(Kiss) Ace Frehley – Ace Frehley 1978 Japan picture disc with obi


(Kiss) Ace Frehley – Ace Frehley 1978 Japan picture disc with obi

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Offered for sale is a rare limited edition Japanese picture disc of Ace Frehley, the first solo album by the Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, including the original obi.

The Japanese editions of the Kiss solo picture discs have a different image on the back side than the American picture disc.

About this copy: This copy of Ace Frehley is an original 1978 Japanese picture disc, complete with obi and insert.

The cover is M- with a couple of very small corner dings.  The obi is VG+ with an invisibly repaired tear on the front.  The insert is M-.

The disc is M- and may be unplayed.

A beautiful copy of a rare Kiss item that rarely turns up for sale.

Background: Picture disc LPs became popular about the time that the four original members of Kiss released their first solo albums, so their record company, Casablanca Records, released each of the four albums as limited edition picture discs in both the U.S. and Japan.

The U.S. edition featured the cover photo of the album on both sides of the picture disc.  The regular black vinyl U.S. editions of the albums included color posters that depicted the band member in cartoon form.

The Japanese picture discs had the cover photo on side one of the disc, but the side two photo was the cartoon image used on the American posters.

While the American picture discs were overpressed to the point that they eventually ended up in cutout bins, the Japanese editions were likely limited to a few hundred copies each and were hard to find even when new.

Allmusic.com gave Ace Frehley a 4 star review:

Of the four Kiss solo albums released simultaneously in 1978, the best of the bunch is guitarist Ace Frehley’s. Similar in approach to Paul Stanley’s album, Frehley …proved once and for all that he was not simply a backup musician to Kiss head honchos Simmons and Stanley. All of the tracks are strong, such as the venomous opener, “Rip It Out,” …and the Top 20 hit single “New York Groove.” Unfortunately, when Ace left Kiss in 1982 (eventually forming Frehley’s Comet), he never came close to topping this solid and inspired 1978 solo outing.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Casablanca
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in
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