Ace Frehley - Ace Frehley (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Ace Frehley (Kiss)
Title: Ace Frehley
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Casablanca Records
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: February–July 1978, Plaza Sound Studios, New York, N.Y., the Mansion, Sharon, Connecticut
Ace Frehley is a 1978 solo album from Ace Frehley, the lead guitarist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.
The album featured Anton Fig on drums. He later performed session work on the Kiss albums Dynasty and Unmasked, and became a member of Ace Frehley's band Frehley's Comet. Fig and Will Lee, who played bass on three of the album's tracks, later gained international prominence as members of the World's Most Dangerous Band and the CBS Orchestra along with Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Show with David Letterman.
Of the four Kiss solo albums released simultaneously in 1978, the best of the bunch is guitarist Ace Frehley's. Similar in approach to Paul Stanley's album, Frehley did not stray far from the expected heavy Kiss sound (like Gene Simmons and Peter Criss did with their releases), but Ace was equipped with better compositions than Stanley. With future Late Night with David Letterman drummer Anton Fig helping out (as well as Letterman bassist Will Lee on three tracks), Frehley proved once and for all that he was not simply a backup musician to Kiss head honchos Simmons and Stanley. All of the tracks are strong, such as the venomous opener, "Rip It Out," as well as a few tracks that confirm how Frehley was indulging in alcohol and drugs a bit too much by the late '70s ("Snow Blind," "Ozone," and "Wiped Out"). You'll also find many underrated compositions ("Speedin' Back to My Baby," "What's on Your Mind?," "I'm in Need of Love"), a gorgeous instrumental ("Fractured Mirror"), and the Top 20 hit single "New York Groove." Unfortunately, when Ace left Kiss in 1982 (eventually forming Frehley's Comet), he never came close to topping this solid and inspired 1978 solo outing. --AllMusic Review by Greg Prato
1 Rip It Out 03:39
2 Speedin' Back To My Baby 03:36
3 Snow Blind 03:54
4 Ozone 04:40
5 What's On Your Mind? 03:25
6 New York Groove 03:01
7 I'm In Need Of Love 04:34
8 Wiped-Out 04:08
9 Fractured Mirror 05:25
Ace Frehley – lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass guitar
Anton Fig – drums, percussion
Will Lee – bass guitar on "Ozone", "I'm in Need of Love" and "Wiped-Out"
Carl Tallarico – drums on "Fractured Mirror"
David Lasley and Susan Collins – backing vocals on "Speedin' Back to My Baby", "What's On Your Mind?" and "New York Groove"
Larry Kelly – backing vocals on "Rip It Out"
Bill "Bear" Scheniman – bell on "Fractured Mirror"
Bobby McAdams – power mouth (talk box) on "New York Groove"
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