The Last Temptation

The Last Temptation

by Alice Cooper
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Overview

The Last Temptation

Though Alice Cooper's 1989 comeback gave him his first hit album in over a decade, the Trash record left some diehard fans disappointed, as did 1991's Hey Stoopid. Many listeners felt that Cooper had sold himself short, now completely focusing on sleazy sexual anthems, making him just another face in the heavy metal crowd. By the time The Last Temptation was released in 1994, the hair band fad that had fueled Cooper's return was dead, and Cooper was obviously aware of its downfall -- the album sounds almost nothing like its two predecessors. Instead of relating to such albums as Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, Last Temptation seems more similar to Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears. Thematically, the record returns to mostly conceptual songs, such as "Nothing's Free," "You're My Temptation," and "Cleansed by Fire." Though the album still has a few goofy interruptions, such anthems as "Lost in America" nonetheless boast more originality than anything off of Hey Stoopid or Trash. Far surpassing anything Cooper recorded in almost 20 years, The Last Temptation is unquestionably some of his best work.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972498324
catalogNumber: 724983
Rank: 21871

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   Primary Artist,Vocals
Stef Burns   Guitar,Background Vocals
Craig Copeland   Background Vocals
Chris Cornell   Vocals
Brett Hudson   Background Vocals
Mark Hudson   Background Vocals
Louis Merlino   Background Vocals
John Purdell   Keyboards
David Uosikkinen   Drums
Dan Wexler   Guitar
Derek Sherinian   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Greg Smith   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer,Concept
Tommy Shaw   Composer
John Agnello   Engineer
Duane Baron   Producer,Engineer
Jack Blades   Composer
Steven Escallier   Engineer
Don Fleming   Producer
Mark Hudson   Composer
Norwood   Composer
John Purdell   Producer
B. Smith   Composer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Andy Wallace   Producer,Engineer
Dan Wexler   Composer
Dave McKean   Contributor,Cover Design
Aimee MacAuley   Art Direction
Michael Zulli   Artwork
Neil Gaiman   Concept

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The Last Temptation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a misconception that Alice Cooper has not made a truly great album since his 70's heyday. Quite frankly, anyone that thinks that has not been listening. Granted some of his work was spotty in the 80's but the 90's have shown a marked improved. 1994's Last Temptation reminds us why Cooper is still the king of shock and storytelling. The songs are hard rocking and still contain the Coop's trademark sneer. The album tells the story of Steven (a character who first appeared on the 75 Welcome To My Nightmare CD) and his battle for sanity. There are no album fillers on this masterpiece. This album seemed to refuel Cooper's ability to write masterful albums because 2000'S Brutal Planet and 2001's Dragontown are almost as good as this one. A masterpiece. Go away Marilyn Manson the shock king has never left the building. Be ashamed if you don't own this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best album Alice Cooper has recorded in many years, and one of the top five best of his entire career! Cooper put aside writing songs to make the charts, and concentrated on writing a great concept album dealing with spirituality, sin and redemption. In addition, it rocks out in the classic Cooper way with songs like: ''Nothing's Free'', You're my Temptation, ''Lost in America'', and ''Sideshow'' just to name a few. Buy this - you won't regret it.