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Easy Action Import

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino Encore
  • ASIN: B0016OMGHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I bought Pretties for You when it first came out and the Alice Cooper Band sounded so weird that I loved them instantly. As quirky and muddy as the sound was on Pretties, this their second album, Easy Action, sounded a whole lot better. I love every track on this album and it is still my favorite out of their catalogue. The songs are strange and not nearly as commercial as their later work for Warner Brothers. I met Alice in the mid eighties and had him autograph my copy of this album and he was surprised to see someone actually had it. Right after I bought this album, I saw them play live at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, around 1970. Their live show was great and they played cuts off both Pretties and Easy Action, starting off with Mister and Misdemeanor. As a guitarist, I tried to learn this album note for note and almost succeeded. If you want to get to the really great beginnings of the Alice Cooper Band, this is the perfect album. I was able to thank Michael Bruce for the great music, but it is just too bad my guitar hero Glen Buxton passed on before I could thank him too.
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"EASY ACTION"

REVIEW:

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".

BAND:

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")

INTERESTING FACTS:

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".

PACKAGING:

Nothing really special. Just some group photos and nothing more.

APPROX. RUNNING TIME:

33 min. and 23 sec.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

"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.
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From the dreamy, Lennonesque "Shoe Salesman" & "Beautiful Flyaway" to the hard-rocking "Lay Down & Die, Goodbye" & "Return of the Spiders," the Alice Cooper - in 1970, a GROUP not just one, master showman - skillfully delivers the goods.
"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.
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By Bryan on December 29, 2008
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WOW, I honestly wasn't expecting Easy Action to contain memorable songwriting, extremely heavy rock, jamming, and an overall feel that's honestly not much different from the Alice Cooper albums most people consider classics (such as Love it to Death and Billion Dollar Babies).

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.
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