Pale Wizard Records to release 50 Years Later – Killer – a tribute to Alice Cooper’s Killer LP which was released in 1971.
On November 27th 1971, the original Alice Cooper band released an album that would define a generation and inspire countless more. It was the second LP they released that year, coming hot off the heels of ‘Love it to Death’ in March which contained the unlikely teenage anthem ‘I’m Eighteen’. Alice Cooper were finally living up to the expectations and potential they had shown on their first two psychedelic tinged records released through Frank Zappa’s label the previous years.
Pale Wizard Records is a labour of love for it’s co-founders Tim Hilleard and Dan Flitcroft. They release music that they love and find interesting. Dan has been a die hard Alice fan since the early 90’s after his Dad bought ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ on vinyl at a car boot sale.
When Dan realised that ‘Killer’ was turning 50, he got on the blower and started speaking to a bunch of great bands that he has come across on his travels with his own band Sergeant Thunderhoof. Those initial conversations garnered a very positive reaction from all involved and it was decided that we would attempt to recreate the album, in full, with each band having complete creative license to do what they will with it.
The album features some of the most renowned bands in the underground, hard rock, stoner and psych scene today paying homage to Killer in their own contemporary styles, handpicked by the staff at Pale Wizard Records to get the upmost out of each classic track.
The lead single in ’71 was Under My Wheels which is brought to life 50 years later by Green Lung. Other highlights include The Grand Mal tackling ‘Be My Lover’, Sergeant Thunderhoof’s daring take on ‘Halo of Flies’ and Pale Wizard favourites Mos Generator with ‘Dead Babies’. The album also features 1968, Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Night, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and Ritual King.
You can support this exiting project on their Kickstarter page, here. Watch a trailer for the album below.