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Billion Dollar Babies Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Street Release Date: 02/06/2001

The original Alice Cooper band was one of the finest hard-rock units of the early '70s. Billion Dollar Babies may not be the Cooper band's best album, but it was the final release of a quartet of extraordinary Bob Ezrin-produced hard-rock records (rounded out by Love It to Death, Killer, and School's Out), and it captures the moment when the band was at its peak. Including three hit singles in "Hello Hooray," "Elected," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy," the album--from Donovan's exciting cameo on the title track to the closing "I Love the Dead" (probably the prettiest ode to necrophilia ever recorded)--still sounds terrific. And the packaging, production, music, and imagery has inspired followers as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Marilyn Manson, and Hole. --Bill Holdship

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000056W0F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For me Alice Cooper's career divided neatly into two parts: Alice Cooper the band and Alice Cooper the solo artist. I never was captivated by his solo career, but the Alice Cooper band was one of the best rock bands of the early Seventies. From 1971's Love It To Death through 1973's Billion Dollar Babies, the band produced a series of rock solid albums--and I even saw them in concert twice, including their Billion Dollar Babies Tour.
That's what makes this reissue such a treat. The second disc provides killer live versions of eight of the ten album tracks--only "Generation Landslide" and "Mary Ann" are not included. One track each is also included from their three earlier albums: Love It To Death ("I'm Eighteen"), Killer ("Dead Babies") and School's Out ("My Stars"). In addition you get the Elvis-inspired outtake "Coal Black Model T," which eventually evolved into "Slick Black Limousine" (also included here). The other outtake is "Son of Billion Dollar Babies," which is essentially an alternate take of "Generation Landslide" minus the lyrics from the second half of verse two.
The expanded 24-page booklet is also a treat. [Check out the photo on page 11 of Donovan recording the title track with Alice!]
Sure, Alice Cooper is probably most remembered for the mascara, boa constrictors and guillotines. However, if you listen to the music, you'll discover one of the tightest rock bands of the era. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Caratzas on February 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Warner Brothers has done a superb job with this deluxe edition reissue of "Billion Dollar Babies", arguably the pinnacle of Alice Cooper's influential career. Every aspect of this product is top-notch, and an incredible value for the price.
First of all, the album itself still rocks with a tight, muscular power that puts all the pretenders and wannabes who have followed in Cooper's tracks firmly in their place. The original Alice Cooper group was captured at its peak here, with assistance from guitar virtuosos Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner (both of whom would later play on Lou Reed's legendary "Rock n Roll Animal" before becoming mainstays in Cooper's revamped band). "Billion Dollar Babies" spawned many of the band's biggest hits ('Hello Hooray', 'Elected', 'No More Mr. Nice Guy', and the title cut), and features 'Generation Landslide' - a wry piece of socio-political commentary from Cooper.
The package contains a generous second CD of well-recorded live material (taken from the tour supporting "Billion Dollar Babies"), as well as studio outtakes. The original album jacket artwork has been recreated, along with lyrics, photos and some illuminating commentary in a 24-page booklet. Remastering was coordinated under the supervision of the album's original producer, Bob Ezrin.
One listen to this beautifully restored classic, and you may well wonder what all the fuss is about characters like Marilyn Manson.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on December 22, 2006
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THE BAND: Alice Cooper / Vincent Furnier (vocals), Glen Buxton (guitar), Michael Bruce (guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass), Neal Smith (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (1973) 10 tracks clocking in at approximately 41 minutes. Included with the disc is a 6-page booklet containing song titles/credits/times, song lyrics, black & white band member photos, and thank you's. This is the band's 6th album. Produced by the notable Bob Ezrin (who has also produced band's like Kiss, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed). Remastered in 2001 - containing an additional 14 tracks on a 2nd disc (57+ minutes - 11 live renditions of the album's songs, and 2 outtakes, and 1 unreleased song), and an extensive 26-page booklet. Label - Rhino / Warner Bros.

COMMENTS: I have two favorite albums from Alice Cooper - this one, and the earlier "Killer" from 1971. You'll see numerous reviews here raving about each... but they're both deserving of 5-stars and all the attention brought to each. Four Top 100 hits from "Billion Dollar Babies" - including the title track, "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Elected" and "Hello Hooray". Not to mention some great deep album cuts in "Raped And Freezin'", "Generation Landslide", "I Love The Dead", and the strangely out-of-place piano tune "Mary Ann". The album was the band's most commercially successful album - reaching #1 in the US and the UK. Having tasted some fame with "Love It To Death" in '71, more fortunes with "Killer" and "School's Out"... the band was clearly at the height of their career with "Billion Dollar Babies". Polished, slick, and no filler to be found (okay, "Sick Things" is easily the weakest track here). The baby on the album cover - is that where Kiss' Gene Simmons got the idea for his make-up (looks pretty close to me...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on August 22, 2004
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In Phoenix, Arizona, in the late sixties there was a rough little garage band known as `The Earwigs', playing whatever gigs they could get with a certain Vincent Furnier on lead vocals. By 1969 and countless name changes the quintet had settled on the name `The Alice Cooper Band''. As expected, the lead singer started to get called Alice. The band's fame started to spread with the release of their first album 'Pretties For You'. There was certainly no overnight stardom, more a slow, but inevitable rise to the very top of the tree.

By 1972 Vincent Furnier changed his name by deed poll to Alice Cooper and the Alice Cooper Band had their first global number one hit with 'School's Out'; brilliantly timed to be released when all the schools broke up for their long summer holidays. With its lyrics of unbounded joy and anti-teacher rants 'School's Out' captured the imagination of a generation of school kids. Everybody loved the Alice Cooper Band, unless you happened to be a parent.

By the time of the release of this, their sixth album `Billion Dollar Babies', the Alice Cooper Band was one of the biggest bands in the world and had 25 Gold Records, album sales of over 50 Million, plus sold-out stadium tours to prove it.

The band was every teenagers dream. The band members themselves were disastrously young, too brutally good looking, too clever by half, way out of control, preened around the country in their own customized jet (booze and cards in the front, girls in the back), willing to take any chance they were given, and most importantly enough street savvy to fill every young head on our little planet. The songs weren't bad either.
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