Live – CONCERT!
at World Records – November 14, 2019
– Live at World Records – Thursday November 14!
Of all Ace’s post-KISS recorded output, ‘Spaceman’ might be the closest link to his widely acclaimed 1978 solo record, both in spirit and execution. First off, Frehley played all of the guitar parts on ‘Spaceman,’ as well as bass on all but two songs.
Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Ace began while recording that 1978 record, also appears on “Off My Back” and “Pursuit of Rock and Roll.” There’s also a thematic, almost biographical thread running through the album of a long life in rock ’n’ roll. The first single “Bronx Boy” lays out Ace’s pre-KISS roots, running wild with an Irish street gang called the Ducky Boys.
It might be his grittiest song to date, with an opening riff that lashes out like a switchblade. “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” ticks off a list of rockers that made Ace who he is, including Little Richard and the Stones. Frehley also makes it clear that rock is truly all he needs: “So sick of looking at reality TV / and like the Beatles said, you gotta ‘Let It Be.’” The album includes a cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back.” Another track, “Rockin’ With the Boys,” was written by Ace back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s.
Gene Simmons plays bass on and co-wrote the opening song, “Without You I’m Nothing,” as well as co-writing another track, “Your Wish Is My Command.” Ace’s renewed connections with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for 12 years.
Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 ‘Anomaly’ album in 2009, his top 10 ‘Space Invader’ album in 2014 (a first for any KISS member); and continues with ‘Spaceman,’ which includes what has become a trademark for a Ace – a cosmic instrumental.
“Quantum Flux” is a classic prog ’n’ roll song from Frehley, with lush acoustics and twin-leads.
Fans might also notice the song’s doomy outro, which nods to “Black Diamond” on KISS’s 1974 debut.
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