Alice Cooper

ARTICLE ABOUT David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Kansas and Argent FROM BILLBOARD, March 15, 1975

I thought that these record reviews from Billboard would be fun to share with you. It is especially interesting to read these because of their recommendations to dealers. You`ll see what I mean.
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Record reviews

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DAVID BOWIE-Young Americans, RCA APL 1-0998.

David Bowie is back with his latest musical look, this time an excursion into the land of soul. It works well. The key here is that Bowie’s sophisticated soul sound (with strings, big arrangements and lots of soulful backup voices) does not sound the least bit put on. He sounds as at home here as he has in all his other musical changes, and in parts, more so. The vocals do not sound nearly as strained as they have on some of his more raucous rockers, nor do they sound as camp. Guest artists John Lennon, Willy Weeks, Andy Newmark and Jean Millington add a fine touch to the set, which should not only endear Bowie even more to his current fans but should open up an entirely new avenue of fans for him. Expect soul play on this set, for he is truly handling the music, not copying. Some non-soul oriented cuts are also included.
Best cuts: “Young Americans,” “Fascination,” “Right,” “Across The Universe,” “Can You Hear Me.”
Dealers: Bowie is one of the major superstars in pop. All you have to do is display the set.

Alice

ALICE COOPER-Welcome To My Nightmare, Atlantic SD 18130.

Solo set from Alice is by far the best musical project he has yet undertaken. LP is soundtrack to upcoming TV special, and is vastly different in parts from his group efforts, but similar enough to retain old fans. Fine use of horns and strong arrangements throughout, as well as the powerful metallic sound (Dick Wagner on guitar) and razor sharp vocals Alice is associated with. More universally appealing than previous LPs, with the vocals simply better than on recent LPs, the arrangements more interesting and sophisticated and the package more commercial. There’s a John Lennon type song here that is beautifully arranged and sung, some material reminiscent of “School’s Out,” and a variety of other things. Alice has always been recognized as a masterful rocker, but we see here there is far more to him than that. He proves himself able to handle many kinds of music, though the rock is still dominant. A truly superb effort.
Best cuts: “Devil’s Food,” “Some Folks,” “Only Women Bleed” (the Lennon styled cut), “Department Of Youth” (like “School’s Out “), “Cold Ethyl.” “Steven” (a truly frightening piece of rock theater), “Escape.”
Dealers: First new product in over a year from this superstar, and he and his group are set for an 80-city world tour this spring.

Kansas

KANSAS-Song For America, Kirshner PZ 33385 (CBS).

The group whose debut LP caught a lot of people by surprise with strong sales offers a much stronger effort this time around, mixing the kind of synthesizer oriented /harmonic vocal sounds that characterize groups like Yes with some more standard sounding blues-oriented rock and a touch of country added to both, courtesy of an electric violin. The long, electronic cuts lend themselves best to FM exposure. The mix of electronics and more familiar rock is a clever one which should broaden the base appeal of the band, and while there are touches of several other groups here, the set is undoubtedably the property of Kansas.
Best cuts: “Song For America,” “Lamplight Symphony,” “Lonely Street,” “The Devil Game.”
Dealers: Band built a loyal and strong following with first effort and this is a musically superior set. Expect this to be a big album.

Argent

ARGENT-Circus, Epic PE 33422 (CBS).

Back within several months of their charted live LP, veteran British rockers change format a bit and move from the metallic rock they are best known for to a concept type LP that is dominated by Rod Argent’s work on a variety of keyboard instruments and solo and harmony vocals that dart in and out of long instrumental solos. A general feeling of “flow” throughout the LP featured by the Yes school of bands. The change for Argent works well, for they are skilled musicians and vocalists, and the concept is present without being overbearing. Set should surprise fans, but will not alienate them. Several ballads help break up the LP’s general focus. FM should be the launching pad here.
Best cuts: “Highwire,” “Trapeze,” “Shine On Sunshine,” “Clown.”
Dealers: Another band with a strong following. You might want to display this with first solo effort of departed guitarist Russ Ballard, also on Epic.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Alice Cooper FROM SOUNDS, March 1, 1975

Well, I will give it you straight: This is one of my favourite albums ever. I have played it so much that I`ve had a break from it for some years now. I almost overdosed on the sounds from this album. There is much to like here, but I would recommend playing “Steven” loud in a darkened rooom. What joy to listen to this – I think I need to play it again just because I`m writing this…
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Alice Cooper: `Welcome To My Nightmare` (Anchor 2011).

