ALICE COOPER “Dirty Diamonds” + “The Eyes Of Alice Cooper” /2CD Set/

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Re-release of the 23rd and 24th full-length albums in one Set by the legendary American Shock Rock/Hard Rock/Glam Metal singer.
"The Eyes Of Alice Cooper" is the 23rd full-length studio album by Alice Cooper, that was released on September 23, 2003 by Spitfire Records (a division Eagle Rock Entertainment).
With this album, Cooper returned to his earlier Hard Rock sound, in the vein of "The Last Temptation", and left the Heavy/Industrial Metal sound found in his last two studio albums.
This is a wonderfully refreshing album. It is very much a return to the style of the original Alice Cooper band; it sounds like a bunch of guys just jamming in someone's garage for a while and recording themselves for the hell of it. This album is simple, rough, and Punkish, veering away from the dark and sadistic direction Alice had previously taken. Most of this album is dominated by a very old school Rock And Roll approach; it is positively dripping with Iggy Pop and MC5 influence. This is a stripped-down Rock And Roll album with no frills, no gimmicks, and no-holds-barred Punk attitude. Yet another experiment pays off for Alice, who sounds right at home snarling and screaming these simple songs. This album has soul and spirit that very few other Alice Cooper albums possess; the rawness and simplicity convey a genuineness that makes hearing this album a rewarding experience. The production isn't nearly as professional or clean as anything Alice did from the demise of the original band up to this point, and that is the best possible sound for "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper". The groovy bass and occasional saxophones help solidify the classic Rock And Roll aesthetic.
It had been a long time since Alice Cooper released anything in this vein. Standouts like "What Do You Want From Me" and "I'm So Angry" are just the kind of loud, abrasive, fun music that the original Punk bands used to play in the '70s. The lyrics to "Detroit City" truly embody the nature of this album; it's a "Shock Rock choppin' block, songs to make your heart stop". It's a shame that so much of Alice Cooper's catalog gets overlooked, because "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper" is an excellent album!!
Of note is the album cover, which was released in four different versions, featuring alternate colours in Cooper's eyes and the crescent around the 'A' in the title. It was available in blue, green, purple and red.
"Dirty Diamonds" is the 24th full-length studio album by Alice Cooper, released on July 4, 2005 internationally by Eagle Rock Records, and August 2 in the US by Spitfire Records (a division Eagle Rock Entertainment).
After the return to the garage feel of "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper" Alice continued down the same road with "Dirty Diamonds". However this is generally a more satisfying album with a greater diversity of material from the AC/DC Hard Rock of "Woman Of Mass Distraction", through the Stonesy "You Make Me Wanna" or "Perfect" to the country feel of the hysterical "Saga of Jesse Jane".
Alice has evolved almost entirely from his Shock Rock image and, as he has throughout his career, displays his vocal dexterity as he moves from ballad to Hard Rock to humor. Although he's no longer the acknowledged prince of Shock Rock, "Zombie Dance" and "Run Down Down the Devil" are reminiscent of the time when he created the model for artists like Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.
With 24 studio albums and 35 years of performing under his belt, Cooper is one of the few Classic Rock artists still performing whose current work is comparable to what he was doing at the peak of his popularity! A classic album!!
The album peaked on Billboard's "Top Independent Albums" chart at #17, and the Billboard 200 album chart at #169 - Cooper's highest charting album since The "Last Temptation", 11 years prior.
Eagle Records, 2003/2005/2008 (EDGCD382). Made in Germany. First press.


Tracklist:

CD 1 (Dirty Diamonds):
1. Woman Of Mass Distraction     3:59 
2. Perfect     3:30 
3. You Make Me Wanna     3:30 
4. Dirty Diamonds     4:02 
5. The Saga Of Jesse Jane     4:15 
6. Sunset Babies (All Got Rabies)     3:28 
7. Pretty Ballerina     3:01 
8. Run Down The Devil     3:29 
9. Steal That Car     3:16 
10. Six Hours     3:24 
11. Your Own Worst Enemy     2:15 
12. Zombie Dance     4:27 
Bonus Track:
13. Stand     4:04

Total playing time: 46:48 min.

CD 2 (The Eyes Of Alice Cooper):
1. What Do You Want From Me?     3:24 
2. Between High School & Old School     3:01 
3. Man Of The Year     2:51 
4. Novocaine     3:07 
5. Bye Bye, Baby     3:27 
6. Be With You Awhile     4:17 
7. Detroit City     3:58 
8. Spirits Rebellious     3:35 
9. This House Is Haunted     3:30 
10. Love Should Never Feel Like This     3:32 
11. The Song That Didn't Rhyme     3:17 
12. I'm So Angry     3:36 
13. Backyard Brawl     2:37

Total playing time: 44:21 min.

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