July 7, 2012 – 4:33 am

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Studio Demos 1970-1973 [no label, 2CD]

No location or dates. These are the demos for Love It To Death, Killer, Muscle of Love albums. VG-VG+ SBD stereo.

Without doubt the most significant Alice Cooper collection to have emerged in recent years, this two-CD set is precisely what it says on the label - demos for (or possibly outtakes from) four of the five albums that ensured the Cooper band’s megastardom between 1971 and 1973 - that is, Love It To Death, Killer, School’s Out and Muscle Of Love. (No Billion Dollar Babies. Shame!)

And, from beginning to end, it’s a fascinating listen, a secret snapshot into the gestation of some of the most influential American music of the year, littered with starkly alternate arrangements, some staggering reworkings and even a handful of previously unreleased songs.

Of the seven cuts from the Love It To Death sessions, “Fields Of Regret” surrenders a glimpse into the genesis of Killer’s “Halo Of Flies”; from Killer itself, multiple takes of “You Drive Me Nervous” and a 10-minute “Halo Of Flies” are punctuated by “Desert Night Thing,” realigning “Desperado” around completely different lyrics, but no less menace and moodiness.

In fact, almost every performance across the first disc offers up something radically different to the familiar versions, be it the extra added whoops and whispers that percolate behind “Black Juju”; the markedly less frenetic arrangement that renders “You Drive Me Nervous” all but unrecognizable; or the completely over-the-top guitars that literally scythe through “Killer” itself.

Moving onto Disc Two, we find material intended for the next two albums is less eye-opening, possibly because the Cooper band were more aware of what they were doing in the studio by now, but also, perhaps, because the demands of superstardom left them less time in which to play around.

There’s no mistaking these versions for their studio counterparts, but it’s rough edges, rather than rough sketches that characterize them, with even the lyrics sounding close to their finished form. That said, “No Respect For The Sleepers” offers up an early vision of what would become “Muscle Of Love,” while the growing tensions within the band itself see Neal Smith step out of the shadows to perform “Baby Please Don’t Stop.”

But “Teenage Lament 74″ is probably the only other number that was seriously reworked, as Alice rewired a reasonably promising portrait of disaffected youth, and transformed it into a primal glam stomp of the first order. Besides, “what a drag it is in these gold lame jeans” sounds far better than the original opening complaint that he had “no money in my jeans.” After three years of non-stop hits, whoever was going to believe that? - Dave Thompson

Note: Dave Thompson is the British born author of over 100 books, largely dealing with rock and pop music, but also covering film, sports, philately, numismatics and erotica.

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2005.

Here are some notes that accompanied the tracks:

All tracks are studio outtakes/rehearsals/demos. I’ve hesitated on torrenting this because not only can I not give any comprehensive lineage, I also ripped them from the CD-Rs that I originally got them on and then used large amounts of noise reduction because boy did they need it. Now I can’t find my original discs - so here’s what’s left.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Love It To Death Segment (43:04)
Track 101. Fields of Regret 8:02 (12.8MB)
Track 102. I’m Eighteen 5:09 (8.2MB)
Track 103. Black Juju 9:01 (14.4MB)
Track 104. Is It My Body #1 2:57 (4.7MB)
Track 105. Is It My Body/My Very Own #2 7:08 (11.4MB)
Track 106. Second Coming 3:23 (5.4MB)
Track 107. Sun Arise 4:57 (7.9MB)
Track 108. Instrumental Jam 2:27 (3.9MB)

Killer Segment (41:26)
Track 109. Be My Lover #1 3:07 (5.0MB)
Track 110. Be My Lover #2 3:49 (6.1MB)
Track 111. Halo of Flies 9:41 (15.5MB)
Track 112. Desert Night Thing #1 3:53 (6.2MB)
Track 113. Desert Night Thing #2 3:20 (5.3MB)
Track 114. You Drive Me Nervous #1 (partial) 1:37 (2.6MB)
Track 115. You Drive Me Nervous #2 2:35 (4.1MB)
Track 116. You Drive Me Nervous #3 2:11 (3.5MB)
Track 117. You Drive Me Nervous #4 4:49 (7.7MB)
Track 118. Killer 6:24 (10.2MB)

Note: For those who want to burn out the tracks onto CDs, unless you overburn Disc 1, you will need to move Disc 1, Track 18 onto Disc 2.