Record review by Pete Makowski

This is Alice`s soundtrack album… when you come to think of it, weren`t all his others? Mr Cooper has finally left the golf course to make a very welcome comeback to horrorock and rollsville. It`s strange, I wasn`t particularly enamoured by Cooper`s efforts on `Muscle Of Love` while a lot of people who were previously adverse to him went bananas over the album. Now with the arrival of this disc the same clan yell abuse when it touches the turntable. I think this is definitely Alice`s best offering yet. If you`ve never heard him before this is undoubtedly the one to get, it encapsulates all his previous ideas into one neat package – in fact Alice features a lot of his previous themes. This may be due to lack of ideas, but still the whole thing makes Alice sound fuller, more potent than ever before. A lot of credit must be given to the band backing him. Who could ask for a stronger line up than Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner (guitars), Johnny (Bee) Badanjek (drums), Jozef Chirowski (keyboards), Bob Ezrin (keyboards), Whitey Glan (drums), Tony Levin (bass)? A gathering of the finest session men who manage to inject a limitless amount of feel and excitement into Coopers work. Credit go to an assortment of writers, including Wagner, Ezrin (who also produced the album), Kim Fowley, and, of course, dear old Vinnie Furnier who spits and snarls those vocals with that lovable venomous fury as he takes you through his nightmare. The atmosphere is enhanced by a particularly powerful, maybe a bit corny, narrative from Vincent Price who is featured as the curator in `The Black Widow`.

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`Devil`s Food` has that same sinister phasing that can be found on `I Love The Dead`, although the necrophiliac boogie is reserved for `Cold Ethyl` on side two which features some searing guitar work from Steve Hunter. `Department Of Youth` is a tailor-made `Schools Out` type single that has a demented chorus line sung by Dave Ezrin and The Summerhill Children`s Choir. `Years Ago`, `Steven` and `The Awakening` is a trilogy (I think) about Steven going through phases of madness which still leaves you unsure whether he`s insane or not.
The final track `Escape` is almost Alice`s anthem and features those familiar screams of `I wanna get out of  here` that can also be heard on the `Love It To Death` album. The playing and arrangements are solid and consistent throughout, the only place this album falls short is in the lyrics which are a little corny at times. Apart from that, this platter confirms the return of the mascara-covered shock rocker. Now that I`ve heard the album I can`t wait to see the film!

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Joe Cocker, Argent, Paul McCartney, The Troggs, Chaka Khan, Lindisfarne, Rupert Holmes, Black Oak Arkansas, Labelle, Return To Forever, Arthur Lee, Flying Burrito Brothers, Glitter Band, Andy Fraser, John Entwistle, The Sound of Philly, Back Door, Ronnie Lane, ELO, Tom Paxton.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Alice Cooper FROM SOUNDS, December 1, 1973

I love Alice Cooper a lot, having bought everything he and the band released, but I don`t feel that this album is their proudest moment. I think he would agree, and I imagine a lot of other fans would agree too. But, Mr. Mackie seemed to like it, so what do I know?

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Album review:

Alice Cooper: “Muscle Of Love”
(Warner Bros. K 56018)

