- Audio CD (Jan. 23 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: Rhino-Atlantic
- ASIN: B00004TZYJ
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. I'm Eighteen|
|2. Is It My Body|
|4. Under My Wheels|
|5. Be My Lover|
|6. School's Out|
|8. Hello Hooray|
|9. Generation Landslide|
|10. No More Mr. Nice Guy|
|11. Billion Dollar Babies|
|12. Teenage Lament '74|
|13. Muscle Of Love|
|14. Only Women Bleed|
|15. Department Of Youth|
|16. Welcome To My Nightmare|
|17. I Never Cry|
|18. You And Me|
|19. How You Gonna See Me Now|
|20. From The Inside|
See all 22 tracks on this disc
#1) They could easily throw out Clones as it is not such a good song after all, even It's Hot Tonight from "Lace And Whiskey" would be better.
#2) Where the hell are: Caught In A Dream, Ballad Of Dwight Fry(!), Hey Stoopid and Feed My Frankenstein(!) HUH?
#3) They should really make it a 2 disc edition and include: all of the above + Black Juju, Halo Of Flies, Dead Babies(!), Sick Things(!), I Love The Dead(!), Cold Ethyl(!), Steven, Go To Hell(!), He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)(!), House Of Fire, Only My Heart Talkin', Bed Of Nails, Love's A Loaded Gun, Might As Well Be On Mars(!) - not to mention a bunch of other songs for example Gutter Cat Vs The Jests, Public Animal No 9, The Black Widow (favourite Bruce Dickinson's song), Lost In America etc.
I think Mascara & Monsters is good for a casual fan, to make him interested in Alice's music but for a hardcore fan like me it's just a waste of money. One way or another I give this thing 4 stars.
The album ends up being a bit bizarre because the gravelly vocals of songs like "I'm Eighteen" and "Under My Wheels" end up next to harmonious ballads. If you are very fond of either style, and care little for the other style, you will not like this album. On the other hand, if you like a broad range of music and styles, or if you are a huge Alice Cooper fan, than this album is reasonably good.
I say reasonably good because some of the Alice Cooper band's music is not represented. Always unfortunate, but in this case I initially wondered why "Dead Babies," which I have always considered to be almost a signature song for Alice Cooper, was missing. After a bit of thought I realized that the songs on the album spin Alice Cooper's music toward the more broadly acceptable pop side, thus likely generating greater sales than if the music focused on the more grotesque, and in some fan's eyes, more fun music of Alice Cooper.Read more ›
A few great songs are bound to be missing from a single-disc collection, but this is as good as it gets, and all the must-have classics are here: "School's Out", "Be My Lover", "Elected", "Muscle Of Love", "Under My Wheels", "Only Women Bleed" etc.
If you don't want to invest in the original albums (and Alice Cooper's 80s solo efforts are admittedly somewhat spotty), go get this excellent collection. It's the best there is.
Only one word can describe this collection - AWESOME. Nobody puts together "best of" compilations like the people at Rhino. This CD further illustrates that point. Just about every major hit Alice ever released can be found in this compilation (I'm Eighteen, Under My Wheels, School's Out, Elected, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Only Women Bleed, Welcome To My Nightmare, and Poison.) In addition to the hits, there are several underrated masterpieces you'll never hear on the radio (Desperado and I Never Cry, to name a few.) In all, you get TWENTY-TWO TRACKS ON A SINGLE CD! That makes this collection a GREAT value, and ideal to any casual Alice Cooper fan. However, there are two reasons I didn't give this five stars.
1) Three big hits are missing in action: Lost In America, Feed My Frankenstein, and Hey Stoopid!.
2) Too much emphasis on some albums, not enough on others. As another reviewer stated, there are FIVE tracks from Billion Dollar Babies! They're good songs, but that's overkill.
Cons aside, this is a GREAT collection. Even if you're just the casual fan of Alice Cooper, you would be doing yourself a huge favor buying this. If you want the hits listed above that mysteriously weren't features on this compilation, they can all be found on the "Classicks" compilation. Get this and that, and you'll have all the Alice you'll ever need!