The KISS RE-REVIEW SERIES Part 46: Ace Frehley solo
We’re doing this one out of order because it’s a brand new release.
ACE FREHLEY – Bronx Boy (2018 EOne EP)
Original guitarist Ace Frehley has been more active in the studio than his former band of late. In the last decade we’ve had some great Ace originals (Anomaly and Space Invader) and a much better than expected covers album (Origins Vol. 1). This week, Ace finally announced the title of his next solo album: Spaceman, due October 19. Kiss hasn’t been interested in recording an album since 2012’s Monster. At least Gene Simmons will be making a cameo on Spaceman.
Spaceman is preceded by the limited, numbered Bronx Boy EP. This four track record spins one new song and three you may have missed. “Bronx Boy” will be on the new album. It’s a shorty (under 3:00) but it packs the signature Ace punch. Killer riff, blazing solo, great chorus, and plenty of balls! Lyrically it’s Ace revisiting his street punk persona from his youth. “You better look out!”
Also on the A side, you will find an unreleased remix of “Reckless” from Space Invader. It’s a little longer and more dynamic. “Reckless” is a brilliant tune, probably better than “Bronx Boy” itself when it comes down to brass tacks. It’s a little more unique, in that Ace way. It is exclusive to this EP.
On the B-side are two of the best covers from Origins Vol. 1. Cream’s “White Room” features drummer Scott Coogan helping out on backing vocals (singing that high part). Really though, it is a showcase for the Ace’s incredible guitar work. Thick, thick harmonies and plenty of wah-wah will make you drool in envy. The old Kiss classic “Cold Gin” has Mike McCready from Pearl Jam on guest guitar. Seems like just about everybody in Seattle was a Kiss fan at some point.* Just as important though is having a studio version of “Cold Gin” with Ace singing — the guy who wrote it!
In the grand scheme of things, do you need to buy this? To the practical fan, no. The album will be out in October and most practical fans don’t care so much about rare versions or physical media. What about the fans who do care about those things? Do they need Bronx Boy? The answer is fuck, yes! Limited and numbered on grey marble vinyl, with an exclusive remix — these things matter. It means the price will go up in the coming months. Plus, you’ll just enjoy spinning it. And there’s a free download card if you can’t spin the vinyl!
For another great Bronx Boy review, check out 2loud2oldmusic!
* Nirvana covered “Do You Love Me”. Alice In Chains have performed in Kiss makeup. The Melvins had three Kiss-inspired solo albums. Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) names Ace Frehley as one of his earliest inspirations to play guitar.
COMPLETE FREHLEY REVIEWS
ACE FREHLEY – 12 Picks (1997 Megaforce Worldwide)
ACE FREHLEY – ACE FREHLEY (KISS solo album) (1978 Casblanca)
ACE FREHLEY – Anomaly (2009 version)
ACE FREHLEY – Anomaly (2017 deluxe edition)
ACE FREHLEY – “Cherokee Boogie” (1996 Attic)
ACE FREHLEY – Frehley’s Comet (1987 Megaforce Worldwide)
FREHLEY’S COMET – Live + 1 (1988 Megaforce Worldwide)
ACE FREHLEY – Loaded Deck (1998 Megaforce Worldwide)
FREHLEY’S COMET – Milwaukee Live ’87 (radio broadcast CD)
ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol. 1 (2016 eOne)
FREHLEY’S COMET – Second Sighting (1988 Megaforce Worldwide, 1998 reissue)
ACE FREHLEY – Space Invader (2014 E One/Victor Japan)
ACE FREHLEY – Trouble Walkin’ (1989 Megaforce Worldwide)
Return of the Comet – Tribute to ACE FREHLEY (1997 Shock Records)
Spacewalk – A Salute to ACE FREHLEY (1996 DeRock/Triage)