- Product Dimensions : 31.29 x 31.19 x 0.71 cm; 307.88 Grams
- Manufacturer : Ent. One Music
- Manufacturer reference : EOM-LP-46034
- Original Release Date : 2018
- Label : Ent. One Music
- ASIN : B07G234DPX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Ace Frehley is on a roll, and he's ready to embark on his next musical journey with Spaceman, his third solo outing in four years, and eighth overall. Amongst 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 on that 1978 record, also appears on "Off My Back" and "Pursuit of Rock and Roll" (longtime collaborators Scot Coogan and Matt Starr also play drums on Spaceman). There's also a thematic, almost biographical, thread running through the album of a long life in rock 'n' roll, although Ace admits it wasn't intentional.
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Kicking off with the Simmons co-write without you I’m nothing, Ace delivers searing guitar by the skipful, his blazing tones set against Simmons’ typically monstrous bass sound. A kick-ass rock track more than worthy of the mothership in its heyday, without you I’m nothing benefits from Ace’s punkish vocal delivery (New York through and through), and comes to a pulse-pounding conclusion thanks to a rousing solo that shows those flashing fingers have lost none of their magic. Next up, the blistering single rockin’ with the boys proves an unrepentant counterpoint to the Criss classic Beth (Ace says he wrote the song back in the 70s), and there’s no question that, had the song been recorded at that time, it would be afforded classic Kiss status now. A hard rocking anthem for anyone who’s ever dreamed of life on the road, rockin’ with the boys encapsulates the spirit of the Spaceman in four perfect minutes. Simmons makes a return on the dark your wish is my command, a track which, it is said, Simmons originally intended for Kiss to record, and which melodically recalls plaster caster, a typically lascivious chorus bearing Gene’s paw prints no matter who’s behind the mic. A rather more autobiographical track, Bronx boy brings Ace’s pre-Kiss years vividly to life as he fires out licks like so many bullets, not to mention one his most potent vocal performances to date. It’s powerful stuff, harking back to those classic Kiss LPs of the 70s, and it does much to demonstrate that the space Ace is still a creative force with whom to be reckoned.
Kicking off the second half of the record, pursuit of rock ‘n’ roll plays out like the sequel to rock ‘n’ roll all nite, as Ace name-checks heroes such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones (“those bad boys set me free”) whilst the Eddie Money cover, I wanna go back , is the result of Ace catching the track on YouTube and identifying so personally with the lyric that he knew instantly that he had to cover it. A rather more trippy number, mission to Mars sees some of Ace’s most evocative guitar work giving way to a bristling riff that is utterly irresistible, and if you’re not hooked, then the bar-burning rock of off my back with its Steppenwolf vibe will certainly change that. It leaves only the six-minute instrumental, quantum flux, to bring the house down as Ace once more demonstrates why he is, and forever will be, the Spaceman. Moving from eerie, acoustic intro, via harmonised twin leads to a raucous conclusion, quantum flux is a far-out showcase of Ace’s undoubted abilities reminiscent of Satriani’s space-themed work. An impressive end to a short, tightly-plotted album, quantum flux may lack the rock ‘n’ roll immediacy of the other tracks on the record, but it certainly underscores Ace’s ability to spread his wings beyond the predictable.
With guest appearances from Simmons (who also suggested the title), Eric Singer and Anton Fig; not to mention some of Frehley’s best solo material yet; there’s a sense of redemption to Spaceman, as if the Space Ace has finally come to terms with his past as a rock ‘n’ roll hell-raiser, embracing it as a means to move forward as an artist once more. With songs that stand head to head with some of Kiss’ finest moments, there’s certainly no lack of inspiration on spaceman and there’s a spontaneity to the performances that is lacking in so much modern rock music. A fantastic summation of Ace’s myriad strengths, Kiss fans (and, indeed, hard rock fans in general) will find much to love in Spaceman.
40 years after his stellar debut solo disc and some people still await a follow up album of equal quality,total waste of time,the fire that burned in that guy( legally or otherwise) has long since burned out.
I prefer to listen and enjoy what i can from each new release and its been a decent ride over the last decade,this album is no different a solid 3.5 stars,some classic tracks such as 'Rockin With The Boys' (should have opened the album) and 'Bronx Boy' whilst 'Mission to Mars' and 'Quantum Flux' show his guitar prowess.
The Kiss fans will immediately go for the Gene Simmons collaborations,truth be told they are decent nothing to shout (it out loud) about, 'I'm Nothing WIthout You' is a bit leaden footed to be an album opener,a mistake i think,while 'Your Wish Is My Command' could have been a Kiss classic back in the day.
The production suits the music,nothing too fancy,while Ace's vocals and song writing limited,its always been that way,it aint gonna change now oh and we get a crap cover version...'Off My Back'
If you love Ace you will have expected no more no less,its for Ace fans only,,casuals may not be brought onboard
if you don't like the superb sleeve Cover Art work, you were never going to love the music. Buy this CD it is THE Classic Rock music CD of the year and is better than anything KISS have done for too many years, just enjoy...its ACE !