Forty years ago Motorhead released what has gone on to become one of the most beloved records in the history of rock when it released Ace of Spades. The timeless album got its own re-issue Friday thanks to officials at /Sanctuary Records in the form of the Ace of Spades Box Set. This multi disc box set is a fitting tribute to the album and to the legacy of Motorhead. That is proven in part through the expansive content featured in the box set. It will be discussed shortly. The box set’s packaging adds to the appeal of its presentation. It will be discussed a little later. The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set. All things considered, the 40th anniversary presentation of Ace of Spades proves itself a fitting tribute to an important album and band.
BMG/Sanctuary Records’ newly released 40th anniversary celebration of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a fitting tribute to the album and band. It is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audiences will welcome in their music libraries. That is proven in part in its expansive content. Audiences do not just get a standard CD re-issue here. This set is a multi-disc vinyl collection that features the band’s album re-mastered along with two previously unavailable double live albums separate previously unreleased instrumentals and demos ad b-sides. Between the live content, the b-sides, demos, instrumentals and the album, the total track count comes to 73. Along with all of the musical content, audiences also get a bonus comic book, 40-page book that tells the story of Ace of Spade’s creation, “Ace of Spades Tour” booklet, and dice to go along with the board game featured in the packaging. This aspect will be discussed shortly. Adding to the appeal even more is that the collection also features a DVD loaded with a full live concert from 1981 and a series of live TV clips. The live content on the live vinyls is impressive in its own right because on one hand its production is top notch. On the other hand, the content is not limited to just Ace of Spades. Rather, it features music that the band had composed up to and including that point.
The DVD that comes with the box set is an impressive added accent in its own right to the presentation. The editing between the talk show content and live content is smooth. What’s more, the quality of the vintage footage is surprisingly appealing, too. Considering that most of the footage was recorded in 1980 and 1981, it has clearly stood the test of time. That in itself is sure to instill a certain sense of nostalgia among the band’s most devoted and longtime fans. One of the most powerful moments in the presentation comes early in its nearly hour-long presentation as drummer Phil Taylor noted that being in the band was what kept him out of any trouble, and how honestly appreciative he was to be able to be part of the band. The moment when the band is sitting down for an interview on a Swedish talk show is a great light hearted moment, too. Audiences will laugh as Lemmy Kilmister talks about being fired from his first band and starting Motorhead literally three days later. It’s one of those moments when one can only imagine what the rock world would have been like had Lemmy not parted ways with that first band. It was one of those blessing in disguise moments, obviously. That anecdote that he shares is just one of the wonderfully entertaining discussions that audiences get from that talk show. Audiences will have even more to discover for themselves when they purchase this box set. When the content on the Blu-ray is coupled with the material on the vinyls, that whole makes for so much for audiences to appreciate. That goes without saying. All of this is just part of what makes this box set a win for Motorhead fans. The box’s very packaging adds even more to its presentation.
The packaging for the new Ace of Spades box set is so stand out in part because of how it contains everything. The vinyls are essentially stacked inside their own unique “sleeves” inside the bigger case. Essentially they are their own packaging as their own releases within the bigger box. They are stacked one on top of another, but still protected with enough room to move around inside the box without danger of damage. Fans will really appreciate this aspect of the packaging. What’s more, it opens and closes easily and safely without concern about it coming open accidentally.
On another note, the packaging also doubles as a board game, complete with the previously noted dice. So not only do audiences get lots of great music here, but they also get to play a game while taking in that great music at the same time. Simply put, Ace of Spades’ 40th anniversary box set stands out just as much for its packaging as for its content. Now keeping all of this in mind, there is one last element to examine, the pricing.
Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary box set is not an inexpensive set. Using listings at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, its average price point is $165. It was not listed at Barnes & Noble Booksellers or at Books-A-Million. That seems like a high price on the surface, but considering that the box contains the Ace of Spades album, two double live recordings, a DVD loaded with live content, a disc containing rarities and b-sides, another disc of previously unreleased instrumentals from the Ace of Spades sessions, a facsimile tour booklet, board game complete with dice, and a comic book, the price really adds up. If audiences consider the average price of a full-length album, the price for a double live recording, and everything else, the pricing is about right. To that end, yes, the average price point is high, but it is not over the top. Amazon offers the lowest of the prices, at $149.82 while Best Buy’s listing of $179.99 is anything but the best buy here. Target’s listing of $153.99 is the middle ground for this set. Walmart has the second highest price at $174.98. Regardless of which retailer audiences choose, the quantity and quality of the content makes the box set a welcome offering for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans. When this is considered along with the content and packaging, the whole shows that even more to be true.
BMG/Sanctuary Records’ new 40th Anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a standout among this year’s field of music re-issues. That is proven in part through its expansive content, which will keep listeners engaged and entertained for a long time. The box’s packaging builds on that appeal even more for many reasons. The pricing for the box set rounds out its most important elements, as noted here. Each item noted is important in itself to the set. All things considered, this box set proves a must have for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans. The set is available now. More information on the box set is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at:
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