School's Out (album)

School's Out is the fifth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released in 1972. Following on from the success of Killer, School's Out reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Top Albums chart, holding the top position for four weeks.[1] The single "School's Out" reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart[2] and went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. The album achieved sales of over 50,000 copies in Australia, being eligible for the award of a Gold Disc. [3]

School's Out
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1972
Recorded1972
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
Genre
Length36:56
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerBob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
Killer
(1971)
School's Out
(1972)
Billion Dollar Babies
(1973)
Singles from School's Out
  1. "School's Out"
    Released: May 1972

The album's title track receives regular airplay on many "Classic Rock" radio stations and has remained a staple song in Alice Cooper's live setlist, standing as the most-performed song in his concert history.[4] Nonetheless, excluding Muscle of Love, School's Out is the least represented of his 1971 to 1975 albums in Cooper's concert setlists owing to its highly conceptual nature.[5] "Blue Turk", "Alma Mater" and "Grand Finale" have never been performed live, and "Luney Tune" only once at a 2009 special in Glendale, Arizona with tribute band “Halo of Flies”.[6] In addition, "My Stars" hadn't been performed since the ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ tour until the U.S. leg of the "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" tour in mid 2019.'[7]

PackagingEdit

The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun)[8] had the sleeve opening in the manner of a wooden school desk, similar to Thinks: School Stinks, by Hotlegs, released two years earlier. The vinyl record inside was wrapped in a pair of panties,[9] though this was later discontinued as the paper panties were found to be flammable.[10] The actual desk photographed for the album cover is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic      [11]
Christgau's Record GuideB– [12]
Rolling Stone(mixed) [13]

Ian Chapman has put forward a theory that it was a concept album about youth lost when leaving school.[14]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."School's Out"Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith3:30
2."Luney Tune"Cooper, Dunaway3:44
3."Gutter Cat vs. the Jets"Buxton, Dunaway, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim4:40
4."Street Fight" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith0:55
5."Blue Turk"Cooper, Bruce5:34
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."My Stars"Cooper, Bob Ezrin5:49
2."Public Animal #9"Cooper, Bruce3:55
3."Alma Mater"Smith4:27
4."Grande Finale" (Instrumental)Cooper, Buxton, Bruce, Dunaway, Bob Ezrin, Smith, Mack David, Elmer Bernstein4:26

PersonnelEdit

Alice Cooper band
with


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canadian RPM Top Albums: Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1972-08-12. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  2. ^ "Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1972-08-26. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  3. ^ The Go Set Chart Book, Australia’s First National Charts page 8, ISBN 978-1-387-71246-5.
  4. ^ setlist.fm; Alice Cooper Songs Played Total
  5. ^ setlist.fm; Alice Cooper Albums total
  6. ^ setlist.fm; Alice Cooper Setlist at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  7. ^ setlist.fm; ‘My Stars’
  8. ^ Alice Cooper - School's Out (1972) album releases & credits at Discogs.com
  9. ^ Alice Cooper - School's Out (1972) album images at Discogs.com
  10. ^ Alice Cooper and Kent Zimmerman, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's Life and 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, Random House, 2008, p. 97
  11. ^ Prato, Greg. "School's Out - Alice Cooper | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  13. ^ "Alice Cooper - School's Out (1972) album review by Ben Gerson (28.9.1972)". Rolling Stone.
  14. ^ Ian Chapman (12 Mar 2018). Experiencing Alice Cooper: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 30. ISBN 1442257717.
  15. ^ Wayne Andre biography at www.trombone-usa.com

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