'School's Out' Has Been Out For 50 Years- How Do You Rank It Among The Alice Cooper Group Albums?

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  1. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

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    My older cousin turned me on to 'Love It To Death' by the Alice Cooper Group.
    Thought it was great and getting 'Killer' some months later was even more exciting for teen me.
    Still love both those albums and 'Killer' remains a favourite.

    So...I was looking forward to getting 'School's Out' in the early summer of '72.
    I thought in my teenage head that it would be incredible and maybe even better than the recently released and purchased ' Exile On Main Street' by the Stones.

    T'was not to be though. Big disappointment.

    I was leery of it from the get go with its somewhat cutesy-wutesy 'Look! It turns into a desk!' album cover and the accompanying panties.
    Speaking of the latter, I gave them to this girl at school hoping she'd model them for me. She didn't.

    Anyway, as for the music therein...
    It just didn't cut it. The title track was catchy but trite. The other songs weren't much to speak of and overall I found the album weak. Big on theme perhaps but short on punch, it just went nowhere in a hurry.

    Thankfully, the group bounced back to form somewhat with the following album 'Billion Dollar Babies' but the glory days were gone.

    I rank 'School's Out' the worst out of the run from 'Love It To Death' through to 'Muscle Of Love'
     
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  2. Wild Horse

    Wild Horse Forum Resident

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    The second worst of the good run (worst being Muscle), but still a decent album.

    I've come to the conclusion that Alice Cooper was the best American hard rock band of the 70's.

    The English had us beat in the 70's pretty much in all rock genres.
     
  3. Wild Horse

    Wild Horse Forum Resident

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    Wait, Aerosmith was pretty good, too (in the 70's).
     
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  4. prymel

    prymel Forum Resident

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    Love It To Death and Killer are untouchable in the AC catalog. Billion Dollar Babies is a cut below, though still excellent. I rate School's Out and Muscle Of Love about the same, they both have moments, but are inconsistent. Easy Action is a sleeper and worth checking out. Pretties For You is pretty bad.
     
  5. chickendinna

    chickendinna Homegrown’s All Right With Me

    I liked Alice Cooper, fun if not kitschy. But like High School, I graduated from them.
     
  6. Zappateer

    Zappateer Forum Resident

    I m o Love It To Death, Killer and Billion Dollar Babies we’re all better in that early Warner Brothers run.
     
  7. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

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    Above the first 2, lower than the rest. It is fine, but I can't say it has as many catchy songs as the other 4 1971-1973 albums. Muscle of Love is underrated IMO, stripped of a concept and Ezrin attempts at atmospheric shocks it is their most traditional rock album.
     
  8. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

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    I'd agree, although Blue Oyster Cult is also a good contender but only had 6 albums to Alice's 10. Both bands had pop hooks and fascinating songwriting to go with the riffs. Aerosmith had sex and drugs, and that was mostly it song-wise. Here is my ranking of the 70's for both bands:

    Welcome to my Nightmare
    Tyranny & Mutation
    Killer
    Secret Treaties
    Billion Dollar Babies
    Love it to Death
    Mirrors
    Agents of Fortune
    Muscle of Love
    Spectre
    From the Inside
    Blue Oyster Cult
    School's Out
    Go to Hell
    Lace and Whiskey
    Easy Action
     
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  9. Wild Horse

    Wild Horse Forum Resident

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    I like BOC's early albums, but after the first 3 albums they were too pop for a hard rock band.

    That being said, "Don't Fear the Reaper" is a classic single. Black Sabbath meets The Byrds.
     
  10. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

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    Thanks, that saved me typing it out!!
     
  11. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

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    Syracuse, NY USA
    I only own the original band’s album plus Nighmare

    Love It To Death
    Killer
    Easy Action
    Billion Dollar Babies
    School’s Out. And Muscle Of Love (tied$
    Pretties For You
    Welcome To My Nightmare
     
  12. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Bass & Keys Cadaver

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    Next to last before the abysmal Muscle. My Stars is its only saving grace.
     
  13. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

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    I will give it a few extra points for the Mad Magazine Lovely Libarace cartoon in the desk.
     
