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Spacewalk – A Salute to Ace Frehley

Review by Gary Hill

I’ve always appreciated Ace Frehley’s work. When Kiss did the whole solo album experience, the only two I really liked a lot were Frehley’s and Paul Stanley’s. I think Frehley’s talents are often under-rated. Well, this tribute album does a good job of breathing new life into some of his songs. Some of these are more effective than others, but it all works pretty well.

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Track by Track Review
Deuce - Marty Friedman

This is a smoking hot, slightly raw, rendition of this old school Kiss classic.

Shock Me - Gilby Clarke
In some ways this sounds so much like Ace Frehley that it’s scary. The guitar solo brings a different flavor, though. I’ve always loved this song, and there’s an added intensity to this rendition.
Rip It Out - Scott Ian
Other than the instrumental section mid track, this is another that really sounds a lot like the original. It’s also another cut with which I’ve always been enamored.
Hard Luck Woman - Jeff Watson
Here’s another of my favorite Kiss songs. This one has a different tone and sound from the original. I don’t like it quite as much as the Kiss version, really. Still, it’s a good song no matter what.
Snowblind - Snake Sabo
This is another cut I’ve always loved. Again this feels a lot like the original. It does lose a little of the magic, but only a little.
Rock Bottom - Russ Parrish
Now, this one does have a new identity. The intricate opening section sounds particularly beautiful here. The whole cut just feels fresh and reinvigorated. I might like this better than the original.
Parasite - Traci Guns

This feels meaner than the original. It’s another I might like better than the Kiss version. It’s a smoking hot screamer either way. The guitar solo section really scorches.

Cold Gin - John Norum
I think I actually like this version better than the original. It seems to have a little more fire in its belly.
New York Groove - Bruce Bouillet
I love this. It’s got sort of an old school blues meets funk approach. It’s definitely a different take on the piece. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the original. This presents a different angle and quite a cool one, though. There is definitely some cool bass work on this cut. It works out to sort of a space jazz jam later, that’s tasty, too.
Fractured Mirror - Dimebag Darrell
This instrumental is another of my favorites from Frehley. This is also another that takes the cut in a bit of a different direction. While it loses some of the studio finesse and magic, it gains an immediacy and energy. I still prefer the original, but I like this one a lot, too.


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