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Old School: 1964-1974 (Box Set) (4 CD, DVD, vinyl, 7in, 64 pg. book) Box set, Limited Edition, Special Edition

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Packaged in a 12in square box with desk-style opening.

The original Alice Cooper Group box set will include:
-4 CDs from the years 1964-1974:
-Disc 1: Demos, rarities, live, and advertisements
-Disc 2: Demos from "Muscle of Love," a pre-production of songs from "Schools Out," 1973 Madison Square Garden live track, and advertisements.
-Disc 3: Spoken word
-Disc 4: Live show of the 1971 "Killer" tour in St. Louis
-DVD (single disc in Amaray case) with 3 never before seen features (over 2 hours)
-64 page, full-color yearbook style book with hard front & back cover:
-Period pictures of all band members - many never before seen
-Book written by Lonn Friend, a well-known heavy metal journalist
-Gatefold folder containing:
-2 tour programs
-ticket stubs
-set list
-5 prints
-Bootleg Vinyl: 1971 "Killer" live show in St. Louis
-7in Vinyl: Songs "Wonder Whose Lovin' Her Now" & "Lay Down & Die, Goodbye" from The Nazz

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. No Price Tag
  2. Nobody Likes Me
  3. On a Train Trip (Sing Low Sweet Cheerio)
  4. Reflected
  5. Easy Action Version Two
  6. Mr and Misdemeanor
  7. Fields of Regret
  8. I'm Eighteen
  9. Love It To Death
  10. I'm Eighteen
  11. Be My Lover
  12. Killer
  13. Halo of Flies
  14. Tornado Warning (Desperado)
  15. Killer
  16. Is It My Body

Disc: 2

  1. Akron Rubber Bowl Ad
  2. School's out
  3. Kids Session
  4. Outtakes/Luney Tune [Take]
  5. Outtakes/My Stars [Take]
  6. School's Out
  7. Under My Wheels
  8. Teenage Lament '74
  9. Never Been Sold Before
  10. Working Up a Sweat
  11. Muscle of Love
  12. Teenage Lament '74
  13. Muscle of Love
  14. Good To Se You Alive Alice Cooper
  15. Muscle of Love
  16. Greatest Hits

Disc: 3

  1. Intro [Live]
  2. Be My Lover (Intro) [Live]
  3. Be My Lover [Live]
  4. You Drive Me Nervous [Live]
  5. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah [Live]
  6. I'm Eighteen [Live]
  7. Halo of Flies [Live]
  8. Is It My Body [Live]
  9. Dead Babies [Live]
  10. Killer [Live]
  11. Long Way To Go [Live]
  12. Under My Wheels [Live]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2011)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • 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: Bigger Picture
  • ASIN: B004RIYV4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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