Compilations

NOTE: For the Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper Box Set see here.

NOTE: For the Old School Box Set please see here.

NOTE: For the The Studio Albums 1969-1983 Box Set see here.

School Days 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, K66021

The very first Alice Cooper compilation was released in 1973 and included the two debut Alice Cooper Group albums (Pretties For You and Easy Action) spread across 2 vinyls.  

 

The UK version features an unusual gatefold design that is hinged at the base with the vinyl discs slotting in at the top.  You need to rotate it when opened to view the landscape 'reflected' photos of Alice inside.  Despite the other members of the band being illustrated on the cover art, it was clear even at this stage that Vince / Alice was the focus of the band's marketing people.

 

The vinyl discs are simply titled 'School Days Disc 1, 2, 3 and 4' (i.e. no reference is made to the original album titles).

School Days 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, 66021

This well-loved French version of School Days is almost identical to the UK pressing (above), but features slightly different text on the vinyl labels and back cover.

Alice Cooper Two Originals CD Album

2011, Progressive Line, PL 602

This compilation CD is similar to School Days (above) in that it features both Pretties for You and Easy Action.  Unusually for a compilation, both albums are shoe-horned onto a single CD meaning you can enjoy all the tracks without having to change discs.

 

The package itself is very simple with just a jewel case and fold-out paper insert.  However, the iconic imagery from both albums are nicely mixed together to create an appealing product for any Alice Cooper Group fan.

Greatest Hits CD Album

Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, 7599-27330-2

This European CD version of Greatest Hits features all the tracks of the original vinyl album (below) and comes in a jewel case complete with card slipcase.  A simple inlay is provided featuring track listings, credits, a short biography on the Alice Cooper Group plus the original vinyl version artwork.

Greatest Hits 12" Vinyl Album

1974, Warner Brothers, K56043 / W2803

In 1974 (a year after the release of what proved to be the original Alice Cooper group's final album, Musle Of Love) a 2nd compilation vinyl album was released.  This featured 2 tracks from Love It To Death (I'm Eighteen and Is It My Body), 3 tracks from Killer (Desperado, Under My Wheels and Be My Lover), 1 track from School's Out (the title track), 4 tracks from Billion Dollar Babies (Hello Hooray, Elected, No More Mr Nice Guy and Billion Dollar Babies) and 2 tracks from Musle Of Love (Teenage Lament '74 and Muscle Of Love).  

 

All the songs are understood to have been slightly remixed but any differences will only be noticable to the most ardent of fans.

 

The most notable aspect of this release is the magnificant sepai-toned cover art, which was designed by renowned artist Drew Struzan (who also worked on films like Star Wars and Indiana Jones and also drew the cover of the Welcome To My Nightmare album).  The image wraps around the front and back covers and features the group members outside a garage surrounded by numerous famous faces of the period (about the mid 1900's) including Humphrey Bogart and Groucho Marx.  Further artwork also appears on the inner sleeve, with the band appearing again (this time complete with instruments) together with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Errol Flynn.

 

This album nicely closes off the Alice Group era and the selection of tracks is a pretty fitting tribute to them, even if it does miss out the first 2 albums entirely plus the vast majority of School's Out.

 

This European version, features cream Warner Brothers vinyl labels and comes in a simple card sleeve complete with the illustrated inner sleeve.  The colours on the outer sleeve have a deep sepia tone to them.

Greatest Hits 12" Vinyl Album

1974, Warner Brothers, K56043

The UK version features black and white artwork rather than the sepia tone of the above version.  It also does not have feature the illustrated inner sleeve (this may simply be missing, however).

Greatest Hits 12" Vinyl Album

2018, Warner Brothers, 603497857883

This vinyl re-issue of Greatest Hits features near identical packaging to the original release (see above).  The only notable difference is that the vinyl features the Warner Brother 'Palm Tree' design, which featured on some original pressings of the album. 

The Definitive Alice Cooper CD Album

2001, Rhino, WE833

Although the cover markets this as a solo Alice Cooper product, it is in fact the Greatest Hits album but with the addition of 9 post Alice Cooper Group tracks.  These covered the period between 1975's Welcome To My Nightmare and 1991's Hey Stoopid and included Only Women Bleed, Department of Youth and Welcome To My Nightmare (from Welcome To My Nightmare), I Never Cry (from Goes To Hell), You And Me (from Lace And Whiskey), How You Gonna See Me Now and From The Inside (from From The Inside), Poison (from Trash) and Hey Stoopid (from Hey Stoopid). 

