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  • Audio CD (Jan. 24 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Live
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000CPH9S4
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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1. Rip It Out (Live)
2. Breakout (Live)
3. Cold Gin (Live)
4. Shock Me (Live)
5. Rocket Ride (Live)
6. Deuce (Live)
7. Strangers In A Strange Land (Live)
8. Separate (Live)
9. N.Y. Groove (Live)
10. Rock Soilders (Live)
11. One Plus One
12. Give It To Me Anyway

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Ace Frehley,also known as the Spaceman is better known for his time in KISS,but also managed to have some succes with a solo career as his real name Ace Frehley,and Frehley's Comet.In the 1990s Ace released two compilations wich are "12 Picks" and "Loaded Deck" and before that "Live + 1".In 2006,Frehley releases "Greatest Hits Live" a compilation of 12 tracks containing his best material as selected by himself.How does this compilation do against the other live album that's been released years ago?Is it better or worse?Would this be better than one of the compilations?Greatest Hits Live can be looked at as a good live album as it covers ALL of his career from "Ace Frehley" to "Trouble Walking",wich is the least to say a beggening.The tracks selected for this Live album are good choices and most of them rank as the best Ace did."NY Groove" and "Rock Soliders" are some of them and it also includes some of his work with KISS such as "Cold Gin" and "Deuce".On that point its good what you have on this greatest hits is 12 solid songs wich makes for a good album from start to finnish.Now if you compare it to "Live + 1" it covers more of the KISS songs than "Live +1" so it depends of what you want.The performance is pretty good as far as Frehley gets live the songs sound all great and some are notably better than others such as the excellent "Rock Soliders",a great live song. I think that if you want a live album "Greatest Hits Live" is a good buy and its ainvailable,"Live +1" is harder to find now.Yet i would still pick a compilation instead of a Live album of Ace Frehley,i would recommend getting 12 Picks instead its better and actually half the album,half is studio wich is a nice balance between the two."Greatest Hits Live" is a limited edition with a 3D cover making it a collector's item."Live+1" covers more of his solo career tought,but you can't go wrong with "Greatest Hits Live".
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Sad proof of the horrors of alcohol and drug abuse. Just think of how great he could have been. It boggles the mind.
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Writing a review of any Ace Frehley release requires you to put aside all "laws of music". He's a very limited singer and songwriter, yet comes up with some of the greatest songs ever written. He's miles away from being the most skilled guitar player out there, yet he has inspired generations of guitarplayers. The thing I like about this release is that it is (mostly) live, where his songs come to life. Some of the performances are sloppy even for Ace, but they still feel right at home. "Rip It Out" from London's Hammersmith Odeon kicks this album off, and ever since "Live+1" came out I've always thought this was THE best version of this song. It even features a great vocal performance from Ace. Then from a high to a low - "Breakout" was never a favourite Ace tune of mine. And in here lies the very problem with this release. Calling it a greatest hits album is a joke, as Ace Frehley only ever had one hit, "New York Groove" on his 1978 solo album. There are fillers enough on this album. Even one of the "bonus" studio tracks is a filler track. BUT the great tracks are awesome. Ace doing Deuce, Cold Gin, Shock Me and New York Groove in addition to the above mentioned Rip it Out makes this compilation worth while. The track "Separate" is also a pleasant surprise.

