Alice Cooper “Billion Dollar Babies”
About three years ago I listened to this album for the first time in about 12 years. I could not believe how great it still sounded. Of all the early 70s things that I loved, this one still kicked as good, if not better, than almost anything else I’d played in quite sometime.
The quality of the tracks stood out. But what stood out the most was the quality of the arrangements and wonderfully intricate playing by the band.
I shouldn’t have been that surprised by the band since this was the original version of the Alice Cooper band. Glen Bruxton on lead, Dennis Dunaway bass, Michael Bruce rhythm, Neal Smith drums.
Play close notice to the arrangement to the horns on ‘Elected.’ They build larger verse by verse, reaching a crescendo for the finally. And this was a rock and roll record!
You’ll find some of the bands most well know numbers here. ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies’ (featuring lead and harmony vocal by Donovan) and the previously mentioned ‘Elected.’
But here’s something I bet you didn’t know. The leadoff track, and one of the strongest on the disc, ‘Hello Hooray’ was originally recorded by Judy Collins in 1968. Send in the Glam!!