  14. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

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    Like all the original band albums, it is great but it remains next to last for me (out of the seven).

    My personal favorite is still Easy Action.
     
  15. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

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    Oh man, I love School's Out, it's my favorite AC album. The I must have played the 8-track in my car 100 times driving around during the summer it came out. I had a VW Bug with a plywood deck over the back cubby behind the rear seat with 2 12" speakers mounted in it, and it was LOUD. Love It To Death and Killer are both great albums, but School's Out really resonated with me. It was released right after I graduated high school and it just fit perfectly at the time, the feeling of being free from teachers and books and cruising over the hill with my girlfriend to Santa Cruz without a care in the world.
     
  16. intv7

    intv7 Senior Member

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    It's a classic. It took me years to get into it, because aside from the title track, there are no other hits on it. The albums that bookend it are represented on Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits by at least three tracks (Billion Dollar Babies has four on there).

    School's Out
    is very rewarding if you give it the chance. "Blue Turk", "My Stars", "Gutter Cat", "Luney Tune", "Public Animal #9", "Alma Mater"...the whole thing is EXCELLENT. I'm not sure if it's quite as strong as Love It To Death, Killer, or Billion Dollar Babies -- but I think it's stronger than either of the first two albums and stronger than Muscle Of Love...all albums I love, by the way.
     
  17. Fred1

    Fred1 Forum Resident

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    It's an outstanding album. I lost however interest in Alice Cooper's albums after "Muscle Of Love".

    "Trash" (1989) however rekindled my curiosity in him as a solo artist.
     
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  18. "My Stars", "Public Animal #9" and "Alma Mater" is a great run of songs. Most of the rest is great production too - very well done nod to Broadway/Hollywood - just not something I tend to go back to.

    So I prefer the album coming before and the one after.
     
  19. cjefferys

    cjefferys Forum Resident

    I think it's great, but it was the first Alice album I heard in its entirety so maybe it's nostalgia talking. "My Stars" is still one of my favorite songs from the band, and the rest is pretty damn good as well.
     
  20. numer9

    numer9 Beatles Apologist

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    I love it....I graduated HS when it came out and was the soundtrack (along with Exile) to the Summer of 72.
     
  21. Alf.

    Alf. Forum Resident

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    It's my second favourite of all the Cooper back catalogue albums; band and solo. Only Killer betters it, for me.

    I think School's Out has always been vastly underrated as an album. The title track is obviously regarded as an undeniable classic, yet the rest of the material gets tagged as insubstantial. It's not. The LP is the band's Punk Side Story, casting a witty and cohesive eye over their teenage schooldays. Producer Bob Ezrin extends the musical palette - sultry jazz & a Spaghetti Western-like finale - whilst Alice delivers a topnotch set of snarls and sneers, and the band pummel the bloody hell out of their instruments. It's bratty & breezy, built on a rock solid foundation of fabulous pop sensibilities.

    So despite what many claim, School's Out is no one trick pony. Instead it offers up a cornucopia of little gems.

    Blue Turk
    (Uncredited trombone solo by Wayne Andre):
     
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  23. All Shook Down

    All Shook Down Well-Known Member

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    I love it. In part because it retains an element of mystery. It's not overplayed. The songs sound new and surprising to me when I listen to it. I love that they went with a concept and seemed to put aside the need to make singles, other than the title song. The broadway/West Side Story campiness works for me. Maybe if I had been old enough to have eagerly anticipated this album as a new release it would be different, but I love how it fits into the classic Alice Cooper group records. And it's light years ahead of Muscle of Love. No comparison as far as I'm concerned.

    Billion Dollar Babies
    Killer
    School's Out
    Love It To Death



    Easy Action
    Muscle of Love
    Pretties For You
     
  24. davenav

    davenav High Plains Grifter

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    Louisville, KY USA
    This.

    There were so many great albums released that year - Tull, Who’s Next, Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Mott The Hoople, Bowie, Roxy Music, Manassas, Moody Blues, Big Star, Badfinger, and so many more.

    But, School’s Out held its own in my car! It was the best of times.
     
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  25. Zappateer

    Zappateer Forum Resident

    Recently I have been filling in the Alice Cooper releases in my collection. Down to 2.
     

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