fredag 29 april 2016

ALICE COOPER/SCHOOL'S OUT K 56007 (-72) UK

One of those albums so handeled and mangeled in medias the image created around it has outrivaled the record itself in the public eye. Not adding to that, just sharing a few personal thoughts. My two favorite Alice Cooper albums have always been "Killer" and "Billion Dollar Babies" - both carrying the same strangely appealing blend of repellent and catchy. With this issued inbetween, superficially in the same style and having same producer - Bob Ezrin - you'd expect it to come out about the same, but it doesn't. Title track, "Luny Tune" and "Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets" gives a rocking start, after that it slows down through a mix of different styles. Nothing bad, yet harder to grasp as an entity. Back then I read in one of the music magazines (can't remember which) the LP was the result of a wrecked rock opera (or maybe it was a theme-album) project. Don't know if that's true, but if the cuts originally were twitched out of a bigger context and then put together causally it would explain the random outcome...or maybe I got it all wrong. I still think it's a very good album, just not up there with the surrounding ones. Favorite track apart from the three mentioned - "Alma Mater". First UK had label as shown here, "fold-out bench" cover and paper nicker inner.

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