School's Out (album)

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School's Out
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1972 (1972-06)
Recorded1972
Studio Record Plant, New York City
Genre Hard rock [1]
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. [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.

Contents

Packaging

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.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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
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

Additional musicians

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References

  1. 1 2 Prato, Greg. "School's Out - Alice Cooper | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic .
  2. "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.
  3. "Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1972-08-26. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. "Alice Cooper - School's Out (1972) album review by Ben Gerson (28.9.1972)". Rolling Stone.
  7. Ian Chapman (12 Mar 2018). Experiencing Alice Cooper: A Listener's Companion. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 30. ISBN   978-1442257719.