Alice Cooper

The Beast of Alice Cooper

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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

With Alice Cooper experiencing a career resurgence by the late '80s, another best-of collection was assembled for release in just about every area of the world except the U.S., 1989's Beast of Alice Cooper. But instead of focusing on tracks that weren't already included on the definitive 1974 collection Greatest Hits, it includes almost the exact same track listing, except for the inclusion of two extra selections -- the ballad "Only Women Bleed" and the rocker "Department of Youth." Like the 1974 collection, highlights include "School's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Desperado," "Be My Lover," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," and "Muscle of Love," among others. But unfortunately, a golden opportunity to feature strong non-single material from the early '70s ("Caught in a Dream," "Ballad of Dwight Fry," "Dead Babies," "Public Animal #9," "Generation Landslide," etc.) and post-1974 material ("Go to Hell," "Cold Ethyl," "I Never Cry," etc.) goes to waste with Beast of Alice Cooper.

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