Alice Cooper, the king of shock rock, has a music career that spans 50 years. From the original Alice Cooper bands debut, Pretties For You, in 1969, to his most recently released studio effort, Breadcrumbs, Alice has sold over 50 million records worldwide.
Breadcrumbs is the 28th studio release from Alice Cooper, and has been released on earMUSIC. The EP consists of six songs including four covers, one new song, and a re-recording of “Detroit City” from The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003).
Alice kicks of the EP with the aforementioned re-recording of “Detroit City.” The original recording has more of a classic Alice Cooper sound, whereas “Detroit City 2020” is a bit heavier. Along with the heavier sound, Alice switches up the chorus and the bridge has been eliminated from the new version. Not that I don’t like this new recording, but personally, I prefer the original version.
Next up is “Go Man Go.” This is the only new original song on Breadcrumbs. This is a classic fast-paced tribute to the sounds of Detroit rock n roll. One listen to “Go Man Go” will make you want to jump in your car and step on the gas.
“East Side Story” is an unlikely Bob Seger cover from his group The Last Heard. The cover has a great classic sound. It’s your typical 3-4 chord rock song with great drum work and a solo that sounds like it’s made for vinyl.
“Your Mama Won’t Like Me” is an energetic cover originally recorded by Suzie Quatro. This cover is face paced and full of energy and includes a nice little horn section.
“Devil With a Blue Dress On” is a mid-tempo cover originally recorded by Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. They are the only artists covered on the EP that are not mentioned in “Detroit City 2020.” This song has Motown written all over it. The pace is picked up a notch when Alice and company go into a faster “Chains of Love.”
“Sister Anne” from MC5 is the final track on the EP. This is, in my opinion, the best of the covers on the EP. However, the MC5 version is almost 3 minutes longer than the Alice Cooper version. The track is full of rock, blues, and a hint of jazz.
Overall, this collection of recordings from Alice Cooper is a must have for any die hard Alice Cooper fan. It is a fun collection of songs that pays tribute to the classic Detroit sound. However, the casual listener might not have the same appreciation since it’s not your typical Alice Cooper recording.
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