An­ton fig ON RECORD Key al­bums you must hear

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Blast Off 1978 - 1980

Ace Frehley

Ace Frehley (1978)

In 1978, KISS de­cided that each mem­ber of the band should re­lease a solo record. Frehley’s is eas­ily the best of the four, packed with clas­sic riffs and the gui­tarist’s trade­mark fiery solo­ing. Fig brings the power to ‘Rip It Out’, the sleazy ‘Snow Blind’, and the glam rock of ‘New York Groove’. Link Wray

Live At The Par­adiso (1980)

On pa­per, this looks like a bog stan­dard set of rock ’n’ roll favourites – ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘I Saw Her Stand­ing There’, ‘Shake, Rat­tle & Roll’ – but Wray, Fig and bassist Jimmy Low­ell tear through them with a fury that puts most punk bands to shame. ‘Rum­ble’, in­evitably, is ab­so­lutely vol­canic.

Ad­ven­tures With The Space­man 1978-1980

Frehley’s Comet

Live +1 (1988)

A rare live out­ing from Fig with Frehley’s band, recorded live in Chicago in 1987. The live ver­sion of ‘Rip It Out’ out­mus­cles the stu­dio record­ing, while Fig un­leashes a ham­mer­ing solo in ‘Break­out’.■ Ace Frehley

Trou­ble Walkin’ (1989)

The ma­jor­ity of Ace Frehley’s records post-KISS were, let’s just say more of­ten than not hit-and-miss af­fairs un­til that is Frehley re­united with pro­duce Ed­die Kramer for Trou­bleWalkin’, a far su­pe­rior rock al­bum to any­thing KISS re­leased in the late 80s. ‘Shot Full Of Rock’ sets the tone, with Fig driv­ing the ■ band hard, and Frehley’s cover of ELO’s ‘Do Ya’ is just ab­so­lutely ter­rific. ■

Blues And Black Co ffee 2005-2018

Oz Noy

Ha! (2005)

An­ton Fig and Keith Car­lock share the drum­ming du­ties on Ha!, some­times the drum­mers tak­ing a song to them­selves but more than of­ten de­cid­ing to split a tune be­tween them. Th­elo­nious Monk’s ‘Blue Monk’ is a per­fect ex­am­ple of Noy’s twisted take on a jazz stan­dard, while ‘Sit Tight’ fea­tures slick jazz-funk drum­ming from Fig. Beth Hart And Joe Bona­massa

Black Cof­fee (2018)

This year’s of­fer­ing Black­Cof­fee is the third stu­dio al­bum that has been born from the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Beth Hart and Bona­massa, as the pair set out on a jour­ney to ex­plore songs reach­ing back into the blues and soul vaults. The ti­tle track of the al­bum, which was a track orig­i­nally cut by Ike and Tina Turner in 1972, boasts a groove that’s 10-miles wide at its nar­row­est point, with An­ton Fig lay­ing down the fat­test beat you’ll hear this year. Joe Bona­massa

Bri­tish Blues Ex­plo­sion Live (2018)

The blues­man paid trib­ute to his he­roes Jeff Beck, Eric Clap­ton and Jimmy Page with his Bri­tish Blues Ex­plo­sion tour. High­lights of this live al­bum in­clude ‘Main­line Florida’, ‘Dou­ble Cross­ing Time’ – first recorded by John May­all and the Blues­break­ers in 1966 – and Cream’s ‘SWALBR’ in which Fig cuts loose with tum­bling tom-tom rolls.

An­ton (sec­ond right) takes a bow at the end of a set with Joe Bona­massa

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