ALICE COOPER — Muscle Of Love

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Album · 1973

Filed under Hard Rock
By ALICE COOPER

Tracklist

1. Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo) (5:10)
2. Never Been Sold Before (4:28)
3. Hard Hearted Alice (4:53)
4. Crazy Little Child (5:03)
5. Working Up A Sweat (3:32)
6. Muscle Of Love (3:45)
7. Man With The Golden Gun (4:12)
8. Teenage Lament '74 (3:53)
9. Woman Machine (4:32)

Total Time 39:31

Line-up/Musicians

- Alice Cooper / vocals
- Glen Buxton / lead guitar
- Michael Bruce / rhythm guitar
- Dennis Dunaway / bass guitar
- Neal Smith / drums

- Mick Mashbir / guitar
- Steve Hunter / guitar
- Dick Wagner / guitar
- Bob Dolin / keyboards

About this release

November 20, 1973
Warner

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Warthur
Compared to Alice Cooper's previous four albums, Muscle of Love was an outright disaster, and probably led directly to the breakup of the original Alice Cooper band. Aside from the title track, none of the material on display has the flair, bravado, lyrical incisiveness or backbone that people had come to expect from the group. The vague album concept about rent boys in New York should have been fertile ground for Alice's songs about trashy, messed-up, wasted youth, but the musical backing was unenthusiastic at best and Cooper doesn't seem to be feeling himself, abandoning his characteristic leering roar for most of the songs in favour of an unconvincing croon. "The Man With the Golden Gun", a shameless "pick me! pick me!" attempt to pre-empt the next James Bond title song in order to force the film producers to use the track (they didn't go for it) is perhaps not the most vapid of the throwaway filler songs cluttering up the album, but it's perhaps the least dignified of the band's many sleazy publicity stunts - at least tossing a chicken at an audience doesn't involve a tired-out brass section.

The fact is, this particular Muscle of Love is fat, flabby, and could do with going to the gym. Maybe if the band had taken a break and spent a little longer refining the album they could have produced a worthy followup to Billion Dollar Babies, but I guess we'll never know.
AtomicCrimsonRush
Alice has produced a rather commercial release in "Muscle of Love" that has a few shining moments that have all but faded into obscurity these days. Big Apple Dreaming is certainly a memorable track as is Muscle of Love and the new 74 version of Teenage Lament, a fan favourite. It is not a bad album, just not up to the standard of his classics.

The album cover is even bland though is supposed to represent that in the box is a wet organ and we can leave it up to the imagination as to which is in the box. So the album is rarely mentioned nowadays in Alice's repertoire but it is catchy and has some cool riffs. Grab in a bargain bin if you see it.

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