School's Out Era

School’s Out is the 5th Alice Cooper album and was released in 1972. The opening track (which shares the same name) went on to become an international hit and will forever be the first song that comes to most people’s minds when they think of 'Alice Cooper'. However, behind this track lies material that, whilst not as well known, is of oustanding quality. The result is a near-perfect LP which, helped by brilliant marketing, ranks amongst the best rock albums of the 70's (by any group).

School's Out Album Cover

School's Out 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, BS 2623

The first of the super deluxe Alice Cooper Group vinyl albums, School's Out embraced the concept perfectly, replicating a school desk complete with faux etchings by each member. The desk even opens in the way you would expect to reveal the vinyl. Underneath, an image is provided of the other contents of the 'desk' including gum, marbles, crayons and, of course, the track listings and credits. The finishing touch to the ingenious design was the legs on the base which could be opened enabling the desk to stand up!  

 

Initial copies of the record came with novelty paper panties (coloured either white, pink or blue) wrapped around the vinyl and a report card stuffed inside that included track listings and lengths. Production of the panties ended quickly as they were, allegedly, deemed to be a "fire hazard". Also, the report cards were easily lost and are now very hard to find.

 

This promotional copy includes white Warner Brothers vinyl labels and features both pink panties and the ultra-rare report card.

 

Could this have possibly been executed better? No!  Well, at least not until the release (some 40 years later) of the hyper deluxe Old School Boxset!

 

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School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, BS 2623

This USA 1st pressing of School's Out is the same as the promotional copy (above) except that it features green Warner Brothers labels, comes white paper panties and does not include the report card.

 

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School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, P-8227W

This Japanese 1st pressing of School's Out is similar to the USA copy (above) except that it features alternative green Warner Brothers labels and blue paper panties. Additionally, and in keeping with Japanese releases of the time, it also includes an 'Obi Strip' wrapped around the sleeve and double-sided black and white insert featuring track listings, lyrics and credits in both Japanese and English. 

 

Finally, and unlike the USA and UK 1st pressings, this version includes the track listings on the rear of the sleeve. Quite why they were omitted in other countries is a bit of a mystery, as it's always good to know what your listening to. Bizarrely though, the tracks are listed in the wrong order with School's Out first (as it should be) but the remainder being presented in alphabetical rather than chronological order!

 

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School's Out Paper Panties Variants

To summarise the information above, here are the 3 different variants of the School's Out paper panties (i.e. white, pink and blue)...

School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, K 56007

This UK 1st pressing of School's Out is almost identical to the the USA copy (above) except that it features alternative green Warner Brothers labels and does not include the infamous paper panties.

 

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School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, GX 01-562

This Mexican 1st pressing of Se Acabo La Escuela (i.e. School's Out) comes in a simple card sleeve, which is a far cry from the super deluxe packaging found in many other territories around the world (see above).  

 

Notably though, the vinyl features distinctive gold Warner Brothers vinyl labels. This style of label is believed to have only been seen again on initial Canadian pressings of Easy Action plus Mexican releases of Killer and Billion Dollar Babies. I don't know why these were used instead of the iconic olive green labels, but they certainly make these releases unique.

 

The front of the sleeve includes 2 hype stickers, the first being a gold 'All Sound Of Rock Musica Contemporanea' (i.e. 'Contemporary Music') whereas the other states 'Incluye Poster' (i.e. 'Poster Included'). Sadly, the aforementioned poster is missing from this copy and I've been unable to find details on what it may have looked like. On the back of the sleeve are track listings (in the correct order, unlike other countries), credits and promotional material for albums by other artists.

 

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School's Out 12" Vinyl Album

2009, Friday Music, FRM 9113

This USA 180g 12" re-issue by Friday Music lacks most of the original packaging features (like the paper panties and expandable table legs) but does open from bottom to top to give you the impression of opening a desk (the vinyl doesn't tuck into the sleeve like the original though). The track listings are also included on the back of the sleeve, but are again not provided in the correct running order (other than School's Out, all the other tracks are presented in alphabetical rather than chronological order!).

