The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What made Alice Cooper a star? Sure, he had a tight, exciting band and some great songs that were as good as hard rock got in the early '70s, but he distinguished himself as a showman. By bringing shameless theatricality to rock & roll, he separated himself from the pack and became a superstar -- the kind of person who is known for being himself more than for his achievements. This trajectory and the melodrama that inspired it are evident on the generous four-disc box set The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper. Most box sets play like a sober history lesson, but this one plays like a grand epic, filled with love, lust, blood, and guts. Witness the humble ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What made Alice Cooper a star? Sure, he had a tight, exciting band and some great songs that were as good as hard rock got in the early '70s, but he distinguished himself as a showman. By bringing shameless theatricality to rock & roll, he separated himself from the pack and became a superstar -- the kind of person who is known for being himself more than for his achievements. This trajectory and the melodrama that inspired it are evident on the generous four-disc box set The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper. Most box sets play like a sober history lesson, but this one plays like a grand epic, filled with love, lust, blood, and guts. Witness the humble beginnings of Vincent Furnier, as he leads an Arizona garage rock band called the Spiders through some credible, fuzzed-out Yardbirds-styled rock & roll! See how the Spiders transform into Nazz, then to the Alice Cooper band! Gasp as Furnier becomes shock-rocker Alice Cooper! Thrill to Alice's biggest hits -- every cut from Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits is here, some in their original single incarnations, all impeccably remastered! Wonder what went wrong as disc three begins to unfurl, and Alice Cooper the star cannibalizes the band, making such bizarre choices as recording with the Bee Gees from the Sgt. Pepper's movie! Then, as soon as you figure Alice is down for the count, see his glorious resurrection as a hair metal godfather! It's no wonder that listening to all four discs in a row is exhausting -- this is a rock & roll Horatio Alger story. And thank God for that, since that narrative drive makes The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper one of the truly satisfying and definitive box sets of the late '90s. True, that doesn't mean that all of the featured music is terrific -- even though the compilers have done an excellent job of selecting the best from all his albums, particularly from the flawed latter-day efforts, there's still a lot of marginal material here -- but it does paint an accurate portrait of his career, while featuring everything a casual fan could want and an abundance of rarities for the hardcore collector. It's a difficult trick to pull off, but Life & Crimes does it, and as a result, it stands as the final word on a show biz career that was truly like no other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227568023
  • Catalog Number: 75680
  • Sales rank: 69,827

