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C(r)op A Load Of This!
on 15 August 2013
Alice Cooper has just recently stunned/wowed/amazed etc. 20,000 people at The Cropredy FOLK Festival!! He's picked up a whole load of new fans who're now interested in buying from the back catalogue. HERE is where to start.
There are several Alice, greatest hits-type, compilations but only this one is remastered. It contains all the original group's big hits - "School's Out", "Elected", "No More Mr. Nice Guy" etc. - plus some album tracks, including the epic "Halo Of Flies". Try playing the latter in the dark and it'll scare the pants off you!
Solo Alice is represented by his big ballad hits of the late 70s - "Only Women Bleed", "I Never Cry", "You And Me" etc. - as well as the rocking "Department Of Youth" and the sinister, jazz(!) overtones of "Welcome To My Nightmare". His two biggest non-Warner Brothers label hits - "Poison" and "Hey Stoopid" - are also included.
Although this IS the best greatest hits set currently available it isn't totally comprehensive. As it's just a single CD there's no room for several lesser hits that he had on Warner Brothers (such as the wonderfully quirky "Clones") and later non-Warners big European hits like "He's Back" and "Lost In America" are also omitted. Released at the turn of the millennium, there's nothing from Alice's post-'Brutal Planet' comeback phase either; nevertheless, an essential purchase for beginners.
For new fans who want to dive straight into individual albums then I'd recommend:-
1. "Billion Dollar Babies" - the newly remastered deluxe double CD version has a live concert added from 1973.
2. "Welcome To My Nightmare" - Vincent Price has a cameo here!
3. "Brutal Planet" - get the DVD as well; it's brilliantly shot and Alice gives an awesome performance.
4. "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" - his most current release. Get the FANPACK collector's edition as it contains a huge magazine covering all of Alice's career.