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Easy Action


The second Alice Cooper group album and things were starting to come together although it would take a few more months before they really hit their stride with 'Love It To Death'. Many people, including Alice, often dismiss the first two Cooper albums but that's a shame as while not sounding ilke the later material they have a lot to offer. 'Below Your Means' is an epic and 'Mr and MisDemeanor' has all the swagger of later Cooper classics. While not a place to start an Alice Cooper collection, 'Easy Action' should certainly not be ignored.


March 1970

  • Mr and MisDemeanor [3:20]
  • Shoe Salesman [2:33]
  • Still No Air [2:30]
  • Below Your Means [6:50]
  • Return Of The Spiders (For Gene Vincent) [4:25]
  • Laughing At Me [2:16]
  • Refrigerator Heaven [2:17]
  • Beautiful Flyaway [3:00]
  • Lay Down And Die, Goodbye [7:30]

Music, Lyrics and Arrangement by Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith.

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Sleeve Notes

Produced by David Briggs for Alive Productions at Sunset Studios, Hollywood.

Executive Producer: Herb Cohen [Zappa's manager]

Engineer: Barry Keene

Art Direction: John Williams

Photos: Lorrie Sullivan

Recorded at Sunset Studios, Hollywood, CA

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Label

Notes

USA

LP

STS1061

5/70

Straight (Pink Label)

Original Pressing In Gatefold cover,

USA

LP

STS1061

5/70

Straight (Pink Label)

Gatefold cover,Black Letters on Logo

USA

LP

STS1061

5/70

Straight (White Label Promo)

Gatefold cover, Promo

USA

LP

STS1061

5/70

Straight (White Label Promo)

Gatefold cover, Promo
DJ Timing Slip

USA

LP

WS 1845

 

Very rare Bizarre label

USA

CASS

?

6/70

 

USA

LP

WS 1845

?

Straight Pink Label

Early reissue? Straight pink label but Warners cat number.

USA

LP

WS 1845

71

Warner Bros (Green Label)

Second release, Gatefold

USA

LP

STS1061

5/70

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Gatefold cover,

USA

LP

WS 1845

?

Warner Bros (Green Label)

This version's band logo has black writing with white highlights
which is opposite to the normal scheme, Gatefold

USA

CD

1877-73391-2

89

Enigma

Originally came in Long Box

USA

Cass

1877-73391-4

89

Enigma

 

USA

CD

R2 70350

89

Rhino

 

USA

Cass

R2 70350

89

Rhino

 

USA

LP

WS 1845

09

Rhino

Vinyl reissue which seems to have appeared with little fanfare in 2009. Single sleeve with a whiet lable stating "Manufactured by Rhino records. Produced under license from Atlantic recording Corp.; exclusively distributed by Scorpio Music, inc.". The printing of the red colour is pale in comparison with the original release and the two pictures (front and back cover) are lightly blurred.

UK

LP

STS 1061

6/70

Straight (Pink Label)

 

USA/UK

CD

R2 70350

08

Rhino

Promo Versions exist

Japan CD   11 Warner Bros Mini-LP Version

South Africa

LP

?

7/70

Straight/Warner Bros(Green Label)

Gatefold

South Africa

LP

?

7/70

Warner Bros

Part of Schooldays set

Canada

LP

CWX 1845

?

Warner Bros(Gold label)

Gatefold

Canada

LP

CWX 1845

?

Warner Bros(White label)

Black Maple Leaf on Back Cover

Canada

Cass

CWX 1845

?

Warner Bros

 

Mexico

LP

GWEA 5086

71

Hard Rock(Gold WB label)
Gamma/WEA

Different back cover written in Spanish and English

The Album

'Kenneth Pasarelli' who appears in "Mr. and Misdemeanor" was actually one of the band's road crew members. He also appears on 'From The Inside'.

In 'Beautiful Flyaway':

DDT [is] dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane. A colorless odorless water-insoluble crystalline insecticide that tends to accumulate in ecosystems and has toxic effects on many vertebrates.
(Brian Larson)

In 'Mr and Misdemeanor' the title actually refers to Alice and Glen Buxton.

"I take the modern mosquito to every big city,
I sit beside Misdemeanor."
Refers to Alice and Glen!
(Janice Buxton, Sept 2005)

Advert for Easy ActionThe line "you can turn me off" is not the voice of Alice but in fact Tom Smothers of the 'Smothers Brothers'.

The name stated after Lucky Luciano in "Mr. and Misdemeanor" is Kenneth Pasarelli, a bass player who back in those days played in a band called Zephyr and also with Tommy Bolin. The Coopers knew him and used his name as an inside joke.
(Renfield after asking Alice! (June 1995)

Go and listen to "Beautiful Flyaway" and "Below Your Means" on the 'Easy Action' album. Does Alice's voice sound a little different on those tracks? It's actually Michael Bruce singing the lead vocals on those songs. You can hear Alice singing as well on the songs, especially on "Below Your Means", but it is Michael who's voice is featured.
(Renfield, December 1996)

'Return of the Spiders' was dedicated to Gene Vincent cuz the Coopers backed him up when they shared the bill with him at them Toronto '69 show. Vincent was a legendary 50's rocker and was no relation to Rockin' Reggie Vincent.
(Renfield, June 1995)

"Alice Cooper was the return of the Spiders and this was our perspective of our band while we were recording Easy Action in 1969. Meaning on way to fame, fortune and the future some people would get it and some people would not have a clue. The people that hated us didn't have a clue.
Return Of The Spiders is my favorite song off of the Easy Action album, wonder why?"
(Neal Smith, May 2003)

Around the time of release, Billboard magazine actually listed the band`s name as Alice Sooper.

Press CuttingTwo tracks, 'Titanic Overture' and 'Refrigerator Heaven' appeared on a Straight Records sampler album called Zapped. On the sleeve under the listing for Side One - Track 6. Alice Cooper/Refrigerator Heaven,
there is the following:

Alice Cooper is a five-man group from Los Angeles, or maybe a four-woman-one-man group from Los Angeles, or maybe a five-woman group from Los Angeles. They get a bang, you see, out of playing off our confusion over their sexual alignment. Quite decidedly grotesque they are, but also visually stunning and quite impressive. According to the recent Newsweek article that spoke highly of them in relation to the dada-rock movement of which their sponsor, F. Zappa, is the founder, Alice was overjoyed early in the game to discover its ability to empty large clubs within minutes of coming on stage. Think about that, Will and Ariel.
David Briggs produced EASY ACTION, whence commeth "Refrigerator Heaven"

July 1970 also saw the first Alice Cooper Magazine Front Cover with that month`s issue of Cream Magazine.

In 1973, to cash in on Alice's success Warner Bros in the Uk released a double album package called "School Days: The Early Recordings"(K66021) which featured "Easy Action" and "Pretties For You" in a cool new sleeve design.


The Tour

The band did very few gigs after the release of 'Easy Action'.

One set list for a show done while the band was working on Love It To Death is as follows:

  • Sun Arise
  • Mr and Misdemeanor
  • Fields of Regret
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Levity Ball
  • Is It My Body - Extended
  • Nobody Likes Me
  • Black Juju (which is really an instrumental Lay Down and Die, Goodbye)

The song "Return of the Spiders" was about the only 'old' song played after the release of Love It To Death