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Godfather Of Shock Rock And The Bizarre Stage Act
on August 6, 2007
This Warner Brothers CD release of a 1974 vinyl LP purports to present the greatest hits of the band known as Alice Cooper, from their first for Warner in 1971, Eighteen [# 21 in April 1971], to their last in January 1974, Teenage Lament '74 [# 48].
And, for the most part, they do just that in a compilation with flawless sound reproduction and, a rarity for major label releases at that time, one page of liner notes. But where is Caught In A Dream [# 94 in July 1971]. Granted, it barely made the definition of "hit" - but at least it charted. You can't say the same for Is It My Body [the uncharted B-side to Eighteen], Desperado [which backed Under My Wheels], and Muscle Of Love - which wasn't even the flipside of any hit, although it did appear on the charted album of the same name in 1973.
In putting together the CD they might have added a few "bonus tracks" to bring it up to 14 or 16 selections by including the omitted hit, and maybe some of the missing B-sides like Gutter Cat [b/o School's Out], Luney Tune [b/o Elected], and Hard Hearted Alice [b/o Teenage Lament '74]. That would have brought it to 5 stars in my estimation.
Vincent Furnier [born February 2, 1948 in Detroit was the real name of the lead vocalist who, after the band split up in 1974, assumed the "Alice Cooper" personae, based upon a 17th Century witch. He would go on to register three more hits on the Atlantic label in 1975, return to Warner in 1976 and add four more to 1980, and then finish off his chart career with Epic from 1989 to 1991 where he chalked up another four.
The best in that period were Only Women [# 12 with Atlantic in 1975], I Never Cry [# 12 with Warner in 1976], You And Me [# 9 with Warner in 1977], How You Gonna See Me Now [# 12 with Warner in 1978], and Poison [# 7 with Epic in 1989].
Other band members up to 1973 were guitarist Glen Buxton [who passed away on October 19, 1997 at age 49], keyboardist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway, and drummer Neal Smith.