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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: November 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Under My Wheels
2. Be My Lover
3. Halo Of Flies
4. Desperado
5. You Drive Me Nervous
6. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
7. Dead Babies
8. Killer

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Product Description

The band climbed yet higher in late '71, eclipsing the success of Love It to Death (#35) with Killer (#21). They flash their newfound menace and might with the hits Under My Wheels and Be My Lover plus the creepy Dead Babies ; the crushing Yeah, Yeah, Yeah , and more!

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The fact that Alice Cooper's fourth release housed the gritty "Halo of Flies" would be reason enough to buy the CD, even if the rest of it were garbage. An essential piece of the rock canon, it may not have served up the hits that his other releases did, but it still stands as a classic. Loud, brash, sloppy, and hard, it's the kind of listen that makes you check for grime under your nails. Cooper's rock/shock aesthetic was coming into full bloom here and "Dead Babies" shows he was satisfied with his formula of hard rock, bad taste, and images outside the realm of Middle America. The title track hints at the shape of things to come, laying the ground work for works as seemingly disparate as "Only Women Bleed," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Briefly ostracized by the "hipper than thou" sect, Killer is one of the reasons Cooper is now fully appreciated as the pioneer that he was. - -Steve Gdula

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Under My Wheels is one of the best songs on the album.
M. Scagnelli
Plus you get more great songs like Be MyLover, Under my Wheels, Halo of Flies and the sadly underrated You Drive Me Nervous.
longtimeVHfan
I loved this album at first listen and I have a feeling I will be listening to it for quite some time to come.
Tommy Skylar

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By David Girod TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Alice Cooper Band put out some of the best rock of the 70's and 'Killer' is one of the best albums of the decade. I won't bother going thru the individual songs, there are other reviews that do that very well, but suffice it to say Alice is in top form vocally, and the individual songs on 'Killer' are so strong and memorable, excellent guitar and keyboard work by Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton give each song a personality. But it's the backbone of the band, the bass by Dennis Dunaway and drums by Neal Smith that are worth the price of the disk. Dunaway's bass lines on songs like 'Halo of Flies' and 'Dead Babies' are so crisp and really drive the songs. This is Dunaway's best album outside of 'Love it to Death'. Neal Smith's drumming on the entire album is just amazing. I just don't see how Dunaway and Smith were not able to land a higher profile gig after the Alice Cooper band broke up?? 'Killer' is the perfect showcase for Smith and Dunaway's mastery of thier respective instruments. If you are interested in playing the bass or drums, then pick up 'Killer' to hear how to do it right.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert on August 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"KILLER"

REVIEW:

What can one say about "Killer" other than to say it is a rock and roll masterpiece. Truly. All eight tracks are just flat out excellent. The album achieves tremendous lyrical content, flawless drumming by Neal Smith and great vocals by Alice. For the uninitiated, start here.

MUSICIANS:

Alice Cooper... Vocals and Harmonica
Neal Smith ... Drums and Vocals
Dennis Dunaway ... Bass and Vocals
Glen Buxton ... Lead Guitar
Michael Bruce ... Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Organ
Bob Ezrin ... Keyboards, Mini-Moog
Rick Derringer ... Guitar on 'Under My Wheels' and 'Yeah Yeah Yeah'
Reggie Vincent ... Backing Vocals

INTERESTING FACTS:

1. An early working title for the track "Desperado" was "Desert Nights".

2. The click sound at the end of 'Be My Lover' is Neal Smith dropping his drumsticks.

3. 'Halo of Flies' was a mixture of three different songs that Alice would eventually "arrange".

4. The album was released in November of 1971 and would peak at #21 on the Billboard Top 200. The album would be certified a Platinum seller.

5. The singles "Be My Lover" peaked at #49 and "Under My Wheels" peaked at #59.

PACKAGING:

The words "Killer" were written by the right-handed Dennis Dunaway left-handed while Neal Smith's snake, Kachina, is photographed on the simplistic but effective album cover. Booklet features song credits, musician credits and a "NOTES" page.

APPROX. RUNNING TIME:

35 min. and 15 sec.

FINAL ANALYSIS:

Another definitve Alice Cooper album under the production of the great Bob Ezrin. ***** out of 5. A MUST HAVE!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jerry B on September 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
'Killer' has always been one of the big cannons in Alice Cooper's catalog (Alice Cooper the GROUP that is). This remaster on the Audio Fidelity label by Steve Hoffman doesn't disappoint! I am not going to go into all the great songs and riffs on this CD, just read all the other reviews if you need to know how great this album is, but as others have said before, this CD was long over due for a proper remastering and now it has one. Audio Fidelity and Steve Hoffman have done an excellent job on this CD (and also the 'School's Out' CD if you're interested in that title as well). The low end (thank you Dennis Dunaway) and the drums (thank you Neal Smith) sound clear and robust, the guitars just rock out like no tomorrow, and Alice, well, is just Alice in his prime, 'nuff said. Because they used NO compression or limiting during the remastering process it might not sound as 'loud' as most CD's in your collection but it will blow your socks off if you give it a little volume boost to make up for it. Alice Cooper fans can start to to rejoice, we now have 'Killer', 'School's Out' and 'Billion Dollar Babies' on remaster CD. I am hoping that Audio Fidelity (or Warner's or Rhino or somebody) will soon remaster their classic 'Love It To Death' album as well (and 'Muscle Of Love' too please while you're at it). Money well spent!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. on February 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
WAY BACK IN 1972 WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD I WENT INTO MY LOCAL KMART AND SAW A RED ALBUM WITH A HUGE SNAKE ON THE FRONT. NEEDLESS TO SAY I PURCHASED IT.THE BACK COVER WAS JUST AS GRUESOME WITH FIVE UGLY HIPPIES ON IT. WHEN I OPENED MY PRIZE I SAW ALICE HANGING HIMSELF WITH A BONUS 1972 CALENDER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIC.LITTLE DID I KNOW THE MUSIC WOULD BE MORE "KILLER" THAN THE ALBUM COVER. I TURNED MY STROBE LIGHT AND BLACKLIGHT ON AND LOOKED AT MY BLACKLIGHT POSTER OF A GHOUL FLOATING OVER A GRAVEYARD AND STARTED THE LP. THERE WAS NO TURNING BACK I WAS HOOKED FROM THE FIRST STRAINS OF UNDER MY WHEELS.THE WHOLE ALBUM KICKS FROM START TO FINISH AND IM SURE 95 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE READING THIS HAVE HEARD THE SONGS A MILLION TIMES.WHAT I ALWAYS LIKED ABOUT ALICES EARLY ALBUMS WAS THAT THEY CAME WITH PRIZES. KILLER HAD A CALENDAR,SCHOOLS OUT HAD THE RECORD ALBUM WRAPPED IN PAPER PANTIES LOL BILLION DOLLAR BABIES HAD PUNCH OUT TRADING CARDS AND A HUGE BILLION DOLLAR FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE AND MUSCLE OF LOVE HAD A SMALL POSTER OF EM ALL PEELING POTATOES AFTER BEING BEAT UP BY A GORILLA! EVERY KID SHOULD HAVE KILLERS IN THEYRE COLLECTION LIKE I DID.I AM PLEASED THAT I FOUND THIS ALBUM ON MY OWN WITHOUT ANYONE TURNING ME ON TO IT.FIVE STARS FOR SURE.THANKS FOR READING.MARK "STOMP" CHOMA
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A MUST-READ interview with Michael Bruce here:
I have the 2011 newly remastered version of KILLER from CD JAPAN and it blows away every other version of this CD.
It is louder and clearer , finally.

Thanks for the link!
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