 

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School's Out Cassette Album

1972, Warner Brothers, WB M5 2623

This first edition USA cassette version of School's Out comes in a plastic slipcase containing abridged artwork on the front and track listings on the back. Inside is a black plastic tape which provides additional track listings and the total running time of each side. 

 

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School's Out CD Album

1990, Warner Brothers, 7599-27260-2

This European CD version of School's Out comes in a jewel case and features a very basic fold-out booklet containing track listings and credits. There is also a useful 'Notes' page featuring a short history of the Alice Cooper Group up to and including the School's Out era (interestingly, these state that the Group took their name from a ouija board reading).

 

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School's Out '24KT + Gold' CD Album

2009, Audio Fidelity, AFZ 035

This USA version of School's Out comes on a '24KT+ Gold' CD, which is stated as having a superior quality to standard aluminium discs. Additionally, the original recording has been subject to digital remastering to provide a "warmer" sound.

 

Quite what improvement the above has had on an already classic album is, in my opinion, questionable. I'm no expert when it comes to the technical merits of remastering music, however, what is presented here merely sounds slightly different rather than better to me.

 

The inlay is nothing to write home about with just a fold out sheet featuring stock images plus some of the disc labels of the original vinyl release. The gold CD is beautiful though.

 

This release is quite rare / expensive as it was limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies (of which this is #0,369). Bearing in mind the minimal improvements on offer these releases are for ardent fans only.

 

Further 24KT+ Gold releases were also made by Audio Fidelity for both the Love It To Death and Killer albums.

 

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School's Out 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14303

In 2011, all the Alice Cooper albums from Pretties For You through to From The Inside were re-issued in Japan on 'Super High Material' (SHM) CD format. SHM CD's are, apparently, made of improved material, that provides a clearer medium for the reading of the data and so reduces read errors and thus can improve sound quality.

 

A notable feature of all the SHM releases is that they closely replicate the original packaging of the vinyl releases. In the case of School's Out, this includes the super deluxe desk sleeve complete with folding legs, white paper panties and report card. An additional black-and-white bilingual lyric booklet and external 'Obi Strip' are also provided (both of which are common features of Japanese music releases).

 

What would have been really cool though is if they had made the CDs look more like minature vinyl discs. What is offered is still more than satisfactory though and the SHM releases are definitely the quintessential Alice Cooper CD editions of all the available variants out there.

 

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NOTE: Further CD copies of this album are featured in the Compilations and The Studio Albums 1969-1983 sections of this website.

School's Out Promotional 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WS 7596

This USA 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono and Stereo versions of School's Out (from the School's Out album) on Sides A and B respectively. This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

 

Each label also includes an 'Intro' time, which helped DJs to understand how long they had to introduce a song prior to the lyrics beginning.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 7596

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, K 16188

This UK 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 16188

This German 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).  

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice performing live on both the front and back.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 16188

This alternative German 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).  

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice being hung at the gallows (as featured on the Killer album calendar) on both the front and back.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, 16188

This French 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).  

 

The sleeve has the same black and white image of the Alice Cooper Group, with Dennis Dunaway hidden inside a trash can, as featured on the School's Out album artwork, on both the front and back.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, P-1143W

This Japanese 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with colour insert, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).  

 

The insert has a greentone image of the Alice Cooper Group, with Dennis Dunaway hidden inside a trash can, as featured on the School's Out album artwork, on the front and track listings, lyrics and credits on the back.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, K16188

This Italian 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets on Side B (both from the School's Out album). This is one of only a few releases of the School's Out single where Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets is named in full, as most other variants simply refer to it as 'Gutter Cat'. 

 

The front of the sleeve features a black and white image of a naked Alice flanked by a snake (which famously featured on the truck that "broke down" in London in 1972) and on the back is a printed image of some 'School's Out! Alice Cooper' panties.

 

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School's Out 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, CP-154

This Spanish 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels with unique red song titles, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Se Acabo La Escuela (i.e. School's Out) on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Debajo De Mis Ruedas (i.e. Under My Wheels) on Side B (from the Killer album).   

