Ace Frehley (Album)

Ace Frehley is the title of the 1978 recorded and released a solo album of former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley.


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Kiss each had published semi-annually until 1974 to 1977, on average, a new album and reached with Love Gun and Alive II the culmination of their work so far. In 1976, the group had renewed its contract with Casablanca Records, and this saw before that the record company from each member of the group could demand the release of a solo album, with the release of two solo albums in the publication of which was treated by each one Kiss album. Four solo albums meant so that the group would have met two more studio obligations under their contract. The idea ever take solo albums came from manager Bill Aucoin and Casablanca head Neil Bogart and was recorded at their request in the contract.

In June 1978, the four members of the group went in different studios to record their respective solo albums.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were not particularly convinced of Frehley qualities as a songwriter, although he had already written some songs for Kiss. Simmons pointed out that Frehley as the sole composer of a Kiss song was performed more frequently, although he had not actually written, for example, the song Cold Gin alone. The doubts of his bandmates were an incentive for Frehley, to commit to his solo album especially.

Frehley first tried itself to the production of the album, having not achieved the desired result, he signed Eddie Kramer, who then produced the album. The recordings took place in the Colgate Mansion in Sharon (Connecticut) to a large extent. As with the Kiss album Love Gun Kramer took advantage of the acoustics of different rooms for different shots sounds. More photos were taken at Plaza Sound Studio in New York.

Frehley took in addition to his own compositions also the title of New York Groove on, the Russ Ballard written and had 1975 the group released on their album Hello Keeps Us Off the Streets. Kramer modernized the song and made ​​him a fit for the embossed by Disco Time Single, the number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached kept 21 weeks in the charts. New York Groove was the only single of all four solo albums of the Kiss members that could reach the charts; also the title of today 's most successful Frehley song as a solo artist.

Ace Frehley also included an instrumental track, which closed the album: Fractured Mirror. The song underwent a total of three acoustic sequels, namely Fractured, Too on the debut album from Frehley 's Comet (1987 ), Fractured III Frehley album Trouble Walkin ' (1989 ) and Fractured Quantum on Anomaly ( 2009). In addition, the Panteras Dimebag Darrell and song by John 5 has been covered.

Musician list

  • Ace Frehley: vocals, guitar, guitar synthesizer, bass
  • Anton Fig: drums, percussion
  • Will Lee: bass on Ozone, Wiped - Out & I'm In Need of Love
  • Carl Tallarico: Drums on Fractured Mirror
  • David Lasley, Susan Collins & Co.: backing vocal on Speedin 'Back to My Baby, New York Groove & What's On Your Mind?
  • Larry Kelly: backing vocal on Rip It Out
  • Bill " Bear" Scheniman: bell on Fractured Mirror
  • Bobby McAdams: Power Mouth on New York Groove


All solo albums of Kiss members had a cover that showed the masked face of the respective artist. The portraits were drawn by Eraldo Carugati. Each portrait had its own background color: Peter Criss was highlighted in green, red Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley blue violet. Each album was a poster that would fit by molding to the edges to one of the other three posters, so that when you purchase all four albums a large poster was that all four members showed. In addition, the albums an order form for merchandise was ever settled.


The solo albums of all four Kiss members were published on 18 September 1978 in the United States, the edition was four million albums, each a million albums a member of the group. All four albums have been awarded on October 2, 1978, gold and platinum, Frehley album reached # 26 on the Billboard 200, the single was the most successful of the four solo albums.

For Casablanca Records the release of the album was a financial fiasco, because most fans could it simply can not afford to buy all four albums at once. Since Casablanca had the trade a 100 % Return Policy offered repeated what had happened to the label in 1975: The return deliveries were enormous.

Casablanca Records was the solo albums out as Kiss albums, members of the group they are so they like, consulted for the total number of awards that could win the belt. In addition, the albums were all provided with the logo of the band. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ), however it does not recognize as a band albums, but places them under the names of the respective artists, so they are not actually added to the Awards for Kiss.

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