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Two Classic Albums from The Amazing Rhythm Aces: Stacked Deck/Too Stuffed to Jump

The Amazing Rhythm AcesAudio CD
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Since the early 70s, The Amazing Rhythm Aces,
based in Memphis, have been playing well-crafted
country pop songs that lean toward Southern rock. The
band continues to have a huge following that extends to
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00004TZZR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Third Rate Romance
2. The 'Ella B'
3. Life's Railway To Heaven
4. The Beautiful Lie
5. Hit The Nail On The Head
6. Who Will The Next Fool Be
7. Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song)
8. Anything You Want
9. My Tears Still Flow
10. Emma-Jean
11. Why Can't I Be Satisfied
12. King Of The Cowboys
13. Typical American Boy
14. If I Knew Just What To Say
15. The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune)
16. Same Ol' Me
17. These Dreams Of Losing You
18. I'll Be Gone
19. Out Of The Snow
20. Fool For The Woman
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Their first albums for ABC, released in 1975 and 1976. Includes their big hit 'Third Rate Romance' and more. The two titles are, 'Stacked Deck' and 'Too Stuffed To Jump'. First time on CD. Standard jewelcase. 2000 release.

Substitute grits for glitz, soul for sheen, and wry humor for mythic self-regard, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces could have been the Eagles. Though they didn't fly as high commercially, the Aces' blend of rock, country, down-home rhythm & blues, and even gospel continues to satisfy on this combo reissue of the band's first two mid-'70s albums. "Third Rate Romance" remains the Memphis band's signature song and major pop hit, while "The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune)" anticipated the changes in commercial country a couple of decades down the road. Rhythm aside, the key to the band's appeal is frontman Russell Smith, whose songs and singing transcend musical boundaries with amazing grace. --Don McLeese

