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  • Audio CD (June 10 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0016OMGHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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1. Mr. And Misdeameanor
2. Shoe Salesman
3. Still No Air
4. Below Your Means
5. Return Of The Spiders
6. Laughing At Me
7. Refrigerator Heaven
8. Beautiful Flyaway
9. "Lay Down And Die, Goodbye"

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Limited Edition. Easy Action is the second studio album by Alice Cooper, released by Straight Records in June 1970. The title comes from a line in the musical film West Side Story, which was one of the band's favorite films.

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Format: Audio CD
Now this sounds a little more like the charachteristicly familiar Coop. At least on Mr. and Misdemeanor and Return of the Spiders. And Refrigerator Heaven. But also there are some really really mellow moments. Already we have a band in evolution. I have the original LP of Easy Action. I can't say anything about the CD remaster, but the vinyl sounds AMAZING. The best sounding AC album ever. The cymbals and high end are crispy and distortion free. Unbelievable for 1970. Killer, the orig. LP version with the 1972 calerndar, sounds like garbage next to this. Same for School's Out. BDB was a huge improvement, but Lace and Whiskey was deplorable. Anyway, AC stays away from the weirdness of Pretties For You, save for Refrigerator Heaven, and Lay Down and Die, which is a long winded space jam, that is actually done very well. We have here some excellent soft rock(!) tunes, with those great smooth vocal harmonies, and again, some tricky musical passages that come out of nowhere. Weird bass runs, dual guitar leads, and some cleaner jamming. This is a definate improvement over the first album in terms of being focused. There is also a more varied use of getting different sounds out of the guitar and more fuzz. Other songs have that classic warm undistorted guitar. Great piano on
some tunes. An obvious Beatle influence again. Just great songwriting.
I can't see how anyone would dismiss this album as crummy. It is more listenable than the debut, so I don't wanna hear that crap about it being too weird or too sloppy. This is really one of AC's most cohesive albums, in terms of songwriting, and in terms of musical technicality. Just listen to the breakdown in Below your Means. Or the progression of Lay Down and Die. Or the melody of Beautiful Flyaway. The hook of Misemeanor.
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Format: Audio CD
Easy Action (1970.) Alice Cooper's second album.
The classic Alice Cooper band, made up of himself, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith, released their first album, Pretties For You, in 1969. Although the album was a very good one, it was lacking the sound that would make the band such a hit in the years to come. Likewise, it didn't achieve any true popularity outside of the small cult following that the band had built up. The band needed to find a way to appeal to the masses, and in 1970, they began to change their sound. That year, they released their sophomore album, Easy Action. This was the band's second and last album on Frank Zappa's record label How does it measure up? Read on for my review.
This is the classic Alice Cooper band's transitional album, and it's on this album that they began to lean toward using the classic sound that fans would grow to love them for in the years that would immediately follow. The solid blues rocker, Mr. And Misdemeanor, kicks things off. Bluesy rock never sounded so good. With this opening track, Alice and the boys grab your attention and hold onto it tightly - exactly what the first track of an album should do. Shoe Salesman is an interesting little pop rock that is strangely reminiscent of John Lennon. This is considerably different from what you're used to hearing from the Coop, but it's still damn good. On the gloomy Still No Air, it's not the guitars or vocals, but rather Dennis Dunaway's bass playing that steals the show. It's hard to make such a bass-heavy song, much less a good one, but here the boys do it without fail. Below Your Means is a slower track. It's not one of the best tracks on the album, but it's not a bad one by any means either.
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I bought Pretties for You when it first came out and the Alice Cooper Band sounded so weird that I loved them instantly. As quirky and muddy as the sound was on Pretties, this their second album, Easy Action, sounded a whole lot better. I love every track on this album and it is still my favorite out of their catalogue. The songs are strange and not nearly as commercial as their later work for Warner Brothers. I met Alice in the mid eighties and had him autograph my copy of this album and he was surprised to see someone actually had it. Right after I bought this album, I saw them play live at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, around 1970. Their live show was great and they played cuts off both Pretties and Easy Action, starting off with Mister and Misdemeanor. As a guitarist, I tried to learn this album note for note and almost succeeded. If you want to get to the really great beginnings of the Alice Cooper Band, this is the perfect album. I was able to thank Michael Bruce for the great music, but it is just too bad my guitar hero Glen Buxton passed on before I could thank him too.
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This is a far better album (CD) than their first "Frank Zappa" sponsered "Pretties For You"! Still well written and played, I just think that "Lay Down and Die Goodbye" at over 7 minutes, lasted a little TOO long for me. I would have rather seen this song replaced by "Nobody Likes Me" instead,or one of their earlier classics, even if it was the "Nazz" or "Spiders"!
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