Despite the positives, there are obvious weaknesses with this album. It doesn't represent Ace at his best. There are no live versions featuring Richie Scarlet, who added tons to Ace and his sound. Tod Howarth, although I do like some of his backing vocals, does not compliment Ace's work at all.. All in all, there's nothing "great" about this "greatest hits" compilation. Nor can it be a best of as it doesn't feature Ace's best work. It's also dissapointing that a great song like "Rock Soldiers" doesnt work live.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13884e0) out of 5 stars Good collection of live songs from Ace Frehley's solo career May 20 2006
By Some Gravity - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I have been a die hard KISS fan,I have always loved Ace Frehley's guitar playing,and it is a shame that Frehley is no longer a member of KISS (especially after KISS' long-awaited reunion which happened in 1996). However,while it may be sad that Ace Frehley is no longer with KISS and a tad pit pathetic as to how it has taken Frehley over ten years to release his new studio solo album,"Ace Frehley--Greatest Hits Live" is a good album that is worth owning. Most of the live tracks on here (according to what the liner notes of this record say)come from a concert that Ace did with one of his post KISS bands (Frehley's Comet)in England,at which Ace's fellow Comet bandmates (John Regan,Tod Howarth,and Jamie Oldaker)were accompanying Ace in his performance (the only live tracks on here that aren't from the concert in England are "Strangers in a Stange Land" and "Rock Soldiers",which were recorded in Chicago and find Ace performing live alongside John Regan,Tod Howarth,and Anton Fig). The live tracks that are on here sound good--Ace Frehley gave some good guitar work and singing to the live performances of songs that were included on this record,and his band members sounds in top form,as well. I also like the two previously unreleased solo songs from Ace that are on this CD,"One Plus One" and "Give it to me Anyway",which are both catchy and well written songs ("Give it to me anyway" even has Peter Criss performing on it as a guest,as well as former/current Skid Row band members Sebastian Bach,Dave Sabo,and Rachel Bolan),while the limited edition 3-D cover that is accompanying this CD (it shows Ace performing at one of his solo concerts,holding up his smoking Jackson guitar)looks really cool and is a collector's item. My only complaint is that most of the songs that are performed live here are actually KISS songs,which leaves some (but not enough)room for Ace's solo material to be on this CD with this album being issued as a single disc (I would have preferred a two disc set here,to even out live performances of KISS songs and live performances of Ace's solo material),yet everything else here is fine. Hopefully Ace will put out his new studio solo record in the near future,and if you miss the days from when Ace was still with KISS and happen to be one of the several guitarists out there who was inspired to play guitar by Ace himself,this CD will serve as a nice treat for you.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15c13fc) out of 5 stars why was this even released? Aug. 31 2006
By Nightwing's Fan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
first off, the cd gets 5 stars for the music of ACE that's featured on the cd BUT I just don't get why this was released since it has the same songs found on the two best of ACE CDs=Loaded Deck & 12 Picks...It's only good to get if you have all the Ace solo cds from the 80's..But if you are looking for THE BEST OF ACE=both with hits,studio tracks and live stuff, then buy BOTH 12 picks and Loaded Deck...just makes no sense having this out with the other two best of's already released..
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa11a8780) out of 5 stars Back In The New York Groove! Jan. 30 2006
By Amy Jackson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a HUGE Ace fan I am always so excited when new material surfaces and went out to buy this on Tuesday when it came out. The 3D cover is AWESOME!! The Amazon website just cannot do it justice. The best part is that Megaforce used 2 covers, the 3D one and a 'normal' one underneath so you can frame the amazing 3D photo of Ace in action without messing up the look of the CD! COOL!! Ace is just an amazing musician live and this album really captures him at his most rockin'. Stand out tracks have to be "Rip It Out" and my personal favorite, "NY Groove". This album really takes you back to the good ole days of rock 'n' roll. Legendary stuff!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13e9c30) out of 5 stars "Ace Frehley Lead Guitar" Feb. 11 2006
By The Woj - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The title says it all, "Greatest Hits Live"...and what you see is what you get. Ace performing all his best from his years with Kiss and his minimal output solo career. Some of the performances are far from stellar, hence the 4 instead of 5 star rating. Ace's guitar work on the Kiss songs included here are not quite up to to par with the recordings on "Alive!" and "Alive II" (if you do not have the remastered versions of the first 2 "Alive" albums definitely get those first). His guitar seems slightly out of tune and the tone is not as threatening as in days gone by. But hey, a mediocre Frehley performance is still better than most! The album sounds great with Ace's guitar right up front in the mix. Plus, you can not argue with the track selection, every song is great. Gotta love the killer 3-D cover too!!! This album is pretty much a must purchase for any longtime Kiss fan. Ace "is" the sound of Kiss and this album does not disappoint. I sure hope Ace gives us some new studio recordings in the near future. ****By the way, I usually recommend hitting zShops to save some cash, but because of the Limited Edition 3-D Cover, get this one now while you can!!!****
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1385ec4) out of 5 stars Ace Frehley; Greatest Hits recycled. July 27 2006
By Ralph L. Acosta - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I would recommend this album only if you don't have any previous Ace Freyley or Freyley's Comet albums. This material is from previous releases. The songs are pulled from "Live Plus 1, Loaded Deck and 12 picks. Nothing new or first released here. I suspect this was nothing more than a contract obligation from Ace's former label: megaforce records.

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