That Alice Cooper survived 2016’s merciless celebrity cull unscathed is reason enough for optimism: Raise The Dead: Live From Wacken is cause for wild celebration at a time when rock’s foundations have been shaken to their core.
One of the genre’s true survivors might already boast a back catalogue of live material the envy of his peers. And truly committed fans of the Coop are bound to be able to fall back on myriad collections of the original shock rocker at his raw and riotous best.
However, there’s something particularly tantalising about this unique pairing. Marry one of the masters of live entertainment with a festival lauded the world over – by bands and punters alike – and the resultant union is one deserving of special commemoration.
Throw in the fact that this landmark release is directly related to the Wacken Foundation and there really is no excuse for ignoring a lavish package befitting a global treasure. With Cooper’s blessing, a portion of the funds raised from this illuminating box set will go directly to the non-profit organisation that helps young rock and metal wannabes take the first steps towards success.
The deluxe edition does what it says on the tin with three heavyweight vinyl discs, three 12” photocards and a BluRay disc guaranteeing the ultimate shock rock experience.
Vibrant new cuts I’ll Bite Your Face Off and Caffeine stand toe to toe with bona fide classics Billion Dollar Babies and Department Of Youth but is there a better finale in rock than that featured on side two of disc three? Every note of big-hitting trio I’m Eighteen, Poison and School’s Out is lapped up by the Wacken faithful bringing an exhausting – and exhaustive – set to a fitting denouement.
Five decades in the making and this might just be the definitive Alice Cooper live set.