Disc 2
School’s Out Segment (30:07)
Track 201. School’s Out 3:21 (5.3MB)
Track 202. Luney Tune #1 (partial) 2:18 (3.6MB)
Track 203. Luney Tune 3:38 (5.8MB)
Track 204. Gutter Cat vs The Jets 4:13 (6.7MB)
Track 205. Blue Turk 5:27 (8.7MB)
Track 206. My Stars #1 (partial) 1:01 (1.6MB)
Track 207. My Stars #2 6:04 (9.7MB)
Track 208. Public Animal #9 4:05 (6.5MB)

Muscle Of Love Segment (34:01)
Track 209. Never Been Sold Before #1 (partial) 1:22 (2.2MB)
Track 210. Never Been Sold Before #2 4:49 (7.7MB)
Track 211. Hard Hearted Alice #1 (partial) 0:43 (1.1MB)
Track 212. Hard Hearted Alice #2 5:48 (9.3MB)
Track 213. Workin’ Up A Sweat 3:31 (5.6MB)
Track 214. No Respect For The Sleepers 4:00 (6.4MB)
(different from version on The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper boxset)

Track 215. Man With The Golden Gun 2:58 (4.7MB)
Track 216. Teenage Lament ‘74 3:53 (6.2MB)
Track 217. Woman Machine 4:06 (6.5MB)
Track 218. Baby Please Don’t Stop 2:51 (4.5MB)

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  1. 12 Responses to “ALICE COOPER - STUDIO DEMOS 1970-1973”

  2. Fabulous! These are terrific, and a great glimpse into the Alice Cooper band working out song ideas. Thank you for making these tracks available!

    By Brian S on Jul 7, 2012

  3. Funny I just was reading an interview with Micheal Bruce discussing a lot of what is presented here. Alice was “the” band when I was in high school. Always wanted to catch him live but somehow never have.
    Thanks for this release, looking forward to listening to these cuts!

    By Tom on Jul 7, 2012

    Forgot to include the link.

    By Tom on Jul 7, 2012

  5. Thank you Big O Amigos. I wish Frank Gifford, one of the original Dukes of Thompson, were still around to hear this.
    As always, JS

    By James on Jul 8, 2012

  6. Big O, I don’t give a damn if your link is slow. If you keep posting excellent stuff like this, I’ll keep coming back!
    Personally, one of your top 5 offerings EVER. Many many thanks for finding and sharing and all the best to you!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 8, 2012

  7. Great stuff! Thanx!
    Cheers Tony

    By Tony Lauber on Jul 9, 2012

  8. Just saw Alice last week. Still a great show!
    Thanks BigO

    By frank zerbo on Jul 14, 2012

  9. I already have these from other sources but I just wanted to say I think some of them, particularly the Killer material, surpass the records. More exotic, more of a real band.

    By William Hooper on Jul 20, 2012

  10. it`s fun to hear these, they do sound dated. alice played in my hometown on a very cold february at a Polish Veterans hall in 1971.
    This was the year I was turning eighteen and the band was touring to promote the new lp which of course had the tune “I`m 18″..
    I still have the banned lp cover!
    They pulled into the parking lot in a small limo and alice was carrying a 24 of Labbatt`s 50.
    [Canuck speak for 24 bottles of putrid Labbatts beer.]
    Tickets were about 3 or 4 bucks, my drummer buddy still has the poster. Funny how they seemed so out there at the time and now they seem so tame compared to other acts.

    By sluggo on Jul 26, 2012

  11. Thank you BigO!

    Always fun to take a peek behind the curtain with demos and different takes.

    By Vincent Brennan on Jul 17, 2015

  12. Now it says it does not exist…

    By Samuel Michels on Aug 1, 2017

  13. Can we please get these Alice Cooper Demos 70-73 re-upped?

    Thanks and Regards!!

    By Cheyenne on Mar 8, 2018

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