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This is the Alice Cooper Group's second album and it certainly shows you signs of where this band was eventually headed. Producer David Briggs, who at one time also produced Neil Young, does a fine job of helping the band develop their sound. The album is diverse with psychadelic-like rockers to Beatles-esque tracks to more conventional 70's rock, "Easy Action" is an album that is often overlooked (even by some Alice Cooper fans) and is definitely worth picking up. Standout tracks: "Mr. And Mrs. Demeanor," "Below Your Means" and "Lay Down And Die, Goodbye".
Alice Cooper ... Vocals
Neal Smith ... Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway ... Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton ... Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce ... Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ
David Briggs ... Piano (on "Shoe Salesman")
1. Released in June of 1970, "Easy Action" would peak at #89 on the Billboard Top 200.
2. Rhythm Guitarist Michael Bruce's lead vocals (not Alice's) are featured on both "Beauftiful Flyaway" and "Below Your Means".
3. It is Tom Smother's voice who says, "You are the only censor. If you don't like what I say, you have a choice. You can turn me off" at the beginning of "Lay Down And Die, Goodbye".
Nothing really special. Just some group photos and nothing more.
APPROX. RUNNING TIME:
33 min. and 23 sec.
"Easy Action" is not as great as its follow-up "Love It To Death," but it is certainly better than their debut release. The album could benefit from being remastered but as is, I'll give it **** out of 5.
"Easy Action" is every bit as good as the more commercial "Killer" & "Love It To Death," which both followed a year later. This album hypnotically rocks the listener into a state of post-psychedelic, proto-metal frenzy.
Quite possibly the first album to use the line, "got a rocket in your pocket" (which KISS shamelessly stole, in 1976, on "Take Me" - track 2 on "Rock 'N Roll Over"), the underrated "Easy Action" was a blueprint of creepy, eerie, long-haired, things to come in the '70s and '80s.
I would consider "Easy Action" every bit an equal to Deep Purple's seminal masterpiece, "In Rock." Any serious fan, who is interested in the origins of hard rock should buy this long obscured classic.
I think it's amazing how the songs go from pretty Beatles-like melodies (such as in "Shoe Salesman") to HEAVY punk rock ("Return of the Spiders") to multi-part guitar jamming with a vocal melody showing obvious signs that Alice Cooper was headed in a gory, death-theatrical direction ("Below You Means") to the Pink Floyd "Interstellar Overdrive-"influenced "Lay Down and Die Goodbye" (though I admit this is probably the weakest song on the album because it *does* tend to wander at times... but the first three minutes are completely awesome for anyone who appreciates Pipers at the Gates of Dawn).
These are just small examplse of how incredibly diverse Easy Action is. Most of the shorter songs wouldn't be out of place on Killer. In other words, there's more tracks that closely resemble the songwriting of the classic albums and it's certainly a huge departure from Alice Cooper's Pretties for You album.
Why aren't people giving Easy Action more attention? Honestly, it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the classics! Just like I said in my opening line. There's no reason why more people haven't bothered to check into this album. It's old, so what? It's GREAT! Just because Love it to Death and Killer are more popular (and admittedly slightly better songwriting-wise) doesn't mean Easy Action is forgettable. No way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
early Alice.....very cool album and he is still rocking today.....one of my all time favorite artistsPublished 2 months ago by Michael Boyert
Someone perhaps Lester Bangs, writing in early 70's in CREEM Magazine, mentioned "two songs," "Child Suffocates In Refrigerator" and "Dogs Tired Of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wade Dizdar
I am into Cooper and especially older stuff, but this is before they found their signature sound. If you reallllly like Alice Cooper and want to hear the roots of what they became... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ThriftyNifty
Early Alice album. Not much for known hits, but it is raw and has a nice garage sound.Published 7 months ago by Ray W. Black
Got a bad disc. When I burned it to my iTunes, then played it on my iPod, all the songs were scratchy and distorted.Published 11 months ago by CobraOfficer999
It's hard to tell if this is a step forward or a step backward. The psychedelic style still lingers, especially on Lay Down And Die, Goodbye, which is straight from Syd Barrett's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by T. McCool