Alice Cooper

Freedom for Frankenstein: Hits & Pieces 1984-1991

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The 1998 Australian compilation Freedom for Frankenstein: Hits & Pieces 1984-91 compiles 19 Alice Cooper selections from his late-'80s/early-'90s period while on MCA, then Epic, mixing rarities with notable tracks. Old-time fans will definitely enjoy live versions of such '70s Cooper standards as "Ballad of Dwight Fry," "Go to Hell," "Sick Things," and "Only Women Bleed," while metalheads who just discovered him during his late-'80s renaissance will find plenty to chew on. Highlights selected from such spotty albums as 1986's Constrictor and 1987's Raise Your Fist & Yell ("He 's Back," "Teenage Frankenstein," etc.) are merged with rare soundtrack/B-side material ("I Got a Line on You," "It Rained All Night"). Also included is Alice's Top-Ten pop-metal single from 1989, "Poison," as well as such early-'90s Headbanger's Ball (the now defunct Saturday night MTV all-metal show) staples like "House of Fire" and the anti-drug abuse rocker "Hey Stoopid." Of all the Alice Cooper best-of releases from the '80s and '90s (Prince of Darkness, Super Hits, etc.), Freedom for Frankenstein: Hits & Pieces 1984-91 proves to be one of the best.

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