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From Zappa's Stable,
This review is from: Easy Action (Audio CD)
This band were famous in LA for being able to clear a room, such was the awful noise they made. Not put off by this Fank Zappa invited them over to play at his house. "Come 'round at seven" said Frank.
At 7am the band turned up and set up their gear to play only to wake Zappa who came down in his underpants to indicate that he meant 7pm.
Well it didn't matter and Zappa got them signed to Straight Records anyway. Easy Action was the Alice Cooper band's second (and last) album for Straight.
So this album is early and it's rough but it clearly shows the path that Vince Furnier and the boys were to follow on their way to some kind of astonishing transatlantic success.
They're now known for the horrific subject matter of their songs (necrophilia, capital punishment and visits to the dentist), and an embryo for this directional attitude is revealed by the song 'Shoe Saleman'.
In these more enlightened times we can now see Shoe Saleman's lyrics for what they really mean: "I know a shoe salesman, he's an aquaintance of mine, one day he showed me some marks on his arms in a line, I did not know what to say, do you think those freckles will stay?"
Alice's voice is present and correct, the twin guitars of Buxton and Bruce are doing the right things. I suppose it took a change of label and a few bottles of Seagrams to finally nail the direction but here, on Easy Action, there's a few fine and rewarding songs that pointed the way.
If you have 'Love It To Death' or maybe even 'Killer' you just might want to have a listen.