Ace (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Remastered) Bob Weir
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- 1Greatest Story Ever Told (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)03:51
- 2Black-Throated Wind (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)05:46
- 3Walk in the Sunshine (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)03:07
- 4Playing in the Band (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)07:42
- 5Looks Like Rain (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)06:16
- 6Mexicali Blues (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)03:28
- 7One More Saturday Night (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)04:41
- 8Cassidy (2022 Remaster) (2022 Remaster)03:46
- 9Greatest Story Ever Told (feat. Tyler Childers) (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)05:44
- 10Black-Throated Wind (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)08:02
- 11Walk in the Sunshine (feat. Brittney Spencer) (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)04:57
- 12Playing in the Band (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)08:32
- 13Looks Like Rain (feat. Brittney Spencer) (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)11:00
- 14Mexicali Blues Intro (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)01:13
- 15Mexicali Blues (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)06:55
- 16One More Saturday Night (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)05:19
- 17Cassidy (Live at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY 4/3/22)11:18
Info for Ace (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Remastered)
Newly remastered: Original album Remixed by Derek Featherstone and mastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer David Glasser. Live performances by Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack.
Bobby Weir celebrated the 50th anniversary of his solo debut, Ace, on stage in April with two special shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. On both nights, he performed the entire album live with his group Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros, featuring The Wolfpack, a string and brass quintet, pedal steel player Barry Sless, and special guests Tyler Childers and Brittney Spencer. One of those performances will be released early next year in a special edition of Ace that also includes a remastered new mix of the original album.
When Weir started working on Ace at Wally Heider’s Studio in San Francisco in early 1972, he wasn’t planning for the Grateful Dead to be his backing band. It just happened. “I pretty much knew in the back of my mind what would happen,” Weir told Crawdaddy a few months after the sessions. “I go and get the time booked and start putting the material together. Everybody gets wind of the fact I got the time booked, and I may be going into the studio. So, one by one, they start coming around…”
It made sense, the band was already familiar with most of the music, having road-tested six of the album’s eight songs, including “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Mexicali Blues,” and “Playing In The Band,” destined to become one of Weir’s signature tunes. Ace also marked the beginning of Weir’s long-running collaboration with lyricist John Perry Barlow and includes early standouts “Cassidy” and “Looks Like Rain.”
The liner notes that accompany the new anniversary edition were written by Jesse Jarnow, co-host of The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast and author of Heads: A Biography Of Psychedelic America. He writes about Weir realizing his 50-year dream of touring with strings and horns in 2021 when the Wolfpack joined him and the Wolf Bros on the road.
Jarnow writes: “By the time they played a pair of nights at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in April 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ace, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack had found their flow at the thrilling, porous border of improvisation and arrangement. In the eternal present tense of the Grateful Dead’s music, none of the songs had stopped evolving in the previous 50 years… At Radio City, everything was heard in its newest (and perhaps already outdated) incarnations, the evolutions acting as a progress report on the ensuing half-century of Weir’s life, musical and otherwise.”
Bob Weir, lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Jerry Garcia, lead guitar, production; pedal steel guitar on "Looks Like Rain", backup vocals on "Greatest Story Ever Told"
Keith Godchaux, piano, organ,
Bill Kreutzmann, drums, percussion,
Phil Lesh, bass, backup vocals on "Mexicali Blues"
Ed Bogas, string arrangement on "Looks Like Rain"
Snooky Flowers, Luis Gasca and The Space Rangers – horns on "Black-Throated Wind", "Mexicali Blues" and "One More Saturday Night"
Donna Jean Godchaux, backup vocals on "Greatest Story Ever Told", "Walk in the Sunshine", "Playing in the Band" and "Cassidy"
Dave Torbert, bass on "Greatest Story Ever Told"
Produced by Bobby Weir and Derek Featherstone
For the first time in ten years, Bob Weir will release a new solo record, 'Blue Mountain,' on September 30 -- marking his debut project since signing with Columbia/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The release is his first album of entirely original material in thirty years and will be available on CD, 2LP vinyl, and digital. Producer Josh Kaufman partnered with Weir on the album, which features songwriting collaboration with Josh Ritter and performances from guitarists Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf.
Drawing on his earlier experiences working on a ranch in Wyoming as a teenager, Weir joined with Ritter, the Dessners, Devendorf and Kaufman to celebrate those times with twelve new songs.
Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings notes, "We're so pleased to welcome Bob Weir to the Columbia/Legacy family and absolutely thrilled to partner with him to share these stories and this beautiful record with the world."
The album was recorded at a variety of locations on both coasts, including studios in Woodstock, NY and San Rafael, CA over the spring and fall of 2015. A host of fellow musicians appear alongside Weir on 'Blue Mountain' including Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (Lapsteel). Providing backup vocals are The Bandana Splits, comprised of Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes. Kaufman produced the record with engineering by Dan Goodwin.
Weir is one of the founding members of the legendary Grateful Dead, which received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The band also appeared on Forbes' list of top-grossing entertainers and in the early '90s were the highest-grossing concert attraction in the U.S. Since establishing the band in 1965, Weir has become one of rock's finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. Earlier this year he received the inaugural Les Paul Spirit Award. Weir has also performed with many other acts including The Other Ones, Kingfish, Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, Ratdog and Furthur, co-led by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. His first solo album, 'Ace,' was released in 1972. Most recently, Weir has been performing with Dead & Company, which features Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Grammy-winnerJohn Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.
2014 saw the release of "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir," created by Netflix which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, an Amazon film series based on Steve Parish's 2003 book, "Home Before Midnight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead," is currently in development with Weir serving as an executive producer.
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