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
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]

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".

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features numerous props, including guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". Though sometimes also called "The Father of Shock Rock", the former is Cooper's most commonly agreed-upon title. He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic Records has released music by artists including Bobby Vinton, Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, ABBA, Culture Club, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

Contents

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.

Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.

Lost in America (Alice Cooper song) original song written and composed by Alice Cooper, Robert Pfeifer, Dan Wexler

"Lost in America" is a single by musician Alice Cooper taken from his 1994 album The Last Temptation. It was the most popular single from the album. “Lost in America” has been a live staple since its release, and is the solitary song from The Last Temptation that Cooper has performed live from 2000 onwards. The single featured a B-side, a live version of "Hey Stoopid".

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

Marvel Comics Company that publishes comic books and related media

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Dark Horse Comics American comic book and manga publisher

Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book and manga publisher. It was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon.

In comics, a trade paperback is a collection of stories originally published in comic books, reprinted in book format, usually presenting either a complete miniseries, a story arc from a single title, or a series of stories with an arc or common theme.

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.

Monsters of Rock Former heavy metal music festival

Monsters of Rock was an annual hard rock and heavy metal music festival held in Castle Donington, England from 1980 to 1996, taking place every year except 1989 and 1993. It later branched into other locations such as the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, the United States and the former Soviet Union.

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

Singing Act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, ghazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Guitar Fretted string instrument

The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses. Since the 1960s, the bass guitar has largely replaced the double bass in popular music.

Additional personnel
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Icon is an American heavy metal/glam metal band that formed in 1979, disbanding in 1990. Icon has fully reformed as of 2008, currently consisting of three-fifths of the classic lineup: Dan Wexler (guitar), Stephen Clifford, and John Aquilino (guitar), along with Dave Henzerling (bass) and Gary Bruzzese (drums).

John Purdell American musician and record producer

John Purdell was an American musician and multi-platinum rock music record producer who is credited on such albums as Ozzy Osbourne's No More Tears (1991) and Dream Theater's Awake (1994). He was born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles. His father John Purdell (senior) (British) and mother Arrie Purdell (American) were both captains in the Salvation Army. He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, California in 1977.

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References

  1. https://www.allmusic.com/album/r204078
  2. Sandow, Greg (June 10, 1994). "The Last Temptation". Entertainment Weekly . Time . Retrieved January 26, 2014.
  3. Maconie, Stuart. "Review: Alice Cooper, The Last Temptation". Q . EMAP Metro Ltd (Q95, August 1994): 100.
  4. Eddy, Chuck (July 14, 1994). "Review: Alice Cooper - The Last Temptation". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  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’