Alice Cooper was to the seventies what Ozzy Osbourne was to the eighties and what Marilyn Manson was to the nineties - The decade's bad boy of hard rock. For roughly three decades, Alice has been releasing excellent rockers, most of which still receive "classic rock" airplay. In 2001, Rhino Records released this retrospective of Alice's career. How does it measure up?
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!