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Editors’ Notes

Alice Cooper’s 1969 debut sounded nothing like the darkly glammed-up shock-rock pioneer that began to solidify on 1971’s Love It to Death. Instead, Pretties for You reveals a band finding their footing amidst some heavy Frank Zappa influenced art-school weirdness and Syd Barrett inspired psychedelia. “Swing Low Sweet Cheerio” rocks like mid-‘60s English freakbeat psych-rock replete with nonsensical distorted nursery-rhyme lyrics, Beatlesque vocal harmonies and unpredictable song changes that just seem to come out of nowhere — including a sudden harmonica solo that bleeds into a San Francisco-flavored acid-rock guitar solo. More intricate arrangements abound on “Fields of Regret,” a fuzzed-out gem of garage-rock brilliance on par with better moments from the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. “Apple Bush” is another notable jam with catchy melodies, surreal imagery and progressive drum patterns. Blending Pink Floyd’s lysergic laments with the Beatles’ barbed hooks and backing vocals, “Changing Arranging” plays like a lost song from the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s 1969 cult film More.

Customer Reviews

PRETTIES FOR YOU/EASY ACTION

If you can see past your nose and are the least bit creative, you'll get a great idea as to what this group actually had to work with before they hit it big. The recordings are pretty much in the Frank Zappa early format which you cannot hold against the band. You can also pick out all the corny stuff that Zappa encouraged the group to add since he was marketing everythng as a collection of 'Freaks'. However, at the same time you can see all the creativity that was flowing thru the veins of these guys! Since I am in my mid 50's , I had the opportunity to see Alice Cooper group numerous times at the University of Buffalo in the early 70's before they had a hit with '18' and at the time I saw one show that was just me and my two buddies there. Talk about a private show!!! It was amazing... These guys were working on their show and were anything but corny. I liked the Love it to Death up to Billion Dollar Babies period but as Alice began to exert himself as the band I lost big interest. ALICE COOPER was the group not the front man. For anyone that wants to see just how creative and truly powerful these guys as a group were, you need the first two CD's. For all you who really don't understand how you get to the hits, check this out you may really learn something!!! I still play these CD's 30+ years later along with my Yes, Genesis, Ozzy, Thomas Dolby, Nirvana et al. Buy it, buy it buy it!!!

A Must For The Collector!!!

I wanted this album for years as a young teenager. Once I got it I was truly wonding where all the great tunes had came from. It was not the AC I was use too but every band has to start somewhere. It is a must for someone who wants to say "I have them all". I have it and I don't listen to it very much, but I have them all!!! I pray the good Lord likes his music as much as I do and allows AC to keep recording for many years to come!!!!

Not so pretty, but pretty awesome!

The reviews before this one say it all. I think of this album as a rough precurser to such great later written songs such as My Stars, Ballad of Dwight Fry, Halo of Flies (not available at iTunes for some strange reason) and a host of others that decidedly broke the tradition of how a rock song should be formulated. All of these songs define the song structure that the band would refine and perfect until their last album Muscle of Love. The main difference is that it is hippy psychedelic and more Zappa influenced than their later works. If you are a fan of indie style rock, this will fit well into your collection. For those of you who like the current Alice, you might find this a hard pill to swallow... like it's been said before, this is not a Metal album.

Biography

Born: February 4, 1948 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally, there was a band called Alice Cooper led by a singer named Vincent Damon Furnier. Under his direction, Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and huge boa constrictors, all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier. By that time, Furnier had adopted the name...
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