advice"(Some of that advice: Walk in the sunshine, "deepsix your wrist watch, be all those things your able to be"). Although he was always a member of these psychedelic cowboys the face he always seemed to put forward was a caring Everyman.

The album includes Weir's version of the Dead standard "Playing in the Band" and ends with a rousing tribute to Neal Cassidy.

I think everyone who loves the Grateful Dead will love this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the name of the artist..., May 11, 2007
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Mike (Philadelphia, PA, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ace (Audio CD)
The album says Bob Weir, but this album is purely Grateful Dead! All of the songs (except for the underrated coulda-shoulda-woulda been counterculture anthem "Walk In The Sunshine") on this album go on to become staples the Dead's live shows. But just like "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty", "Ace" provides a snapshot into what these great tunes sound like in the studio.

The horn section on "Black Throated Wind", "Mexicali Blues", and "One More Saturday Night" really add a new dimension to the Dead sound that unfortunately would not be explored much furthur (yes I mean to spell it that way).

This album isn't lacking in jams either, this studio version of "Playing In The Band" (which improves greatly over the short version on the "Skull and Roses" album) includes a middle jam section that is just as satisfying as every other live version released.

If you liked the "Garcia" and "Rolling Thunder" albums, you'll be especially pleased by this set. For Dead studio completists, this provides a perfect bridge between their sound on "American Beauty" and what they would sound like on "Wake Of The Flood".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Backed By The Dead, February 20, 2005
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strawrider (Pleasant Hill, Oregon) - See all my reviews
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Don't let the title fool you, this is really a Grateful Dead album, not a solo work from Weir although it is all of his material. This is in contrast to Jerry Garcia's first solo album, Garcia, which was done with only one band mate from the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann.

Now that some of the history of this work is covered, what about the music itself? It's a phenomenal CD which features many staples the band would include in their shows forever: Mexicali Blues, Playing in the Band, etc. The musicianship is top shelf and I am pleased that it is finally available here at Amazon. The lesser known pieces, such as Walk in the Sunshine and Black Throated Wind, are great but just never permanently made it into the set line-ups of the Dead's shows. If you love Bob Weir or The Grateful Dead, you must own this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem, December 30, 2006
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This is probably the most underappreciated album ever: it is so good and yet, tragically, (I'm not exaggerating) few people know about it. From Greatest story ever told to Cassidy the album is an example of killer songwriting, fantastic singing by Bob, and great production/arrangement. Even if you don't like the dead you'll still like this album. However, if you are a Dead fan, the album is home to some Dead classics: Playing in the Band Mexicali Blues and One More Saturday Night (if you didn't already know, pretty much everyone from the Dead is on this album). Finally, (and most obviously) anyone who professes to like Bob Weir must have this album. It's a travesty that this album isn't more celebrated among Deadheads and music fans in general.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weir totally rocks, February 24, 2006
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This is a fantastic album. My favorites on it are 'Looks like rain", "Playing in the band" (which its impossible not to love), "Cassidy", The wince-inducing "Mexicali blues" and the weirdly (no pun intended) uplifting "Walk in the sunshine".

"Greatest stroy ever told" could easily be my favorite Weir song, but not on this album. If you want a really great version of it youll have to get the Dead Set. It's good on Ace but not great.

The only real damper on this album is the head bangery "saturday night", which A) goes on too long, and B) Oh God, it just awful. But if you don't mind skipping over it when you listen to this cd your in for a real delight. Bob Weir's got one hell of a voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I have seen where the wolf has slept by the silver stream.", March 26, 2013
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Ace is Bob Weir's first solo album and was released in May 1972. The album features Bob, Billy Kreutzmann and Keith & Donna Godchaux playing on all eight songs while Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh play on six. The album also has friends like Dave Torbert and Snooky Flowers, among others, popping up on the record. Seven of the album's eight songs would become "standards" in the Grateful Dead's set lists for years to come. This album would also mark the first official appearance of Keith & Donna on a Grateful Dead related project. The version of Playing In The Band on here is actually one of the Dead's best studio jams. The opening reminds me of a waterfall while Keith's notes are water spraying off the rocks. 5 stars all the way!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Blast, May 19, 2013
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This is a Grateful Dead record, but with Bob singing everything, and, we can guess, calling the aesthetic shots. The playing, particularly in the rhythm section, is WAY crisper than your average Dead album, even though it's Mickey, Bill and Phil... Some Dead faves can be found here, mostly in concise form...radio ready, but not overly glossy... The highlight for me is "Cassidy" which sounds better than anywhwere else...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Full Dead Record, December 13, 2012
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While billed as a solo album, this was the "Tom Sawyer" record where Weir convinced the other members of the Grateful Dead to "help him out a bit", proceeding to join him on every single song. The recording debut of the long-running Weir-Barlow writing team, this contains some of the best studio renditions of popular Dead songs ever put to vinyl. Stand-outs include "Looks Like Rain", "Cassidy", and an amazing seven-minute version of "Playing in the Band" which was the most effective example of the Dead's live sound in studio ever. A must-have for Dead fans everywhere. If this is not in your collection, your collection is incomplete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby W. has a few musical tricks up his sleeve on this '72 release, October 3, 2012
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Amazon Customer "big azz rabo" (Hialeah-La Ciudad del Fo-king Progreso Asere!!) - See all my reviews
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Nice studio versions of 'One More Saturday Night",a roof raiser of a live number, presented here as a studio recording. the classic "Mexicali Blues" which strangely enough appears on the GD compilation, Skeletons In The Closet is another highlight. Two songs that I previously didn't care for that much, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Cassidy, really sound great in their studio renditions. This is essential for your GD collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful Dead, featuring Bob Weir, October 1, 2012
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This Cd does indeed feature Bob Weir... backed by the Grateful Dead, of course. This in no way detracts from the album but rather gives it a shine and a panache that rates it five stars. In more than one number it is pleasantly obvious that the backing group is, indeed, the Grateful Dead, but Bob's vocals make this album what it is, namely an absolute delight. Whether you like Bob Weir or the Dead, you're gonna love this album, because you get a solid dose of both. You'll find several songs that are Grateful Dead standards, but that in no way detracts from this disk as a whole. If you're any kind of a Dead-head, "Ace" is absolutely a "must have!"
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