Customer Reviews

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last! July 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Some years back, somebody apparently made off with the master tapes to the Amazing Rhythm Aces early albums. Since the advent of the compact disc, thousands of devoted fans of great music have been waiting in vain for CD reissues of the Aces stellar early albums. The wait is OVER!
This compilation presents the Aces landmark albums, Stacked Deck and Too Stuffed To Jump on one shiny little disc. What were the source tapes for this project? Probably not the original masters. The sound is adequate, not great. However, the Aces in general, and singer Russell Smith and guitarist Barry Burton in particular, are in such fine form that I won't quibble about the fidelity. Again, the sound IS adequate.
The songs Third Rate Romance and The End Is Not In Sight alone are worth the price of this disc, but there isn't a clunker in the bunch.
This music is a tasty stew of country, Muscle Shoals R&B, rock, and bluegrass that has been mimicked by other bands, but never duplicated. If you enjoy ANY of the music styles listed above, buy this CD now and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just can't believe it April 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Finally, thanks to I found cd's by my favorite group. Being a fan of theirs since the "70's", My vinyls were all wore out. I've searched for years in music stores for other vinyl copies or cd's but I always came up short. Thought I'd give you a try and to my amazement there it was. I just couldn't believe it. I used to have all their albums, but now I will buy every one of their cd's. This cd is great for it shows the brillance, and talent of how versatile their music is. It ranges from country to rock to blues. I was very much impressed by "The Amazing Rhythm Aces" when I first heard them in the "70's", And I still feel the same way today. Being a lead guitarist myself, I really appreciate their originality of song writing,and the way they put their message across. There is not a bad cut on this double cd. I also bought "Chock Full Of Country Goodness" which shows their country side and humor. My next cd by the aces will be "Toucan Do It Too/Burning The Ballroom Down". Alot of the songs on that double cd I had on vinyl, and what a pleasure to know I can still get Them today on cd. I had just about given up looking for their music in stores thinking that the recording industry had forgotten about the "Aces". This cd is a must for any country rock fan. Just listen to "The End Is Not In Sight", "Third Rate Romance", "Dancing The Night Away" and their unique version of "Life's Railway To Heaven". Their harmony is superb,{very tight}. This cd features most of their hits and some that should of been. Well worth the money and more. To me, I finally found what I've been looking for and for a few years I thought it was lost forever. Thank You Amazon. Guitar Bob
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed At The Aces Return!!!!! September 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Through the years of 1975-1977, as a teenager I heard a song called "The End Is Not In Sight" and was in awe that a country band could sound so good. Now 20 years later, after reminiscing with a friend about groups of the past, we both agreed that the group :The Amazing Rythm Aces" put out some unique hits during those years this started me on a two year quest to find the missing Aces. This year having searched in vain for original recordings of the Aces, my quest ended. This compilation of original recordings contain the real deal, not re-done versions. The sound quality is adequate, but your also transferring music from the 70's that was normally heard on AM radio to CD's, quite an accomplishment. If you were looking to find these missing country hits you need to look no further, this is it! The people involved in accomplishing this feat deserve our thanks. This will truly satisfy your nostalgic taste buds. Thanks again everyone.
Michael J. Law
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island CD April 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
These two albums were the grail for so many years when they were out of print. This cd has stayed on my changer, and I bought it the day it came out.
For so many people, and for so long, "Third Rate Romance" was all they knew, and know, about Russell Smith and the Aces. Well, they can rock harder, and they can be much more touching and emotional with their country. But they are that original.
Most of the california country rock sounds contrived compared to the Aces. These guys never really had a niche, and so never really made it, except for critical acclaim and a hard core following.
Join the critics and the fans and get this cd, you won't regret it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid, The Recordings Are Great! May 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This, fellow ARA fans, is the real thing. The recordings are clear, the production very good and the songs are just as good as we remembered. There have been other recordings released on CD which should have never seen the light of day due to terrible original recordings, but don't worry this time. These recordings are a delight!
Two complete classic ARA albums on one disc and every tune intact. For anyone who has only heard "Third Rate Romance" or "Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song)" you are very lucky. You're lucky because now you can hear other classic, and in many ways better, ARA cuts such as "Dancing The Night Away", "Life's Railway to Heaven" and "The Nail On The Head".
The musical styles vary from Carribean rhythms to bluegrass to country to rock to ragtime and they are all good. The group that was too rock for country, too country for rock and just too eclectic for anywhere else was before its time, but it's given us some great songs.
Pick this up along with another great two-album ARA CD, "Toucan Do It Too/Burning The Ballroom Down" and their later, self-titled CD. Who will these recordings appeal to? If you are a fan of "new country" or enjoy the clever lyrics of "Barenaked Ladies" you might want to give ARA a try. You could do a whole lot worse and it would be hard to do much better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Aces RULE!
Best albums I own. I love the Aces. Have seen them live many times and can't get enough.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great buy. Great music.
Published 3 months ago by MCG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always good
Published 3 months ago by skidd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Rhythm Aces
I love these discs. I don't think this group is still around, but that is too bad. Their harmonies are great and I like the kind of music they do.
Published 6 months ago by Gayle Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I have been looking for these cd's for quite some time and was thrilled when I saw them listed. Very satisfied customer here.
Published 15 months ago by patrick morley
5.0 out of 5 stars two classic albums from the Amazing Rhythym Aces/ Stacked Deck, Too...
Two of the best albums in the Genre, period. The Aces musicianship is top shelf, fabulous killer lyrics ! These albums are timeless, and should be in everyones collection!
Published 21 months ago by PAT BETTISE
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past
I was so happy to discover this offering, and have really enjoyed having the set. Fidelity isn;t the best, but that's not why one buys this! totally love it andhappy to get it.
Published on September 26, 2010 by Alison Topper
5.0 out of 5 stars The end is not in sight
These first two ARA ablums are my favorites. I'd give the slight edge to "Too Stuffed to Jump" for personal reasons, but both albums are packed with great songs and stellar... Read more
Published on June 30, 2010 by Donald E. Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Classic Albums from The Amazing Rhythm Aces: Stacked Deck/Too...
Finally found the "Too Stuffed to Jump" Album! Doesn't sound quite as great as I remember the old album did, but glad to have it again :)
Published on May 28, 2010 by Creative One
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Classic Country Rock Masterpieces
With their first 2 LPs, The Memphis based Amazing Rhythm Aces got it right from the git go. Laden with hits, the albums also boasted great album tracks featuring stellar... Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Donald G. Screws Jr.
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