Frehley's Comet (album)

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Frehley's Comet
Studio album by Ace Frehley/Frehley's Comet
Released July 7, 1987
Recorded 1984–1987
Genre Hard rock, Glam Metal[1]
Length 41:07
Label Megaforce
Atlantic
Producer Eddie Kramer,
Ace Frehley
Ace Frehley/Frehley's Comet chronology
Ace Frehley
(1978)
Frehley's Comet
(1987)
Live+1
(1988)

Frehley's Comet is the second solo release from Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of Kiss. Frehley also named his band after the title of this album, and in this way it is also considered the self-titled debut album credited to Frehley's Comet (as opposed to a Frehley solo release). It was the first album that Frehley released after leaving Kiss in 1982.

Background[edit]

Frehley formed his solo band in 1984. He went on tour to perform his famous Kiss classics and some new material, which was recorded with his new band. The original Frehley's Comet line-up consisted of Ace Frehley on lead, back-up vocals and lead guitar, Richie Scarlet on lead, back-up vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, John Regan on bass guitar and back-up vocals, Arthur Stead on keyboards and Anton Fig on drums. Anton Fig, who played drums on the album, also performed on Frehley's 1978 Kiss solo album, as well as Kiss's Dynasty and Unmasked albums. On 1985, Richie Scarlet left the band to focus on his own solo career. Scarlet's departure led to another line-up change with Arthur Stead being dropped out and Tod Howarth joining the band handling the rhythm guitar, lead and back-up vocals duties. The original Frehley's Comet line-up recorded various demos and songs around 1984 and 1985 and many of them were performed live. However, the songs from that era are still officially unreleased and only few of them made it to the final recording of Frehley's Comet. Notably, "Breakout", "Into The Night", which was a cover of Russ Ballard, "We Got Your Rock", "Love Me Right", "Dolls" & "Stranger In A Strange Land" are the only songs on the record which were previously performed live in the band's early career and finally made it to the album.

Notable songs[edit]

"Into the Night" was a minor hit for Frehley, reaching #27 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1987. The song was originally written and recorded by Russ Ballard (on his 1984 album Russ Ballard), who also composed Frehley's Top 20 single "New York Groove".

"Breakout" was co-written with late Kiss member Eric Carr around the "Music From The Elder" recording era. However, the song was not used on the record and was later released by KISS on their "Revenge" album with the title "Carr Jam 1981". The instrumental part of the song was written by Frehley and Carr, however the lyrics of the song were probably written by Richie Scarlet, as this was one of his vocal performances on the Ace Frehley shows before he left the band on 1985. The band recorded a demo of the song with Richie Scarlet on lead vocals, and Frehley sharing the lead guitar solo parts with Scarlet. However, on the Frehley's Comet record, the song features Tod Howarth on lead vocals and Ace Frehley handling all the guitar solo parts. Whenever Frehley performs this song live he dedicates it to Carr.

"Calling to You" is a re-write of a song called "Mega Force" originally recorded by the band 707 in 1982. Tod Howarth had been a principal member and songwriter with 707, and likely brought the song with him when he joined Frehley's Comet. Originally recorded as the theme to the motion picture Mega Force, the song had been 707's biggest chart achievement (#12 Billboard Rock Tracks). The "Calling To You" version by Frehley's Comet features altered lyrics, with Jonathan Cain's writing credit removed and Frehley's added. Interestingly, the Frehley's Comet album was released on Jon Zazula's apparently unrelated Megaforce Records.

"Breakout", "Something Moved", "Dolls" synthesizer, samples and sequences by Gordon G.G. Gebert.

Videos[edit]

  • "Into The Night" - (filmed on location in San Francisco, California).
  • "Rock Soldiers" - (shot in Toronto, Canada).
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Rock Soldiers"   Ace Frehley, Chip Taylor Frehley 5:05
2. "Breakout"   Frehley, Eric Carr, Richie Scarlet Tod Howarth 3:38
3. "Into the Night"   Russ Ballard Frehley 4:12
4. "Something Moved"   Howarth Howarth 4:02
5. "We Got Your Rock"   Frehley, Marty Kupersmith Frehley 4:12
6. "Love Me Right"   Frehley, Ira Schickman Frehley 3:54
7. "Calling To You"   Frehley, Howarth, Kevin Russell, Jim McClarty Howarth 4:20
8. "Dolls"   Frehley Frehley 3:28
9. "Stranger in a Strange Land"   Frehley Frehley 4:02
10. "Fractured Too"   Frehley, John Regan (Instrumental) 4:14

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 43[2]

References[edit]