*** CONSUMMATE NEW 'ORIGINS VOL. 2' COVERS ALBUM RELEASED SEPTEMBER 18TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV ***
Ace Frehley, KISS co-founder and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with the release of 'Origins Vol. 2', a thoughtful and exciting collection of new covers, on September 18th on Steamhammer / SPV as a DigiPak CD (plus bonus track), double gatefold 180 gram blue vinyl LP (with printed inner sleeves), download and stream.
'Space Truckin', the first single and video to be taken from the album, has just been released and can be viewed here.
No stranger to cover versions throughout his entire history – having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as 'New York Groove', 'Do Ya', and 'I Wanna Go Back' over the course of his 8 studio albums - this new compendium contains songs that have all inspired and shaped the legendry guitarist's life jukebox. Ace comments, "I just thought about the songs that I used to play in clubs when I was doing other people's material. I went through my album collection and thought about the songs that influenced me the most. It's a pretty well-rounded record and I think the fans will enjoy it."
'Origins Vol. 2', featuring guest appearances by Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), John 5, Lita Ford and Bruce Kulick, is a well thought out, but not over-thought, album. For Ace, keeping things organic is an important part of crafting an album's atmosphere: "I just let it happen. Things evolve when I start doing these records and I try not to plan too much ahead. I like spontaneity. It's the same way I write guitar solos."
1. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
2. Never In My Life (Mountain)
3. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple)
4. I'm Down (The Beatles)
5. Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
6. Politician (Cream)
7. Lola (The Kinks)
8. 30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie)
9. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
10. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (The Animals)
12. She (KISS) [Bonus Track]
As the second volume focusing on his musical origins, Ace has grown since the release of 'Origins Vol.1', which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts in April 2016, becoming his 4th Top 40 and second highest charting solo album. Ace chuckles, "Since I had one covers album under my belt, the process of doing 'Origins, Vol. 2' was easier because I had put together a formula, picking guest stars and so-on." The challenge for him was to put a suitable personal stamp on the material, and 'Origins, Vol. 2' is replete with special touches that both honour and embellish the songs.
***'ANOMALY - DELUXE' ALBUM RE-RELEASED SEPTEMBER 8TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***
Hard on the heels of legendary multi-platinum selling rock band KISS' Reunion tours, spanning 400 plus shows from 1996 through to 2001, founding guitarist Ace Frehley began labouring over the material that would culminate in the 2009 release of 'Anomaly', his fifth solo studio album.
'Anomaly, which became the highest charting Frehley solo album since his self-titled debut in 1978, when it crashed in to the US Top 100 album chart at 27, received a more than welcoming response from critics. Rolling Stone proclaimed "'Anomaly' shows why many rock and metal guitarists list 'Space Ace' as a prime six-string influence", while Allmusic.com stated that "'Anomaly' surprised even longtime supporters with its forceful, confident performances and sharp songwriting."
Out of print since 2010, 'Anomaly Deluxe' has been newly remastered and contains 3 bonus songs, including 2 previously unreleased tracks, along with one for the first time on CD. Bonus tracks are; 'Hard For Me' (previously unreleased), 'Pain In The Neck' (previously unreleased slower version) and 'The Return Of Space Bear' (for the first time on CD).
'Anomaly' will be released as a DigiPak CD and (1,000 Limited Edition) double vinyl Picture Disc LP in a clear sleeve with leaflet, plus download and stream, on September 8th on Steamhammer / SPV.
Ace Frehley is arguably the most popular original KISS band member, having enjoyed the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) of the original foursome - let alone the only Top 40 single, 'New York Groove', (from the 'Ace Frehley' album), which peaked at #13 in Billboard's top 100 singles chart.
