Ace Of Cups

January 1, 2018
Ace Of Cups
High Moon Records

The debut studio album by the pioneering all-female rock band from the 1960s San Francisco Ballroom scene.

“I heard some groovy sounds last time in the States, like this girl group, Ace Of Cups, who write their own songs and the lead guitarist is hell, really great.” Jimi Hendrix

Ace Of Cups may not have been the first all-women rock and roll band, but they were the one that mattered within that bizarre wrinkle in time that constituted late 1960s San Francisco. Converging from a diverse set of backgrounds in the Haight-Ashbury just before the Summer of Love, these young women would constitute an independently-driven, uniquely-inspired organization, equally capable of feather-light poetry, funkier soul and further-out freakery than most of their more celebrated male compatriots within the psychedelic ballrooms. Yet despite the avowed interest of the industry and obvious hometown support, the original Ace Of Cups never got to make a record. Until now…

High Moon Records is honored to present the first studio record by the mesmerizing Ace Of Cups. Produced by Dan Shea (Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey),  and recorded at Marin’s Laughing Tiger Studios, the record’s twenty-one tracks span fifty years of masterful songwriting, that sound as timeless as they do cathartic.

Anchored by fervent playing and beautiful harmonies from the Ace, classic songs such as “Taste Of One,” “Pretty Boy,” “Circles” and “Simplicity” have been given new energy and focus while previously unheard newly written material reveals additional depth and soul. Special guests include legendary players (and long time Ace of Cups friends)  Jorma KaukonenJack Casady, and Charlie Musselwhite as well as lead vocal turns by Bob Weir  on “The Well”,  Taj Mahal  on “Life In Your Hands”, Peter Coyote on “As The Rain”, and Buffy Sainte-Marie  on “Pepper In The Pot”. Despite the sheer number of songs and guests on the album, and the range of material, there is a remarkable consistency born from the band’s and musicians’ deep personal connection and musical bond.

“The Renaissance faire that was the crossroads of Haight and Ashbury found its female voice in Ace Of Cups, though it’s a disservice to view their musicality and dedication to craft through the prism of gender.  Their knowing lyrics, instrumental excursions, and divine harmonies resonate beyond their time, and it is a beautiful and bountiful remembrance that they are they getting the long-awaited respect they so genuinely deserve.” —Lenny Kaye


LP 1 / CD1

  1. Introduction: There’s a Record Being Made
  2. Feel Good
  3. Pretty Boy
  4. Fantasy 1&4
  5. Circles
  6. We Can’t Go Back Again
  7. The Well (feat. Bob Weir)
  8. Taste of One
  9. Mama’s Love
  10. Simplicity
  11. Feel It in the Air

LP2 / CD2

  1. Interlude: Transistor
  2. Stones
  3. Interlude: Baby from the Forest of Knolls
  4. Life in Your Hands (feat. Taj Mahal)
  5. Macushla/Thelina
  6. As the Rain (feat. Peter Coyote)
  7. Daydreamin’ (feat. Taj Mahal)
  8. On the Road
  9. Pepper in the Pot (feat. Buffy Sainte-Marie)
  10. Interlude: Breath
  11. Indian Summer
  12. Grandma’s Hands
  13. Medley (The Hermit / The Flame Still Burns / Gold & Green / Living In The Country)
  14. Outroduction: It’s Always Safe…
  15. Music
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