Originally Published: December 1972

School's Out Album Review

Alice Cooper:
School's Out (Warner Brothers)

I've been trying to figure this one out for months. As usual, it's got some of the rawest and cleverest hard rock ever recorded - the title hit is a masterpiece. It's also got a lot of soundtrack, and this part of it is lifted - with attribution, yet - from "West Side Story". This bothered me until I admitted that as a middle-class adolescent I liked 'West Side Story' quite a bit, and anyway, who better to steal a show tune than a showman like Alice? Still, even the best soundtrack - this is a lot more engaging than 'A Clockwork Orange' - gets pretty boring fast. I wonder if an album of straight Cooper-rock would drive us out of our skulls. B+