'Anomaly's follow-up, 'Space Invader', became the first ever Top 10 Billboard 200 debut of any Kiss related solo album when released in August 2014, the same year that he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
***NEW COVERS ALBUM 'ORIGINS VOL. 1' FEATURING ALL STAR GUEST LINE UP RELEASED APRIL 15TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ace Frehley is set to release 'Origins Vol. 1', an accomplished covers album featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, on April 15, 2016 on Steamhammer / SPV, as a digipak CD, double vinyl LP and download. Most notably, KISS front man Paul Stanley joins Ace on Free's hit 'Fire and Water'. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album 'Psycho Circus'. Other illustrious guests include none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic 'Emerald', Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs' staple 'Wild Thing', Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar on the KISS song 'Parasite' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Spanish Castle Magic', plus Pearl Jam's Mike McCreedy playing guitar on Ace's mainstay 'Cold Gin'.
'Origins Vol. 1' is the follow up to 'Space Invader', Frehley's much lauded first studio album in five years, which not only charted all over Europe, but also crashed into the top ten of the US album chart on release in August 2014. Classic Rock's Paul Elliott awarded the record 8/10, stating "His music still has the raw edge and offbeat sensibility that he brought to early Kiss and the best of his subsequent work. With cover artwork by Ken Kelly, illustrator on Kiss classics 'Destroyer' and 'Love Gun', Frehley's new album might just be the best he's made since 1978, when solo records by the four original members of Kiss were released simultaneously, and his sold the most. 'Space Invader' has brilliant heavy rock tunes. The title track is quintessential Frehley; 'Toys' reminiscent of Aerosmith circa 'Rocks'. And on two other space odysseys – 'Past The Milky Way' and the seven-minute instrumental 'Starship', Ace travels to places that Kiss could never reach. Far out." Powerplay Magazine's Andrew Haunt also awarded an 8/10 rating, proclaiming that "'Space Invader' is a superb return from the legendary guitarist. Getting underway with the mid-paced rock stomp of the title track, the sound mixes the song writing punch of his iconic Kiss era along with the sleek style of his 80's output with Frehley's Comet and a modern production edge. It's clear from the first track alone that Ace is on top form when it comes to the axe-slinging too."
Track List: 1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04 2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00 3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34 4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11 5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28 6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25 7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44 8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04 9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43 10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17 11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26 12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32
***STUNNING NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘SPACE INVADER’ RELEASED AUGUST 18TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***
***1st Single – ‘Gimme A Feelin’ (Radio Edit)’ – Track 2***
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release his first solo album in five years, ‘Space Invader’, containing 11 brand new original songs, plus a cover of Steve Miller’s ‘The Joker’, on August 16th.
‘Space Invader’, the cover of which was painted by Ken Kelly, the famous creator of KISS’ ‘Destroyer’ and ‘Love Gun’ albums artwork, will be available as a limited edition Digipak CD, (including 2 bonus tracks and poster) as well as a standard jewel case CD. ‘Space Invader’ will also be released as a double gatefold coloured vinyl album, boasting 4 bonus tracks, printed inner sleeves, and a CD in a cardboard sleeve, while the iTunes version of ‘Space Invader’ will include the 14 tracks contained on the digipak.
Frehley has released an official statement surrounding his new studio album:
“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”
Widely known as the original ‘Space Ace’ and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member, having enjoyed the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) of the original foursome.
Frehley’s self titled solo debut ‘Ace Frehley’ album, which was released in 1978, went on to sell well over one million copies, and produced the only Top 40 single, ‘New York Groove’, to be taken from any of the legendary KISS band members’ solo albums to date.
‘New York Groove’, which peaked at #13 in Billboard’s top 100 singles chart, was most recently featured in an episode of cult show ‘Entourage’ and was also KISS’ second bestselling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’ ‘Beth’ and ‘Calling Dr. Love’ - even after 36 years.
After his departure from KISS, Ace went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP, culminating with his most recent opus, ‘Anomaly’ in 2009, which received a more than welcoming response from critics; "‘Anomaly' shows why many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence," proclaimed Rolling Stone.
‘Rolling In Town’, an infectious, joyous collection of dynamic ‘old school’ classic bluesy hard rock anthems, will be released as a CD, Clear Vinyl LP (with printed inner sleeves and CD in a paper sleeve) and download.