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Alice Cooper
"Pretties For You"

© Rhino Records

Year of Release: 1969

track listing
  • Titanic Overture
  • 10 Minutes Before
    The Worm
  • Sing Low, Sweet Cheerio
  • Today Mueller
  • Living
  • Fields Of Regret
  • No Longer Umpire
  • Levity Ball
    (Live at the Cheetah)
  • B.B. On Mars
  • Reflected
  • Apple Bush
  • Earwigs To Eternity
  • Changing Arranging

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    Alice Cooper
    "Pretties For You"

    Every band has their humble beginnings. And Pretties For You, the debut album by Alice Cooper is much different than the standard hard rock style Alice and his band (during and after) became famous for.

    "Titanic Overture", a short introduction, is theatrical, and progressive; different than how Alice would later be. "10 Minutes Before The Worm" has the early sound of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd. "Sing Low, Sweet Cheerio" has the common sound of the bands of the late 1960s, psychedelia. "Today Mueller" has the early sound of Pink Floyd and the early years of The Who.

    The psychedelic 1960s sound returns with "Living", with the vocal stylings compared to The Byrds, when they experimented with psychedelic rock. "Fields Of Regret" has the British late-1960s rock sound, and "No Longer Umpire" is another trip in common psychedelia.

    "Levity Ball (Live at the Cheetah)" has some potential; it's ghostly guitar licks at the beginning of the song keeps your attention. Likewise, it has some changes throughout the song, that again, keeps a keen ear, as unique in sound (psychedelic, once again), this song is of true interest.

    "B.B. On Mars" is another short Who-like number (as in Sell Out), yet it has a hard rock/psychedlic touch. "Reflected" is definitely compared in sound to Pink Floyd's first album Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, but in reality, the lyrics would later be used (and changed) for a future Alice Cooper song that would be on the band's Billion Dollar Babies album, a song called "Elected".

    "Apple Bush" has a bouncy beat, British 1960s band style. "Earwigs To Eternity" has the early Pink Floyd/Who sound, as in many previous songs heard before on this album. The album's closing song, "Changing Arranging" is another British 1960s rock-sounding song.

    Bottom line on the debut album by Alice Cooper: It's a psychedelic album, sounding like many British rock bands who were popular at the time.

    This album does feature Alice Cooper's most famous band: Neal Smith (drums), Dennis Dunaway (bass), Glen Buxton (lead guitar), and Mike Bruce (rhythm guitar). Yet this band that formed from the United States has the British sound, compared to such bands as the early years of Pink Floyd, The Who, and King Crimson. Some of the songs on Pretties For You were "building blocks" to form a better sound that Alice Cooper would later define. These songs were working models for what would later surface on their second album, Easy Action. Their second album is psychedelic, yet it has a sound that Alice Cooper's band would call their own.

    For the die-hard Alice Cooper fan who enjoy their albums such as Billion Dollar Babies, School's Out, Love It To Death and Killer, Pretties For You may well be a disappointment. Because in hearing the common sound of the band's later (and more popular) albums, Pretties For You was their debut, and as each new album was released, their sound had was definitely improving. But it's always a thrill in hearing how a major rock band first started out with their debut album. Alice Cooper's sound was blended in with the rest of the bands that were around at the time. But instead of having that common sound like everyone else around them, Alice Cooper and his band developed their own rock sound, which proved them to be unique in their own right. And of course, let us not forget Alice Cooper's horror-styled stage apperance, coining the phrase "shock-rock," with his makeup, self-simulated executions, chopping up of baby dolls, appearing on stage with a live boa constrictor, and explicit lyrics.

    That kind of theatrics and rock sound you won't find here on Pretties For You.

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