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School'S Out
School'S Out
Price: 5.18

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Recess, 20 Feb 2004
This review is from: School'S Out (Audio CD)
The second most well known Alice cooper album defies most of it's billing and belies expectations.
School's Out is as grandiose in it's extravagence as it is patchy in it's acheivement.
The anthemic title track is a very hard act to follow but the next two tracks make a pretty fine effort to. "Luney Tune" isn't about someone finding Armageddon but someone who lives there, Johnny Rotton's favourite Alice track could hardly be otherwise. "Gutter Cat" is pure West Side story, Leonard Bernstein might be churning but it works a treat on this album. Denis Dunaway at his very finest and Alice near his peak, a magnificent song that meeows its way into your consciousness and leaves you quite relieved at being let down gently by the jazzy "Blue Turk".
Alice records rarely refered directly to drug influences but "My Stars" with its shimmering, flickering and fading rhytmns seems like it has this starting point. Alice reverts back to raving demented lunatic mode for "Public Animal", then in a pleasing twist of acoustic relentation the school outcast waxes loud but sad about leaving his old school in the highly original " Alma Mata". A none too grand finale finishes the set with a group instrumental.
Doesn't really reach the standards of Glen Buxton's opening riff but Schhol's Out leaves you in no doubt that you have heard a good album if not the legendary affair the title track would demand. Alice Cooper were changing sound every album and you had to expect suprises and this album doesn't dissappoint. Silver star this term lads.


Billion Dollar Babies: DELUXE EDITION
Billion Dollar Babies: DELUXE EDITION
Price: 14.81

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eighth Wonder Of The World, 12 Feb 2004
Billion Dollar Babies is less of a recording more of a monument to rock decadence. Scale, inception, packaging all unsurpassed, only secondarily is BDB one of the finest rock albums ever made.
Here in Britain the inner sleeve cornered every tabloid paper, Leo Abse MP, and Mary Whitehouse contrived to effectively stop the band from touring. Tour or no tour it went to number 1 and more worryingly for the rock mainstream dislodged Dark Side Of The Moon from the topping the charts.

So to the music. "Elected" with its megaphone vocal is the first to hook followed by the sparkling "Billion Dollar Babies", a rock'n'roll tango with our very own attic dancing transvestial villainesss exeling herself.
Spellbinding tracks set standards of their own. The magical" No More Mr Nice Guy", a debtor to the Who's "Substitute" told of the flak Alice's parents were receiving in America.
Donovan's acoustic contribution bolsters "Generation Landslide", and "Sick Things" is well________sick! Crying monstress laments loss of human toys. Feeling wronged she resigns herself to a fate of live concrete burial. Cheerful stuff lads.
"Mary Ann2 is a blissful throwback to days of greater innocence as well as a smart but silly piano ballad. "I Love The Dead" is a the corpedelicious farewell.
Where could they go from here? Nowhere they didn't want. There MUSIC WAS NOW OF LEGEND.
Actually they hit the road on the biggest tour in history for the time. The live disc is pure contraband. It manages to reflect the fact that in 1973 this was the one band everyone with any imagination or sense of daring wanted to see.
Live The Alice Cooper Band are much more r&b than on record they reworked their songs for their performances. "Sick Things"benefits most whilst "Dead Babies" loses out. The audience are almost religious in their manner, you can almost smell the inscence. Alice has a voice like hoarse thunder and his rapport with his crowd is masterly.

The show depends on its decapitational climax.
America! A country where even revolutionaries are conservative. Alice Cooper are the closest thing to revolutionaries she will ever see. Fear the blade? He's only worried about his manicured nails. The crowd rise as one man, then gasp as one man, the head is raised for inspection. The King Is Dead Long Live The Queen. Queen Alice! M A G N I F I C E N T
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Muscle of Love
Muscle of Love
Price: 7.23

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muscle Of is Pain, 11 Feb 2004
This review is from: Muscle of Love (Audio CD)
In 1973 nothing it seemed could stop the truly stellar Alice Cooper Group. Nothing except the fact that the time of Muscle they were clearly falling apart.
Packaged almost as controversially as Billion Dollar Babies it was never going to consolidate it.
Muscle though daring in the courting of different musical styles is a patchy affair. The garage sound is still there but the compositions are lazy. Me, I like music with my decadence. Muscle has flashes of inspiration but too few. Guitar solos are frequent but choppy, the songs seem hastily written.
The interesting "Woman Machine" closes the album "Big Apple Dreamin" has opened on two of the higher moments outside of the title track. Classic standard is acheived on "Teenage Lament" a superb semi acoustic remake of "Eighteen" it is probably their most underated song.
But the irony is almost an audible one,there would be many a teenage lament for the passing of the Alice Cooper Group. A bittersweet farewell album for the band that saved my adolescence from ruination.
Alice sings " My Hearts a Muscle Of Love". Mine's a muscle of pain.


Muscle of Love
Muscle of Love
Price: 7.23

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muscle Of is Pain, 11 Feb 2004
This review is from: Muscle of Love (Audio CD)
In 1973 nothing it seemed could stop the truly stellar Alice Cooper Group. Nothing except the fact that the time of Muscle they were clearly falling apart.
Packaged almost as controversially as Billion Dollar Babies it was never going to consolidate it.
Muscle though daring in the courting of different musical styles is a patchy affair. The garage sound is still there but the compositions are lazy. Me, I like music with my decadence. Muscle has flashes of inspiration but too few.Guitar solos are frequent but choppy, the songs seem hastily written.
The interesting "Woman Machine" closes the album "Big Apple Dreamin" has opened on two of the higher moments outside of the title track. Classic standard is acheived on "Teenage Lament" a superb semi acoustic remake of "Eighteen" it is probably their most underated song.
But the irony is almost an audible one,there would be many a teenage lament for the passing of the Alice Cooper Group. A bittersweet farewell album for the band that saved my adolescence from ruination.
Alice sings " My Hearts a Muscle Of Love". Mine's a muscle of pain.


