By Tom Sinclair
Updated April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper

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Unlike some latter-day shock-rockers, the Coop understood the value of a good song, and this four-CD retrospective is packed with ’em, from garagey, pre-AC gems like “Don’t Blow Your Mind” to classic teenage wasteland anthems like “School’s Out.” The first two discs are especially revelatory, tracing the band’s metamorphosis from naive Yardbirds copyists to sicko psychedelicists to the definitively tough, tuneful hard-rock unit they became in the ’70s. Hey, kids: Skip those Marilyn Manson tickets and invest in this instead. B+

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