Alice cooper's greatest hits
blinddog | 08/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"even after 35 years die-hard alice fans still argue over which alice cooper album is the best - proving that alice's music touches people on a very personal level. about the only thing they probably do agree on is that the alice cooper group belong in the rock and roll hall of fame (true) and alice the solo artist hasn't made a decent album since "welcome to my nightmare" (not true). while we all hold our breath for a long overdue reunion, we can take comfort in the fact that @61, alice still performs most of his classics on tour and with each new studio release proves that he at least still has a sense of humor.
if you are a fan of the group but not the solo artist, then this cd is for you but even a greatest hits album is open for debate due to the fact that fans have favorites that never reach the airwaves. "alice cooper's greatest hits" is no exception. unfortunately missing are any of the theatrical concert favorites (they probably wouldn't hold up when edited down anyway), but what we do have are 12 alice cooper group classics, opening with their breakthrough song "i'm eighteen". its followed by "eighteen's" b-side, "is it my body", which is interesting because "caught in a dream" was actually the second single released from "love it to death". off of "killer" we have "desperado", the b-side to the excellent "under my wheels", and the michael bruce penned "be my lover". i would personally substitute "desperado" with "luney tune" or even "public animal #9", since the signature title track is the singular tune represented from "school's out". "elected", "no more mr. nice guy" and "billion dollar babies" is a nice hat trick from the #1 billion dollar album but includes "hello hooray", the weakest single here. "working up a sweat" from their final release would have been a better choice. we close out this release with the "I'm eighteen" sequel "teenage lament 74", and alice's heaviest single, "muscle of love".
this was my first experience with the alice cooper group (i actually owned the eight track) and began an obsessive relationship with a true american legend. i highly recommend this, or the expanded rhino release, to anyone looking for a taste but if you're really curious over what the fuse is all about, purchase the following cds as well:
"love it to death", "killer", "school's out", "billion dollar babies", "muscle of love", "welcome to my nightmare", "from the inside", "the last temptation", "brutal planet" and his latest, "along came a spider"."