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How Long: Best of Ace Import
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Repressing. UK collection from this '70s Pub Rock outfit led by keyboardist/vocalist Paul Carrack, best known for the massive hit 'How Long'. Ace was formed in December 1972 in Sheffield as 'Ace Flash and the Dynamos', but this name was quickly abbreviated to just Ace. The members were assembled from various other professional bands, and were all competent musicians. Members had previously played with Warm Dust, and Mighty Baby. 16 tracks.
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Two of my most enduring pop/rock memories of the 1970s are How Long by Ace and Pick Up the Pieces by the Average White Band. Both were constant plays on the radio, both were by musically competent hard working bands, and ultimately both songs are all that people remember those bands for.
Ace were born from the remnants of British psychedelic band Mighty Baby and fell into that collection of bands who played their hearts out in small and medium sized venues across Britain. Dr. Feelgood, Brinsley Schwartz, Kilburn and the High Roads to name a few.
This album is a collection of Ace songs. They are relatively short with great vocals and good playing and the songs themselves stand up pretty well. Unfortunately the band were never able to reproduce their success with any of the other songs and consequently the songs have never stuck. For those of us who saw the band, they were one of the better bands of the genre and their albums sold moderately well. I have the album in my collection along wiith others by similar bands but for the average listener there is not enough in this collection to maintain their interest. Alas, the album is sold on the back of their hit which might help sales but will ultimately disappoint buyers.
Perhaps the best memorial to Ace would be a Pub Rock compilation with some of their best songs on it.