- Audio CD (19 April 1999)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
- Label: Sony Classical
- ASIN: B00000IL67
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper Box set
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This tribute has most of the right ingredients: fancy packaging, excellent liner notes by Sex Pistol John Lydon), and 84 tracks licensed from 21 albums spanning 1965 to 1998. The opening disc begins with four rare Yardbirds-influenced garage-band singles from the Spiders and the Nazz--the bands that geeky Vince Furnier and his pals Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, and Dennis Dunaway formed in Phoenix, Arizona. The band's subsequent LA years are chronicled via nine tracks from their first three albums. Suddenly, in the tracks from Killer such as "Under My Wheels" and "Dead Babies", the grandiose Cooper sound is there in all its mock macabre glory. The downside to this set is that the group's 1971-74 heyday gets short shrift. Surely there's a slew of unreleased outtakes and alternates from Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies? By 1974's Muscle of Love, the creative juices had run dry. When he sacked his original band following that album's release, his fate was sealed. While his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, has a number of high points, the band chemistry was missed. The last two discs chronicle his slide into self-referential hell. Connect-the-dots hard-rock workouts such as "Hey Stoopid" and "Feed My Frankenstein" couldn't hold the panties that came wrapped around the original School's Out record. A decently complete career survey--albeit one that's light on the classic period--this box is ideal for newcomers to the Cooper legacy or for those who want just a taste of shock rock in their collection. --Robert Baird
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My favourite songs seem to change all the time, but I'll always have a soft spot for 'He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)', which was the lead single from his underrated 1986 album 'Constrictor', 'No More Mr. Nice Guy', 'Only Women Bleed', 'I Never Cry', and 'Only Lost In America . Also nice to hear is Alice's demo of 'The Man With The Golden Gun', which was to be used in the 1974 James Bond film of the same name, until producers decided to use Lulu's version.
As well as offering the best music, 'The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper' is also very nicely packaged. Inside there is a chunky, highly informative 80 page booklet filled with awesome pictures, an extensive discography, a paragraph on every song from either (mostly) the man himself or another band member, as well as quotes from fellow musicians and celebrities who are fans of Alice's. This really is a true fan's delight, with the icing on the cake being the bumper batch of collectables among the most famous stuff that the shock-rock God has ever recorded, all in neat, chronological order. Cheers Mr. Cooper!
This is the definitive Alice Cooper collection, and a fitting tribute to a man who should be recognized as one of the most influential people in popular music, a true trailblazer and a superb and enormously versatile songwriter.
Disc 3 - This disc is my least favourite of the 4. It features quite a few songs that are less 'rocky' with a lot of 80s synthy and ballady stuff on it that I am less fond of. However it also has song good demo songs I had not heard before. Best Tracks: Because (Beatles cover with the Bee Gees) and Look at You Over There Ripping the Sawdust From My Teddy Bear [demo].
Disc 4 - This disc gets a lot heavier with late 80s in 90s Alice Cooper. It is a really good disc to rock out to. Best Songs: Hand's of Death (with Rob Zombie) and Freedom.
Overall this is a very good compilation as it completely covers the career of Alice Cooper up to the mid 90s including a lot of rare demo work. A brilliant addition to any Cooper fan and a great starter for any Cooper fan to be!
Much of the previously unavailable material is well worth having, especially 'No Tricks' an out and out blues number that see's Alice's voice in fine form doing something very different. It was nice to finally get the funky 'Look at you over there, ripping the sawdust from my teddybear' that was omittted from the Special Forces album.
All the classics are here also, Desperado, School's out, Hello Hurray, Elected and Ballad of Dwight Fry along with more modern greats such as Lost in america and It's Me.
The accompanying book is likewise very comprehensive and a great read. There were in my opinion a few great songs left off such as 'My Stars', 'Generation Landslide', 'Hard Hearted Alice' and 'Might as well be on Mars'. Also it would have been nice to have included a live version of All Strapped up but I guess you can't have everything.
Whether you are a long time fan or not this is well worth having. A great package and very much value for money.