Alice Cooper – School’s Out (1972)

AllMusic Review: School’s Out catapulted Alice Cooper into the hard rock stratosphere, largely due to its timeless, all-time classic title track. But while the song became Alice’s highest-charting single ever (reaching number seven on the U.S. charts) and recalled the brash, three-and-a-half-minute garage rock of yore, the majority of the album signaled a more complex compositional directional for the band. Unlike Cooper’s previous releases (Love It to Death, Killer), which contained several instantly identifiable hard rock classics, School’s Out appears to be a concept album, and aside from the aforementioned title track anthem, few of the other tracks have ever popped up in concert. That’s not to say they weren’t still strong and memorable; while such cuts as “Gutter Cat vs. the Jets,” “Street Fight,” “My Stars,” and “Grande Finale” came off like mini-epics with a slightly progressive edge, Alice Cooper still managed to maintain their raw, unrefined punk edges, regardless. Other highlights included the rowdy “Public Animal #9,” the mid-paced “Luney Tune,” and the sinister, cabaret-esque “Blue Turk.” — Greg Prato

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “School’s Out” Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith 3:30
2. “Luney Tune” Cooper, Dunaway 3:44
3. “Gutter Cat vs. the Jets” Buxton, Dunaway, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim 4:40
4. “Street Fight” (Instrumental) Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith 0:55
5. “Blue Turk” Cooper, Bruce 5:34
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “My Stars” Cooper, Bob Ezrin 5:49
2. “Public Animal #9” Cooper, Bruce 3:55
3. “Alma Mater” Smith 4:27
4. “Grande Finale” (Instrumental) Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Bob Ezrin, Smith, Mack David, Elmer Bernstein 4:26

 

Schill Score:  8.25/10

 

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