Ace Frehley – Origins Vol. 1

418457180147-200Ah, those cover albums. It feels safe to say that cover albums these days are thirteen a dozen and most of them aren’t all that. To hear artists babbling on and on about how much they want to show their fans their influences and where they are coming from gets old pretty fast, especially when we all know exactly where our favorite bands and artists comes from and their influences. To me, most of the times, it feels more like either a bad case of writer’s block or a case of not being arsed to get out of their chair and write some new material. But every now and again there is the odd cover album that really works. Stryper made one some years ago and so did Tesla. Now the turn has come to Ace Frehley, a man who needs no closer introduction to anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last 30 years or so. Now, covers aren’t a new thing to ole Ace, fact is, his first – and biggest – hit was a cover. Back in 1978, on his self-titled solo album, he had a big hit with “New York Groove”, written and recorded first by Russ Ballard. Ballard also wrote the biggest hit from his band Frehley’s Comet’s debut album from 1986, “Into The Night”. Back in 1979 he also covered Rolling Stones’ old “2000 Man” from 1967. Yes, I write “he” because even though it appeared on Kiss’ album Dynasty, the only guys playing on that song were Ace and drummer Anton Fig, the only guys who played on his first solo album.

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3 comments on “Ace Frehley – Origins Vol. 1

    • Well, it’s Ace. Ace was in Kiss. Therefore an order is necessary. 😉
      And yes, it’s a lot better than I expected. The cover of Rock And Roll Hell is worth the price alone. And Paul Stanley really nails Fire And Water.

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