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Ace

Ace were one of the few pub rock groups to enjoy success on the pop charts, largely due to the warm, soulful vocals of Paul Carrack. While Carrack's voice certainly had crossover appeal -- as he would later prove with his own records, as well as his work with Squeeze and Roxy Music -- the band was also less devoted to the three-chord boogie and country-rock that marked most pub rock bands, favoring soulful R&B. And while they did have hits, their time in the spotlight was brief, and they fell apart shortly after Carrack left for a solo career.

Phil Harris (guitar) and Alan "Bam" King (guitar, vocal) formed Ace in 1972, recruiting Paul Carrack (keyboards, vocals), Terry "Tex" Comer (bass), and Steve Witherington (drums) over the course of the next year. Before the group began recording, they went through several drummers -- Witherington was replaced by Chico Greenwood, who was later replaced by Fran Byrne in 1974. After developing a small but dedicated following on the pub rock circuit, Ace signed with Anchor Records and recorded Five-a-Side. "How Long" -- a song about Comer leaving the band briefly to play with the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, and his subsequent return -- was released as the first single. Most listeners interpreted the song as an ode to a crumbling love affair, and it became a fluke hit in both the U.K. and the U.S. Ace released Time for Another in 1975, but it was generally ignored, especially since the popularity of pub rock was declining rapidly.

Harris left the band in early 1976 and was replaced by John Woodhead. Later that year, Ace opened unsuccessfully for Yes, and then moved to Los Angeles, hoping that the U.S. would prove more receptive to their music. It wasn't. Ace released a final album, No Strings, in 1977 and then disbanded. Comer, Carrack, and Byrne all joined Frankie Miller, but by 1979, Carrack had left to sing with Roxy Music. Following his time with Roxy, he launched a solo career, which he balanced with playing with artists like Squeeze, Nick Lowe, and Mike + the Mechanics. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: Five-A-Side

1. Sniffin' About

2. Rock & Roll Runaway

3. How Long

5. 24 Hours

6. Why

7. Time Ain't Long

8. Know How It Feels

9. Satellite

10. So Sorry Baby

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emkulp120101
Wow, all this time I thought this was Hall & Oates
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aestrada223
'How Long' has it been Mary Lou? Over 40 years since you told me to get out of your life. I will always carry a piece of you in my heart. To just talk to you for just a few minutes would be wonderful. God Bless you always.
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cindylenhart 8 1
It brings back a lot memories , when I was very young at heart
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God, brings ya back to high school dance after the football game
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Nice song....exac t l y how long is what I wanna know
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How long has this been going on!! Something we have all asked ourselves right!!!
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Brings back memories
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Love this song since I was a lil shawty! ATL
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Love Paul Carrack. Love this song.
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dragonlady60 8 8
TO. LONGGGGGG
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dragonlady60 8 8
Hi JAYD....U BEHAVIN???
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Grew up on these guys!!! Always be a hit in my book
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sdmoore4509
... YES ... ROUNDABOUT. ..
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lasiter803
I've loved this song the day it first played on the radio
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Great beat, even better lyrics!
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What a voice!
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GREAT BAND
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Nice jam!!!!
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Favorite on the juke box
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Paul Carrack can sing, that fo sure
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kdpflugrad
Love Ace
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Love this song. Definitely from the soft rock era.
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Time warp for me too
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Brings back great memories.
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Really nice sound
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Love the 70's !!!!!
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kdpflugrad
Great stuff. Thanks for the Ace Weekend Pandora
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fredmartin10
Smooth... brings back memories!
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They just don't make music like this anymore ! Awesome .
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Love it
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gt1614
Good one!
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greg042
The crescendo is the template for all great songs and leaves you wanting this song to go on forever. And these guys are White!? :)
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greg042
Simply put... Just an unbelievably great song
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One of my favorite bands. Never get tired of hearing them.
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I love the music of the 70's.
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outdoors35
Still sounds great.
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This was when music was music instruments of all types playing awesome!
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love_chocola t 7 0
Who knew the song was about the bass player? Lol.
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This song never gets old!
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Sounds good. Love it!
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It has been years since I head this heard this song, love , love love it
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