Love it to Death
(Straight Records, Warner Brothers 1971)
This was the Alice Cooper group’s breakthrough record. The first time that horror imagery and rock n’ roll were mixed up together and presented to the American public en masse. Unlike many of the albums it inspired however, Love it to Death is not a metal work. The songs are more like miniature rock-operas than they are vehicles for thrashing, but you can still count on some classic guitar solos. “Eighteen” is the hit here, and “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” is the epic you may not have heard yet. Of course, the best thing about Alice Cooper is seeing the theatre major perform live, but Love it to Death is an exceedingly enjoyable alternative.
By Miles Ganon Arnay