- Audio CD (14 Jun. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: Warner
- ASIN: B000006XSB
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Top Customer Reviews
Bob Ezrin's (and Wagner) influence is huge here and anybody who has heard Kiss overlooked "the Elder" will recognise his hand and style at that time, contributing as he does to the songwriting and musicianship as well as production. It's an album more than a collection of songs and benefits from listening as a whole.
It's essentially a further step along the continuum begun with 1980's 'Flush The Fashion' - off-the-wall, unformulaic, produced with no concession to, or consideration of , any particular fan base etc. What elevates it above the previous three albums is the depth of the songwriting; the main participants may all have been in a 'state', but the songs are uniformly strong. Somehow, from the depths of despair, Alice forged an album of epic proportions - an 'accidental' classic.
There is some humour here - 'I Love America' - and the use of the, then cutting-edge, Fairlight synthesizer/computer initially creates a false jauntiness; peel back that initial layer though and you're soon enveloped in an air of melancholic desperation. The final track, 'Pass The Gun Around', has Alice at the end of his tether - there's a gunshot at the very end that makes you really jump.
After owning, then losing, the original vinyl, I bought the 2010 Collectors Choice edition. Although it doesn't specifically claim any remastering, it actually sounds excellent - plenty of bass, but no 'loudness wars'.
Yes, it does have a very 80's feel to it and the use of computer programmes for most of the drums was a bit of a mistake. However the concept of the album works well. Scarlet and Sheba is a real Cooper classic that he really should be performing live, the keyboards are great on this song. Former Lee Warmer is a slow dark piano driven song reminscent of I love the dead. I love America is an hilarious send up with a level of humour that only Alice could achieve.
The closing tracks Fresh Blood and Pass the gun around are typical Cooper songs lyrically but with a more electronic musical approach that works well. All in all a very good album
However this is not the kind of Alice music that most remember which is why this one should be only for those who already have the classics (Billion Dollar Babies, Welcome to My Nightmare, Love it to Death, Trash etc). The music is very weird and in a class of its own, the opening track is barely even a song and many that follow are pure Alice. But if you don't LOVE Alice Cooper you probably won't like this album.
If you think Alice Cooper is pretty good then I don't recomend this one, try the recognised classics. If however you collection spans all the years and you still want more then buy this album now and listen to 9 songs that will chill you blood and have you laughing hysterically, only Alice!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great 'lost' alice cooper album. not a hard rock album but lots of interesting ideas.Published 15 months ago by comic.nerd
it arrived in great nick this may be a little strange to listen to its a good cd but thats what cooper is all aboutPublished 20 months ago by Dave
Excellent album which i found through a Decibel Geek 'album's unleashed' podcast with the late Dick Wagner. Every bit as good as that show promised and a genuine lost gem.Published on 2 Aug. 2014 by hoops
On first listen this sounded as terrible as Special Forces was. After continued resilience and faith, this has flowered into probably the best of, not only his pre-Constrictor 80s... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2010 by ratmonkey
This was one of the best Alice albums I heard in my younger days. It proved pretty difficult to get a hold of in the days of vinyl. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2009 by Mr. Andrew K. Scott
The final of Alice's four early 80's "Electro New Wave" albums is by far and away the best of the four. Its funny, dark, twisted, and just plain weird. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2007 by Mr. J. A. R. Cooper