Alice Cooper

Love It To Death

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - ian Fort­nam

Limited vinyl re-re­lease for piv­otal Cooper clas­sic.

This is where the Alice Cooper story re­ally be­gins, for while un­der the dis­tracted aus­pices of Frank Zappa, the band were be­set by half-cocked pro­duc­tion short­com­ings that left their first two Straight al­bums (Pret­ties For You and Easy Ac­tion) con­fused and un­ex­pur­gated grab-bags of half-formed con­cepts and frus­trated ge­nius.

The ar­rival of Cana­dian pro­ducer Bob Ezrin (fre­quently ac­knowl­edged by the band as their Ge­orge Martin) im­me­di­ately fo­cused their vi­sion. It was a col­lab­o­ra­tion that sus­tained across the four al­bums that sealed the line-up’s leg­end. When they fi­nally at­tempted an Ezrin­less al­bum, Mus­cle Of Love fell so short as to mor­tally di­min­ish Alice Cooper from quin­tet to solo artist.

LITD saw the for­merly ex­per­i­men­tal psych-sur­re­al­ists per­fect their craft on two fronts: as chart-friendly sin­gles band (I’m Eigh­teen), and as pi­o­neers of psy­chodra­matic con­cep­tual rock theatre (the ever glo­ri­ous sec­ond side trip­tych of Hal­lowed Be My Name, Sec­ond Com­ing and The Bal­lad Of Dwight Fry).

Ir­refutably pro­gres­sive yet se­duc­tively steeped in garage swag­ger, this is the Alice al­bum that most ap­pre­ci­ates with age. Now it’s fi­nally back on vinyl with its orig­i­nal two-act dy­namic re­stored. Weighty, tac­tile and spa­cious, it’s nigh-on ir­re­sistible.

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