Released unofficially this short live album shows Alice Cooper at the beginning of their career playing a show in L.A.'s famous Whisky A Go Go club. Now scarce as it has been out of print for some years, this Rhino records release contains, according to the raving hype on the longbox, a "previously unreleased, legendary showcase performance from 1969 by Alice with his original band" although it was actually recorded in 1968. The band had not yet recorded "Pretties For You" and seven of these songs later showed up there, and the other one, "Nobody Likes Me," didn't show up officially anywhere, other than as a flexi with the 'Killer' Programme, until the boxset was released.
Pamela Des Barres wrote about this performance in her book "I'm With the Band" (a groupie classic). Alice and the boyz allegedly emptied the Whisky in twenty minutes or less. She's better known to some people as Miss Pamela of the GTO's.
This CD is on the revitalized Bizarre/Straight label (through Rhino). In 1969 this was Frank Zappa's personal label, distributed by Warner Bros. Besides "Pretties For You" and "Easy Action" Bizzarre/Straight also released some of the best material of Captain Beefheart, the Mothers, and the GTO's.
When the Whiskey release was done, they at least had the courtesy and professionalism to submit the artwork to Alice for approval.
(Renfield, February 1996)
Los Angeles Times (June 25th 1990):
"Alice Cooper Recordings: Alive Enterprises Inc. was sued in Los Angeles Superior Court over the rights to recordings of the Alice Cooper rock group at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in 1969. Herbert Cohen, who does business as Bizarre Records, filed the suit, which claims that he won sole rights to the recordings in an earlier case. Cohen and Enigma Records planned to release the recordings, but Alive, which has the rights of individuals in the group, claims that it owns the exclusive rights. The suit seeks court orders barring Alive from interfering with Cohen's use of the recordings. (Filed June 19, 1990. Case No. BC003812)"