Hot on the platform boot heels of his 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ACE FREHLEY has announced Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classic rockers from Ace s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in music, on April 15, 2016. Most notably, KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY joins ACE on Free’s cult hit Fire and Water. This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS’ 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic Emerald, Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs #1 smash hit Wild Thing, Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 plays guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition Parasite for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix’s Spanish Castle Magic. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS Alive! mainstay Cold Gin. Ace s cover of Cream s White Room is also an instant gratification track and saw its premier by Rolling Stone early in February 2016.
Origins Vol. 1 is the follow up to Space Invader, released in 2014. Space Invader was Frehley’s first studio album in five years, and the LP debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, scoring the highest charting position of any KISS solo album ever, and marked Frehley’s first return to the Top 10 since KISS’ aforementioned 1998’s Psycho Circus in 1998.
Space Invader, received high praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote:
Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn’t deserve to wear Kiss’ Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman’s first solo LP in five years says otherwise.
While the Associated Press hailed: The original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978.
Paste Magazine also confirmed: Space Invader is a good rock album, and it s an even better guitar record.