School's Out (album)

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School's Out
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ReleasedJune 1972
Recorded1972
StudioThe Record Plant, New York City
Genre
Length36:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob 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

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]

Contents

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]

Packaging

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.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [11]
Christgau's Record Guide B– [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 listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."School's Out" Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith 3:30
2."Luney Tune"Cooper, Dunaway3:44
3."Gutter Cat vs. the Jets"Buxton, Dunaway, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim 4:40
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 Ezrin 5:49
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 Bernstein 4:26

Personnel

Alice Cooper band
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