Ace of Spades
is the fourth album
by the British
. Released on 8 November 1980, it peaked at #4 on the UK
album charts and reached Gold status by March 1981.Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead
Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing p70. ISBN 0-9695736-2-6. It was preceded by the release of the title track
as a single on 27 October, which peaked in the UK singles chart at #15 in early November.
The album was recorded in August and September 1980, produced by Vic Maile
at his Jackson's Studio in Rickmansworth
. This is the first of what would be a series of projects with Maile, and members of the band commented at the time about finding the right producer. Whereas the band had previously had an input at the mixing stage, Maile took sole responsibility here, Clarke explaining that the result was that "you can finally hear everything that's going on".
Of the performances, Lemmy claimed that "Vic got me singing instead of just shouting all the time", while Taylor added "and he got me playing more solid".
It was the first of the band's albums to feature a photograph of them on the cover, dressed as cowboys
. The 'Arizona desert-style' pictures used on the album sleeve... Read More