“Ace Of Spades” (remaster) by Motorhead

Artist: Motorhead
Title: “Ace Of Spades”
Label: Sanctuary Records
Release Date: 10/25/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

To celebrate the band’s 30 year career, Sanctuary Records is re-issuing expanded and remastered versions of some of their best albums. The two CD sets come with the original album remastered, along with a second CD that is loaded with bonus and unreleased tracks. The jewel cases are slip-cased and include full-color booklets that are packed with topical information on the release as well as photos and notes from the time of the album’s release.

“Ace Of Spades” is probably the favorite Motorhead album of many people. From the title opening track all the way down to “The Hammer” this is a non-stop fist to the stomach example of Hard Rock and Roll. Look back on some of your favorite performers’ old interviews and you will see this album referenced as a masterpiece. Solid and direct, never over-complicating the music or the message, Lemmy, Philthy and Fast Eddie gave people what they wanted – a good time. The band was always fiercely loyal to those that helped them put the whole thing on the road and gave them “We Are The Road Crew”. For those that think Lemmy is not romantic, there is “Jailbait” and “The Chase Is Better Than The Catch”. The production of the remaster of AOS is tremendous, and similar to Motorhead in concert, the record must be played at volumes that will make your neighbors knock on your door. Don’t worry; you will not hear them for a second. The CD of bonuses is interesting as it is mostly a collection of alternate versions of the album tracks. This is great stuff to include, for you can compare it against the original release. You decide whether the correct version became the final and discuss it online with other Motorhead fans. Personally, the tracks on the bonus that I enjoyed most are the live BBC Radio 1 Sessions. For those unaware, the bands used to perform live in the studio and this went out over the UK Airwaves. Sadly, we don’t have a lot of that today, especially in the USA. The original album was released in 1980 and sounds fresh to this very day. This is also my favorite Motorhead album as it was my introduction to them as well. This CD made me look for that musty old vinyl and see if it still plays; too bad I no longer have a record player.

Bonus Tracks: Dirty Love (b-side), Ace Of Spades (alt), Love Me Like A Reptile (alt), Love Me Like A Reptile (alt), Shoot You In The Back (alt), Fast And Loose (alt), (We Are) The Road Crew (alt), Fire Fire (alt), Jailbait (alt), The Hammer (alt), Dirty Love (alt), Dirty Love (alt). BBC Radio 1, David Jensen Session: Fast And Loose, Live To Win, Bite The Bullet, The Chase Is Better Than The Catch.

You cannot consider yourself a Metal head or fan of Heavy Rock and not recognize the impact that Motorhead has on the genre and still holds to this very day. Ace Of Spades is the one re-issue that you should consider first if you are thinking of buying any of them. Give your old copy to a younger generation Rocker who can learn from it. Just make sure it’s a CD; they will not know what vinyl is, I am guessing.

Track Listing:
1. Ace Of Spades
2. Love Me Like A Reptile
3. Shoot You In The Back
4. Live To Win
5. Fast And Loose
6. (We Are) The Roadcrew
7. Fire, Fire
8. Jailbait
9. Dance
10. Bite The Bullet
11. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
12. The Hammer

Official Website: www.IMotorhead.com

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