School's Out Era
Read my review of this album here.
School's Out CD Album (Warner Bros 7599-27260-2)
This is a very basic CD in a jewel case. The insert is also very basic and provides the track listings and credits. However, there is a useful 'Notes' page which provides a history oif the band to date. Interestingly, the notes state that the band took their name from a "ouija board reading".
Estimated Value: £10
School's Out 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album (Unknown Year / Manufacturer)
This is just such a cool item, a faithfully reproduced CD version of the original LP complete with mini panties, school report card and expandable table legs. There's also the added bonus of (in most people's opinion) superior sound quality brought about by remastering the original recording.
The only critisicm of this truely excellent product (other than the price, about £30 delivered from Japan) is that they should have made the CD itself look like a mini record rather than just a large version of the label. That's being really picky though!
Estimated Value: £50
School's Out '24KT + Gold' CD Album (2009, Audio Fidelity AFZ 035)
As before you get a beautiful gold CD, supposedly superior sound quality, plus a rather dissapointing fold-out booklet featuring stock images.
As with the previous releases, this is limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies, of which this is 369.
Estimated Value: £75
Vinyl (1972, Warner Brothers WB 56007)
The first of the great Alice Cooper vinyl albums. The School's Out LP embrassed the album concept perfectly, replicating a school desk complete with etchings by members of the band. The desk even opens in the way you would expect to reveal the vinyl. Underneath that an image is provided of the other contents of the 'desk' including gum, marbles, crayons and, of course, the track listings and credits. The finishing touch to this excellent product was the legs on the base which could, if wanted, be opened up enabling the desk to stand up!
This version does not have the infamous paper panties or the report card, both of which came with some initial copies.
Could a better idea for this release have possibly been found? No! Well, at least not until the release (some 40 years later) of the super-deluxe Old School Boxset.
Estimated Value: £30
School's Out Vinyl Album (1972, Warner Brothers BS2623)
This copy is almost identical to the above but does come with the infamous paper panties (in this case white, although you could also get them in pink and blue as well). The other noticable difference is that the front cover is darker than the above version.
Estimated Value: £100
School's Out Vinyl Album (2009, Friday Music 29421 91132)
Another 180g re-issue by Friday Music. This release lacks most of the original packaging features (like the paper panties and expandable table legs) but does open from bottom to top to give you the impression of opening a desk (the vinyl doesn't tuck into the sleeve like the original though).
Estimated Value: £25
School's Out 7" Vinyl Single (1972, Warner Brothers K16188)
This single comes in a simple paper sleeve and features School's Out on Side 1 and Gutter Cat on Side 2 (both from the album School's Out).
School's Out 7" Vinyl Single (1976, Warner Brothers K16287)
This single comes in a simple paper sleeve, was released 4 years after the School's Out album, and features School's Out on Side 1 (from the album School's Out) and Elected on Side 2 (from the album Billion Dollar Babies). The front of the paper sleeve is similar looking to the original School's Out album cover.