Ace Spectrum – 1974 – Inner Spectrum
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Ace Spectrum was one of the groups that never really had a chance, but those of us who had an ear for real music found them and remain loyal more than thirty years later. I still play this lp regularly. If you don’t own and call yourself an R&B fan you are really missing out. “Movin’ On” is the ultimate break up song and “I Don’t Want To Play Around” will quickly become a favorite for all who enjoy Old School. Get it.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Atlantic record with covers.
A1 Don’t Send Nobody Else 5:00
A2 Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 4:22
A3 If You Were There 4:00
A4 Moving On 4:19
B1 Pickup 3:02
B2 Me and My Love 3:31
B3 Easy 3:58
B4 I Don’t want to Play Around 7:33
A tremendous debut from Ace Spectrum — a harmony quartet who never cracked the charts as much as some of their east coast contemporaries, but who were every bit as great as the bigger names on the east coast scene! The album’s got a soaring sound that’s strongly influenced by Philly, but recorded in New York — a warmly compressed style that’s professional and focused, and beautifully put together with arrangements from Bert DeCoteaux and production by the team of Tony Silvester and Ed Zant. We love the group the best on the mellower cuts — which have a quality that’s deeply personal amidst the smoothness — but even the more upbeat tracks are plenty darn great too!
The quartet’s first and most popular of three Atlantic Records albums. It contains their only hit, Don’t Send Nobody Else (also recorded by the Dynamic Superiors) and a first-rate rendition of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, along with the perky If You Were There. Group members Aubrey Johnson and Henry Zant collaborated on Pickup, Me and My Love, and I Don’t Want to Play Around. Atlantic did the album a disservice by only rolling out one single before flinging a second album out. However, the group’s revolving-door membership may have been the underlying reason. Ace Spectrum’s — whose personnel changed every album — signature was variety; they employed multiple leads, which kept listening interesting.