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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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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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sandymcadams 5 4
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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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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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It has been at least 25 years since I heard this song.
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yes!!!
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Love this song. :)
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mirola598
You've got that right!
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donnell55
Sounds just as good today as it did in the 70's
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rarebird52
Still poignant after all this time.
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naah101
Great classic you still hear played today. This is my 2nd favorite song of all time. My no. 1 all time favorite is Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears.
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Love love love this song
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YES!!!
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Classic!
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Love that song nice
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Wow
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Love the song HOW LONG classic.
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How long is this been going on? Probably a great deal longer than you would suppose if you have to ask that question! Seriously dude what were you thinking!
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Reminds me of Great Times in Phoenix, Arizona many years ago! A Fine Song!
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