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Old School (1964-1974) Box set


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Every great production deserves a sequel – even if comes 35-plus years after the original.

In 1975, Alice Cooper joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Bob Ezrin to record his first solo album Welcome to My Nightmare, a theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. Now, he’s followed Steven into adulthood and presents Welcome 2 My ... Read more in Amazon's Alice Cooper Store

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  • Audio CD (December 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: UMe
  • ASIN: B0099NA3HY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No Price Tag Spiders
2. Nobody Likes Me Pretties For You Demo
3. On A Train Trip (Sing Low Sweet Cheerio) Pretties For You Demo
4. Reflected Pretties For You Demo
5. Easy Action Version Two Radio Ad
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Disc: 2
1. Akron Rubber Bowl Ad Radio Ad
2. School s Out Mar Y Sol, Puerto Rico
3. Kids Session School s Out Kids Session
4. Outtakes/Luney Tune School's Out Pre-production
5. Outtakes/My Stars School's Out Pre-production
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Disc: 3
1. Alice Cooper group interview disc
Disc: 4
1. Intro
2. Be My Lover (Intro)
3. Be My Lover
4. You Drive Me Nervous
5. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
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Editorial Reviews

In time for the 40th anniversary of the seminal School's Out, Alice Cooper's Old School 1964 1974: Special Edition is the incredible true story of the Alice Cooper group.

A career-spanning 4 CD and download set taking you inside one of rock's great bands in a unique full-length school yearbook, with an array of amazing audio rarities direct from the depths of the band s own vaults and personal collections, with unearthed gems also generously provided by family, friends, road crew and long-time fans.

This set features 4 discs crammed with demos, pre-production and rehearsal recordings of classic Alice Cooper tracks, radio spots, interview anecdotes, plus a full live show captured on the 1971 Killer tour Live in St Louis along with a 60-page yearbook charting the incredible rise of Alice Cooper complete with many rare photos. Old School 1964-1974: Special Edition also includes School's Out demos, live versions and audio of the original recording sessions with producer Bob Ezrin and the kids choir from the chorus.

Alice Cooper flipped hippie ideals on their head and astonished the world, "driving a stake through the heart of the Love Generation," as the group's namesake put it. Heavy Metal took the imagery, punk took the tunes, rock and pop took the showmanship as fans the world over fell in love with the band s macabre sense of humor.

This Special Edition is a condensed version of the original sold-out Old School: 1964 1974 super deluxe box set released in 2011.

Disc One: TREASURES ONE
Disc Two: TREASURES TWO
Disc Three: IN THEIR OWN WORDS- Alice Cooper group interview disc
Disc Four: BOOTLEG CD- Killer Live in St. Louis, 1971

Customer Reviews

So if you are a Cooper fanatic all i can say is GET IT!
Brad M. Schofield
So I would defininately recommend this set to anyone that is an ALICE COOPER fan, as it definately should be part of your collection.
Kevin W.
If you couldn't afford the original boxed set with the vinyl, etc., this is the set to buy.
B. Waring

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Vinnie Rattolle on September 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've been a diehard Alice Cooper fan for decades and, while this would've been a nice box at a third of its original cost, I can honestly say it's not worth bothering with for the bloated $250-$300+ price.

Yes, there's a great presentation and a vast array of nice (though ultimately pointless) extras, but the main attraction here is the music. And frankly, the largest bulk of the music is bootleg quality.

The CDs begin with "No Price Tag," one of the Spiders singles omitted from the "Life and Crimes" boxed set, which is clearly duped from a badly beat-up vinyl copy of the rare single. There's a glimmer of hope, as the immediately following "Pretties for You" demos don't sound bad... but quality-wise it's almost completely downhill from there. The rest of the first two albums are a hodgepodge assortment of demos, live tracks, and radio spots for each album. The radio spots are interesting but seem to have been recorded off-air onto cassette and feature generic announcers and brief medleys of album cuts. The bulk of the live tracks are of such poor, muffled quality that they verge on unlistenable. Many of the demos (which seem more like rehearsals), have been circulating in slightly inferior sound quality for eons (most notably the "Killer" sessions), but this ain't a Beatles Anthology filled with golden alternates -- these are really rough, early versions of the songs padded with tons of dead air and mostly-indistinct studio chatter.

