Ace's first solo album was released
on September 18, 1978.
four solo albums came with a poster that was part of the set. Click
to see Ace's poster.
designed the KISS logo in 1973.
Ace was born Paul Daniel Frehley on April 27, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York,
USA ("Black Diamond-The Unauthorized Biography of Kiss" has
Ace's birthday listed as April 22, 1951.)
Ace joined the band after answering an ad in The Village Voice asking
for a "lead guitarist with flash and ability".
Ace recorded an album for RCA Records with his band Millemo in
1971 that has never been released.
Ace cites Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Cream and The Who as his biggest influences.
Ace's wife, Jeanette, whom he married in May of 1976, co-wrote 'Speedin'
Back To My Baby' with him.
Anton Fig and Will Lee, later of the David Letterman show's CBS Orchestra,
played drums and bass on the album, respectively. Anton Fig would also
work with Ace on some future KISS albums as well as Frehley's
Comet a decade later.
"Snow Blind," "Ozone," and "Wiped-Out" were
written about Ace's favorite past times at this period in his life, drugs
and booze. His dependency on these things almost killed him several times,
including in a car accident that he would write about on his very next
solo album in 1987 ("Rock Soldiers").
Eddie Kramer produced Ace Frehley as Ace was pleased with Kramer's work
on Alive!, Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun, and Alive II. Kramer
also produced KISS' original demo tape that got them their record deal
with Casablanca Records in 1973.
Ace Frehley's solo album was recorded at his own new home studio, "The
Mansion" in Sharon, Connecticut, USA.
album reached # 26 on Billboard's album charts-second in position only
to Gene's. Eventually Ace's solo disc became the best seller of the four.
York Groove" is a cover of the 1975 U.K. hit by the group, Hello.
This was the only track to receive any airplay out of the four KISS solo
solo album helped him overcome his fear of singing hence his vocals became
more evident on the next 3 albums Kiss albums.
next solo effort wouldn't come to light until 1987's Frehley's
continued to play much of the material from this album when touring with Frehley's Comet.
Some of this live material showed up on the 'Live +1' EP and the two compilations
released after KISS' reunion.
According to Ace Frehley: "...my favorite KISS song is 'Duece'. My
least favorite is 'I Was Made For Lovin' You'."
to Ace Frehley, "We
just needed a break. The solo albums for a while helped keep the group
together. At the same token, the sucess of my solo album opened my eyes
and made me a little more cocky. It made me realize that I had the ability
to do it on my own. That planted the seed for me that eventually I was
gonna do my own thing." -Ace Frehley, Kiss-Behind the Mask, p167
to Paul Stanley speaking of Ace Frehley's tryout, "The combination of the four of us was so much bigger than anything we'd done with the other guitar players. We weren't the greatest musicians, but the chemical reaction of the four of us was potent." -p101, Paul Stanley, Face the Music-A Live Exposed, 2014