Alice Cooper's having a pretty good week. On Monday night, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (He wore a snake for the occasion.) And this morning, he announced the June 2011 release of a monster (pun intended) boxed set, called Old School 1964-1974. Packaged in a replica school-desk box -- see it to the right -- the set has four CDs, a DVD, a "bootleg vinyl" and a 7-inch, along with a book, a 64-page booklet and other assorted goodies. (A list of the specs can be found below.) Even cooler, though: One of the CDs (and the "bootleg vinyl") is a 1971 show from the "Killer" tour, recorded right in St. Louis. This appears to be the December 17, 1971 show at the St. Louis Arena, a widely bootlegged show. The set isn't cheap; it retails for $260. But for fans, it's a goldmine.
[Note from commenter Tom C.: The Cooper show wasn't quite at the St. Louis Arena, but "at the Arena Annex, a building to the east side where the Blues parked their cars. Shows there were general admission and and if you got there early enough, you sat on a ratty old piece of carpet instead of the concrete floor. The openers were Pacific Gas & Electric and Dust."]
(courtesy of alicecooper.com)
The LIMITED EDITION Alice Cooper Group "Old School" box set comes in a commemorative 12 inch square "school desk" box and includes:
4 CDs from the years 1964-1974:
Disc 1: Demos, rarities, live, and advertisements
Disc 2: Demos from "Muscle of Love," a pre-production of songs from "Schools Out,"1973 Madison Square Garden live track, and advertisements.
Disc 3: Spoken word (from 2010/2011)
Disc 4: Live show of the 1971 "Killer" tour in St. Louis
DVD (single disc in Amaray case) with 3 never before seen features (over 2 hours)
64 page, full-color yearbook style book with hard front & back cover:
Period pictures of all band members, many never before seen
Book written by well-known music journalist Lonn Friend
Gatefold folder containing:
2 tour programs
Bootleg Vinyl: 1971 "Killer" live show in St. Louis
7in Vinyl: Songs "Wonder Whose Lovin' Her Now" & "Lay Down & Die, Goodbye" from The Nazz
IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD of the "Elected" 1972 Music Video (AliceCooper.com Exclusive)- Available as a M4V or MOV download as soon as you complete the pre-order transaction
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