Ace Frehley (album)

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Ace Frehley
Ace frehley solo album cover.jpg
Cover painting by Eraldo Carugati
Studio album by Ace Frehley
Released September 18, 1978
Recorded June–July 1978
"The Mansion", Sharon, Connecticut
Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, New York
Genre Hard rock
Length 36:25
Label Casablanca
Producer
Ace Frehley chronology
Ace Frehley
(1978)
Frehley's Comet
(1987)
Kiss chronology
Gene Simmons
(1978)
Ace Frehley
(1978)
Peter Criss
(1978)
Singles from Ace Frehley
  1. "New York Groove"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Ace Frehley is a 1978 solo album from Ace Frehley, the lead guitarist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.

Background[edit]

The album featured Anton Fig on drums. He later performed session work on the Kiss albums Dynasty and Unmasked, and became a member of Ace Frehley's band Frehley's Comet. Fig and Will Lee, who played bass on three of the album's tracks, later gained international prominence as members of the World's Most Dangerous Band and the CBS Orchestra along with Paul Shaffer on Late Night with David Letterman and Late Show with David Letterman. In an interview with Loudwire, Frehley stated that some of the songs from his solo album were originally slated for the fifth Kiss album, Rock and Roll Over.

Chart performance[edit]

"New York Groove", which was first recorded in 1975 by British glam rock band Hello, rose to No. 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[4] This was the highest chart placement for any of the singles released from the 1978 solo albums. The album reached No. 26 on the US Billboard 200 album chart. It was certified platinum on October 2, 1978 and shipped over 1,000,000 copies.[5] It is also the highest selling of the four KISS solo albums.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic rated the album 4 stars out of 5 and said, "Of the four Kiss solo albums, the best of the bunch is Ace Frehley's".[7] Jason Josephes of Pitchfork concurred that it was the standout of the Kiss solo efforts, describing it as "a melange of riff rock, power pop, and just a little bit of soul".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ace Frehley, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Rip It Out" (Frehley, Larry Kelly) 3:39
2. "Speedin' Back to My Baby" (Frehley, Jeanette Frehley) 3:35
3. "Snow Blind"   3:54
4. "Ozone"   4:41
5. "What's On Your Mind?"   3:26
6. "New York Groove" (Russ Ballard) 3:01
7. "I'm In Need of Love"   4:36
8. "Wiped-Out"   4:08
9. "Fractured Mirror"   5:25
Total length:
36:25

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Eddie Kramer and Ace Frehley - production
  • Eddie Kramer, Rob Freeman - engineering
  • Eric Block, Don Hunerburg - assistant engineers
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC
  • Album design by Dennis Woloch
  • Album artwork by Eraldo Carugati

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 26
Chart (1979) Peak
position
Canada RPM100[9] 34

Singles[edit]

Single Chart (1978) Peak
position
"New York Groove" US Billboard Hot 100[10] 13
Single Chart (1979) Peak
position
"New York Groove" Canada RPM100 Singles[11] 25
New Zealand Singles Chart[12] 24

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Review Ace Frehley". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b Josephes, Jason. "Review Ace Frehley". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2003-06-26. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Kiss: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  4. ^ "AllMusic-Billboard". Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  5. ^ "RIAA-Gold and Platinum". Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  6. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kiss-soundscan-era-record-sales-revealed/
  7. ^ Greg Prato. "Ace Frehley - Ace Frehley,Kiss | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  8. ^ "AllMusic-Billboard". Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  9. ^ RPM100 RPM100 albums chart history - February 3, 1979 October 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Billboard Hot 100. Allmusic - Billboard charts. October 1, 2011.
  11. ^ RPM100. RPM100 singles chart history - February 17, 1979. October 1, 2011.
  12. ^ Recorded Music NZ. Official New Zealand Music Chart - February 25, 1979. October 1, 2011.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ace Frehley – Kiss". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Ace Frehley – Kiss – Ace Frehley". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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