Alice Cooper ‎– Muscle Of Love

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Audio Fidelity (3) ‎– AFZ5 229
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1 Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)
Written-By – Cooper*, Dunaway*, Buxton*, Bruce*, Smith*
5:10
2 Never Been Sold Before
Written-By – Cooper*, Dunaway*, Buxton*, Bruce*, Smith*
4:20
3 Hard Hearted Alice
Written-By – Cooper*, Bruce*
4:50
4 Crazy Little Child
Banjo – Paul PrestopinoWritten-By – Cooper*, Bruce*
4:58
5 Working Up A Sweat
Backing Vocals – The Pointer Sisters*Written-By – Cooper*, Bruce*
3:31
6 Muscle Of Love
Written-By – Cooper*, Bruce*
3:42
7 Man With The Golden Gun
Backing Vocals – Liza MinnelliWritten-By – Cooper*, Dunaway*, Buxton*, Bruce*, Smith*
4:12
8 Teenage Lament '74
Backing Vocals – La Belle*, Liza Minnelli, The Pointer Sisters*, Ronnie SpectorWritten-By – Cooper*, Smith*
3:51
9 Woman Machine
Written-By – Cooper*, Dunaway*, Buxton*, Bruce*, Smith*
4:29

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Audio Fidelity SACD remaster series.

Numbered edition on slipcover only.

Disc contains 2.0 CD/SACD programs and 4.0 SACD program.

Disc made in Austria.

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  • Barcode: 7 80014 22292 5

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BS 2748 Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love(LP, Album, Ter) Warner Bros. Records BS 2748 US 1973 Sell This Version
7599-26226-2 Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love(CD, Album, RE, RP) Warner Bros. Records 7599-26226-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
K56018, K 56018 Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records K56018, K 56018 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
WBLP 5.052 Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBLP 5.052 Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
WBS 2748 Alice Cooper Muscle Of Love(LP, Album, Car) Warner Bros. Records WBS 2748 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version

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southpawgrammar

September 28, 2020
edited 2 months ago
Since they had already mastered conceptual, theatrical, sleazy hard rock on previous albums, the Alice Cooper group decided that their seventh album would be a sonic regression akin to "Love It To Death". Compared with the top five chart positions of their previous albums, "Muscle of Love" was commercially disappointing despite its gold certification and the band parted ways for good, with Cooper already charging toward solo success. Without Bob Ezrin's magic touch, the album is less focused and coherent, though there is plenty of pleasure to be had here, with several overlooked high quality tracks present. "Muscle of Love" is not viewed as a last hurrah, but the runt of the litter. It is also one of the band's least represented albums in their live shows, with only the anthemic "Teenage Lament '74," and the brash title track receiving the most attention from critics and fans. "Muscle of Love" is a precursor to the strangely less rowdy and camp trajectory that Cooper would travel upon going solo, with the gentle "Hard Hearted Alice" being of particular note due to its lack of rage and aggression. In fact, the entire album is devoid of the heaviness and studio trickery of their previous albums, and it shouldn't work, but somehow it does. "Muscle of Love" is not spectacular by any means, but since the band were splintering during its recording and the songwriting was therefore not as collaborative and cogent, it has unfairly become the forgotten ACG album; with many tracks worthy of classic status, it deserves to be reappraised, even if just for its understated, stripped down feel and less intrusive production. It even contains an anomalous, rejected Bond theme "The Man With The Golden Gun", which remains one of the unintentionally(?) surreal Cooper songs of all-time, and although it is not the best track on the album - that prize goes to the interminably catchy "Teenage Lament '74" - it should be heard, merely for its sheer oddness.

The lack of cohesion of the tracks as a whole is compensated by the production values and stellar musicianship on display, and the cracks within the band, as with "Billion Dollar Babies", cannot be distinguished in the music, which is a testament to their continued professionalism in the face of adversity. No song is throwaway in the grand scheme of the album, nor are any individually subpar or skippable, they all work in their own way. Although the concept of the album is undefinable, there is an undeniable charm to be discerned, as if the unobtrusive, sophisticated arrangements of the album's exponents didn't quite come off as they were meant to due to the disorderly nature of the tracklisting. Quibbles aside, the album is flawed, but for the most part, it is almost as strong as "Love It To Death", with certainly more individually solid tracks than "School's Out", which is not underrated in the slightest. "Muscle of Love" is a lost classic that should be heard, if only to marvel at the band's innate propensity to vary their output.