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  • Audio CD (28 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0016OMGHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album was the beginning of Alice Cooper's major career (we won't mention the first album, PRETTIES FOR YOU- because the music in it is great, but at first listen you wouldn't recognise it was them). They were signed to Frank Zappa's Straight label in 1969 and cut 3 albums from 69-71 (those being PRETTIES FOR YOU, EASY ACTION & LOVE IT TO DEATH). This album was released in early 1970. Let's review it track-by-track, shall we? "Mr. & Misdemeanour" is a rough vocals and slow music track. The vocals on it are gruff but sound very unique. "Shoe Salesman" is a weaker track- more of a ballad. "Still No Air" sounds like it should be on PRETTIES FOR YOU with it's fast-changing sections and an all-of-a-sudden shouting climax between the whole band. "Below Your Means" is a pretty good track, turning into a jam session in a jazzy form. It lasts for around 7 minutes and begins to fade on the 5th minute (talk about inventive). "Return Of The Spiders" is a classic, personally my favourite on the album. With its driving drums and battling guitars, it is absolutely a headbanger all the way through. I even contacted Neal Smith (the drummer) and asked him how he kept that drumming going all the way. It's pretty unbelievable. "Laughing At Me" is OK, but not particularly the best track on the album. "Refridgerator Heaven" is the second best track on the album, clocking in at only 2 minutes. With its inventive lyrics and music, it's pretty strange but good. "Beautiful Flyaway" is a nice piano-guitar-drums-bass track and is also a good'un. But, the strangest one of all is "Lay Down And Die, Goodbye", the last track on the album.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Good, but not as wild and psychedelic as "Pretties for You". This is where he is beginning to meander out of the 60's hippie psychedelia and set up the roots for what would come later (and project him to stardom). Essential for the late 60's rock fan, or a die-hard Cooper fan. But if you are searching for "classic" Cooper material (i.e. "Welcome to my Nightmare") you wont find it here. However, "Easy Action" is an album full of late 60's/early 70's solid hard rock numbers with Beatles-ish harmonies/melodies. But if you really want a superb nugget of deranged late 60's psych/hard rock check out his brilliant first album "Pretties For You".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sal on 7 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Everything I said about Pretties for you, more or less, is relevant here. Difficult, inventive, messy, shambles, cool, and a host of other words. Though this has slightly more traditional approach to songwriting, and is the, slightly, inferior of the two.

The Cooper band always struggled to reach the forty minute mark for their albums, and here its, Lay Down and Die, Goodbye that outstays its welcome, but with a great finish! (Well Ive written home to mama!).

Below Your Means has a similar structure to Halo of Flies, passing through various rock themes on its extended journey, but maybe is more 'West Coast'. Beautiful Flyaway sung by an uncredited Michael Bruce, two garage tracks, (Still No Air and Return Of The Spiders), and a number of off-kilter pop songs.

Again, not a gem, but a solid four stars, if you like Zappa or The Doors, Killer or Love it to Death, and all that late sixties underground, theres no reason not to have this. Pretties For You is better, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kevin on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
great early alice cd here first heard this on album over 30 yrs ago thought it was deleted at one point ,great to see it,s been remastered ,great phychodelic sound etc,guitars.It became a template of what was to come later great albums followed with very heavy rock guitars.Not so good period in those punk era albums but anyway this a great alice album starter if you love alice you,ll love this enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Euromancer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 July 2015
Format: Audio CD
I'll never forget when I first heard the first two AC albums, "Pretties For You" and "Easy Action". They were reissued as a gatefold double LP twofer "School Days". It was the late seventies and a good friend had got both of us back into Alice Cooper (we knew the hit singles when we were kids) as part of our discovery of the roots of Punk Rock, which had soon stopped being original and became a formula. We lapped up everything from "Love it to Death" through to "Muscle of Love", but my friend then told me he'd bought "School Days" and that it was terrible. I asked him if I could borrow it and on the very first play, I was blown away -especially by "Easy Action".

Back in school after the weekend of playing the double LP, I said to my friend "You're wrong, it's absolutely brilliant - it's such an original record, it's like Dali on vinyl!". My mate listened again after a little more persuasion and changed his mind. Since then, I've found that the first two AC albums say more about the listener's preconceptions about what Alice Cooper 'should' sound like and less about the music itself. If you expect these records to sound like 'Killer' and 'Billion', you'll be surprised, but despite the lack of Bob Ezrin, cheaper production and more experimentation, the seeds of those bestselling albums are found in the first two; 'Reflected' and 'Still No Air' are two of the better known examples.

More importantly, to understand the early AC albums, you have to put them in context. Alice Cooper were cutting edge alternative rock, not proto heavy metal (AC didn't fully go that way until his solo comeback in 1986).
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