The Last Temptation (Alice Cooper album)

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The Last Temptation
Alice Cooper - The Last Temptation.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 12, 1994
Recorded1994
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length50:48
Label Epic
Producer Don Fleming, Duane Baron, John Purdell, Andy Wallace
Alice Cooper chronology
Hey Stoopid
(1991)
The Last Temptation
(1994)
A Fistful of Alice
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Entertainment Weekly B [2]
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The Last Temptation is the thirteenth solo studio album by rock singer Alice Cooper, released in July 1994 via Epic Records. It centers on a boy named Steven (also the name of the protagonist in Cooper's earlier work, Welcome to My Nightmare ), and a mysterious showman. The showman, with apparent supernatural abilities, attempted with the use of twisted versions of morality plays to persuade Steven to join his traveling show, "The Theater of the Real - The Grand-est Guignol!", where he would "never grow up".

Contents

The album once again features collaborations with some high-profile guests: Chris Cornell of Soundgarden co-wrote and sings on two songs, Dan Wexler of Phoenix metallers Icon co-wrote four songs including the single "Lost in America" where he also plays guitar, and Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater plays keyboards.

Comic

The full story was given in a three-part comic book written by Neil Gaiman, [5] [6] the first part of which accompanied the recording. In the comic, the showman (referred to only ever as such) was depicted as Cooper himself. Pages from the comic are seen in the Lost in America music video, while it is being read by Steven.

It was originally published by Marvel Comics and later reprinted by Dark Horse Comics, collected as trade paperback. [7]

Video

Music videos were made for "Lost in America" and "It's Me". Both music videos are available for download from Sony/BMG.

Reception

Barry Weber of allmusic.com wrote, "By the time The Last Temptation was released in 1994, the hair band fad that had fueled Cooper's return was dead, and Cooper was obviously aware of its downfall – the album sounds almost nothing like its two predecessors (1989's Trash and 1991's Hey Stoopid). Far surpassing anything Cooper recorded in almost 20 years, The Last Temptation is unquestionably some of his best work."

Live performances

Although Epic did not finance a tour and Cooper consequently did not tour The Last Temptation, four of the album's songs – “It’s Me”, “Lost in America”, “Cleansed by Fire” and “Sideshow” – were incorporated into Cooper's setlist from the time of his first appearance on the Monsters of Rock circuit in September 1995. [8] Although “It’s Me” was dropped after four performances, [9] the other three songs remained a regular part of setlists until the end of the Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper tour in 1999, and were joined by “Nothing’s Free” on the “School’s Out for Summer ‘97” tour. However, with the exception of “Lost in America”, which has remained a frequent part of setlists excluding the first three quarters of the 2012 to 2015 “Raise the Dead” tour, [10] nothing from The Last Temptation has been performed live from 2000 onwards.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sideshow" Alice Cooper, Brian Smith, Michael Brooks, Jon Norwood, Dan Wexler, Bud Saylor6:39
2."Nothing's Free"Cooper, Wexler, Saylor, Bob Pfeifer5:01
3."Lost in America"Cooper, Wexler, Pfeifer3:54
4."Bad Place Alone"Cooper, Wexler, Pfeifer5:04
5."You're My Temptation"Cooper, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw 5:09
6."Stolen Prayer" Chris Cornell, Cooper5:37
7."Unholy War"Cornell4:10
8."Lullaby"Cooper, Jim Vallance 4:28
9."It's Me"Cooper, Blades, Shaw4:39
10."Cleansed by Fire"Cooper, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas, Pfeifer6:12

Personnel

Additional personnel

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References

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  5. Gaiman's page on the comic
  6. Addicted to Comics #12 - Alice in Marvel-land
  7. Gaiman, Neil; Michael Zulli, and Alice Cooper (1994). The Last Temptation. New York: Dark Horse Comics. ISBN   1-56971-455-X.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. setlist.fm; Alice Cooper Setlist at Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo, Brazil, September 2, 1995
  9. setlist.fm; ‘It’s Me’ by Alice Cooper setlist statistics
  10. setlist.fm; ‘Lost in America by Alice Cooper setlist statistics’