Top Artists – Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper – School’s Out – Our Shootout Winner from 2014

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This White Hot / Super Hot 2-pack is going to rock your world! School’s Out on this A+++ side has never sounded better.

Yet another impossible-to-find record in clean condition with good sound has made it to the site, and those of you who are fans should scoop it up because it takes us about five years to find enough copies to do this shootout. Check back with us in 2019 if this one is sold by the time you get to the end of this sentence.

We had poor luck with the second and third label copies on this AC title. It seems — unlike so many records we play — that the originals are the only way to go on School’s Out.

Side One – Record One

A+++. It rocks! Never aggressive or edgy, it’s big, it’s jumpin’, and it’s full of 1972 Tubey Magic. What’s not to like?

Side Two – Record Two

A++, big, clear and energetic – close to side one but not quite.

Notice how “real” the drum kit sounds on track two. The drums as a whole are punchy and solid throughout. (more…)

Alice Cooper – Goes To Hell

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Triple Plus (A+++) Shootout Winning sound on side one — it doesn’t get any better than this, folks! Huge, open and clear, yet rich and full-bodied, this is the sound you want for this Alice Cooper classic. At Double Plus (A++) side two is nearly as good – Alice’s vocals are especially clear and lively. The choruses are big and rich, just the way we like ’em – we guarantee you’ve never heard the album sound this good by a long shot.

I bought this album when it came out in 1976 and played it quite a bit as I recall, one of the few Alice Cooper records I actually used to listen to back in the day. It’s got that Big Production Rock sound that can be rich, powerful and energetic on the better copies.

The pressing we have here simply could not be beat on side one, with a side two that’s not far behind.

Both Sides

Spacious and clear, very 3-D, with solid, punchy deep bass, this side was doing everything right. On top of that it’s got the weight it needs to really ROCK.

Track three had the best sound on side one; check it out. (more…)

Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This White Hot Stamper copy had the two best sides back to back we heard in our shootout, with a Triple Plus side two that really brings this music to life.

Which is not easy to do, given that the average copy of this album is a sonic mess — dark, murky, recessed, compressed, thick and congested. There are a lot of green label Warner Bros. records from the ’70s that sound like that, one might even call it their “house sound”. When you play the later pressings it’s obvious that they’ve gone overboard in cleaning up the murk, leaving a sound that is lean, flat and modern — in other words, unmusical.

Finding the right balance of fullness and clarity, especially on this album, may not be easy, but it can be done. This side two was far and away the best we heard and proves that the album can sound good. (more…)

Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare

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  • Alice Cooper’s debut solo album finally arrives on the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • This one is killer – it’s lively and rich, with plenty of deep punchy bass, a nicely extended top and a huge three-dimensional soundfield
  • 4 1/2 stars: “… a concept album tied into the story line of the highly theatrical concert tour he launched soon after the album’s release… there’s plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around.”

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