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Frehley, Ace - 1987 Frehleys Comet



ARTIST: Frehley, Ace
ALBUM: Frehley's Comet
LABEL: Atlantic/Megaforce
SERIAL: 81749-1 (LP), 7 81749-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ace Frehley - vocals, guitars * Tod Howarth - guitars * John Regan - bass * Anton Fig - drums * Arthur Stead - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock Soldiers * 02 Breakout * 03 Into The Night * 04 Something Moved * 05 We Got Your Rock * 06 Love Me Right * 07 Calling To You * 08 Dolls * 09 Stranger In A Strange Land * 10 Fractured Too

WEBLINKS: www.spaceaceonline.com


Background
Easily the pinnacle of Ace Frehley's post Kiss career, not counting his 1978 solo album, this rewarding melodic rock endeavour was the result of Ace aligning himself with an exceptional crew of fellow musicians who helped push Ace to a higher level songwriting wise, resulting in an album possibly bettering Kiss' own 'Crazy Nights' that same year. Prior to recording, Richie Scarlet was dealt the guitar/vocal position to compliment Ace, but left before a note was played, leading to the arrival of Tod Howarth who had made a name for himself in 707. Former Kiss producer Eddie Kramer was hired as producer, a wise move, and luckily for Frehley his label Megaforce had joined with Atlantic to release their records. Therefore was the reworking of 707's 'Megaforce' as 'Calling To You' a tribute to Megaforce's Johnny Z or the brainchild of Howarth? The latter surely!


The Songs
After years of excessive drinking and hard living it seemed Ace had turned the corner and the ready made anthem 'Rock Soldiers' chronicles one of Ace's near fatal car wrecks in all its chanted glory, 'The Ace is back and he told you so!' It's not uncommon to still see the classic video with hundreds of denim and leathered youths swinging their air guitars in homage to Ace on stage on occasion either! Eric Carr co wrote 'Breakout' with Ace and Scarlet and is a melodic hard rock delight, followed by another period masterpiece 'Into The Night', which leans more towards pure AOR and delightfully so, courtesy Russ Ballard. Other highlights include 'Something Moved' and 'We Got Your Rock' and the 'Calling To You' remake is on par with the 1982 original, far more polished as expected if not as heavy. 'Dolls' is somewhat of a joke inclusion, with childlike melody and keyboard work, a dud and the only such one on offer. The riffs are solid during 'Stranger In A Strange Land', giving it metal credibility before Ace sees fit to include the sequel to 1978's 'Fractured', 'Fractured Too', a subdued Led Zeppelin inspired junket.


In Summary
1988's 'Second Sighting' never approached the energy of this debut and the momentum was quickly lost for Ace, which wasnt helped by the loss of Fig. 1989's 'Trouble Walkin' was inconsistent and by then Ace had reverted back to being a solo performer. Time hasn't erased the brilliance of Frehley's Comet's debut however and is a substantial achievement in the ranks of ex Kiss members, outdoing Vinnie Vincent and quite easily Peter Criss. No matter how flawed Ace was in his personal affairs he could always be relied on for some quality rock and this is delivered in spades here.


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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:24:09
as a kiss fan I found this disappointing althought the problem frehley has is that everything is compared to his 1978 solo lp which is just awesome . this lp is pretty good althought the track dolls is crap compared to some demos he had out at the time, this lp is a grower!
#2 | reyno-roxx on May 18 2009 09:18:58
I dragged this out the other night to give it a long overdue airing. As a Kiss fan I loved it at the time.
Looking at it now it appears that Tod Howarth was clearly brought in to add a more commercial sound to the band. Perhaps there was a fear that Ace's standing as a former member of Kiss would not be good enough to shift the units required by the major label partners in the deal. And listening to the re-working of the 707 track now, those new lyrics really suck!
I knew Richie Scarlet at the time and the way he was pushed out of the band after the deal was done was pretty shocking. I felt that he was more in tune with the Frehley's Comet concept than anyone.
#3 | super80boy on March 01 2015 17:36:18
Standing on its own merits, not being constantly compared to his 1978 LP and for the time period, this album had a number of solid tracks and is a satisfying piece of melodic hard rock.
 
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