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Format: CD
Sku: 63992637
UPC: 607396607822
UPC 14: 00607396607822
Release Date: 8/2/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Woman Of Mass Distraction ~ Alice Cooper
2. Perfect ~ Alice Cooper
3. You Make Me Wanna... ~ Alice Cooper
4. Dirty Diamonds ~ Alice Cooper
5. Saga Of Jesse Jane, The ~ Alice Cooper
6. Sunset Babies (All Got Rabies) ~ Alice Cooper
7. Pretty Ballerina ~ Alice Cooper
8. Run Down The Devil ~ Alice Cooper
9. Steal That Car ~ Alice Cooper
10. Six Hours ~ Alice Cooper
11. Your Own Worst Enemy ~ Alice Cooper
12. Zombie Dance ~ Alice Cooper
13. Stand - (bonus track, featuring Xzibit) ~ Alice Cooper
 
After 30 albums and some of the most famous rock songs ever recorded, you'd think Alice Cooper's demons would've been conquered by now--or maybe locked in a cage and fed undercooked meat. But the man who changed the course of rock music in the '70s with bloody guillotines, sparking electric chairs, slimy boa constrictors, and a little blood and eyeliner still has more to slay in 2005. Alice Cooper is master at re-inventing himself, shedding his skin like one of his snakes to become everything from a mascara'd grave robber to a leather-wrapped street hooligan, a film noir detective, insane asylum honor student, and nihilistic dada-ist. 2003's Eyes of Alice Cooper saw another of these shape-shifts, grinding musical gears with back-to-basics garage rock. Wrapping his famous sneer/snarl around a fistful of power chords, Alice--lean and mean--pumped the adrenaline to toxic levels. With the release of Dirty Diamonds, Coop is back in even finer form, promising more thrills, chills and doctor bills.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Alice Cooper (vocals, harmonica); Alice Cooper; Damon Johnson (guitar, guitars, bass guitar, background vocals); Ryan Roxie (guitar, guitars, background vocals); Rick Boston (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Steve Lindsey (guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, shaker, tambourine); Chuck Garric (guitar, bass guitar, background vocals); Lyle Workman, Mike Elizondo (guitar); Tony Gilkyson (electric guitar); Mark Hollingsworth (flute, saxophone); Chris Tedesco (trumpet); Teddy "ZigZag" Andreadis (piano, organ); Jim Cox (keyboards); Daniel Lenz (synthesizer); John "4 Daddman" Robinson (drums); Lenny Castro (tambourine, percussion); Bridget Benenate, Edna Wright, Dinah Englund, Mark Hudson, Mark Lennon, Peggi Blu (background vocals); Tommy Cufetos (drums, background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Dave Way.
Muze PNote Recording information: Future House Studios, Culver City, CA; Phantom Studio, Westlake Village, CA; Westside Independent Studios, Beverly Hills, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mando Gonzales.
Muze PNote Apparently, the return to 1970s-era form on 2003's THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER wasn't a one-shot deal. On 2005's DIRTY DIAMONDS, Cooper continues the earlier release's straight-up hard-rock vibe. (Even the covers of both albums--focusing on the shock rocker's makeup-caked eyes--are strikingly similar.) Cooper's patented mix of sleaze and horror is as reliable as ever, with the revved-up "Woman of Mass Distraction" and the giddy "You Make Me Wanna" playing off the lurching "Run Down the Devil" and the bluesy, morbid "Zombie Dance."
Muze PNote The softer side of the man formerly known as Vincent Furnier is revealed on "The Saga of Jesse Jane," a humorous, slightly twangy tune where Cooper trades his signature raspy voice for a fuller croon, and a surprisingly tender take on the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina." Of course, the bulk of DIRTY DIAMONDS consists of energetic, guitar-heavy rock songs. One of the most shocking aspects of Cooper is how--more than three decades into his recording career--he sounds as invigorated as ever.

