No More Mr. Nice Guy: Live [2 CD]
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The downsides, other than some glaring omissions of other classic songs, are two: First, the sound quality isn't nearly as good as prior live efforts, such as the last live DVD, "Theatre of Death". To me, it sounds like a soundboard recording. The audience is back in the mix, and at certain points some guitars sound more like background playing, rather than being higher in the mix, as a proper Alice show has them. But! Don't let that be a turn-off. It's not bad sounding, it's just not loud enough.
Second, the dreadful version of "Fire" - this is not Alice's cover of the Hendrix classic that he recorded in the 90s. Alice brought Arthur Brown onstage to do his tribute to pyromaniacs. Brown's voice sounds terrible, at best. Thankfully it's the last track on the second CD and easy to skip.
Again, though, this is a killer live album. "Brutal Planet" is heavy and, well, BRUTAL. The extended "Halo of Flies" is done perfectly, and the other tracks sound really good. The band, lead by one of Alice's old cohorts, Steve Hunter, is on top of its collective game. And Alice's voice is rough, as we like it, but much more in tune and listenable than "Theatre of Death", where he seemed to shout everything and lost track of the melody on many tunes. My advice is to buy this immediately.
Oh, and a neat twist for those who didn't see the tour. During it, of course, School's Out was played. However, it was mixed with a little "Brick in the Wall" as well, and it was cool to hear that live version of School's Out on here. Essentially, I wanted this to hear that version somewhere, to hear Clones live again, to hear I'll Bite Your Face Off live again and The Black Widow. For some reason I really liked how The Black Widow came out in concert during this tour. Love the live version of it on the Welcome 2 My NIghtmare album (a bonus song for many of us), and it's not as nice on this CD, but I still enjoy it. Also, Halo of Flies is included in the mix. So while there are many of the staple songs, there are still some new ones thrown in the mix as well.
It's a good mix of songs.
Oh, and what has been said about the "bonus" song - Fire - is true. It's terrible. The three concerts I went to "Elected" was the last song, and I don't feel like I missed anything not hearing "Fire."
The original show aired on U.S. and U.K. television, and was also sold on CD as an "instant live" release, so this isn't "new" to hardcore Alice fans. For everyone else, it's a romp through the hits. Three solid stars.
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I can't understand the bad reviews for this album. It rocks! First of all, the song selection is amazing! Read morePublished 7 months ago by montecarlostar
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Live music seems to be the best when Alice Cooper is singing it. This is the second CD of live music that I've purchased.Published 21 months ago by CHRIS C CANAVAN