CD review ACE FREHLEY ‘Origins Vol.2’

Ace Frehley went for a second time through his musical treasure-box and unveiled eleven songs that influenced and/or inspired him. Four years after having launched ‘Origins’, it’s ‘Origins Vol.2’ being a continuation of what started in 2016. He certainly could even don a Vol.3, but let’s not get much ahead of things.

The lead-off spot goes to Led Zeppelin and ‘Good Times Bad Times’. You couldn’t go further back in Led Zeppelin’s discography than to the first song on the A-side of the first longplayer. The challenge for Frehley has been the vocals, which he manages well and a few extra words at the end of the songs add a personal touch to the cover version.

The album carries a The Beatles song and Rolling Stones tune, back-to-back. ‘I’m Down’, from the earlier The Beatles era is done in a great fashion and with a lot of Rock’n’Roll spirit. John 5 adds a solo to the song while it is another guest that enriches the next tune on the tracklist. ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ is electrifying with Lita Ford’s vocals giving the song a really dirty Rock’n’Roll vibe.

The Kinks’ ‘Lola’ got a lot of Ace Frehley too on ‘Origins Vol.2’ and ‘Maniac Depression’, originally by Jimi Hendrix, shows how an Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame inductee interprets a milestone in Rock together with fellow guitarist Bruce Kulick.

‘Origins Vol.2’ is an album that showcases the musical roots of one of the most important guitarists in Rock/Metal and at the same time honors bands and artists that paved with their timeless music the road for next generations of bands and musicians. This album connects history and contemporary, a delight for young and rock fans being not so young anymore.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
  2. Never in My Life (Mountain)
  3. Space Truckin’ (Deep Purple)
  4. I’m Down (The Beatles)
  5. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  6. Politician
  7. Lola
  8. 30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie)
  9. Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)
  10. Kicks (Paul Revere & The Raiders)
  11. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals)
  12. She (bonus track) (Kiss)

Label: Steamhammer

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: September 18th, 2020

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