Ace Frehley's Pre-Kiss Acetate Discovered In Upstate New York Barn
Some Kiss fans are already calling the recent discovery of Ace Frehley’s pre-Kiss demos the Holy Grail of rock. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that the 1971 demo acetate for RCA Records from Frehley’s band Molimo, was discovered in barn in upstate New York.
The Village Voice reported record collector Chris Reisman had been tipped off to a "barn full of 10-to-20,000 records," with the owner unaware of what was in the collection. Reisman explained: "I went up there every Tuesday for a month straight. I was able to get through everything, and in the last wall unit’s last shelf of records was a corner full of test presses and acetates and it was in there. At the time, I had no clue what it was, but I just bought them all."
After Frehley split with Molimo, they changed their name to Tomorrow Morning and in 1974 released on single on Kiss’ original label, Casablanca Records. Reisman currently has the Molimo acetate up for sale on eBay with the going price as we went to press up to $3,100.
Backstage earlier this month at the Rock Hall induction ceremony in Brooklyn, we asked Ace Frehley, what he ultimately thinks Kiss will be remembered for: "Well, I think it’s an obvious question; it’s the makeup, it’s the costume, it’s the fantastic show that we created. And as it evolved over the years, it only got bigger -- and I think that’s what we're gonna be remembered for. And the music, of course!"
Ace Frehley’s first new album in five years, called Space Invader, will be released on June 24th.
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