School's Out Era

Read my review of this album here.

School's Out CD Album

1990, Warner Brothers, 7599-27260-2

This European CD version of School's Out comes in a jewel case and features a very basic fold-out booklet containing track listings and credits. There is also a useful 'Notes' page featuring a short history of the Alice Cooper Group up to and including the School's Out era (interestingly, these state that the Group took their name from a ouija board reading).

School's Out 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14303

This is just such a cool item, a faithfully reproduced Japanese SHM 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

Following on from Audio Fidelity's releases of Love It To Death and Killer comes this USA version of School's Out on '24KT+ Gold' CD format. 

 

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 can 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, 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 European version does not have the infamous paper panties, 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.

 

Brilliant stuff!

School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, BS 2623

This USA 12" vinyl album is similar to the above UK version 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 differences are the vinyl lables and that the front cover is darker than the above version.

School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

2009, Friday Music, FRM 9113

Another USA 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 Promotional 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WS 7596

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono and Stereo versions of School's Out (from the School's Out album) on Sides A and B respectively.  This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

 

Each label also includes an 'Intro' time, which helped DJs to understand how long they had to introduce a song prior to the lyrics beginning.

School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 7596

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels and includes 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

1972, Warner Brothers, K 16188

This UK 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels and includes 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

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 16188

This German 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and features School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat on Side B (both from the School's Out album).  

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice performing live on both the front and back.

School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1976, Warner Brothers, K 16287

This UK 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and features School's Out on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Elected on Side 2 (from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The front of the sleeve has artwork that closely resembles the School's Out album cover and on the back are track listings.