Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley Reunite on Frehley Solo Album

I guess if Axl Rose and Slash can make amends, just about anything is possible; especially in the world of rock n' roll. It would seem that former Kiss lead guitarist Ace Frehley and Kiss lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley have made patched things up as well.

Frehley is currently working on a solo album that is a compilation of covers of songs that heavily influenced him as a musician titled Origins Vol. 1. Frehley called in Stanley to play and sing on the cover of Fire and Water, originally by Free.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Frehley says:

“I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it. He jumped at the chance to do this because it's something that's outside of Kiss and his character in Kiss. It gave him a chance to sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on Fire And Water, he's singing deep from his diaphragm, and it's a real cool vocal. Everyone's who heard it was just thinks it's the shit.”

Speaking of the Cat in the Hat, Slash will also be playing on the record along with John 5, Lita Ford and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. This seems like it is shaping up to be a pretty cool record. Even though it's all covers it should be a good time. To be honest, I have a feeling I will like it better than Frehley's most recent release Space Invader, which came out in 2014. I kind of think the guy is making the right move taking a short break from writing new stuff so he can truly get back to his roots.

The track list for Origins Vol. 1 looks pretty good. It includes:

  1. White Room – Cream
  2. Street Fighting Man – Rolling Stones
  3. Spanish Castle Magic – Jimi Hendrix (ft John 5)
  4. Fire And Water – Free (ft Paul Stanley)
  5. Emerald – Thin Lizzy (ft Slash)
  6. Bring It on Home – Led Zeppelin
  7. Wild Thing _ The Troggs (ft Lita Ford)
  8. Parasite – Kiss (ft John 5)
  9. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  10. Cold Gin – Kiss (ft Mike McCready)
  11. Till The End Of The Day – Kinks
  12. Rock And Roll Hell – Kiss
If you want to hear the cover of White Room, go here. It's pretty snazzy.

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