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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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  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00004TZZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Never Been To The Islands (Howard & Hugh's Blues)
2. Never Been Hurt
3. Living In A World Unknown
4. Everybody's Talked Too Much
5. Last Letter Home
6. Who's Crying Now
7. Just Between You And Me And The Wall, You're A Fool
8. I'm Setting You Free
9. Geneva's Lullaby
10. Two Can Do It Too
11. Burning The Ballroom Down
12. A Jackass Gets His Oats
13. Ashes Of Love
14. All That I Had Left (With You)
15. I Pity The Mother And The Father (When The Kids Move Away)
16. Della's Long Brown Hair
17. Out Of Control
18. Red To Blue (When Dreams Come True)
19. The Spirit Walk

Editorial Reviews

'Toucan Do It Too' released in 1977 and 'Burning The Ballroom Down' the band's fourth album released in 1978 on one CD.First time on CD. Standard jewelcase. 2000 release.

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This is my favorite album of the 1000+ albums I own.
Peter Bruce
Again, the musical styles vary across a wide spectrum with the music fitting the lrics and they are all good.
Ken Carroll
Excellent CD .I was happy to add this compact disc to my library .
rick mcginn

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr.D.Treharne on December 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Possibly underestimated because of the immediacy of the first two albums for ABC, this "twofer" represents the Aces at their very best.The complexity of the songs increased, Russell Smith collaborated with James H Brown Jnr for a lot of the material and on "Burning the Ballroom down" Billy Earhart and Jeff Davis have a song apiece included.Highlights of "Toucan do it" are the gently swinging "Never been to the Islands", Russell Smith's "Who's cryin'now" and "Geneva's Lullaby". The band seemed happy to experiment with both form and rhythm and the album is a very satifying listen. However "Burning the Ballroom down" has always been my favourite Aces album ( to date!). Only a band confident about what it was doing would start an album with a song as reflective as "Burning the ballroom down" and from there it just gets better. "Ashes of love", with a Spanish feel to it, is my favourite non-Aces written track, and "Della's Long Brown hair" resonates with personal experience.The whole sound is very assured, and there is some great guitar work from Byrd Burton.This double album takes some getting into, but is a very potent reminder of how good the Aces were at producing their own unique take on Country Pop Rock. Enjoy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2000
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The Amazing Rhythm Aces third and fourth albums - compiled on this disc - are not the revelations that the first two albums were. That said, the music on this disc is better than 95% of what you will find in ANY music store - online or otherwise - anywhere in the world.
Music fans have been waiting for this music for many years. Either one of these discs would be worth the price of a CD. To get them on the same disc is hitting the jackpot.
The Aces blend country, R&B, and soul into a brew so potent that you'll surely find yourself addicted after just a listen or two.
This disc is a MUST BUY!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bruce on April 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I came to the Aces many years after they made their first recordings, and it felt like stumbling on a gold mine or discovering at age 40 that there was such a thing as chocolate. I first heard "Burning the Ballroom Down" on a bootleg tape, driving to Dulles Airport before daylight, and it was like being transported elsewhere. This is my favorite album of the 1000+ albums I own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Carroll on August 20, 2005
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!

The Combination of "Stacked Deck" and "Too Stuffed to Jump" may overwhelm some people into thinking they have all of the classic ARA music if they own that CD. This is understandable because those two albums are incredible and have both of ARA's biggest hits: "Third Rate Romace" and "Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song)," but "Toucan Do It Too" combined with "Burning The Ballroom Down" is just as loaded with quality songs and performances.

My all-time favorite ARA song is "Burning The Ballroom Down" because of the music and, to me more importantly, from the stream of emotions that come from the singer's perspective. Russell Smith nails this song all the way from smugness ("I know why you're here by the look in your eye") at the beginning to near-desperation ("It might have to last me forever if I don't see you again") at the end. "Never Been To The Islands" kicks things off with a laid-back style that's easy on the ears, quickly followed by Smith's soulful rendition of "Never Been Hurt" for an excellent contrast.

Again, the musical styles vary across a wide spectrum with the music fitting the lrics 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, "Stacked Deck/Too Stuffed To Jump" and their later, self-titled CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2000
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A must have addition for all ARA fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By coach on February 6, 2007
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Two of the top Three albums this group made. Maybe the top 2.

The musicianship heard here is rarely felt or heard today.

The only thing that was ever bad about these albums,

was they did not get publicized well enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Scheibelhut on November 5, 2006
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The Amazing Rhythm Aces are still Amazing! I enjoyed them in the 70"s and now I can enjoy them again. It's great that the old albums are out on CD.
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By J. Newton on November 15, 2009
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Nicely remixed reissue of two Amazing Rhythm Aces albums.
Aces hit their peak for me on the previous release, Two Stuffed to Jump.
The followup Toucan do it To is a worthy successor.
Burning the Ballroom down is very listenable, but not up to the previous two.
Good retrospective of an oft overlooked country-rock band of this era.
Pick up this one and "Two Classic Albums by the Amazing Rhythm Aces" to get the full perspective of their evolution from a country-crossover band to rockers.
Lots of quirky lyrics bring back smiles.
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