School's Out Era
Read my review of this album here.
School's Out CD Album
Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, 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".
School's Out 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album (2011, Warner Brothers)
This is just such a cool item, a faithfully reproduced CD version of the original LP complete with mini panties, school report card (originally issued as part of the press kits for the album and also some promotional copies) 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!
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.
NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and be seen here.
School's Out 12" Vinyl Album (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, which came with some initial copies (before they were deemed to be a fire hazard).
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.
School's Out 12" 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.
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).
School's Out 7" Vinyl Single (1972, Warner Brothers K 16188)
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 (1972, Warner Brothers WB 16188)
This German vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with the same image of Alice on both the front and back and features School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat on Side B (both from the School's Out album).
School's Out 7" Vinyl Single (1976, Warner Brothers K 16287)
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.