Compilations

The Early Recordings School Days Vinyl (1973, Warner Brothers K66021)

The very first Alice Cooper compilation album was released in 1973 and included the full albums of Pretties For You and Easy Action, spread across 2 vinyls.  The album features a gatefold design complete with an interesting 'reflected' photo of Alice.  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 vinyls slot into either side of the gatefold cover and are simply titled 'School Days Disc 1, 2, 3 and 4' (e.g. no reference is made to the original album titles).

 

My Valuation: £20

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The Early Recordings School Days Vinyl (1973, Warner Brothers K66021)

This version of School Days shares the same number as that above but is slightly different, with minor changes present on the disc labels and back cover.  It appears as though this may be a French / European version.

 

My Valuation: £15

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Greatest Hits Vinyl Album (1974, Warner Bros 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 Nigthmare 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 version is a German / French issue 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 the. 

 

My Valuation: £20

Greatest Hits Vinyl Album (1974, Warner Bros K56043)

The sleeve of this 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).

 

My Valuation: £15 

Greatest Hits CD Album (Unknown Year, Warner Bros 7599-27330-2)

This CD version of Greatest Hits features all the tracks of the original album 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 artwork from vinyl version.

 

My Valuation: £10

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.

 

My Valuation: £10 

The Best Of Alice Cooper, Mascara & Monsters (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.

 

My Valuation: £10

The Beast Of Alice Cooper CD Album (1989, Warner Bros 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 Alice Cooper 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.

 

My Valuation: £20

The Beast Of Alice Cooper Vinyl Album (1989, Warner Bros 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).  

 

My Valuation: £20

Original Album Series CD (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! 

 

My Valuation: £15

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Original Album Series, Volume 2 CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £15

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Alice Cooper Trilogy CD (Unknown Year, Warner Bros 81227 32402)

The novelty-sized product provides 3 of the original band's most important albums all together including the inlays from the respective 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.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Constrictor & Raise Your Fist And Yell Vinyl (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.

 

My Valuation: £30

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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, randomly, 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. 

 

My Valuation: £20

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Prince Of Darkness 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.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Bizarre Rock Promotional CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Constrictor & Raise Your Fist And Yell CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £20

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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.

 

My Valuation: £20

Original Album Series CD (2011, Sony 86979 44462)

A nice little set containing the trio of albums Alice 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.

 

My Valuation: £10

Poison (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).

 

My Valuation: £10 

Legends CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £30

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Alice Cooper Greatest Hits (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.

 

My Valuation: £10

Brutal Planet & Dragontown CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £5

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Brutal Planet & Dragontown CD (2013, Armoury Records ADMCD554)

Much nicer than the Eagle Records compilation above is this offering by Armoury Records.  Firstly, the CDs are the same as the original releases plus the booklet is a lot better featuring reconfigured (but shorter) versions of the originals.  A nice suprise is that a photo of Alice previously overlaid with text on the original version of Brutal Planet is now uncovered.  

 

The only odd thing is the presentation of the booklet itself with one album printed a different way to the other.  This means that the cover of Dragontown is upside down inside the case. 

 

My Valuation: £10

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Brutal Planet & Dragontown CD (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 Tim Jones.  His insights into the 2 albums featured here follows and are an interesting read.   

 

My Valuation: £10

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Brutal Planet & Dragontown CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £10 

Dirty Diamonds & The Eyes Of Alice Cooper CD (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.

 

My Valuation: £5

The Eyes Of Alice Cooper & Dirty Diamonds CD (2014, Armoury Records ADMCD555)

This release by Armoury Records is better than the earlier effort by Eagle Records with nicer packaging more in keeping with the original releases (such as the artwork on the CD's) and a slip case.  

 

The booklet, which is a stripped down / reconfigured version of the original versions, is rather odd with the material for one album printed a different way up to the other.  On initial inspection, the case just looks like a copy of Dirty Diamonds as the 'Eyes' cover is upside down inside the case.  The booklet is a bit of let-down generally as it fails to retain most of the great photos from the original albums and is devoted almost entirely to text.

 

My Valuation: £10