|1. Rip It Out|
|2. Speedin' Back To My Baby|
|3. Snow Blind|
|5. What's On Your Mind?|
|6. New York Groove|
|7. I'm In Need Of Love|
|9. Fractured Mirror|
On September 18, 1978, KISS did something no other rock band has ever done to this day - all four members released a solo album on the same day. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss would now not only be recognized for their music-making abilities as a group, but also as solo artists.
Although Ace Frehley was the guitar mastermind that ultimately made KISS such a great band (he even designed the KISS logo!), he tended to go very unappreciated by fans, who tended to favor Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Fortunately, every member of the band got their chance to shine as solo artists in 1978 when they all released solo albums. How does Ace's measure up? Read on and find out.
Every one of the KISS solo albums featured a certain uniqueness when compared to those by the other members. Paul Stanley stuck close to the stylings of KISS. Gene Simmons experimented with the rock stylings of the day. Peter Criss did an album of rhythm and blues. But what about Ace? He'd give us a taste of things to come in the rock world. The first two tracks, Rip It Out and Speedin' Back To My Baby sound a good deal like the glam metal bands that would dominate the next decade. It really makes you wonder how big an influence this album was on eighties metal bands. Snow Blind is a hard rocker as only Ace could do, with some killer guitar riffs (this is NOT the Black Sabbath song.) For Ozone and What's On Your Mind?, Ace uses both acoustic and electric guitars, and in doing so creates something that sounds like a fusion of eighties metal and nineties alternative grunge rock. New York Groove was the only charting hit from any of the KISS solo albums, and with good reason. It's an excellent song that fuses elements of Queen and Led Zeppelin, two of the biggest rock bands of the day. Ace closes the album with an instrumental entitled Fractured Mirror. The chiming bell intro to this song has been copied by god only knows how many bands (ACDC and Metallica to name a few.) This is a lighter and more melodic track than the others on the album. The keyboards and backing riffs add a lot to this song. All four KISS solo albums from 1978 end with a ballad, and this one's the best of all four of them.
This album is a rock and roll masterpiece. If you're a fan of KISS or classic hard rock/heavy metal, this is an album that you must own. All of the KISS solo albums from 1978 were excellent, but this one is (by far) the best of the lot.
On September 18, 1978, KISS did something no other rock band has ever done to this day - all four members released a solo... Read more