Alice Cooper – Love It To Death (1971)
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- Caught in a Dream
- I'm Eighteen
- Long Way to Go
- Black Juju
- Is It My Body
- Hallowed Be My Name
- Second Coming
- Ballad of Dwight Fry
- Sun Arise
Love It to Death is the third studio album by the American rock band Alice Cooper, released in March 1971. It was the band’s first commercially successful album, and is considered to be where the band first consolidated its aggressive hard-rocking sound. The album’s best-known track, “I’m Eighteen”, was released as a single to test the band’s commercial viability before the album was recorded.
Formed in the mid-1960s, the band took the name Alice Cooper in 1968 and became known for its outrageous theatrical live shows. The loose, psychedelic freak rock of the first two albums failed to find an audience. The band moved to Detroit in 1970 and was influenced by the aggressive hard rock scene there. A young Bob Ezrin was enlisted as producer, and he encouraged the band to tighten its songwriting over two months of rehearsing ten to twelve hours a day. The single “I’m Eighteen”achieved top-forty success soon after, peaking at No. 21. This convinced Warner Bros. that Alice Cooper had the commercial potential to release an album. After its release in March 1971, Love It to Death reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has since been certified platinum. The album’s second single, “Caught in a Dream”, charted at No. 94.
The original album cover featured the singer Cooper posed with his thumb protruding so it appeared to be his penis; Warner Bros. soon replaced it with a censored version. The Love It to Death tour featured an elaborate shock rock live show: during “Ballad of Dwight Fry”—about an inmate in an insane asylum—Cooper would be dragged offstage and return in a straitjacket, and the show climaxed with Cooper’s mock execution in a prop electric chair during “Black Juju”. Ezrin and the Coopers continued to work together for a string of hit albums until the band’s breakup in 1974. The album has come to be seen as a foundational influence on hard rock, punk, and heavy metal; several tracks have become live Alice Cooper standards and are frequently covered by other bands.
Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over five decades. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, more...