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Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Ace Of Spades" Motorhead Isolated Vocals

Happy New Year everyone. Let's hope that your 2011 is better than 2010.

We'll start the year off with a little bit of Lemmy Kilmister and Motorhead with the isolated vocal from their iconic 1980 UK hit "Ace Of Spades." Motorhead has been around for ages, has gone through multiple lineups, but has proven one thing that's true in music - in the end, longevity counts.

The longer a band can stay together, the more likely they'll gather enough fans until one day, they become a legend. Bass player Lemmy has become an hard rock icon the last few years, and there's even a movie coming out about him soon ("called Lemmy The Movie). It's a good lesson to all bands - stay together because your chance of success grows the longer you do. Getting back to the song, here are some things to listen for.

1) Not much of a melody here, but who's to say that hard rock/metal has to have one?

2) Lots of compression of the vocal. Enough that you hear it pump a little, which also brings up the breaths and grunts in between phrases.

3) There are a number of punches, especially from the 2nd verse on. There's one very bad punch through a word at 1;22. Of course, this is something that never happens today, but was pretty common in the days of magnetic tape recording.

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