The third disc is a lengthy vintage interview with Alice and Neal Smith. Not especially insightful, and not something one's going to listen to more than once or twice.

The final disc, included both on CD and vinyl (the latter was doubtlessly included solely to drive up the cost of the set) is a live "Killer" show.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dalenixon on June 29, 2011
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Just received my box set and I have to say this is the most unique box set I've ever owned. The box itself is quite large as it has to fit a 12 inch record and have room on either side. It is essentially a school desk full of Alice goodies. The cd's are full of early Alice that simply hasn't been released before, some really cool early (pretties for you / easy action) live stuff and interesting demos of the classics. I have not had a chance to view the DVD yet either, but listened to both records and 3 discs. What I was impressed with was the vinyl SOUNDS GREAT. I wasn't expecting the 7 inch in particular to be pressed on 180 gram vinyl, but am certainly glad it was. The "bootleg" 12 inch reproduced faithfully with a blank white label and glued on cover on the white sleeve, just like you used to find back in the day with bootlegs. Pretty neat touch, actually, but this record sounds much better as the sound appears to have been cleaned up and it has been pressed on heavy vinyl.

The book I thought was really well done, and is a hardcover "year book" just like we got back in our school days. The folder with the art prints/concert ticket replica, etc. are well done, but I would agree the "ticket" and reproduction set list was printed cheaply. All the other items included I felt are of high quality and don't feel the paperstock was thin or anything.

The box Amazon shipped this in was pretty much destroyed by the UPS driver, but I was happy to find that the boxset inside suffered no damage whatsoever.

I will admit this box set is not for everyone, it is clearly tailored to the die-hard Alice Cooper fan as everything included is a rarity, but the construction itself is VERY WELL DONE and certainly a unique item to say the least.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Barrows on June 29, 2011
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Ok, I know everyone is chomping at the bit and there's a lot of controversy over the cost (I got mine for $214 on Amazon, by the way - before they jacked the price up more - and I wish I had the money back). Is there some cool stuff in there? - yes. The old demos, live performances, etc. are all neat and sound good but that's only 3 CDs worth. I confess I have not had time to preview the DVD so can't comment on what is on there but will add to my review later unless someone beats me to posting about it first - I will say I think it is suspect that you can't find any info online about the DVD contents though. All the goodies like the reproduced ticket stubs, books, etc. are ok but felt "cheap" like they didn't use good quality paper stock. One part of my interior box was damaged slightly (I was able to bend it back in to shape and smooth it out) which is INEXCUSABLE for a pacakge of this cost. My bottom line is this - it's not worth the money and unless you're a really die-hard fan that has to have everything Alice, I'd pass on it. For that matter, I may send mine back to Amazon for a refund due to the interior damage - the overall package is cool but just not enough to warrant this sort of cost.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on December 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
An extravagant set for the diehard super-fan, "Old School" is very overpriced for the more casual Alice Cooper fan and would have been better received had they scaled it down a bit.

I worked overtime for several weeks to afford this thing, and while there are parts of it I really enjoy, there are others for which I have no use. For instance, I haven't owned a turntable in over 20 years so the vinyl bootleg album of the Killer Tour and the 7" Nazz single are of no use to me. The Killer repro tour program, while ok, is obviously not as good quality as an original, if you wanted to seek out one of those.

Where this release succeeds is in the CD and DVD department. The CD of the Killer Tour for me is the highlight, as well as the In Their Own Words CD, which features Alice, Mike Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Bob Ezrin waxing nostalgic about the glory days (the CD also opens with a short 1971 interview). The DVD is an edited version of the spoken-word CD featuring the guys reminiscing. We also get vintage performances of "Levity Ball" and "Elected" (both 1969) as well as "Eighteen", "Black Juju" and "Is It My Body" from Detroit Tubeworks in 1971. The quality of these is what you'd expect from VHS dubs. The DVD and In Their Own Words CD are a must-have for fans of the original group. The Treasures CDs feature promotional spots, rough demos, and studio takes and are ok but nothing I'd listen to on a regular basis.

This set would have been better had they gone for a $75-100 price point using the yearbook format with cut-outs inside the front and back covers to house the CDs and DVD. The elaborate school-desk packaging is probably what accounts for much of the high price tag. If it had been cheaper, I would rate it 5 stars.
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