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School's Out (US Release)

18 Dec 2006

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Feb. 2005
  • Release Date: 8 Feb. 2005
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing
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  • Total Length: 36:52
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  • ASIN: B001EYWUD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,105 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Of course, for those of us who have been listening to Alice Cooper's classic early 1970s albums (the ultimate masterpiece Killer, the slightly lesser School's Out and again the slightly lesser Love It To Death and Billion Dollar Babies) for 40 years(!), it comes as no surprise to realise that Vincent Furnier and associates have in their time written some majestic and (perhaps unexpectedly) sophisticated songs. Those contained on Alice's 1972 album School's Out are a case in point. Best known (of course) for the hit single title song, this is something of a concept album (with a running theme of teen/school-age rebellion) and contains a brilliant mix of large-scale (almost stage musical dimension) songs and more intimate, lyrical songs.

Along with Alice and his band (Michael Bruce - guitar, Glen Buxton - guitar, Dennis Dunaway - bass, Neal Smith - drums, I list them merely to ensure they receive due recognition) much of the credit for this (and other Cooper) albums must go to producer Bob Ezrin. For me, Ezrin easily reached his creative peak (if indeed producers reach such things), with these four early 1970s Cooper albums. On School's Out, the production values are stunning. Cooper, Ezrin and Co. make spectacular use of full orchestral and (at times) big-band jazz arrangements on the West Side Story-inspired songs Gutter Cats vs The Jets (a satirical take on the musical's gang warfare) and Grand Finale (both songs lifting some of Leonard Bernstein's musical themes). Similarly, the seminal album title song and the Cooper/Ezrin composition My Stars continue with the large-scale sound arrangements.

But, for me, the album reaches its creative peak on the remaining four songs, each song in its own way something of a minor masterpiece.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2001
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This album ranks among Alices best. The title track is brilliant and totally timeless. The whole school concept works really well including the bits from west side story. Blue Turk works really well with that sleazy sax sound but the highlight for me is My Stars.... What a brilliant track one of his best ever from the piano intro to the fast rock guitar solo's and agressive singing to the lines taken from 'day the earth stood still' this track is just awesome. Why has he not performed it live since the billion dollar babies tour... oh well that's life and this excellent album gets five stars
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BAZ on 7 Feb. 2011
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Hi i had this album on vinyl and it was glorious. i was hoping this 2008 version was going to be a remaster but it isnt. it is a Flashback version and not remastered. this isnt really clear in the blurb and as you can buy a lot of classic albums remastered for a fiver or so took the chance. it still sounds good as its such a good album but not a remaster.********
its no good i had to buy the 24 carat gold remaster and it is sublime. its seems to have the weight,breath, space and three dimentionality (is there such a word)of the origional album. you can even hear some of the busier tracks compress. fantastic. quite immotional in a way because remasters seem to bring out the details you proberly could hear on vinyl as a young teenager before your ears got hammered by drills, guitars, motorhead and shouting children
i found it in the uk on a well known auction site at a very good price. buy the cheap one for the car and the remaster for best at home. if you love this album get the remaster you will not be disapointed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2001
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I bought this album for the title track of course which is one of the greatest songs in rock. But after listening to the rest of the album i can say that it is a masterpiece!Gutter cat, blue turk, my stars and grade finale, show how much the band was inspired and could make songs with many rhythm changes, great riffs and smart lyrics.Alice at his best!Buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BOBBY_G14 on 3 Mar. 2011
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THE FIRST ALBUM , I EVER BOUGHT , STILL LOVE IT , STILL PLAY IT , WORE THE ORIGINAL CASSETTE TAPE OUT , A TRUE COOPER CLASSIC ,,,,, FROM A FOREVER ALICE COOPER FAN , A MUST HAVE ALBUM FOR A TRUE ALICE COOPER FAN *
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on 4 July 2003
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As fresh and original as it was thirty years ago when it came wading through all that Progressive nonsense. Like the Pistols, the Alice persona which preceded the record was a bit scary, but the actual music and indeed musicianship (of both groups) came as a pleasant surprise. In common with other reviewers here I'd point to My Stars, Alma Mater and Public Animal as particularly inventive. They also contain that sentimentality typical of Cooper which was strangely incongruous with the leopardskin mayhem of his live act.
School's Out never gets dull. I regard it as a pair with Billion Dollar Babies, so if you like this, you know what to do next!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on 12 Mar. 2008
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As I remember, this album came out at the start of the summer school holidays of 1972, so didn't cause the classroom revolution that it might have. (We'd have to wait for 'The Wall' for that.) A 13-year-old at the time, I bought the cassette version, because all I had was a mono Philips cassette 'corder'. Even at its maximum volume of '5', I could barely hear it the other side of my bedroom, so my personal rebellion went largely unnoticed.

I never saw Alice in concert, but you could tell from the start that this was theatre rock par excellence. For me, Alice sits somewhere between Arthur Brown (both his Crazy World and Kingdom Come incarnations) and the markedly inferior Alex Harvey Band. Allegedly the Alice Cooper band could barely play its instruments before coming together for whichever of 'Pretties for You' and 'Easy Action' came first, but Mr Furnier worked them almost as hard as Captain Beefheart to lick them into shape.

By the time of 'School's Out', the band was pretty slick and able to straddle many genres. Indeed the title single is almost uncharacteristic of the rest of the album, which is far more melodic and (dare I say?) musical. There are plenty of tracks you can sing along to. For those prepared to countenance the idea of an instrumental Alice Cooper track, the album ends magnificently with 'Grand Finale'.

So there you have it. The teachers of Britain can thank Warner Brothers for the vacation release date. The album might have incited us to refuse to do our homework, but only our parents noticed. A month later we were probably listening to T Rex and wondering what Marc Bolan stood for.
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