School's Out (album)

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School's Out
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ReleasedJune 1972 (1972-06)
Studio Record Plant, New York City
Genre Hard rock [1]
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
School's Out
Billion Dollar Babies
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. [2] The single "School's Out" reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart [3] and went to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.



The original album cover (designed by Craig Braun) 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, though this was later discontinued as the paper panties were found to be flammable. [4] The actual desk photographed for the album cover is on display in the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]
Christgau's Record Guide B– [5]
Rolling Stone (mixed) [6]

Ian Chapman has put forward a theory that it was a concept album about youth lost when leaving school. [7]

Track listing

Side one
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
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


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