Motörhead 40th anniversary ‘Ace of Spades’ box set announced

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Motörhead’s fourth studio album, ‘Ace of Spades,’ a special deluxe collector’s edition box set will be released on October 30th, 2020 (pre-order).

Here’s more info from a press release:

Upon its release in 1980, the ‘Ace Of Spades’ album was nothing short of a gamechanger for all forms of hard rock. Like lightning in a bottle, it perfectly captured everything great about hard rock, heavy metal, and punk, amped it all up to 11, and came racing out of the gates at what felt like a million miles an hour, pushing at every musical boundary. Nothing was harder. Nothing was faster. And certainly nothing was louder.

Now, following on from last year’s fan and media acclaimed anniversary editions of the seminal ‘Overkill’ and ‘Bomber’ albums, comes the record that launched Motörhead into the stratosphere and carved their name into the walls of rock n’roll history forever; ‘Ace Of Spades’. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this milestone album, it is being presented in new deluxe editions. There will be hardback book-packs in two CD and triple LP formats, featuring a previously unheard concert from the ‘Ace Up Your Sleeve’ tour, the story of the album and many previously unseen photos. Also, the album will be released as an ultimate fan, collector edition ‘Ace Of Spades’ box set, containing a bevvy of era-specific treasures and some 42 previously unreleased tracks!.

Here’s what the deluxe box set contains:

*The Ace Of Spades album, half-speed mastered and created from the original master tapes.

*Two double-live albums of previously unheard concerts from the Ace Up Your Sleeve tour.

*A Fistful Of Instrumentals : A 10” EP of previously unreleased, instrumental tracks from 1980.

*The Good, The Broke & The Ugly. A double album of B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks.

*Ace On Your Screens: A DVD compilation of rare TV appearances from 1980-81, a live concert from 1981 and a 5.1 audio mix of the original album.

*The Ace Of Spades story. A 40 page book telling the story of Ace Of Spades through previously unpublished interviews with the people that were there. Includes never before seen photos and memorabilia.

*The Ace Up Your Sleeve tour programme

*The Motörhead Rock Commando comic.

*A set of 5 poker dice that can be played on the game board inside the box set lid.

*All encased in a classic Wild West dynamite box.

*A limited edition 7″ reproduction of the Dutch ‘Ace Of Spades’, with a previously unreleased instrumental version on Side B. (while stocks last!)

Check out the box set’s track listing below. Get more info at iMotorhead.com.

To coincide with the announcement, a new stream for a previously unreleased, live version of ‘Ace of Spades’ (live At Whitla Hall, Belfast on December 23, 1981) has been posted online and available for streaming below:

Box Set Track Listing:

Ace of Spades

Side One
Ace Of Spades
Love Me Like A Reptile
Shoot You In The Back
Live To Win
Fast And Loose
(We Are) The Road Crew

Side Two
Fire Fire
Jailbait
Dance
Bite The Bullet
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
The Hammer

A Fistful Of Instrumentals

Side One
Ace Of Spades (demo)
Hump On Your Back (demo)
Shoot You In The Back (demo)
Fast And Loose (demo)

Side Two
Dirty Love (demo)
Love Me Like A Reptile (demo)
Dance (demo)

Riders Wearing Black

Live At Whitla Hall, Belfast – 23rd Dec 1981

Side One
Ace Of Spades
Stay Clean
Over The Top
The Hammer
Shoot You In The Back
Metropolis

Side Two
(We Are) The Road Crew
No Class
Bite The Bullet
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch

Side Three
Jailbait
Leaving Here
Capricorn
Too Late, Too Late

Side Four
Overkill
Bomber
Motörhead

Dead Man’s Hand

Live At Parc Expo, Orleans – 5th March 1981

Side One
Ace Of Spades
Stay Clean
Over The Top
Metropolis
Shoot You In The Back

Side Two
The Hammer
Jailbait
Leaving Here
Fire Fire
Love Me Like A Reptile

Side Three
Capricorn
Too Late, Too Late
(We Are) The Road Crew
No Class

Side Four
Bite The Bullet
The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Overkill
Bomber

The Good, The Broke & The Ugly

Side One
Ace Of Spades (Alternative Version)
Dirty Love
Love Me Like A Reptile (Alternative Long Version)
Shoot You In The Back (Alternative Version)

Side Two
Hump On Your Back
Fast And Loose (Alternative Version)
(We Are) The Road Crew (Alternative Version)
Fire Fire (Alternative Version)
Jailbait (Alternative Version)

Side Three
Waltz Of The Vampire
The Hammer (Alternative Version)
Dirty Love (Alternative Long Version)
Bastard
Godzilla Akimbo

Side Four
Love Me Like A Reptile (Alternative Version)
Dirty Love (Alternative Version)
Please Don’t Touch (Performed by Headgirl)
Bomber (Performed by Girlschool)
Emergency

Ace On Your Screens DVD

Part 1 : Motörhead on TV 1980-1981
Part 2 : BBC In The City; Live In Belfast ‘81
Part 3 : 5.1 audio mix of Ace Of Spades

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