 

The front of the sleeve features large red Spanish text stating "El grupo que ha revolucionado la música rock" (i.e. the group that has revolutionized rock music) and "Alice Cooper su gran numero uno se acabo la escuela" (i.e. Alice Cooper her big number one School's Out". A graphic is also provided which shows School's Out at the top of the British singles chart on the 15th August 1972. On the back are track listings, credits and further Spanish text stating 'DISCO DE PROMOCION PROHIBIDA SU VENTA' (i.e. 'Promotion disc forbidden for sale').

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, HS-853

This Spanish 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a card sleeve, and includes Se Acabo La Escuela (i.e. School's Out) on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Debajo De Mis Ruedas (i.e. Under My Wheels) on Side B (from the Killer album).   

 

The front of the sleeve has the same image of the Alice Cooper Group as featured on the inside of the Killer album plus the text "Numero Uno En' Inglaterra" (i.e. "Number 1 in England). On the back are track listings, credits and promotional material for the Killer album plus an extract from a 'Top 50' chart, with School's Out shown as being at the top. It is also highlighted in what looks like pen, but this is actually printed and appears on all copies of this release.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 16188

This Dutch 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).

 

The front of the sleeve features a remarked image of a naked Alice flanked by a snake (which famously featured on the truck that "broke down" in London in 1972) and on the back is promotional material for other artists of the time.

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, K16188

This Yugoslavian 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets on Side B (both from the School's Out album). This is one of only a few releases of the School's Out single where Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets is named in full, as most other variants simply refer to it as 'Gutter Cat'. 

 

The front of the sleeve features a yellow-tone image of Alice and on the back is a further picture of him with a snake, plus Yugoslavian text "To Je Alice Cooper! Uskoro nove hit ploce Elected Hello Hurray" (i.e. This is Alice Cooper! Soon the new hit record Elected Hello Hurray).

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WBS 97

This extremely rare Angolan 7" vinyl (the only known Alice Cooper single from this country) features green Warner Brothers labels and includes School's Out on Side A and Gutter Cat (Vs. The Jets) on Side B (both from the School's Out album).

 

My copy does not feature a sleeve, but this release is known to have originally featured one (see images below), which includes a rather bizarre image of lots of people sat down at a festival!

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, 16287

This retrospectively released French 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Elected on Side 2 (from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The front of the sleeve features a pink-tone image of Alice only from the School Days complication album and on the back are details of some of the other singles available in the same 'La Serie Chouchous' range (which I think translates as 'The Darling Series'). This release is #17 in said 30-part range, but should definitely have been #18 instead!

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1976, Warner Brothers, K 16287

This retrospectively released UK 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Elected on Side 2 (from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The front of the sleeve has artwork that closely resembles the School's Out album cover and on the back are track listings.

 

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School's Out 7" EP

1977, Warner Brother, EPW 177

This retrospectively released Australian 7" vinyl EP features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Caught In A Dream and Be My Lover on Side A (from the Love It To Death and Killer albums respectively) and School's Out and Elected on Side B (from the School's Out and Billion Dollar Babies albums respectively).  

 

The front of the sleeve features an image of the Alice Cooper Group from the rear of the Love It To Death album and on the back are details of other non-Alice Cooper releases in the same series.

 

This great item was a very generous gift from hardcore UK-based Alice Cooper Group fan Chris Daniels. Thanks Chris!

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1985, WEA Records, OG 9519-B

This retrospectively released 'Old Gold' UK 7" vinyl single features gold WEA Records labels, comes in a generic paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Elected on Side 2 (from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

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School's Out 7" Vinyl Single

1989, WEA Music, 927 627-7

This retrospectively released 'Oldie Thek' German 7" vinyl single features cream Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes School's Out on Side A (from the School's Out album) and Elected on Side 2 (from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The front of the sleeve features an image of Alice in leather jacket and snake-eye make up and on the back are details of other non-Alice Cooper releases in the same series.

 

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For the Billion Dollar Babies era Click Here.