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Alice Cooper was unstoppable during the 1970s when the band released four consecutive platinum albums and five Top 40 hits like "I'm Eighteen," "School's Out," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," and "Elected." Rhino reissues two of those platinum albums – Killer (1971) and School's Out (1972) – with newly remastered sound, rare recordings, and previously unreleased live performances.
School's Out (Deluxe Eiditon) begins with a newly remastered version of the 1972 original, which peaked at #2 on the albums chart. Essential tracks like "Luney Tune" and "Alma Mater" are joined by "Gutter Cat vs. The Jets." The latter is an homage to West Side Story, a significant influence on the band. The song incorporates lyrics from "Jet Song" from the 1957 musical, which led to an unlikely songwriting credit for Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim on an Alice Cooper track.
The Deluxe Edition contains rarities like the single versions of "School's Out" and "Gutter Cat vs. The Jets." Two previously unreleased tracks are also included, an alternate version of "Alma Mater" and an early demo for "Elected," a song that would appear in 1973 on the band's first #1 album, Billion Dollar Babies.
Alice Cooper's concert in Miami on May 27, 1972, adds even more unreleased music to the collection. The show was recorded a few weeks before the band entered the studio to record School's Out. The live performance features standout versions of "Halo Of Flies," "School's Out," and "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," a song that gives Cooper a chance to show off his impressive harmonica skills.
The vinyl versions for both Deluxe Editions recreate the original album sleeves down to the smallest detail. The cover of School's Out looks like a wooden school desk and opens to reveal the LP wrapped in a pair of panties. The band stopped including the underwear following a controversy as to whether or not they were flammable. Thankfully, the lacy unmentionables in the new Deluxe Edition are not a fire hazard.
Both sets come with booklets that include track-by-track commentary by band members and former Creem Magazine editor Jaan Uhelszki, plus liner notes by Bill Holdship, also a former Creem Magazine editor.
School's Out is a piece of pure insurrectionary rock genius.
Clearly, my inner 11-year-old wannabe-rocker is still alive and well, and very much loving these two primo Alice Cooper reissues immensely. Bravo to Warner/Rhino for the collective care they've taken here with both 180g 3LP 50th anniversary editions for Killer and School's Out.
- 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
- 180g Vinyl
- Original Album Remastered
- Single Versions of "School's Out" & "Gutter Cat vs. The Jets"
- Previously Unreleased Alternate Version of "Alma Mater" & Early Demo for "Elected"
- Previously Unreleased Live Concert in Miami on May 27, 1972
- Replica of Original Album Sleeve which Opens to Reveal the LP Wrapped in Panties
- Booklet with Track-by-Track Commentary from Band Members & Former Creem Magazine Editor Jaan Uhelszki
- Liner Notes by Former Creem Magazine Editor Bill Holdship
- Made in the Czech Republic
Original Album Remastered
- School's Out
- Luney Tune
- Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets
- Street Fight (Instrumental)
- Blue Turk
- My Stars
- Public Animal #9
- Alma Mater
- Grande Finale
Live in Miami, FL, May 27, 1972
Side Three: *
- Be My Lover
- You Drive Me Nervous
- Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
- I'm Eighteen
Side Four: *
- Halo Of Flies
- Dead Babies
Side Five: *
- Long Way To Go
- School's Out
- Is It My Body?
- School's Out (Single Version)
- Gutter Cat (Single Version)
- Alma Mater (Alternate Version) *
- Elected (Early Take) *
* Previously Unissued