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Frehley, Ace - 2016 Origins Vol 1

ARTIST: Frehley, Ace
ALBUM: Origins Vol 1
LABEL: eOne Music
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Ace Frehley - guitars, bass, vocals * Scot Coogan - drums * Matt Starr - drums * Chis Wyse - bass

Special Guests: Paul Stanley, Slash, John 5, Lita Ford, Mike McCready

TRACK LISTING: 01 White Room * 02 Street Fighting Man * 03 Spanish Castle Magic * 04 Fire And Water * 05 Emerald * 06 Bring It On Home * 07 Wild Thing * 08 Parasite * 09 Magic Carpet Ride * 10 Cold Gin * 11 Till The End Of The Day * 12 Rock And Roll Hell



Since 1978's 'New York Groove' included in his first solo album, the Spaceman has offered a good deal of quality cover versions, like 707's 'Megaforce' (renamed as 'Calling To You') and Russ Ballard's 'Into The Night'. Hence an all-covers album was no surprise. Moreover, it was an expected output for Ace's fanbase. Let's not make the common mistake of comparing these versions against the originals and simply enjoy.. let the music do the talking.

The Songs
'White Room' is a sign of the good things to come: Frehley's dominant guitars, fresh vocals and tasty licks, with Scot Coogan's powerful drumming a la Anton Fig and great singing during the bridges. The Rolling Stones' 'Street Fighting Man' is heavy and energetic as is Jimi Hendrix's 'Spanish Castle Magic', the latter with John 5 as guest on guitars. Free's classic 'Fire And Water' is one of the highlights. Paul Stanley provides vocals on a lower range than usual, and it's nice to hear the Starchild reaching the highs of this register with no strains as heard on the 'Monster' album. 'Emerald' is another remarkable one, Frehley keeping Phil Lynott's spirit on vocals as well as providing his personal touch. The version is heavy, Ace and Slash trade endearing leads. Led Zeppelin's 'Bring It On Home' is brilliantly adapted, starting bluesy with Frehley's guitar and voice and leading to Coogan's hypnotic vocals and heavy drumming in a Bonham/Carr style. A winner. 'Wild Thing' has been covered a zillion times, however Lita Ford and Ace's vocals give it a funny touch, they seem to be having a great time. The Kiss classic 'Parasite' is, again.. heavy and powerful. Ace's vocals are mean, John 5 adds leads to an extended solo. All in all a fine update of the song. Steppenwolf's 'Magic Carpet Ride' version has Frehley's signature written all over it. 'Cold Gin', Ace's immortal classic, has not only one but two solos for the first time, first one courtesy of Mike McCready of Pearl Jam fame and the second is the updated 'Alive!' solo by Mr. Frehley. Another winner with long overdue Ace vocals. The Kinks 'Till The End Of The Day' is another version tailored for this album, it seems like an Ace song. Last track is also the most surprising one, 'Rock And Roll Hell' from Kiss' 'Creatures Of The Night'. Ace didn't play a single note on the 1982 album. Here he plays all. Heavy, intense, with menacing vocals by the Spaceman. No guests, just Ace. Love the solo, pure Frehley unleashed.

In Summary
A remarkable collection from the Spaceman. He sounds fresh and juvenile on vocals. Powerful drumming and loud guitars. Guest artists shine without outdoing the songs. No tracks to skip. Enjoyable and funny as only Ace can deliver at his best.

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