Ace (Bob Weir album)

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Ace
A painting of a woman seated inside of a horseshoe, superimposed over a red spade from a deck of cards with the word "ACE" written above
Studio album by Bob Weir
Released May 1972 (1972-05)
Recorded January–March 1972
Genre Rock, country, folk
Length 37:45
Label Warner Bros., Grateful Dead
Producer "Everyone involved"
Bob Weir chronology
Ace
(1972)
Kingfish
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]

Ace was the first solo album by Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, released in 1972.

Its origins come from an offer by the Dead's Warner Bros. Records label to have band members cut their own solo records, and it came out the same year as Jerry Garcia's Garcia and Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder. However, in the case of Ace, Weir's backing band was the Dead itself (minus Ron "Pigpen" McKernan), and all songs except "Walk in the Sunshine" became concert staples of the Dead. The album is essentially a Grateful Dead record in everything but name.

"Greatest Story Ever Told" and "Playing In The Band" also appear on Hart's Rolling Thunder, as "The Pump Song" and "The Main Ten" respectively, both of which were also sung by Weir.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Greatest Story Ever Told" (Bob Weir, Robert Hunter, and Mickey Hart) – 3:43
  2. "Black-Throated Wind" (Weir and John Perry Barlow) – 5:42
  3. "Walk in the Sunshine" (Weir and Barlow) – 3:05
  4. "Playing in the Band" (Weir, Hunter, and Hart) – 7:38
Side two
  1. "Looks Like Rain" (Weir and Barlow) – 6:12
  2. "Mexicali Blues" (Weir and Barlow) – 3:28
  3. "One More Saturday Night" (Weir) – 4:31
  4. "Cassidy" (Weir and Barlow) – 3:41

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Ed Bogus – string arrangements on "Looks Like Rain"
  • Snooky Flowers – horns on "Black-Throated Wind", "Mexicali Blues", and "One More Saturday Night"
  • Luis Gasca – horns on "Black-Throated Wind", "Mexicali Blues", and "One More Saturday Night"
  • Donna Jean Godchaux – production; backup vocals on "Greatest Story Ever Told", "Walk in the Sunshine", "Playing in the Band", and "Cassidy"
  • The Space Rangers – horns on "Black-Throated Wind", "Mexicali Blues", and "One More Saturday Night"
  • Dave Torbert – bass guitar on "Greatest Story Ever Told"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "Ace – Bob Weir | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Scoppa, Bud (2011). "Bob Weir: Ace : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2 July 2011.