By Rob Mackie

“Muscle Of Love” must be Alice Cooper`s best album yet. While most of the earlier sets only really came to life as part of the bizarre stage show, and sounded hollow and monotonous without it, the new one works splendidly in its own right as a straightforward, uncomplicated rock album, which has gained a lot in melody, and lost a little in repetition. The much-publicised vocal help from Ronnie Spector, Liza Minnelli and the Pointer Sisters (Alice and co. don`t miss a PR trick) is in fact only on one track. “Teenage Lament”, which is just that, a look back at teen value. Otherwise, it`s the band pretty much on its own, but with lots of touches to add colour to the rather stark sound they used to get. True they`re not startingly original – shades of Lou Reed in Alice`s singing on “Never Been Sold Before”, some early Santana style percussion on “Hard Hearted Alice” (poking fun at the stage persona), a little Leon Russell flavour on “Crazy Little Child”, a whole mock Hollywood title theme on “Man With The Golden Gun” – but it fits together as a whole better than the Coopers have done before. Michael Bruce again shows what a good guitarist he can be in quite a variety of styles, and Alice is far less grinding in his delivery. Some of the songs are fine too, with “Hard Hearted Alice” a standout, opening at a surprisingly gentle pace before Alice switches to the Mr. Hyde character for a spat-out piece about “Mind scrambled like eggs”, and other splendid topics. There`s been a bit of a lull since that mammoth US tour, and the signs are that he has paid dividends.

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Wings, Mott the Hoople, Roxy Music, Dave Mason, Smokey Robinson, Kiki Dee, Richie Havens, Back Door, Lance LeGault.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Alice Cooper FROM SOUNDS, November 17, 1973

Before you start reading this one, you need to know the background for someone mentioned in the article. Leo Abse (1917–2008) was a Welsh lawyer and politician. He was a Welsh Labour Member of Parliament for nearly 30 years. In 1973 Abse requested that the government ban the rock singer Alice Cooper and his group from performing in England, claiming that Cooper was “peddling the culture of the concentration camp”. Abse claimed: “Pop is one thing, anthems of necrophilia are quite another”.
So now you know – and here is yet another great article from those golden years. Keep reading on.

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ALICE: death of a killer, birth of a lover

Steve Peacock reports from New York

Take heart, Mr. Leo Abse, Alice Cooper really likes you – even if you don`t like him and you don`t want him to come and play for us. It`s true Mr. Abse – he said so.
“I like him, I don`t know why he doesn`t like me – and I never met him either,” says Alice slyly, “so I can`t make any judgement. I think his main thing was that we were promoting violence, which is totally not right – he hadn`t seen the show, and he was still judging it. That`s something that I totally don`t understand. But I`m sure they`re not going to ban us over there or anything – we are just a rock and roll band.”
Alice hasn`t been in England for a long while now – we haven`t even seen the “Billion Dollar Babies” show yet, and the new album is all recorded and ready to go: did they have the power to ban Alice from England?

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“I don`t know – it would really bother me if they did, but I think the people would stand up for us. I have letters from parents that are really pro, saying they shouldn`t do it because we`re presenting an intelligent piece of theatre, and if they ban me why don`t they ban just about 90 per cent of all the other rock bands. All I do is a little more theatre.
“We`re certainly not promoting violence, that`s one thing I really want to get across to the public, and if they think we are then they`re really misconstruing what we are doing. We use a lot of American violence in the show because that`s what`s happening over here, like American TV, anything like that: that`s what we grew up in and that`s what immediately bounces off us, but we`re more or less doing it as a catharsis. We`re doing it for the audience, and when they leave they should be worn out – if we`re doing our job right then when they leave that audience should be totally worn out – they`re not going to get in a fight or go out and get in these things.
“But I guess it was like this all the time… like Bela Lugosi, they`d expect him to be wearing a black cape and biting people on the neck when he`s off stage. It`s the same with me – it`s a role I`m playing, it`s nothing more than entertainment and it shouldn`t have any social effect on anybody. And I know that when I saw movies on sex or violence… after seeing certain movies on sex you`re not in the least bit horny, because they already did it up there and you`re already off it.