 

The booklet features an introduction by Alice himself, a short solo-oriented biography by biographer Jeffrey Morgan plus track listings credits and images from Alice's solo career.

The Best Of Alice Cooper, Mascara & Monsters CD Album

2001, Rhino, R2 75806

This further compilation is again the Greatest Hits album with 9 solo Alice Cooper tracks added.  These are the same as The Definitive Alice Cooper (above) only with Hey Stoopid randomly swapped with Clones (from Flush The Fashion).  The artwork is also different throughout.

 

The booklet is almost identical only with the track listings changed accordingly and the images in slightly different order (see example image below).

The Beast Of Alice Cooper CD Album

1989, Warner Brothers, 2292-41781-2

The Beast Of Alice Cooper was released in 1989 during Alice's highly successful Trash period.  It marked his first compilation as a solo artist and was the first Group-related compilation since 1974's Greatest Hits (above).  I use the term very loosely though as the album actually features only 2 solo songs (Only Women Bleed and Department Of Youth) with the remaining 12 songs coming from the Group era.  This is very much a testiment to the quality of the Group's material though, and is not a criticism.

 

This CD version comes in a simple jewel case sleeve with a small booklet provided featuring a variety of images from Alice's career to date plus a short biography by RAW Magazine writer Dave Dickson.  

 

This release is no longer a crucial addition to your collection, having been bettered by The Life And Crimes of Alice Cooper, but it has a special place in my heart as it was one of the first albums that I purchased as a kid.

The Beast Of Alice Cooper 12" Vinyl Album

1989, Warner Brothers, 241 781-1

This vinyl version of The Beast Of Alice Cooper comes in a simple sleeve with the inner sleeve featuring the images from Alice's career to date that were included in the CD release's booklet.  On the back is a biography by Dave Dickson (which also featured in the CD release).

Original Album Series CD Album

2012, Rhino, 81227 98357

This is an excellent introduction to the Alice Cooper band as it includes the full versions of their first 5 albums (which at about £12 is not to be sniffed at).  All you get here is the CD's in card sleeves but for the price you really can't complain.

 

I guess it's slightly random that the last 2 band albums are not included (or, at the very least, that the first 2 weren't dropped in favour of Billion Dollar Babies) but then what do I know. Utterly essential for anyone interested in discovering the early material!

Original Album Series, Volume 2 CD Album

2016, Rhino, 081227 944780

Following on from the above release, this compilation includes the full versions of the next 5 Alice Cooper albums (2 group and 3 solo).  Again, all you get here is the CD's in card sleeves but this still offers excellent value for money for new fans.

Alice Cooper Trilogy CD Album

2005, Warner Brothers, 81227 32402

The novelty-sized product provides 3 of the original band's most important albums (Killer, School's Out and Billion Dollar Babies) all together including the simple inlays bookletsfrom the respective Warner Brothers CD releases.  

As with the above 'Original Album Series' set it's missing a key album (in this case, Love It To Death) but is still a good investment for a new fan.

Constrictor & Raise Your Fist And Yell 12" Vinyl Albums

1987, MCA Records, MCFP 3392

This double LP package features the previously released picture disc of Constrictor (MCFP 3341) along with the (at the time) new picture disc for Raise Your Fist And Yell (MCFP 3392).  They come packaged in a simple card sleeve enabling you to see the cover of both albums from the sides.

 

Please see my Constrictor and Raise Your Fist And Yell pages for more details.

Prince Of Darkness CD Album

1989, MCA Records, MCAD-42315

This CD features tracks from the Constrictor and Raise Your Fist And Yell albums plus, oddly, a live version of Billion Dollar Babies from 1976.  The tracks are in mixed chronological order with the Raise Your Fist And Yell songs (4 in total) mixed in with the Constrictor material (5 in total).  The live track is sandwiched in the middle.

 

There is no booklet, just a folded paper inlay with track listings and credits.

Prince Of Darkness 12" Vinyl Album

1989, MCA Records, R163192

This vinyl version of Prince Of Darkness is quite rare and comes in a simple sleeve design featuring a black disc.  The track listings are exactly the same as the CD.

Bizarre Rock Promotional CD Album

1987, MCA, MCAD-20883

This rare promotional CD features 12 tracks from Constrictor and Raise Your Fist And Yell (6 from each to be precise, with the latter material from RYFAY coming first) and comes in a jewel case.  The inlay is a simple paper one.  

 

Text From Supplier:

 

This was going to be a compilation of the MCA years Constrictor, Raise Your Fist And Yell & Prince Of Darkness.

