Killer/Love It To Death
It’s Halloween Weekend; and as we normally do during this holiday weekend, we feature two LPs that fit the mood. We couldn’t think of two albums that do that more perfectly that the two we have selected for this weekend’s On The Turntable program. … We will start with “Killer” and finish with “Love It To Death” from Alice Cooper. Both albums were released in 1971 so, this will commemorate a 50th anniversary spin of these two classics.
Killer is the fourth studio album by the Alice Cooper band, released in November ‘71. Love It To Death set the stage for Killer. The album reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 chart, and delivered two Billboard Hot 100 singles …. “Under My Wheels” and “Be My Lover.” I actually purchased this LP before ‘Love It To Death’ and wore out my original copy. This weekend you will hear this Halloween Classic from a reissue on 180 gram vinyl.
Cooper has claimed that the song ‘Desperado’ is about his friend Jim Morrison who died the year the album was released. The song Dead Babies, which plays on side two, received much criticism following its release even though the song is actually carries an anti-child abuse message. Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers Killer to be the 44th best album of 1971 and the 347th best of the decade. Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranked the lp 28th on its Top 100 list for the year.
Notable Tracks – ‘Under My Wheels’ ‘Be My Lover’ ‘Killer’ ‘Halo of Flies’
Love It To Death
‘Love It to Death’ was the third studio album by Alice Cooper, released in March ‘71. The album is seen as one of the foundational albums for the heavy metal sound. It was the band’s first commercially successful album; best-known for the track, “I’m Eighteen”. The song was released as a single to test the band’s commercial viability before the album was recorded.
Though “I’m Eighteen” was the only hit from the album; growing up in Detroit exposed the entire album to those of us listening to FM radio at the time. The songs “Is It My Body” and “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” garnered a lot of airplay on Detroit’s “Underground Radio” scene. Best Ever Albums Dot Com considers ‘Love It To Death’ the 55th best of 1971 and the 474th best of the 1970’s. Digital Dream Door Dot Com ranks the album 16th on its Top 100 for the year.
Notable Tracks – ‘I’m Eighteen’ ‘The Ballad of Dwight Fry’ ‘Is It My Body’ ‘Caught In A Dream’
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