Album: Alice Cooper, Old School (Universal)

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Covering the era (1964-1974) when Alice Cooper was the band, not the character, Old School traces their development from tinny garage blues outfit, via mildly malevolent psychedelia, towards operatic glam-noir.

A rarities collection rather than an anthology, it takes in murky live recordings, demos and, perhaps most enjoyably of all, corny shock-horror radio ads: "Alice Cooper is unisex, raw, together and violent. Just like you, fellow American!"