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Space Invader (Book Review)
Released: 2016, Indie
Following up to 2015’s LIVE TO WIN, the casual guide to the solo music of Paul Stanley, we are treated to the next in the series, SPACE INVADER the guide to the solo music of you know who…Ace Frehley!
SPACE INVADER is the 8th book in Daniels self-published ‘Causal Guides’ to various artist in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal realms. This conventional paperback is 245 pages long and has a fair number of photos and a generous selection of bonus features. Much like his last book, I will note, I was invited to contribute a comment about the career of Ace.
Following a chronological pattern, we follow the solo career of Ace Frehley of Kiss. Ace has had by far the most prolific and successful solo career of all of the members of Kiss. I really enjoyed the extensive analysis for the various members who came and went from his band Frehely’s Comet back in the 80’s. I still enjoy those three albums to this day. Daniels did an enormous amount of research into the many different recording and touring line-up for those 80’s albums. I learned a lot! The second (third?) phase of Ace career is his semi-‘comeback’ with his three most recent solo albums churned out in fairly rapid succession, three albums in seven years. It’s amazing how productive you can be when you are sober! There is even some analysis of the various EP’s, singles, compilations and live albums he has released.
I read LIVE TO WIN and SPACE INVADER back to back and I noticed there was a lot of duplication between the books. There are sections and quotes that are lifted cut and past directly from LIVE TO WIN into SPACE INVADER. It is not a critically bad thing, you can’t plagiarize yourself, but it seemed to have lots of repeat filler. SPACE INVADER was marginally better than LIVE TO WIN. There was lots of duplication but there was much more to talk about due to the amount of Frehley solo material. I wonder if Daniels is going to tackle another two books and cover the solo career of Gene Simmons and Peter Criss. I’m not sure how necessary those titles would be but the archivist and historian in me wants to see the series of four completed. If that never happens I’m still glad we get to have a detailed examination of the solo career of Ace Frehley.
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