Best remembered for outrage -- the sleeve to Killer had a foldout poster of ghoulishly made-up frontman Alice Cooper hanging in a noose -- what this five-piece Phoenix band had in its favor was years of honing its chops in clubs and bars. This was a group that shocked and rocked, and did it years before Kiss and Iron Maiden, decades before Marilyn Manson. Having scored its first hit with the teen anthem "I'm Eighteen" (from Love It to Death), the band then scaled the album charts with this 1971 release, on which their love of theatrics, gore, epic arrangements, and good old rock 'n' roll was arguably never bettered. Only eight songs long, Killer boasts plenty of gratuitous violence in the title track and the so-tasteless-it's-charming "Dead Babies," but it also offers straight-up pool-dive anthems ("Under My Wheels," "Be My Lover") and a mini-rock opera, "Halo of Flies." Still to come were the major hits ("School's Out," "Elected") and over-the-top concepts (Billion Dollar Babies, Welcome to My Nightmare), but Killer was the one album on which Alice Cooper -- band and singer -- were shocking and amusing yet still totally credible.
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Performance CreditsAlice Cooper Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Bruce Guitar,Keyboards
Glen Buxton Guitar
Dennis Dunaway Bass
Bob Ezrin Keyboards,Vocals
Neal Smith Drums
Technical CreditsAlice Cooper Composer,Cover Design
Michael Bruce Composer
Glen Buxton Composer
Bobby Christian Engineer
Brian Christian Engineer
Dennis Dunaway Composer
Bob Ezrin Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jack Richardson Executive Producer
Neal Smith Composer
Bob Wynne Repackaging
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Killer based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Classic Alice Cooper in all his glory!
Love It To Death was great, but Killer is a step better. This one has it all, from straight out rock tracks to Gothic signatures Killer from The Alice Cooper Group is a defenate must have for any Alice Cooper fan, young or old.
I thought I was getting the gold disc edition of Alice Cooper's "Killer" compact disc because that's the icon I clicked on in the discography and was also the picture shown in my cart, instead I received the same version of "Killer" I've had for years, when I contacted B & N customer Service about this, they would not admit the error, let alone correct it. I recommend buying compact discs online from a reputable retailer, such as CD Universe
This is one of those albums were you like every song.