A little bonus review, part 5.5 in my series of Ace Frehley reviews! Just a single track today. Missed the last installment? Click here!
ACE FREHLEY – – “Cherokee Boogie” (1996 Attic)
From Guitars That Rule the World, Vol 2: Smell the Fuzz – The Superstar Guitar Album!
I was a big fan of the first installment of the Guitars That Rule the World. It had a really eclectic and diverse list of guitarists, including Zakk Wylde (doing chicken-pickin’ for the first time on record), Albert Collins, Richie Sambora, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, and many others. This volume (with a stupid cumbersome title) is geared more towards alternative artists such as Billy Corgan, J. Yuenger, and Kim Thayil. There’s also John Christ of Danzig, Alex Lifeson, and Robert Fripp. Hell even Billy Sheehan has a track, and he’s a bassist! (But, you can already get the Lifeson and Sheehan tracks on albums by their side projects Victor and Niacin.)
To me this album is only worth buying for the brand new Ace Frehley track. It’s an instrumental called “Cherokee Boogie”, and while it doesn’t boast too many particularly strong catchy melodies it is still the Ace. Ace’s soloing is (as always) note perfect for the song. The riff is quintessential Ace, thick and chunky, albeit not one of his best. It’s still nice to hear his distinct Les Paul squeal on a new track. I especially love when the song gets fast and thrashy just past the halfway mark. At this point Ace is burning rubber, and it’s a real rush.
I’m not familiar with the backing musicians on this recording. They are Saul Zonana (bass) and Phil Richford (drums). They get the job done without getting in Ace’s way.
I would say that “Cherokee Boogie” would have made a strong instrumental interlude on any of Ace’s post-Kiss solo albums. It’s 4:00 of solid rock guitar.
Very poor audio on this