Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ace Frehley will release “Origins Vol. 2,” his second collection of 11 rock ‘n’ roll covers, on Sept. 18, 2020. He also has premiered the first single, a cover of Deep Purple’s 1972 hit “Space Truckin’,” available now on all streaming platforms and as an official music video.
Recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, California, Frehley recorded guitar, bass, and vocals on “Space Truckin'” with longtime studio drummer Matt Star and keyboard player Rob Sabino (Peter Frampton, Simon & Garfunkel).
“‘Space Truckin’ was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little,” Frehley said. “We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back.”
The official video for “Space Truckin’” was directed by eOne’s Ken Gullic (VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music) and animated by Chris Fequiere, the same team behind the “Mission to Mars” music video from Frehley’s “Spaceman” album in 2018.
Frehley also has re-signed with eOne for more new releases, which extends his original deal signed in 2013. During his tenure, he has released three albums worth of new material. “Origins Vol. 2” is the fourth. A new studio album is planned for 2021 with two additional releases to follow.
“Origins Vol. 2” features guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie’s “30 Days in the Hole” and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.” “Origins Vol. 1” alumnus John 5 also returns, playing on Cream’s “Politician” and The Beatles’ “I’m Down.” Finally, Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones’ 1968 hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
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 (The Rolling Stones)
6. Politician (Cream)
7. Lola (The Kinks)
8. 30 Days in the Hole (Humble Pie)
9. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
10. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
11. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (The Animals)
12. She (KISS) [Bonus Track]
Pre-orders are available today at www.acefrehleyorigins.com, which includes an exclusive 180g Opaque Gold Double LP variant (limited to 1000 copies + download card).