Entertainment Weekly - 4/23/99, p.63
"...The first two discs are especially revelatory, tracing the band's metamorphosis from naive Yardbirds copyists to sicko psychedelicists to the definitely tough, tuneful hard-rock unity they became in the '70s. Hey, kids: Skip those Marilyn Manson tickets and invest in this instead." - Rating: B+
CMJ - 5/17/99, p.29
"...thoroughly represents Alice's career from the early days to his most recent recordings....if you can't get a celebratory springtime headbang going listening to "School's Out," you're dangerously close to turning into your parents."
Personnel includes: Alice Cooper (vocals, harmonica); Rob Zombie (vocals, guitar, bass); Chris Cornell, Axl Rose, Betty Wright (vocals); Justin Hayward (acoustic guitar); Michael Bruce (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Joe Satriani, Dick Wagner, Reggie Vincent (guitar, background vocals); Rick Derringer, Steve Vai, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Steve Hunter, Mick Mashbir, Rick Nielsen, Glen Buxton (guitar); Bob Ezrin (keyboards); Dennis Dunaway (bass, background vocals); Nikki Sixx, John Entwistle (bass); Neal Smith (drums, background vocals); Bill Bruford (drums); Sarah Dash, Nona Hendryx, Todd Rundgren, The Bee Gees, Ozzy Osbourne, Liza Minnelli, The Pointer Sisters, Flo & Eddie, Ronnie Spector (background vocals).
Producers include: Foster S. Cayce, Todd Rundgren, Bob Ezrin, Alice Cooper, David Foster.
Compilation producer: Brian Nelson.
Engineers include: Dave Oxman, Loy Clingman, Dick Kune.
Includes an 80-page booklet with liner notes by Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, John Lydon, Elton John, Dick Clark, Bono, Penn Jillette, Mike Myers, David Johansen, Joey Ramone and Burt Bacharach.
Personnel: Ken Mary (drums).
Recording information: 0State Recording Studios, Tucson, AZ; Audio Recorders of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ; T; VIV Recording Studios, Phoenix, AZ.
Shock rock legend Alice Cooper has been making audiences squirm for over 30 years and his wealth of material unquestionably befits a box set. Nearly a decade in the making, this 4 CD package is everything an Alicephile could want. Demos, unreleased tracks, alternate takes, live material, and pre-Alice are all here. All the artist's eras are covered in depth. Cooper completists will marvel at the 1965-1967 tunes (pre-Alice groups The Spiders and The Nazz).
This is followed by mandatory classics such as "Eighteen," "School's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Under My Wheels" (another version also appears with Axl, Slash and Izzy from Guns n' Roses). "I Love The Dead," and "Cold Ethyl" also flesh out the 70's era material. The glam metal explosion in the 80's helped resurge Alice's career, as "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" and "Poison" introduced Cooper to a new generation. Guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne, Nicki Sixx, Rob Zombie and Chris Cornell round out the 90's. THE LIFE is a must for Cooper diehards, and is recommended for everyone else.