Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper

The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227568023
catalogNumber:
75680
Rank:
72808

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Don't Blow Your Mind
  2. Hitch Hike
  3. Why Don't You Love Me
  4. Lay Down and Die, Goodbye
  5. Nobody Likes Me
  6. Levity Ball
  7. Reflected
  8. Mr. And Misdemeanor
  9. Refrigerator Heaven
  10. Caught in a Dream
  11. I'm Eighteen
  12. Is It My Body?
  13. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  14. Under My Wheels
  15. Be My Lover
  16. Desperado
  17. Dead Babies
  18. Killer
  19. Call It Evil
  20. Gutter Cats Vs. The Jets
  21. School's Out

Disc 2

  1. Hello, Hooray
  2. Elected
  3. Billion Dollar Babies
  4. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  5. I Love the Dead
  6. Slick Black Limousine
  7. Respect for the Sleepers
  8. Muscle of Love
  9. Teenage Lament '74
  10. Working up a Sweat
  11. The Man with the Golden Gun
  12. I'm Flash
  13. Space Pirates
  14. Welcome to My Nightmare
  15. Only Women Bleed
  16. Cold Ethyl
  17. Department of Youth
  18. Escape
  19. I Never Cry
  20. Go to Hell

Disc 3

  1. It's Hot Tonight
  2. You and Me
  3. I Miss You
  4. No Time for Tears
  5. Because
  6. From the Inside
  7. How You Gonna See Me Now
  8. Serious
  9. No Tricks
  10. Road Rats
  11. Clones (We're All)
  12. Pain
  13. Who Do You Think We Are
  14. Look at You over There, Ripping the Sawdust from My Teddybear [Demo
  15. For Britain Only
  16. I Am the Future
  17. Tag, You're It
  18. Former Lee Warmer
  19. I Love America
  20. Identity Crisises
  21. See Me in the Mirror
  22. Hard Rock Summer

Disc 4

  1. He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
  2. He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
  3. Teenage Frankenstein
  4. Freedom
  5. Prince of Darkness
  6. Under My Wheels
  7. I Got a Line on You
  8. Poison
  9. Trash
  10. Only My Heart Talkin'
  11. Hey Stoopid
  12. Feed My Frankenstein
  13. Fire
  14. Lost in America
  15. It's Me
  16. Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)
  17. Is Anyone Home?
  18. Stolen Prayer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   Primary Artist
Bee Gees   Track Performer
Nazz   Track Performer
Betty Wright   Track Performer
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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The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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