Muscle of Love
Muscle of Love
Price: 7.23

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muscle Of is Pain, 11 Feb 2004
This review is from: Muscle of Love (Audio CD)
In 1973 nothing it seemed could stop the truly stellar Alice Cooper Group. Nothing except the fact that the time of Muscle they were clearly falling apart.
Packaged almost as controversially as Billion Dollar Babies it was never going to consolidate it.
Muscle though daring in the courting of different musical styles is a patchy affair. The garage sound is still there but the compositions are lazy. Me, I like music with my decadence. Muscle has flashes of inspiration but too few.Guitar solos are frequent but choppy, the songs seem hastily written.
The interesting "Woman Machine" closes the album "Big Apple Dreamin" has opened on two of the higher moments outside of the title track. Classic standard is acheived on "Teenage Lament" a superb semi acoustic remake of "Eighteen" it is probably their most underated song.
But the irony is almost an audible one,there would be many a teenage lament for the passing of the Alice Cooper Group. A bittersweet farewell album for the band that saved my adolescence from ruination.
Alice sings " My Hearts a Muscle Of Love". Mine's a muscle of pain.
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Pretties for You
Pretties for You
Offered by GMRstore
Price: 2.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Boy Turned Bad, 10 Feb 2004
This review is from: Pretties for You (Audio CD)
Well it was the sixties and they were all doing it. Alice Cooper did their obligatory Beatles impersonation. Sergeant Pepper it aint but it does really come across a bit some three decades later. "Reflected". is the only real indicator of things to come. But everywhere else this flowery affair is all about people "who very rarely worry almost contantly, who don't try hard, who've found a way to live with ease." I love this young Alice for whom living is only one part of being, for whom you are a positive thing.
No need to worry about the sinister keyboards that surface occasionally, just necesary rain for the garden to grow.The boy turned bad down Galveston way, or was it Texas or was it Canada but the genius was their from the very begining. Can't give it five stars cause all the thirty something youngsters weaned on "Poison" will want their money back. Forbidden fruit only for the chosen few.


Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Offered by para-dise
Price: 1.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live At The Inception, 9 Feb 2004
This review is from: Alice Cooper (Audio CD)
This album has been released under more names I can remember.
Probably not a record the band receive any royalties for, and two of the songs are not even by AC. Those that remain have been retitled to look like new songs but are actually live versions of songs from Pretties For You & Easy Action. Sound promising? Fact is this is a great recording if you know what you are buying. The sheer rawness is wicked, Alice will never sound younger, the very show that created the notorious and apochryful chicken incident, this album is exactly what it sais it is,genuine rockmemorabilia doesn't get more authentic than this. Alice Cooper when Hippies it doesn't blow your mind? You haven't got one.


Live at the Whiskey A-Go-Go 1969
Live at the Whiskey A-Go-Go 1969

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Flyaway, 9 Feb 2004
Alice, one of the beautiful people,Alice before he pronounced the death sentence on the peace and love generation. Pillow fights, dead chickens and stuff. This album is an absolute gem.
An ordinary psycedelic band they may have been but the generic Alice Cooper Group could not sound more raw than here. For the devoted mainly, this album is precious & rare. The special bonus is BB on Mars an early attempt at Gutter Cat. Superb, but this could appeal to fans of the Beatles as well, no, " I Wanna Hold Your Hand" it aint but Alice's psycedelia is worth a listen. I know they did it first and Revolver is ten times better but here is a band performing to peace signs before they became fists in the air.Brilliant.
A remarkable album to get hold of, Buy it if you get the chance. Your kids might even believe you really were at Woodstock.


Flush the Fashion
Flush the Fashion
Price: 6.44

2.0 out of 5 stars Flush The Producer, 9 Feb 2004
This review is from: Flush the Fashion (Audio CD)
The Beatnik was gone and there were no ballads,but that was all the good news.
FTF was no serious attempt to corrupt and deprave another generation nor was it the right on collection of power pop that the Schools Out imagery was suggesting. 27 minutes of neutered rock was what you get.
Compositionally FTF is sound, Grim Facts is "Raped n Freezin" in its basic formula not that Roy Thomas Baker's production allows it to reach the formers greatness. Another survivor is Dance Yourself To Death, a throw back where Alice's parents are junkies.
Recorded and produced largely without Alice FTF was made during a little publicised relapse into alcoholism.
So a real missed opportunity as the post punk era beckoned.
Flush The Fashion, the idea is so much better than the delivery.


Flush the Fashion
Flush the Fashion
Price: 6.44

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flush The Producer, 9 Feb 2004
This review is from: Flush the Fashion (Audio CD)
The Beatnik had gone.Some of the Shool's Out imagery was back and there were no ballads, but that was the only good news.
FTF was not a real attempt to corrupt and deprave another generation nor was it the right on collection of power pop that the packaging suggested. 27 minutes of neutered rock is what you get.
Compositionally FTF is sound, Grim Facts is " Raped N Freezin" in it's basic formula But Roy Thomas Baker's compressed wall of robotic sound would never let it near the former's impact.
Alice himself recorded this during a little publicised relapse into alcoholism.Dance Yourself To Death, is another survivor, a throw back to the old days where Alice's parents are junkies.
A missed opportunity this one, the favourable new wave climate would welcome a slicker leaner Alice who claims not to remember this album, he should have hung around for the recording of it.
Flush The Fashion, an idea so much better than the delivery.


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