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Title - 'Muscle Of Love Hybrid: SACD'
Artist - Alice Cooper

Muscle Of Love Hybrid: SACD is the seventh studio album by Alice Cooper and it was the last album to feature the entire original band - and so it was, without a shadow of a doubt, a true grand finale at that! Indeed, Cooper stated in an interview at the time that the album marked a return to a basic rock sound and that is most certainly did (for all us die hard Cooper fans, in general, let alone lovers of all-things rock 'n' roll).

Best-known for its two radio play tracks, the Top 20 anthem "Teenage Lament '74," which features none other than Liza Minnelli, Ronnie Spector, Labelle and the Pointer Sisters on backing vocals, and the rollicking title track itself, 1973's Muscle Of Love Hybrid: SACD, here newly released as a Limited, Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD (see last paragraph for more info on this), is a pure, honest, raw joy to still marvel at (with our ears) today.

1. "Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)"
2. "Never Been Sold Before"
3. "Hard Hearted Alice"
4. "Crazy Little Child"
5. "Working Up a Sweat"
6. "Muscle of Love"
7. "Man with the Golden Gun"
8. "Teenage Lament '74"
9. "Woman Machine"

After the success of Billion Dollar Babies, the Detroit, Michigan-born Alice and associates knuckled down for this album (some say half-heartedly, but not me), and for such an underrated album, well, we totally have Michael Bruce to thank! Michael felt it was time to break away from Bob Ezrin and get back to the meat and potatoes of what made the band famous. Ergo, this album has a lot of great songs, but since Ezrin did not produce the record it never got the push it deserved.

My personal fav songs are tracks such as "Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)' (although quite why Hippo was added to the title is STILL beyond me!), the brilliant "Hard Hearted Alice," the excellent "Teenage Lament," and both the stunning "Woman Machine," "Muscle Of Love," the captivating "The Man With The Golden Gun," and, of course, the phenomenal "Working Up A Sweat."

Produced by Jack Richardson and Jack Douglas, Mastered: Stereo CD, SACD & 4.0 Analog to High Definition DSD Digital Transfer: Steve Hoffman & Stephen Marsh, Muscle Of Love Hybrid: SACD is an INCREDIBLE album, still to this say (personal opinion, of course), and this SACD, crystal clear version just makes it all sound so much better.

Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical disc for audio storage, introduced in 1999. It was developed jointly by Sony and Philips Electronics, and intended to be the successor to their Compact disc format. Indeed, this SACD format can offer more channels (ie: surround sound), and a longer playing time than regular CDs.

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