EXCLUSIVE: Hear Ace Frehley’s Thundering Take On Thin Lizzy’s Epic “Emerald”
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Featured On Frehley’s Origins, Vol.1
Featured on Thin Lizzy’s iconic 6th studio album Jailbreak, “Emerald” is a celebration of all things late Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott loved about ancient Ireland; warring clans, rolling green hills, and fighting for what was rightfully yours at any cost, all set to the glittering sound of cymbals and what Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham calls “a real sort of Irish-y feel”. A Thin Lizzy classic if there ever was one, “Emerald” was re-introduced to a new generation when former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley hit the studio for his album Origins, Vol. 1 and recorded a thundering new take on “Emerald”.
Splitting lead guitar duties with special guest Slash, Frehley’s “Emerald” cover is as soaring and powerful as Phil Lynott intended it to be – with huge bass and tom drums holding it together and the combination of the licks traded back and forth between Frehley and Slash, this love song to all things Ireland is a booming battle cry to an era long before our time, and one to which Frehley’s interpretation does serious justice.
Fun Fact: A member of New York street gangs, Ace credits the guitar with saving his life as a youngster and putting him on the relatively straight and narrow.
In fact, it’s hard to listen to this version of “Emerald” and not imagine warring clans charging down a hill and straight into battle! This is some of Ace Frehley’s finest guitar playing, and the inclusion of Slash in this classic is just icing on the cake. Check it out in the audio below and let us know what you think!