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  • 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 36 customer reviews
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1. I'm Eighteen
2. Is It My Body
3. Desperado
4. Under My Wheels
5. Be My Lover
6. School's Out
7. Elected
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
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For those not wanting to plunk down $60 for last year's boxed set, here's an expanded version of the 1974 anthology Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits -22 tracks on one CD! Includes School's Out; Poison; You and Me; How You Gonna See Me Now; Only Women; No More Mr. Nice Guy; I Never Cry; Body; Elected; Eighteen , and more of Ol' Black Eyes' 1971-1990 best!


An essential figure in any history of the American grotesque, son-of-a-preacher-man Vincent Furnier served as a missing link between Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Marilyn Manson. As Alice Cooper, he helped make the pop world safe for morbidity and makeup, scoring a bunch of hits and misses along the way. Mascara & Monsters serves up a fairly rote chronology of Cooper's '70s singles, with the occasional B-side and 1989's "Poison" (cowritten by mainstream hitmeister Desmond Child!) thrown in for good measure. As such, the album doesn't live up to its best-of billing. "Dead Babies," arguably the best track on Killer, loses out to "Under My Wheels," while the garage-rock glories of the band's first two albums are also conspicuously absent. On the plus side, "School's Out," "Elected," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy" still sound great. If you're looking for easy access to those and numerous lesser singles, this collection will do the trick. --Bill Forman

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Aw, come on! You can't put every Alice's hit on 1(ONE) CD. Guys at Rhino tried very hard to make it a good compilation but somewhat failed.
#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.
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Alice Cooper has two faces, pardoning the unintentional pun. There is the Alice Cooper band with Vincent Furnier as the front man who eventually became identified as the character of Alice Cooper, and then there is Alice Cooper the relatively mellow solo artist with the occasional hint of that earlier Alice Cooper in the periodic gravel in his voice.
If you liked the original Alice Cooper band, it's possible that much of Alice Cooper's later work caused you chagrin. It can seem difficult to some people that the man who sang "Dead Babies" was singing songs such as "I Never Cry," How You Gonna See Me Now," and "You and Me." On the other hand, Alice Cooper the artist followed where his music led him and in the process created some beautiful, though perhaps a bit mellow, music.
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.
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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!
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This twenty two song collection of seventies "Shock Rocker" Alice Cooper is a nicely remastered collection of some of his most popular hits from 1970 up to 1989. Cooper was one of, if not the first artist (early Genesis did so as well) to encorporate theatrics into his "live" shows. From grisly one eyed cyclopses to boa constrictors, his shows were always fun to watch. I saw Cooper and his band "live" in Chicago in 1973 and it was one of my favorite concerts. Not only did the band sound great, but the stage props alone were worth seeing. This collection includes the big hits such as "I'm Eighteen", "Be My Lover", "School's Out", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Teenage Lament '74", "Only Women Bleed", "Department Of Youth", and "Poison", to name a few. Obviously, Alice Cooper's best years were from 1970 to 1974, with his original band. It really wasn't until 1989 that Cooper again had a decent hit in "Poison". Though Alice Cooper still records and tours, his music today is just a shadow of what it used to be. This "Best Of" collection also includes a fifteen page booklet that includes photos and other information on Alice Cooper. If you buy just one Alice Cooper cd, I'd suggest this collection as it touches all the bases.
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