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Humanary Stew?: A Tribute to Alice Cooper

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A new twist on the well-worn tribute album concept, Humanary Stew?: A Tribute to Alice Cooper assembles a series of all-star, one-off "supergroups" -- a different lineup on each track -- for run-throughs of staples from the Cooper catalog. Big names from superstar acts mingle with journeyman players, most of whom will nevertheless be familiar to ardent hard rock fans. Like any tribute album, the results are uneven, but the novel approach will definitely hold interested listeners' attention. At times, the producers play it safe when teaming up the various musicians; bands contributing more than one member to a particular song include Motley Crue (Vince Neil and Mick Mars), Iron Maiden (Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith), Def Leppard (Joe Elliott and Phil Collen) and Megadeth (Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman). The songs holding the most intrigue, though, are those with the farthest-ranging matchups -- for example, the Who's Roger Daltrey belts out "No More Mr. Nice Guy" with guitar backup from Slash, while former Guns N' Roses rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum supports the guitar team of Steve Jones (the Sex Pistols) and Billy Duffy (the Cult) on "Elected." Other featured musicians include Ronnie James Dio ("Welcome to My Nightmare"), George Lynch ("Billion Dollar Babies"), Dee Snider ("Go to Hell") and Don Dokken ("Eighteen").

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