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Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (1989) Retail CD
1973 produced some truly great albums - cop a load of this lot for starters - "Aladdin Sane"; Roxy Music's "For Your Pleasure" and "Stranded"; "Mott"; Cockney Rebel's "The Human Menagerie"; "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"; Nazareth's "Razamanaz" and Lou Reed's "Transformer". Pretty impressive. Add to that, however, the strangely overlooked "Billion Dollar Babies".
Part commercial metal, part glam, part power pop this is a wonderful cornucopia of early 70s kitsch, immaculately played by one hell of a tight band. Alice Cooper and his band were a kind of music hall Rolling Stones, often descendinglymore… into intentional self-parody. Nowhere is this better illustrated to on this album, their own Sgt Pepper". The opening numbers are so appealing - the vaudeville first track "Hello Hooray"; the disturbingly titled but catchy "Raped And Freezin'"; the barnstorming, magnificent "Elected" and the slightly menacing title track. On listening to these cuts you find yourself thinking "My God this was a great album", much to your surprise. The quality is continued through "Unfinished Sweet" with its obvious James Bond theme plagiarism; and the amusing and comercially rocking "No More Mr Nice Guy" with Cooper's tongue firmly in cheek. "Generation Landslide" is intoxicating despite it's similarities in its fade out to "Sympathy For The Devil". The album drifts away a bit after that as Alice has to play up the old gruesome bit with "Sick Things" and "I Love The Dead". Nevertheless "Billion Dollar Babies" should be deservedly up there as an iconic, zeitgiest-defining album.
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- Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (1989) Retail CD
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