The Ace Kefford Stand

After Chris 'Ace' Kefford left The Move, he formed a new band called The Ace Kefford Stand, which also included guitarist Dave Ball, bassist Dennis Ball and drummer Cozy Powell. This is their first single, released in 1968; it's a cover of a song by The Yardbirds. It was warmly received but didn't chart, and neither did the Stand's second -- and last -- single (the second one was credited as 'Big Bertha').

After the Stand broke up, Ace Kefford seemed to vanish from the music scene, spending the next 30 years battling mental illness, which he has overcame. He made a brief return in 1976, and again in 2003 with the release of his 'lost' 1968 album, and has written new songs.

Ace Kefford - Ace The Face (1968)

In October 1965 The Vikings bassist and guitarist Ace Kefford The Mayfair Set Trevor Burton met behind the scenes of the famous Birmingham club Cedar c London band vocalist Davy Jones & The Lower Third, after having taken the pseudonym David Bowie. It is unclear how he saw the musicians in a strong joint potential - both were very happy with their groups and were not going to go anywhere - he convinced them that they just need to create a new team. This project has shown interest guitarist Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders Roy Wood, and when it learned to visit members of Vikings, the lead singer and drummer Carl Wayne scourged Bevan offered to fill vacancies. Thus was formed the group The Move in its classic lineup.

Easily recognizable vocals Ace can be heard on the first album and The Move in their singles. Has a bright appearance and a reputation fashion hooligan, from which all you can expect, bassist not schadivshy on stage their equipment, it has long remained one of the most popular figures in the group for the fans and the press, and often acted as a speaker, commenting on newspaper latest releases.

«Move influenced me - we can assume that it was the Move, we can assume that this was my way of life, drugs and all that, but in the course of therapy, I figured out the exact moment in history Move, when I went to the roof. At that time, when I and another person - we will not name names - bought a vial of LSD, we went to my apartment and drank it. Of course, we did not know exactly how much we took - it was in a bubble. In short, I went too far, without knowing it, and in the end we were in the club Cedar. We arrived in a taxi, because the drive could not, and got on natural Masquerade! I already could not think, and then I started to approach people wearing pirates, and I no longer understand what is happening. And, apparently, because in my childhood had a small problem with the psyche, overdosing acid finally demolished my roof ... "

And during the British tour Move, held in conjunction with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Pink Floyd, Kefford first began to show symptoms of depression, which as a result forced him to leave the band, and marred his life for over 30 years.

"People did not understand this. If I started a panic attack in a tour with Hendrix - and in those days Eto'o called "panic attack" - no one understood me. If it happens to me a panic attack on the road or in the transmission of Top Of The Pops, and I was getting out of there immediately, I did not understand. Nothing more - but I spent all my life in asylums for the insane, rehabilitation centers and other institutions to come back here. "

Back in 1968, a well-known non-standard strokes Move manager Tony Sekanda offered Keffordu immediately pursue a solo career. And in May, Ace went into the studio with producer Trident Tony Visconti to record his own album. When the session came to an end, Kefford broke again and closed the project. Long considered lost while recording, but in 2003 it was restored six films, which have been published on the album Ace The Face - in the form in which they left the studio without once planned arrangements and backing vocals.

When the session to the album broke in life Kefforda came bleak strip where there were drug abuse and suicide attempts, and treatment in homes for the insane, divorce and separation from their children. However, he occasionally has made persistent attempts to get back to music.

"I got into this old Victorian hospital, where, as in a prison, every locked iron gate. I organized sessions of electroconvulsive therapy - treatment of electric shock - six times. I went out and I was approached by Dennis Ball with Cozy Powell - still quite a boy, but he played both John Bonham; Thus began the story of Ace Kefford Stand ».

Ace Kefford Stand - a group with the participation of Danny Ball, Dave Ball and Cozy Powell, formed in the autumn of 1968 - has released two singles on the label Atlantic: For your love / Gravy booby jamm in April 1969 and This World's an Apple in December 1969, after leaving Kefforda under the name of Big Bertha. They can be heard on the same CD Ace The Face, as well as unreleased material before the session.

Incidentally, the collection includes classic and psychedelic thing, written at the time Ace to Move, but later passed over to another team, Birmingham, The Lemon Tree: William Chalker's Time Machine, Trevor Burton-produced and Andy Lowe Feyrueter of Amen Corner.

Artist       : Ace Kefford
Album        : Ace The Face
Genre        : Rock
Year         : 1968
Tracks       : 18
Playtime     : 01:15:15
Size         : 172,81 MB
Codec        : MPEG 1 Layer III / FhG / 320 kbps
001. Oh Girl (03:01)
002. Lay Your Head Upon My Shoulder (02:28)
003. White Mask (03:08)
004. Step Out In The Night (03:17)
005. Infanta Marina (03:14)
006. Holiday In Reality (02:46)
007. Trouble In The Air (03:43)
008. Save The Life Of My Child (03:09)
009. Happy Hour ... (01:40)
010. For Your Love (Stereo Mix) (05:40)
011. Gravy Booby Jamm (03:25)
012. This World's An Apple (03:09)
013. Born To Be Wild (05:15)
014. Daughter Of The Sun (04:31)
015. For Your Love (Demo Version) (05:44)
016. Mummy (04:33)
017. Over The Hill (03:09)
018. William Chalker's Time Machine (13:14)

Tracks 1-9 original produced by Tony Visconti.
Engineered by Malcolm Toft.
Recorded at Olympic Studios(17 May 1968) & Trident Studios(31 May-15 July 1968).
Mix produced by Ace Kefford, Tim Hunt & Rob Caiger at
Sanctuary Westside Studios (9-10 August 2003).
Engineered by Tim Hunt assisted by Mark Bishop.
Track 10 previously unreleased.
Track 11 B-side released 11 April 1969, Atlantic 584260.
Track 12 released October 1969 as A-side Big Bertha, Atlantic 584298.
Recorded at IBC Studios. Produced by Frank Fenta & Paul Clay.
Tracks 13-15 all previously unreleased & recorded at
Polydor Studios, London, 1968.
Tracks 16-17 MCA Records single released 1976.
Produced by Steve Rowlands.
Track 18 A-side Parlophone Records R-5739, March 1968.
Produced by Trevor Burton & Andy Fairweather-Low.
Executive producer: Ace Kefford.
Research, compiled & produced by Rob Caiger.
Remastering: Nick Watson at The Town House.