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Blow Your Mind (2:36)
  2. 2 Hitch Hike (2:01)
  3. 3 Why Don't You Love Me (1:57)
  4. 4 Lay Down and Die, Goodbye (2:07)
  5. 5 Nobody Likes Me (3:23)
  6. 6 Levity Ball (4:45)
  7. 7 Reflected (3:14)
  8. 8 Mr. And Misdemeanor (3:00)
  9. 9 Refrigerator Heaven (1:54)
  10. 10 Caught in a Dream (2:55)
  11. 11 I'm Eighteen (2:58)
  12. 12 Is It My Body? (2:39)
  13. 13 Ballad of Dwight Fry (6:34)
  14. 14 Under My Wheels (2:47)
  15. 15 Be My Lover (3:21)
  16. 16 Desperado (3:29)
  17. 17 Dead Babies (5:42)
  18. 18 Killer (7:05)
  19. 19 Call It Evil (3:28)
  20. 20 Gutter Cats Vs. The Jets (4:39)
  21. 21 School's Out (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hello, Hooray (4:15)
  2. 2 Elected (3:43)
  3. 3 Billion Dollar Babies (3:39)
  4. 4 No More Mr. Nice Guy (3:07)
  5. 5 I Love the Dead (5:07)
  6. 6 Slick Black Limousine (4:27)
  7. 7 Respect for the Sleepers (3:48)
  8. 8 Muscle of Love (3:45)
  9. 9 Teenage Lament '74 (3:52)
  10. 10 Working up a Sweat (3:31)
  11. 11 The Man with the Golden Gun (4:09)
  12. 12 I'm Flash (3:11)
  13. 13 Space Pirates (3:13)
  14. 14 Welcome to My Nightmare (2:47)
  15. 15 Only Women Bleed (3:30)
  16. 16 Cold Ethyl (2:54)
  17. 17 Department of Youth (3:17)
  18. 18 Escape (3:14)
  19. 19 I Never Cry (3:43)
  20. 20 Go to Hell (5:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 It's Hot Tonight (3:21)
  2. 2 You and Me (3:25)
  3. 3 I Miss You - The Billion Dollar Babies (3:31)
  4. 4 No Time for Tears (2:59)
  5. 5 Because (2:45)
  6. 6 From the Inside (3:30)
  7. 7 How You Gonna See Me Now (3:53)
  8. 8 Serious (2:41)
  9. 9 No Tricks - Betty Wright (4:15)
  10. 10 Road Rats (2:43)
  11. 11 Clones (We're All) (2:51)
  12. 12 Pain (4:10)
  13. 13 Who Do You Think We Are (3:05)
  14. 14 Look at You over There, Ripping the Sawdust from My Teddybear [Demo (3:18)
  15. 15 For Britain Only (3:02)
  16. 16 I Am the Future (3:45)
  17. 17 Tag, You're It (2:52)
  18. 18 Former Lee Warmer (4:07)
  19. 19 I Love America (3:47)
  20. 20 Identity Crisises (2:50)
  21. 21 See Me in the Mirror (3:12)
  22. 22 Hard Rock Summer (2:31)
Disc 4
  1. 1 He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask) (3:20)
  2. 2 He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask) (3:44)
  3. 3 Teenage Frankenstein (3:32)
  4. 4 Freedom (4:04)
  5. 5 Prince of Darkness (5:09)
  6. 6 Under My Wheels - Izzy of Guns N' Roses (3:10)
  7. 7 I Got a Line on You (2:59)
  8. 8 Poison (4:27)
  9. 9 Trash (3:58)
  10. 10 Only My Heart Talkin' (4:44)
  11. 11 Hey Stoopid (4:15)
  12. 12 Feed My Frankenstein (4:42)
  13. 13 Fire (3:00)
  14. 14 Lost in America (3:54)
  15. 15 It's Me (4:40)
  16. 16 Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) - Rob Zombie (3:53)
  17. 17 Is Anyone Home? (4:10)
  18. 18 Stolen Prayer - Chris Cornell (5:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alice Cooper Primary Artist
Bee Gees Track Performer
The Nazz Track Performer
Betty Wright Track Performer
The Billion Dollar Babies Track Performer
Chris Cornell Track Performer
Ken Mary Drums
Axl Rose Track Performer
Rob Zombie Track Performer
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Kane Roberts Composer
Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction Composer
David Foster Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Kim Fowley Composer
Davey Johnstone Composer
Bruce Roberts Composer
Tommy Shaw Composer
Bob Pfeifer Composer
Andy Goldmark Composer
Michael Bruce Composer
Ian Richardson Composer
Marc Anthony Composer
Jack Blades Composer
Glen Buxton Composer
Nick Coler Composer
Chris Cornell Composer
Dennis Dunaway Composer
Bob Ezrin Composer
Mark Frazier Composer
Tom Kelly Composer
Steve Lukather Composer
Fred Mandel Composer
John McCurry Composer
John Nitzinger Composer
Erik Scott Composer
Jamie Sever Composer
Neal Smith Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Dick Wagner Composer
Dan Wexler Composer
Graham Shaw Composer
Vic Pepe Composer
Jack Ponti Composer
Mark Anthony Composer
Zodiac Mindwarp Composer
John Fowley Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The stuff a LEGEND is made of

    The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper is the best collection of old favorites and rare material and in beteween good songs from Alice. Life and Crimes marks a 30 year landmark for the rock gian and it shows no signs of him ever slowing down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Rockin' Roller of All-Time

    This box-set is amazing. It has songs from when he first began (like first ever recordings like demos) and songs he just made for the present-day (''Feed My Frankenstein'' (one of my favorites) ''Poison'', and who could forget the all-time classic ''School's Out''? And many, many more!). It also has many great pictures and a bio of him. I am only 14 years-old and I love this box-set!!! It's a must have for all Alice Cooper fans!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ''Queen'' of Theatrics

    Alice Cooper finally puts out a great box set. With songs from his former band Nazz to some major new releases with new artists such as Rob Zombie. Alice talks a lot about his career and there are many pictures. A true addition to a Rock fans collection

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