Offered for sale is a rare limited edition Japanese picture disc pressing 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 1979 Japanese pressing on the Casablanca label.
The cover is M- with a slight crease on the back upper left corner.. The obi is M-. 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.
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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