Ace of Spades

~ Release group by Motörhead


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Ace of Spades 12" Vinyl 12 Bronze BRON531
Ace of Spades Cassette 12 Bronze BRO 894 041 [none]
Ace of Spades Vinyl 12 Bronze 202 876 [none]
Ace of Spades CD 12 Victor (Japanese “His Master’s Voice” imprint) VDP-1152 4988002106691
Ace of Spades CD 12 Legacy Records (UK label) LLMCD3013 5013858301323
Ace of Spades CD 12 Profile Records (US hip-hop label) PCD-3243
Ace of Spades CD 12 METAL MANIA (Teichiku sub-label) 18DN-56 4988004013430
Ace of Spades CD 12 Castle Classics CLACD 240 5017615624021
Ace of Spades CD 13 Roadrunner Records RRD 9227 016861922726
Ace of Spades CD 15 Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications) ESM CD 312 5017615831221
Ace of Spades CD 15 Dojo Records DOJO 3033-2 600234303320
Ace of Spades CD 15 Castle Music (subsidiary of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.) CMACD 508 199331070000
Ace of Spades (LP Replica Reissue) CD 12 Castle Music (subsidiary of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.) CMTCD 109 5050159110926
Ace of Spades CD 15 Metal-is Records 06076 85206-2 060768520622
Ace of Spades DVD-Audio 12 Silverline 288133-9 676628813393
Ace of Spades CD 15 Sanctuary Midline SMRCD041 5050749204127
Ace of Spades 2×CD 12 + 15 Sanctuary Midline SMEDD 243 5050749224323
Ace of Spades 2×CD 12 + 15 Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007) 06076-86408-2 060768640825
Ace of Spades CD 24 BMG JAPAN BVCM-37962 4988017650172
Ace of Spades 2×CD 12 + 15 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 0602517855687 0602517855687
Ace of Spades Digital Media 15 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 5414939542770


included in: Bomber / Ace of Spades
Classic Album Selection
The Bronze Age: 1979–1982
The Complete Early Years Box
Three Classic Albums
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Just as likely to be feted by fans of heavy-metal as those of the Sex Pistols, Motorhead straddled these apparently mutually exclusive worlds with a powerful blend of no-nonsense rock and an accelerated punk-like energy. Formed in 1975 after bassist and lead singer after Lemmy was unceremoniously slung out of Hawkwind, Motorhead may have been out of step as support act to the likes of the proggy mainstream such as Greenslade and Blue Oyster Cult, but their brand of high-speed hyper-metal was spookily ahead of the curve when it came to the imminent rise of punk, and the development of subsequent off-shoots such as speed metal.

Doing respectable business with albums such as Overkill and Bomber, it was Ace Of Spades that really broke them, getting to No.4 in the album charts when released in 1980. The furious pace that was by now their trademark sound was repeated once again but this time expertly captured at ear-splitting volume in the studio by producer Vic Maile. Remarkably fresh after 25 years, this is arguably the ultimate sex, drugs and rock n' roll album ever recorded.

When Lemmy sings the lyrics to "(We Are) The Road Crew" it's the sound of a grizzled veteran who has been there, done that and gone back for second helpings. Having spent most of his life on the road and being either on stage or behind it (once upon a time he roadied for Jimi Hendrix no less), it's a kind of "My Way" testimonial with a twinkle in his eye.

More worryingly perhaps, the same could well apply to "Jailbait." Sounding not unlike Alice Cooper's "School's Out" on steroids, as the title less than subtly implies, it's an after-show encounter of the dodgy debauchery kind.

If ever a piece of music was a manifesto for the mad, bad and dangerous to know party then the title track is it. Unrepentant and full of hell, there's not one note out of place during its meteoric 2 minutes and 49 seconds; a defining point that'll be remembered long after Lemmy and co. have popped their Cuban heels.