 

It never made it out to the public they only made 100 to give out to radio stations and media.  But were hit with legal issues and pulled never released. But I have some here that were not destroyed.

 

Brand new never played. They have been opened but mint condition as they were never in full production and shrink wrapped.

 

So this is a very rare item from MCA promo CD made in 1995 and only 100 were made for the promo run as they dropped this project.

Classicks CD Album

1995, Epic, 4808452

Classicks features 8 tracks from the 3 Epic Alice Cooper albums Trash (2 tracks), Hey Stoopid (3 tracks) and The Last Temptation (3 tracks).  Also provided are live versions of 6 classic Alice Coper tracks (5 of which are from the Alice Cooper Group era) taken from the Trashes The World video release plus a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Fire (which originally featured as a B Side track on the Love's A Loaded Gun single).

 

This European CD version features a jewel case and features images of Alice from the Hey Stoopid and Trash on the front and back respectively. Further images from the Epic era are contained inside the fold-out booklet along with track listings and credits. 

Classicks Mini Disc Album

1997, Epic, 4808458

Along with Hey Stoopid and The Last Temptation, Classicks was the only other Alice Cooper release on Sony's ill-fated Mini Disc format.  This European version features the same artwork as the CD version (above), an identical minature version of the booklet plus the album artwork on the disc.

Classicks 12" Vinyl Album 

1995, Epic, 4808451

Classicks was also subject to a vinyl release but is understood to be very rare due to the low popularity of this format when the album was first released.  This European version comes in a simple card sleeve and features the same artwork on the sleeve as the above versions.

Constrictor & Raise Your Fist And Yell CD Album

1996, MCA MCD, 33004

This compliation CD features Constrictor and Raise Your Fist And Yell, comes in a jewel case and features a simple folded inlay containing track listings and credits.

Freedom For Frankenstein, Hits & Pieces 1984-91

1998, Raven, RVCD-69

This excellent compilation CD provides the listener with a good assortment of material from Alice's career between 1984 and 1996 (not 1991 as stated on the case), with recordings covering the Contrictor (3 tracks), Raise Your Fist And Yell (2 tracks), Trash (3 tracks), Hey Stoopid (2) and The Last Tempatation (1 track) albums.

 

Also provided are the previously available, non-album tracks, I Got A Line On You (Trash era), It Rained All Night and Fire (both from the Hey Stoopid era) plus live recordings of Go To Hell, Ballad Of Dwight Fry, Sick Things and a great medlee of Only Women Bleed and Wind Up Toy (the latter of which I believe is the only live version of this track that's ever been made available). 

 

To top things off you get a great 16-page booklet featuring a biography by 'Australia's Biggest Alice Cooper Fan' Andrew Carpenter, lots of great images and tracklistings and credits.

 

This is a must-have CD so well worth hunting out a copy.

Original Album Classics CD Album

2011, Sony, 86979 44462

This set contains the trio of Alice albums released under the Sony label.  For about £10 you get the CD's in cardboard sleeves and not much else (e.g. not the original booklets).  For the money though, there's not much to complain about making this an ideal entry into some of Alice's solo work.

Poison CD Album

2003, Sony Music Media, 5113052

This compilation CD comes on 2 CD's and features tracks from the Sony catalogue of Alice Cooper albums Trash (7 tracks), Hey Stoopid (7 tracks) and The Last Temptation (6 tracks).  Also included are 3 live tracks (School's Out, Billion Dollar Babies and No More Mr Nice Guy) plus Alice's cover of Jimmy Henrix's Fire from the Hey Stoopid era.

 

The packaging features photos from the Brutal Planet tour, which is rather odd seeing as no material from that era are present here.  Still, at least Alice looks at his best in them!

 

Inside is a rather poor folded paper booklet which contains only track listings and credits.  Also, Fire is described as "previously unreleased" but that isn't true as it had turned up several times before (most notably as a B Side to the single of Love's A Loaded Gun).

Legends CD Album

2005, Sony, LC00316

This compilation set comes on 3 CDs.  The first 2 discs contain tracks from Trash, Hey Stoopid and The Last Temptation whereas disc 3 features tracks from Sony's live catalogue.  For those not in the know, this means recordings from the Birmingham NEC, Electric Lady Studios and Cincinatti Gardens.

 

The mostable notable aspects of this release are the reference to Bed Of Nails Of Nails being a 'Clean Version' and the inclusion of the live version of Spark In The Dark (from Birmingham NEC), which had not previously been released on any CD.  However, Bed Of Nails doesn't appear to be any different to the album version (with Alice still promising to "drive you like a hammer on a bed of nails") plus Spark In The Dark (and indeed Poison) do not seem to play at the right speed with them sounding somewhat faster than expected.  This is a shame due to the rarity of this particular track.

