Bob WeirInitial release : May 1972
Warner Brothers BS 2627
Bob Weir's first solo LP. This is a Grateful Dead album in all but name. The musicians involved were the current line-up of the Dead plus a guest. Seven of the eight songs became standards in the Dead repertoire.
Recording for Ace started in January 1972.
In a contemporary interview Weir commented on Ace;
I pretty much knew in the back of my mind what would happen. I go and get the time booked and start putting the material together. Everybody gets wind of the fact that I got the time booked and I may be going into the studio. So one by one they start coming around. Lesh and Garcia, 'Hey man, I hear you got some time booked ... Need a bass player? A guitarist? .... Of course I ended up with the Grateful Dead on the record, which I figured up front ... And we had a great time making the record.Talking about Ace in an interview in the early 1980's Weir said;
That was a Grateful Dead record, as far as I'm concerned. And I don't do that material with my side groups. ..... It was all me singing, all my songwriting. I started by using a couple of different musicians, and it just settled in to being a Grateful Dead record right quick.Related releases
Issued in the UK in August 1972 on Warner Brothers K 46165
Reissued in 1987 by Grateful Dead Records GD BS 2627R
Reissued in 1988 on CD by Grateful Dead Records GDCD 4004
Reissued on CD in 1995 by Arista 14004
Cassidy was included on the loss leader sampler;
Cassidy, Mexicali Blues, Looks Like Rain, Playing in the Band and One More Saturday Night were included on;
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