The Best Of Alice Cooper: Mascara & Monsters Best of
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|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|
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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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#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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
The ultimate show man with the hard rocking voice. Every hit you wanted to see and some lesser known rockers to help you tap your toes.Published 14 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
a good selection of Alice Cooper hits, brings back nice memoriesPublished 22 months ago by david mungall
I agree, there is to many songs left off this compliation. Then again Alice has to many songs to fit 1 CD. For the casual fan, most of the songs you want are here. Read morePublished on March 13 2005 by Grant Coatsworth
This is what you get when you take the best of all Alice Cooper songs and cram 'em into 1 disc! This is great for casual and diehard fans. Read morePublished on June 17 2004
This is the first Alice Cooper cd I ever bought, and it will always be one of my favorites. From the opening track of Eighteen to the closing track, the classic Posion, this album... Read morePublished on April 20 2004
Here it is, the definitive single-disc collection. The track list is better than any other Cooper compilation on the market, getting it right almost all the way through, from the... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Docendo Discimus
For a greatest hits i found alice had some great songs on it.Over the last couple of years alice put out alot of greatest hits like clasicks,essentials,fistful of alice. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by eric johnson
Somewhere between the chopped up baby dolls, boa constrictors and mock hangings, Alice Cooper managed to write two decades worth of classics. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Tim Brough