Producer: Rick Boston; Steve Lindsey; Steve N' Rick

Engineer: Gabe Veltri; Adam Hawkins; Rick Boston; Gabe Veltri; Adam Hawkins

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Xzibit

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Dazed & Confused
Muze Music Compilations Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Monsters Of Rock
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits Of The 80's
Muze Music Compilations Pop Til You Drop
Muze Music Compilations Past Present & Future (w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Past Present & Future (w/ Bonus DVD) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Monsters Of Rock Platinum Edition(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Halloween ( Original Soundtrack ) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Andrew Lloyd Webber 60
Muze Music Compilations I Love You Beth Cooper (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Metal Xmas
Muze Music Compilations World As We Love It
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of 80S Metal: Now
Muze Music Compilations Party Rock(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations Classic Album Collection(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Savages
Muze Music Compilations SAVAGES(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LIVE AT WACKEN 2013(Live)
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:hard Rock
Muze Music Compilations We The People Of Wacken
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Mccartney

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/02/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 6078
Music Label Name Label : New West (Record Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00607396607822

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (No. 833, p.77)
- "...[H]is best in years....[O]ffering witty headbangers alongside ripe-for-radio glitter pop...." - Grade: B

Kerrang (Magazine)
(p.69)
- "DIRTY DIAMONDS sees Alice close to his snarling, sarcastic best..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.98)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is Credible Alice, finally aware that he has a legacy to protect."

Harp Magazine 8 of 10
There have been plenty of times over the past 30 years when it seemed like Alice Cooper didn't know who the hell he was anymore. 1989's splendid Trash aside, Alice's output since his '70s heyday has been a hodgepodge of limp shock rock and awkward metal dabblings. With Dirty Diamonds things feel much less forced and the result is a pretty entertaining disc. Not groundbreaking, mind you. In fact, musically it's lacking in originality. But it works some tried-and-true sonic levers well and there's no shortage of gorgeously off-color Alice lyrics. A couple of tracks would even be worthy of a spot in any Cooper box set. "Perfect" lifts the shades on everyday folks who are stars in their own minds and bedrooms, while the spoof C&W ballad "The Saga of Jesse Jane"--about a trucker who wears a wedding dress--is a huge smile. Fans of School's Out may not get hot over this one, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth a spin. It's good-time Alice hit-n-giggle. - Adrian Zupp

Maxim 7 of 10
Alice Cooper has endured a long, slow slide from vibrant, theatrical, shock-rock pioneer to graying, Republican, Pro-Am golfer/nostalgia act. It's probably too late to arrest this skid, but Dirty Diamonds at least serves as a potent reminder of the musical force he once was, despite getting off to a slow start. "Woman Of Mass Distraction" is typical of recent vintage Cooper: It's a decent classic rocker tethered to a bad pun that's almost certainly the song's entire reason for existing. But things pick up. "Perfect" is crisp, Beatlesque pop, "The Saga Of Jesse Jane" sets the tragic tale of a transvestite trucker to a loping, country rhythm, and the scorching "You Make Me Wanna" is proof that there's never anything wrong with plagiarizing the chord progression from "All Along The Watchtower." The Xzibit collaboration, "Stand," that finishes this album out is a jumble of clichŽs that doesn't even work as a novelty, but it's still nice to hear Alice trying to shake off his traditionalist shackles and join the 21st century. Or at least the late 20th century. - David Peisner

Bio

Alice Cooper

Insolent, impertinent, and impudent, the lineup of Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, and Alice Cooper--also known as the Alice Cooper Group--was that rarest of entities: an aggregation of five uniquely distinctive personalities, who together not only sounded great but also looked great as a rock 'n' roll band.

His accomplishments herald Alice Cooper as a true original in an era where originality is disdained. The triumphs and tribulations heard on Alice Cooper's albums continue to thrill millions all over the world to this day, with his name and image remaining an inextricable part of our language and culture, as familiar as they are enduring.

Indeed, no better example of Alice Cooper's timelessness can be found than in the fact that he still sings "I'm Eighteen" with all the passionate fervor and belief that he first brought to the song. For as long as there is a part of us that will always remain 18, we will all have far more in common with Alice Cooper than we might realize--or dare to publicly admit.

After all, you're still here, and so is Alice. Rocking out like all get out. And ain't that what it's all about?

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cooper,Alice
Product attributeLabel:   New West
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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