Live Album & DVD Review: Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead, Live from Wacken

Alice Cooper, grandmaster of shock rock, is still going strong in the 50th (!!!) year since founding the band that bears his moniker. This double live album (plus Blu-Ray) was recorded at last year’s Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany and impresses with a clear and powerful sound.

For a live album it does not give the audience enough room in the mix though and sounds a little bloodless at times. That and the not superb choice of a setlist are the two slightly disappointing things. Overall this set offers great entertainment though, with the big hits like ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’, ‘School’s out’ and ‘I’m 18’ of course included and played with huge enthusiasm and even the odd jam here and there.

Especially the uber-hit ‘Poison’ sounds not quite like on record, whilst smashers like ‘Hey Stoopid’ or ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ blow the roof off as was to be expected. The theatrical aspects, like Alice’s beheading before ‘I love the Dead’ come to life even on the audio version and evoke images of the legendary stage shows, which you can fully indulge in. For fans of the Coop as well as folks who want a good overview of all stages of his career!

[Ansgar Hastenpflug]

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