Ace Spectrum – 1975 – Low Rent Rendezvous

A New York City vocal group, Ace Spectrum never enjoyed any huge hits, although they were a decent soul ensemble. Produced by Tony Sylvester of  The Main Ingredient, arranged by Bert de Coteaux and Patrick Adams: it could not possibly be a bad album.”Without You“, with his baroque strings and vocal contrasts is an instant favorite.

A1 Third Rate Romance (Low Rent Rendezvous) 4:07
A2 You Ain’t No Match for Me 3:00
A3 Without You 3:07
A4 Keep Holding On 8:41
B1 Beautiful Love 3:14
B2 Trust Me 4:45
B3 I Just Want to Spend the Night With You 3:24
B4 Laughter in the Rain 4:04
B5 Do You Remember Yesterday 3:45

By Donald E. Gilliland 

I’m a huge man of 70s soul, but Ace Spectrum had totally escaped my personal music radar over the years. But their album “Inner Spectrum” showed up on my Amazon “recommended” list last year so a took a chance and ordered it. I was very impressed with that fine album, so I ordered this one too. Once again, another solid collection of sweet soul music.

The album isn’t very long but what’s on here makes for very satisfying listening. This music leans more towards pop than the funk side of soul, but there are lots of nice harmonies and melodic tunes in the vein of the Manhattans, Blue Magic, Stylistics, and other 70s vocal groups. The title track, of course, was a huge hit for the Amazing Rhythm Aces, but Ace Spectrum turns that country classic on its head with very nice soulful version.

The other notable cover on this is Neil Sedaka’s “Laughter in the Rain” is a pretty straightforward rendition, but it sounds very nice to my ears. My favorite track is the album’s closing tune, “Do You Remember Yesterday“, a great uptempo number with nice lyrics.

The dance floor classic ” Keep Holding Onis pure class, it is legend Patrick Adams when he was only 25 years old, the strings the brass wow, such an uplifting record, the brass in the left speaker and the overall positivity of this music is truly special.

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