Friday, January 25, 2013

Alice Cooper - The Definitive Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper is one of the most interesting things to ever happen to rock and roll. It's hard to even know how to talk about it. There's Alice Cooper the man, who has cut records and toured with numerous backing bands, but there's also Alice Cooper the original 1970's hard rocking shock-rock band. There's no question that the band was better in its original form, but you have to give the man credit for his longevity. He's touring with guys half his age nowadays, but he still rocks and shocks harder and better than they do.

Alice Cooper is probably best known for the 1970's output which included classics like "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," and "Billion Dollar Babies." Those are some of the best songs on this compilation. Some of the later cuts on the album just aren't as good as the first cuts because there was a noticable decline in quality as Alice Cooper moved from the 70's into the 80's and 90's. There are a couple ballads near the end of the disc that are among the most unremarkable I've ever heard. While this is a slightly uneven compilation, it's very thorough. You'll more than likely enjoy the first half more than the second half, but the whole thing is still worth owning.

Baleeted? Not a chance.

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