[ I rate this three and a half stars ]
Alice Cooper has a plethora of greatest hits compilations out already, but most of them have a tendency to overemphasize the seventies era of his career. At last, a compilation of his eighties material has finally been released! How does Classicks measure up? Read on and see.
-If you're looking for the three big eighties hits for Alice Cooper that mysteriously weren't featured on the Mascara And Monsters compilation (Hey Stoopid!, Lost In America, Feed My Frankenstein), they're all here.
-There are several excellent live versions of old favorites. These new renditions even feature some musicians who have risen to fame in other bands - Al Pitrelli of Megadeth, Stef Burns of Huey Lewis And The News, and even Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.
-The compilation features an unreleased track - a cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic, Fire.
-This is nothing but eighties material, meaning the casual Alice Cooper fan should start elsewhere (I recommend the Mascara And Monsters hits CD. If you buy it, this makes a good supplement to it.)
-The record company couldn't seem to decide if they wanted to make an eighties hits album or a live album, Taken separately, these are great things. Taken together, they result in an extremely mixed bag.
If you already own a compilation of Alice Cooper material that overemphasizes his seventies material, this makes an excellent supplement to it, because the other compilations deprive you of so many excellent eighties tracks.