School’s Out is Alice Coopers fifth studio album, out of an astonishing twenty-six and comes with many surprises. It opens successfully with the classic hit that titles the release from 1972. This shock rock album has many songs almost unknown but carry some hidden gems.
The opening song, School’s Out, reached the top 10 in the charts in 7 countries, including top spot in the UK Singles chart, and has been one of the most covered songs ever while also appearing on Guitar Hero.
Other songs to look out for are Luney Tune, which follows School’s Out in the track listing. It has a ‘rock and roll’ feel with classic rock influences and is a really catchy tune. Blue Turk takes up a massive jazz influence with a flowing bass line and beautiful saxophone melodies. Soothing and relaxing are the only two words I can use to describe it, reminding me of cocktail bars and jazz nights in London – it really plays deep on your mind.
If you listened to this album on vinyl, you’d now be flipping over to the B side but either way, My Star continues the second half with the kind of sound you’d expect on a Cooper album. It also more notably features lead guitar from Dick Wagner, who has also worked with KISS.
The final songs on the nine track album are Public Animal #9, Alma Mater and Grande Finale. The first of these retains that classic Cooper sound, I’d say whereas Alma Mater slows things down a lot with a slight bluesy sound. I’m not sure what to make of Grande Finale myself, with electronica-sounding guitars and a rock basis makes an odd mix. It has however, got excellent brass melodies, that conclude the album on a similar high-powered ending to that from School’s Out with maximum satisfaction.
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