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'Space Invader'

Ace Frehley

Released on: August 19, 2014

9/10

Our Rating

By Jö Schüftan | Posted on: August 19, 2014
When Paul Daniel Frehley (A.K.A. Ace Frehley) arrived to the Heavy Music spectrum in 1964, he immediately stomped the ground with lots of might and in a thick New York accent said: "I am here to create exciting music that rocks your ears"!

Once he co-founded KISS in 1973 in his hometown of New York City, Ace took on the persona of the "Spaceman" or "Space Ace" and together with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, he revolutionized Heavy Music! This was when he took on the persona of the "Spaceman" or "Space Ace", and played with the group until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined KISS in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour.

After leaving KISS in 1982 due to highly publicized personal issues with the other members of the band (namely Simmons and Stanley), Ace embarked on a highly successful solo career that gave birth to his classic anthem called "New York Groove". Fast forward to 2014, and after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his former band KISS, Ace has another solo album that will surely be talked about for years to come!

On Space Invader, which is his first NEW solo album in five years as well as his eOne Music debut, Ace decided to track nine brand NEW original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s "The Joker".

Some of the stand out tracks on Space Invader are "Gimme A Feelin'", which is a very anthemic song, while "I Wanna Hold You" and "What Every Girl Wants" are instant melodic hits. But it is on "Change" and "Inside the Vortex", that Ace proves his amazing musicianship!

In order to make the recording experience as organic as possible since he was looking for the ultimate vibe that would lead into an amazing record, Ace stepped way out of his comfort zone and recorded the entire album at Creative Lab, which is a studio located in the middle of nowhere in Turlock, California.

What I've always liked about Ace Frehley is his ability to write timeless music without losing sight of his signature sound. Space Invader is without a doubt Ace's best solo album since his 1978 debut self-titled solo album.

This is what Ace had to say about the production of his NEW solo album:

"I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record."

Track listing for Space Invader:

1) Space Invader
2) Gimme a Feelin
3) I Wanna Hold You
4) Change
5) Toys
6) Immortal Pleasures
7) Inside the Vortex
8) What Every Girl Wants
9) Past the Milky Way
10) Reckless
11) The Joker
12) Starship

Related links:
Official site of Ace Frehley
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