Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Open Wide

Today in Music History:

In 1974, Ted Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at 150 yards.

Open WideHomercat has to do a necessary evil today which is a trip to the dentist to get some work done on the ole fangs. Most of us have a natural dislike about our trips to the dentist but I have a downright phobia about it. I break out in cold sweats and darn near freak. It never fails as I'm sitting in the chair I have one song that continually plays over and over in my head. The tune happens to be Unfinished Sweet by the Alice Cooper Band.

Unfinished Sweet appears on Billion Dollar Babies which was released in 1973 and is arguably one of Alice's best albums as well as one of the best albums of the seventies. When the band recorded the album, they had several numbers that were written with almost specifically for the concert stage as their live shows were becoming increasingly elaborate. Songs such as Sick Things, I love the Dead and Unfinished Sweet are an example. Sweet is complete with drilling sounds with an eventual plop of a tooth being pulled free. The remastered edition package contains a generous second CD of well-recorded live material (taken from the tour supporting "Billion Dollar Babies"), as well as studio outtakes. The original album jacket artwork has been recreated, along with lyrics, photos and some illuminating commentary in a 24-page booklet. Remastering was coordinated under the supervision of the album's original producer, Bob Ezrin. It is masterful and should be owned by everyone. In honor of my dentist appointment, here's a peek at the live version of Unfinished Sweet from the second disc.

Unfinished Sweet(live) by Alice Cooper
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