Love It To Death, Alice Cooper – 1971
My first record purchase using my own money (pop bottle collection) was “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies back in 1969. Two or Three years later I bought “I’m Eighteen,” by Alice Cooper and subsequently purchased the album Love It To Death after seeing them perform on “In Concert” on ABC, loved that show! I thought Alice Cooper was creepy and cool like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Dracula, but Alice had a razor-dark voice that I thought was neat. The lyrics, make-up and theatrical element made me a loyal follower for the next four albums and have retained a soft spot for their music from the 70’s. Love It To Death is still one of my all-time favorites with the whole album full of amazing and at times funny songs, great instrumentals and fond memories. They were progenitors of glam, metal, hard rock-theater. Below is a link to an under-appreciated song, “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” although having been inducted to the RRHOF most AC aficionados and the like are familiar with this song. Watch, listen and then take on the whole album, you will be glad you did!