Sunday 2 September 2018

Album Review: ALICE COOPER - A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris

Alice Cooper - A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris

01. Brutal Planet
02. No More Mr. Nice Guy
03. Under My Wheels
04. Department Of Youth
05. Pain
06. Billion Dollar Babies
07. The World Needs Guts
08. Woman Of Mass Distraction
09. Poison
10. Halo Of Flies

01. Feed My Frankenstein
02. Cold Ethyl
03. Only Women Bleed
04. Paranoiac Personality
05. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
06. Killer / I Love The Dead themes
07. I'm Eighteen
08. School's Out

After his 2017 critically acclaimed studio album Paranormal (read my review here), Alice Cooper has been touring the world yet again, with a new stage show and set-list. This new live album is a great souvenir of that tour, and proves that Alice and his band are still a world-class act. Considering his age, Alice still sounds fantastic and shows no sign of slowing down.

I have loads of Alice Cooper live albums already, so unless you're a die-hard fan, this record may seem a little pointless. After all, how many live versions of Poison, No More Mr. Nice Guy and School's Out do I need in my life? For that reason, I was particularly interested in hearing these new renditions of lesser-played classics such as the refreshingly heavy Brutal Planet from the grossly underrated studio album of the same name, and the 80's-tastic The World Needs Guts, which is from one of my favourite Alice records, Constrictor.

As always, the band is absolutely on fire. Alice has always considered his backing band to be the best in the world, and it's easy to tell why. The arrangements are faithful to the studio versions, but the musicians incorporate plenty of their own flare. This makes the performance sizzle with energy and gives new life and a sense of urgency to a collection of songs that spans decades.

A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia, Paris is a must for collectors and avid Alice fans. With such an abundance of live material available, it's unlikely to be considered an essential release for the 'passing fan', but for us die-hards, it's another worthy addition to our CD/Vinyl/Whatever library, and a top-notch slice of Horror-infused entertainment.


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