Alice Cooper Greatest Hits CD Album

2008, Sony, 88697304332

Not to be confused with the original Greatest Hits album (above), this compilation by Sony comes in a tin case features tracks from Trash (Poison, Why Trust You and Trash), Hey Stoopid (Hey Stoopid, Love's A Loaded Gun and Might As Well Be On Mars) and The Last Temptation (Lost In America, You're My Temptation, Stolen Prayer and Sideshow).

 

A very basic booklet is included which contains only the track listings, credits and information on other non-Alice releases in the same series.

The Best Of Alice Cooper (Spark In The Dark) CD Album

2009, Sony Music, 88697536532

Not to be confused with The Beast Of Alice Cooper (above), this 2-disc compilation by Sony Music features a whopping 29 tracks from the Trash, Hey Stoopid and The Last Temptation albums in a mixed order plus 3 live songs (No More Mr Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out).  

 

Rather than listing the songs from those 3 albums that are included, it's easier to simply state the ones that do not feature, which are Why Trust You and This Maniac's In Love With You (from Trash) and Lullaby (from The Last Tempatation).  Quite why they had to be ommited is beyond me, especially as they could have been provided at the expense of the 3 live tracks.

 

All-in-all, a pretty pointless release.

Brutal Planet and Dragontown CD Album

2008, Eagle Records, EDGCCD381

A bargain basement compliation of Brutal Planet and Dragontown (usually retailing around £5) featuring the CDs and, err, not a great deal more.

 

The track listings are the same as the original standard album releases (i.e. no bonus tracks are provided).

Brutal Planet and Dragontown CD Album

2013, Armoury Records, ADMCD554

This release by Armoury Records is better than the earlier effort by Eagle Records (above) with presentation more in keeping with the original releases plus a nice slip case.  

 

The only oddity is the presentation of the booklet, with one album printed a different way to the other.  This means that the cover of Dragontown is upside down inside the case and that images where the 2 booklets meet in the centre are also displayed in opposite directions.

 

The track listings are the same as the original standard album releases (i.e. no bonus tracks are provided).

Brutal Planet and Dragontown CD Album

2007, Snapper Music, SMDCD584

Another Brutal Planet & Dragontown compilation?  Why not!

 

This version by Snapper Music has entirely new presentation (with a purple and blue theme) other than the picture of Alice from the front, which is modified from the original Dragontown photo session.

 

The booklet is good with a nice (if not entirely accurate) written piece on Alice's past by music journalist Tim Jones.  His insights into the 2 albums featured here follows and are an interesting read.

 

The track listings are the same as the original standard album releases (i.e. no bonus tracks are provided).

Brutal Planet and Dragontown CD Album

2007, Weton-Wesgram, BB2218

This further Brutal Planet and Dragontown compilation comes in a double width case complete with silver embossed card slip case.  Gone is all the original artwork from these album, which are replaced by a black and white theme together with a picture of a snake on the front.  

 

Although there is room and fixings for 4 CD's, only 2 are provided with Brutal Planet (CD 1) in the front section and Dragontown (CD 2) in the rear section.  With no booklet provided, this is as simple as compilations come.

 

The track listings are the same as the original standard album releases (i.e. no bonus tracks are provided).

Dirty Diamonds and The Eyes Of Alice Cooper CD Album

2008, Eagle Records, EDGCCD382

Another bargain basement complication by Eagle Records, this time featuring The Eyes Of Alice Cooper and Dirty Diamonds.  If we're going to picky then we could argue that they're not presented in chronological order (what with 'Eyes' coming out in 2003 and Dirty Diamonds in 2005).

 

As with the Brutal Planet and Dragontown release, it's a rather basic package but then you can't complain for around £5.

 

The track listings are the same as the original standard album releases and this means that the 'Bonus Track' Stand is included with Dirty Diamonds.

The Eyes Of Alice Cooper and Dirty Diamonds CD Abum

2014, Armoury Records, ADMCD555

This release by Armoury Records is better than the earlier effort by Eagle Records (above) with presentation more in keeping with the original releases plus a nice slip case.  

 

The only oddity is the presentation of the booklet, with one album printed a different way to the other.  This means that the cover of Dragontown is upside down inside the case and that images where the 2 booklets meet in the centre are also displayed in opposite directions.

 

The track listings are the same as the original standard album releases and this means that the 'Bonus Track' Stand is included with Dirty Diamonds.