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Commack Arena 1972 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Commack Arena, Long Island, NY, April 22, 1972. A mono soundboard recording.
When Alice Cooper arrived, blues rock and the power trio was the format of choice among aspiring youngsters. Heads were turned westwards expecting another British invasion. Upstarts that they were, Alice Cooper came out from the Zappa fold with one aim - to be as bizarre as possible. They understood the fundamental of pop culture, to be different from the generation before you. Alice Cooper held their own against the invasion.
With makeup and “big hair”, and a name that drew laughter, Alice Cooper made two unusual albums than a big hit single, I’m Eighteen, and caught everyone’s attention. This show at the Commack Arena in 1972 was to promote their new album, Killer. Although three singles were taken off Killer, neither Under My Wheels, Be My Lover or Halo Of Flies had the catchy appeal and teenage rebellion of I’m Eighteen. You can hear it in this show.
At the end of Dead Babies, you can hear shouting as the band simulate a street fight before the song Killer. Alice Cooper had decided that instead of hippie peace and love, their music would be a violent version of West Side Story with a rumble onstage and an execution.
What really suffers is the musicianship or rather the raw sound the band played was directly opposite from all the virtuoso musicianship of the day. This recording captures the chaos rather well.
Despite the many negative reviews, Alice Cooper soldiered on and were rewarded when their next single School’s Out became a Top 10 hit worldwide. Soon other bands would walk the same path, wearing lipstick and eyeshadow. This is a very good mono soundboard recording but you can hear cuts on the recording and noise every now and then.
- The Little Chicken
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Track 01. Intro
Track 02. Be My Lover+
Track 03. You Drive Me Nervous+
Track 04 .Yeah Yeah Yeah+
Track 05. I’m Eighteen*
Track 06. Halo of Flies+
Track 07. Dead Babies+
Track 08. Street Fight/Intro to Killer
Track 09. Killer+
Track 10. School’s Out
Track 11. Is It My Body* [cuts abruptly in mid-song]
* from Love It To Death
+ from 1971’s Killer
Alice Cooper - vocals
Glen Buxton - lead guitar
Michael Bruce - rhythm guitar, keyboards
Dennis Dunaway - bass guitar
Neal Smith - drums
Love It To Death’s I’m Eighteen gave these cross-dressers a vault to the top of the charts. Their arrogance and bona fide lack of interest in 20-minute guitar or drum solos made them popular among younger rock music fans. Killer was tougher but without a hit single. Perhaps that’s why Johnny Rotten called it the best album of all time. Click on the link to order Alice Cooper albums.