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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B008RA3MH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Titanic Overture
2. 10 Minutes Before the Worm
3. Sing Low, Sweet Cheerio
4. Today Mueller
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Mr. & Misdemeanor
2. Shoe Salesman
3. Still No Air
4. Below Your Means
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Caught in a Dream
2. I'm Eighteen
3. Long Way to Go
4. Black Juju
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Under My Wheels
2. Be My Lover
3. Halo of Flies
4. Desperado
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. School's Out
2. Luney Tune
3. Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets
4. Street Fight
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Known for shocking stage shows and dark subject matter, Alice Cooper has never failed to make a strong impact. The peak of Alice Cooper's success was the timeless UK chart topper ‘School's Out', on the 1972 album of the same name. This collection contains all five Alice Cooper albums up to and including School's Out.

The first two albums are psychedelic, unlike the grotesque rock usually associated with Alice Cooper; the style develops through Love It To Death (featuring the hits ‘I'm Eighteen,' and ‘Ballad Of Dwight Fry') and Killer (the album containing ‘Under My Wheels'). As the style changes from the sound of the 60s rock to growling metal with themes usually found in the 80s, the band transform from an ordinary band to one that was far ahead of its time.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Frankenstyle on 20 Sept. 2012
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Well, seeing as I paid only £10 for this on a pre-order special deal, I can't complain that's it's not great value for money.

And it IS very nice to have the first 5 AC albums all in one place, and in card sleeves so you can play a selection of faves from the various albums without having to grapple with plastic CD cases.

And, let's face it, if you're an old-school Alice fan from back in the day like me, then re-listening to these holy-grail albums is always a pleasure. What other band from that 69-72 era (presented here) showed so much invention and evolution in such a short time. Each of these albums differs in sound, song-writing styles, vocal styling, production and so on. Collectively they really do represent a treasure in the Rock canon.

That's the upside. Now, there are a couple of niggles to point out.

Firstly, though I'm no audiophile, these sound like they're taken from the same old Warners CD masters from the days of yore, replete with hiss here and there. I guess at this price we're not going to get nice remasters. But, I did live in hope.

Secondly, the card sleeves and the box. The box seems ideal for 4 card sleeves, but jamming 5 in means they're a real pain to get out. Hence, I have taken to only putting 4 back in, as it would surely damage one or more sleeve to winch them out whenever I want to listen to one or more, if I put all five back in.

And the card sleeves themselves. Why oh why have Rhino elected to put a coloured border around each of them? These are some of the most striking album covers of all time. And, even if a border were required, it would have been logical and easy enough to put a suitable colour around most of them that matched the original design (black for LITD etc.).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Moz on 30 Oct. 2012
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I saw Alice's first UK tour when they were promoting "Killer" - with a lot of "Love it to Death" in the set. Truly excellent and before they'd really broken into the phenomena they were about to become. I still maintain, Alice were the band then, not the front man, and what an excellent band they were. I rushed out and bought "Love it to Death" and "Killer" - the former then on the Straight label before Warner bought it out. Quite different, in that the earlier was quite disturbingly manic, having an empathy for the craziness. 'Dwight Fry' and 'SunArise' (the first thing they did at that gig) were wonderful. "Killer" carries much more threat and darkness. With titles like 'Dead Babies' and 'Desperado' that's probably to be expected.

I went out and got "Pretties" - a niaive, Zappa-esque offering, strange and way off beam to where the band finished up. A great insight into the times and a band struggling to find their genre. Certainly not typical Alice. 'Reflected' is an early variation of 'Elected' and it's interesting to see the roots of a song later to become a huge hit. Then it was "Easy Action" - a transitional album for sure, with both "Pretties" and "Love it to Death" in evidence. Some nice experimental distortions and effects. Both then on the Straight label of course.

By the time "School's Out" arrived the band were really big. The title track was overplayed to the extent I'm still not too keen on it. When I first got this collection of CDs, the little heard 'Loony Tune' jumped out again at me - excellent to revisit it after so long. All in all it's a great value collection, to see an obscure band evolve and explode into Superstardom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abstract on 23 Nov. 2012
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The first two albums I'd quite happily never listen to again. I'd never heard them before so it was nice to explore at a very reasonable price.

I got this pack for Love it to Death, Killer and School's Out. I'd not listened to these since my teenage years and finding them together like this was a trip down memory lane. And remastered versions too! Worth every penny.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Euromancer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2012
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The first five Alice Cooper albums. What could go wrong? Answer: nothing. Sheer genius from start to finish, ALL of these records belong in every serious Rock collection. Ignore everyone who says the first two albums are junk - in fact, they are two of the most original, involving albums I've ever heard, pure rock dada, the very spirit of the band. Put aside your thoughts aboust the later, more comemrcially successful Alice and listen to 'Pretties For You' and 'Easy Action' with unbiased ears. You'll be surprised. 'Love It', 'Killer' and 'School's Out' are, of course, utterly essential too. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Priestley on 22 April 2015
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Really, you cannot go wrong with this bargain. Need to replace original vinyl copies, or old worn out cds, this is perfect. New to the music ? Well.... the 1st 2 earliest albums are interesting, but easily missable if you like your Rock Hard, not psychedelic ! Get stuck into Schools Out and Love It To Death instead, great value.
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This original album series features the first 5 Alice Cooper band albums (before Alice actually took the name for his own use). You get, Pretties For You, Easy Action, Love It To Death, Killer and School's Out, the final 3 being absolute classics.
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