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.

Tracks

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

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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!

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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.

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9 Comments
  • les18e
    Posted at 06:13h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    At last; I’ve been searching for months and finally found some Ace Spectrum. Group member Rudy Gay lived on my block in Brooklyn; got a few albums from him that I still have to this day. I’m looking for the other album(s) by Ace Spectrum–u got em?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 12:41h, 13 July 2008 Reply

    les18e, please ask for an invite Mr.Moo who runs the wonderful “What Da Funk” private blog! (it is in my list of good blogs) you can find there(i digged it too) Ace Spectrum’s – 1976 – “Just Like in the Movies”. if you are lucky, you’ll get also some excellent stuff there cause it is one of the best blogs around. i think you should ask the invite through my cbox. i am sure Mr.Moo will find it soon.

  • Bono Ono
    Posted at 06:21h, 23 August 2008 Reply

    thats some nice sound
    coming from them thx

  • jean
    Posted at 05:56h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    never heard this one….ucant imagine the joy that u give me those lasts days with those beautiful gems that i discovered…for all that ..thank u bro from the botttom of my heart…soulfuly urs jean paris

  • Tim
    Posted at 07:27h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Excellent find. Thank you so much!

  • fendimane
    Posted at 22:36h, 02 January 2009 Reply

    new one to me nikos I’m looking foward to listening to this. thank you once again

  • soti
    Posted at 22:16h, 11 August 2009 Reply

    Many thanks once again niko for this superb album!!!

  • Dan
    Posted at 18:45h, 03 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this great music.

  • russ
    Posted at 21:59h, 28 January 2012 Reply

    i have started a facebook page for Ace Spectrum, please feel free to like and post links etc:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ace-Spectrum/222639467825571?sk=info

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