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“The same with violence – you see a movie like `The Wild Bunch` or `El Topo` or something, and by the end, God… you`re abhored by it, you don`t want anything to do with it. So I want to see an audience really exhausted, because then I know I`m sitting backstage so tired I can hardly breathe, but I know then that I really did my job right. That`s what Judy Garland must have done, work your ass off `till the audience just can`t take any more – that`s an entertainer`s dream.”
A case of misunderstanding then – but although Alice may have, as he says, one of the cleanest shows in the world and although a great deal of his reputation has been built up by story-hungry pressmen, he isn`t beyond a little myth-making himself. Rumours start, get blown up, and he leaves them be – he doesn`t deny them.
“Oh sure – I`m a great liar, I know that, but the thing is that you can say something, and by the time it gets round the room it`s completely different. Like that Eddie Haskell thing – “Leave It To Beaver”. Somebody asked me once what I was like offstage, and I said `Oh, I`m like Eddie Haskell` – and the next thing was everyone was saying `he used to be on “Leave it to Beaver”, he was Eddie Haskell`… that`s how crazy it got. But then you say OK, that`s a fun thing – I`ll be Eddie Haskell for a while. And the chicken thing… I don`t kill chickens on stage, it`s just not in me. Alice might, but I wouldn`t.”
Let it be said at this point that the off-stage Alice was looking extremely fit and healthy, Hawaii-tanned, developing an interest in golf, and sitting in his New York office in a splendid silver suit. There wasn`t a de-capitated baby in sight, and although he was drinking chicken noodle soup such an act deemed decidedly un-sinister. Had you seen him three months ago, it might have been a different story altogether: he`d been living with Alice for 62 American concerts, guillotined nightly, and was wasted: That tour must have been – to coin a phrase – a killer.

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“I was actually shaking I was so out of it. It just took so much out of me, I must have gained ten years on that tour, just from the travelling and just from every night knowing that I had to do the same thing over and over and over again. It was like a blitzkrieg – we were going to do the whole country and then take a long time off, and it just didn`t seem that hard when we planned it, but by the middle of the tour we were all delirious. A lot of pressure.
“Every night you realise that you`re in a different city, and that they`re not going to see you again for another year, so you`re aware that this show has to be better than the last one, and the next one has to be better than this one, so by the end you`re just destroyed. It`s really more emotional energy than physical, because you realise that with 20,000 people you`ve got to reach that guy right at the back – you have to really over-emphasise everything to get to him, so by the end I was shaking. Because I`m not really an emotional person, so it was very hard for me to get across.”
That`s the end of the blitzkrieg method then – they`re going on the road in the States again soon, but just for 13 dates. “We figured `why kill yourselves`?”.
And speaking of killing yourself – as you know, Alice dies every night on stage. First it was by the rope, in the recent show by the guillotine, very realistically – had he had any accidents?
“Oh you can`t – if you have one accident with the guillotine it`s all over. I only have had one safety device on that thing, and if that breaks I`m dead – the blade weighs 40 pounds and it`s razor sharp, so if I`m not out of there when it comes down it`s gonna really do it. But it certainly is exciting – they get their five dollars worth.

MASOCHISTIC

Every night I get up there thinking `oh no, I`ve got to do that again`, but it`s an exciting thing for me too – it sounds real masochistic, but I find it really exciting because I put my head under and I think `wow, this really could be it`. And for the people in the audience – I mean what a show that could be. They`d be able to say they were at the show when it didn`t work.
The hanging at least, if it broke, it would just snap my head back – in fact that happened twice, when it just knocked me cold, but the guillotine… I get to the end of the show and I look at it, and it brings out all the drama in me, it brings out so much in my acting that people feel it. It`s like the Barnum and Bailey circus, drum rolls, `is he gonna make it?`… but wait till you see the thing I have planned next – I can`t tell you now, but just wait.”
There had been a plan for using Alice as a human cannonball – what happened to that? “It blew up – I was in it and it blew up. It works on a dynamite charge, just a little bit in the back which compresses and shoots you out into a net, so I said `OK, I`ll try it`, and they put too much dynamite in it. Luckily, they had the safety catch on, so when it blew up, the charge hit and it blew the whole back end of the cannon off. But the inside of the cannon is made of metal, so when it blew my ears were going boyyyyyyyng!!! I couldn`t hear for three days, so I said OK, enough of the cannon. We were gonna send it to the Rolling Stones – here, you work on it.”

