Sunday, February 22, 2015

CD Review: Guitarist Salute The Legendary Ace Frehley With A "Spacewalk"

One of the most influential guitarist in rock music has been the wizardry of the spaceman Ace Frehley. As a member of KISS, Frehley gave them a hard rock edge in the mid-seventies and then showcased his singing and songwriting talents on his best-selling 1978 solo album, before leaving the band in the early eighties. When the next crop of hard rock bands were asked who their influences were, one name appeared on everyone's list, Ace Frehley.

A tribute album entitled "Spacewalk: A Salute To Ace Frehley" was originally released back in 1996, but has become out of print. Now, Deadline Music will be re-releasing the album on February 2nd. If features many of today's hard rock guitarists paying tribute to the make-up faced guitar god, performing the songs he written and performed while in KISS.

The ten-song release begins with Marty Friedman (Megadeth) performing a spot-on rendition of one of Frehley's earliest written songs, "Deuce." Guitarist/singer Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses) gives new energy to "Shock Me," while Scott Ian and his bandmates from Anthrax lend a hand on the explosive "Rip It Out." Die-hard KISS fans Dave "Snake" Sabo (Skid Row) and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) give adorned respect to Frehley with "Snowblind" and "Rock Bottom" respectively. Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) makes "Parasite" sound a little dirtier, bringing his style into the song. The album closes with one of the most moving tributes performed, Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, along with his brother Vinnie Paul pulling off an amazing rendition of the Ace Frehley instrumental "Fractured Mirror." To find out more about this great salute to the guitar god Ace Frehley, please visit cleorecs.com.

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