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All of which makes recording a new album seem rather tame, but it`s done, called “Muscle Of Love”, and ready to roll. Alice digs it, says it was recorded in a really loose, spontaneous way, and he enjoyed it better than any he`s done in a long time: “We were going totally for feeling”.
Among the guests on it were Liza Minelli, Ronnie Spector, the Pointer Sisters and LaBelle: “Liza`s just terrific, and Ronnie… I had Ronnie on a song called “Teenage Lament” about a kid that doesn`t want to look like Alice Cooper or David Bowie, doesn`t want his hair orange and doesn`t want to wear make up, but everybody else does so he has to, but his whole thing is that he`s going against it. The last true individualist – it`s a very ironic type of thinking. It`s great – just the big wall of voices.
“Then we had them on hallelujahs on “Muscle Of Love”, the title track. It goes “Holy muscle of love, my heart`s a muscle of love”, and their doing “Hallelujah, Hallelujah… King of Kings, Hallelujah, Hallelujah” at the end of the song.
“See, everybody thought “Muscle Of Love” was going to be dirty, but it wasn`t, it was a romantic song. I didn`t say “Muscle Of Love” was anything other than the heart.”

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I have personally transcribed this from the original paper. Any errors in the text from the original magazine may not have been corrected for the sake of accuracy. If you have a music-related web-page where this fits – please make a link to the article. With credits to the original writer of the article from all of us music fans!

This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Nils Lofgren, John Lennon, Free, Ronnie Lane, Ozzy Osbourne, Carlos Santana, Average White Band, Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin, Magna Carta.

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ARTICLE ABOUT Alice Cooper FROM SOUNDS, March 3, 1973

This “review” of one of the classic Cooper albums could have almost been written without listening to it. I`m not sure if Mr. Peacock did as most of the information he shares in this “review” could have been found freely and easily on the album cover and inlay sheet. But this was also Sounds review of this great album – here for you to digest and share or whatever… I`m off to Stockholm tomorrow – see you around next time!

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Album Review:

Alice Cooper: “Billion Dollar Babies”
(Warner Brothers K56013).

By Steve Peacock

Like Pete Townshend once said, you can`t go wrong copying the Rolling Stones. Take a couple of tracks like “Raped And Freezin`” or “Generation Landslide” off this latest episode in the escapist melodrama of the Alice Cooper story, and you`ll see how it fits. Alice and the boys use that heavy r`n`b, the chunking guitars, and the voices well back in the mix approach that has made so many records great, add their own touches of all-American trash culture tune their images carefully to the violent fantasies of the teenage west and come up with a great album. “Roll out! Roll out with your American dream and its recruits… roll out your circus freaks and hula hoops” sings Alice on the opening cut “Hello Hooray”; “Brats in battalions were ruling the streets” is one of the lines in “Generation Landslide”, a classic kids-rule-the-world number; “Raped And Freezin`” concerns a young hitchin` guy who gets picked up, screwed, and left naked, alone and freezin` down in Mexico by “some old broad down from Santa Fe” who was no baby sitter; “Elected” has everything but the lead vocal (sing along, they`ve printed out the words), “Billion Dollar Babies” has Donovan, “Unfinished Sweet”, a dental horror tale – “he says my teeth are OK but my gums got to go” – ends up with More Mr. Nice Guy” concerns the traumas of a man you love to hate, “Sick Things” and “Mary-Ann” I won`t spoil for you by a giveaway, and “I Love The Dead” I`ll leave to your imaginations – it is as sick as the title suggests, and it`s a great number. Bob Ezrin`s production is snappy and clever, the melodrama heaves in and out, sometimes hinted, sometimes heavily to the for, and the whole thing is as effective as a really slickly made Hammer film, with the accent on the ham. The packaging is gaudy, brash, and designed with a neat sense of outrage – and I suppose that goes for the whole of the record. The ideal Alice Cooper album.

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Darryl Way (Curved Air), Sounds staff analyse David Bowie, Nazareth, Steve Marriott, Average White Band, Elton John, Geordie, Status Quo, Slade, Stackridge, Peter Gabriel, Mike Heron, Jesse Winchester, Thin Lizzy.

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