LINEUP: Ken Mary - vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards * Brian Buzard - guitars, vocals * Mark Stratford - bass, 12 string guitar, keyboards, vocals * Ben Ashley - guitars, talkbox, vocals
Soul Shock Remedy was the one-off project by drum supremo Ken Mary. Having done stints with Fifth Angel,TKO, Bonfire, and House Of Lords, it was a 'bolt from the blue' that Mary (strangely named 'Mari' on the album jacket), would be up fronting this Arizona based outfit as the lead singer. The musical style of SSR was quite a departure for Ken considering his pedigree. Gone are the overblown melodic strains of yesteryear, replaced by some modern/alt rock ramblings which are suitably given a 1960's psychedelic shakedown. Though the whole thing was mixed by Michael Wagener, this is Ken's baby, as he produced and engineered the whole thing. The other significant connection to his past is the Chuck Wright designed cover.
Reissued on Metal Works Headbanger Series in 2000, "Time Will Tell" original released in 1989. This is Fifth Angel's last recording w/ Ken Mary's departure from the band. Ken later joined House of The Lords, Impellitteri among others. Ken now a professional audio engineer who runs Sonic Phish Studios in Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California.
There was talk about a reunion w/ only John Macko and Ed Archer coming back. The rest of the band was filled in by other musicians who did a few live shows but no recording so far. "Time Will Tell" youtube video bottom of page
On this re-issued CD I don't know if the vinyl included more art or copy.
Recently Paul Stanley of KISS mentioned he doesn’t see making a new album although Gene Simmons commented a few days later that they are working on one. But what Paul states is that they have plenty of popular songs from their past they can rotate. I have been thinking that’s what Alice has been doing for sometime. He puts out albums for his fans but tours as a “Best of” band. True he pulls out some rare numbers here & there. Of course not that rare “Halo of Flies” was good to see performed but that also was a good number to showcase the band’s solo performances while Alice changes costumes. I would enjoy Alice performing songs like “Formerly Warmer”, “Levity Ball” or “Return of The Spiders” but just me and maybe a handful of people would show our enthusiasm while others scratch their heads and go to the bathroom.
In 2000 when I seen Neil Young perform his whole new album “Silver & Gold” that same year I also seen Lou Reed perform his new release “Ecstasy” in it’s entirety. Both albums I didn’t enjoy and was bored during the concert cause it was songs I didn’t care for or even liked. Matter of fact I had traded in Lou’s “Ecstasy” for cash.
In 1986 Lou Reed did his “Mistrial” release which I still have in my collection and in 1989 “New York” release which is an excellent album I recommend. The late Lou Reed and Neil Young are one of the few musicians who plays their new releases. Bob Dylan is also another one as well.
Now I have mentioned this before and I’ll say it again. Alice hasn’t done an album tour since “Welcome To My Nightmare” in 1975 that was 40 years ago. “Brutal Planet Tour 2001” was close including a stage theme from the album that was 14 years ago. At least Alice covered seven songs from “Brutal Planet” album which is more than any he’s done since. Every CD he put out after that was slimmer in concert. He may switch the song from that album but it’s usually only one song and the rest are songs from the past.
- Setlist: Nov. 11, 2010
The last time I seen Alice was “Bare Bones Tour” in 2003 which was as I expected a best of show. From then on I’ve follow the setlist but haven’t seen any worth attending since 2003. I get bored easy w/ the same set list after a while it’s like come on give me something to spend money on. Alice may change the stage show theatrics and musicians but the songs are the same only changing a few here and there. I know a lot people go just for the gathering like a ritual every year they dress up like it’s Halloween & have a ball. I think this is what the tour has become just come to town and play the hits.
- Setlist: Dec. 2011
“DragonTown Tour 2001-02” Alice did 5 songs from that album then setlist started to dwindle to best of tours.
“Bare Bones Tour 2003” was a best of.
“Eyes of Alice Cooper Tour 2003-04 “ Alice did 5 tracks from that album.
“Dirty Diamonds Tour 2005-06” only 2 tracks “Dirty Diamonds” and “Woman of Mass Distraction.”
“Psycho-Drama Tour 2007” another best of.
“Along Came A Spider Tour 2008” I thought for sure this will be a full blown tour. The songs themselves I just pictured these theatrics Alice performing on stage while singing these numbers. Unfortunately the only song Alice sang was “Vengeance Is Mine” and “(In Touch with Your) Feminine Side.” The rest are 12 songs from original Alice Cooper Group and 12 from his solo career.
“Theatre of Death Tour 2009 - 2010” best of.
“No More Mr Nice Guy Tour 2011” started in May 2011 best of.
Sept., 2011 “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” album was released. During that month “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” is the only song performed live. I think that would of been a great combo show of “Welcome To My Nightmare” and “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” that would of been one helluva a concert.
2012 at Bonnaroo which is always a best of w/ bands as Alice added “Caffeine.”
“Raise The Dead Tour 2012” best of and covers tunes.
- Setlist: July 7, 2012
I would of like to see at least 4 full blown album tours “The Last Temptation”, “Brutal Planet”, “Along Came A Spider” and “Welcome 2 My Nightmare.” All great concepts that would of filled the stage w/ great theatrics. This could of broken up the best of tours.
Coming up in the Fall of 2015 will be “All My Dead Drunk Friends” release. Pretty sure this tour will be like the “Raise The Dead Tour” w/ classic hits and cover songs.
So this is the norm for Alice as he will release new albums for fans which I appreciate & will still buy while doing best of tours. I don’t see Alice doing an album tour unless by some miracle the album becomes popular like “Billion Dollar Babies” or “Welcome To My Nightmare”.
The set is presented in a clamshell box and includes 15 albums, each one featuring the original artwork: Pretties For You (1969), Easy Action (1970), Love It To Death (1971), Killer (1971), School s Out (1972), Billion Dollar Babies (1973), Muscle Of Love (1973), Welcome To My Nightmare (1975), Alice Cooper Goes To Hell (1976), Lace And Whiskey (1977), From The Inside (1978), Flush The Fashion (1980), Special Forces (1981), Zipper Catches Skin (1982), and DaDa (1983).
I know a while back there was talk of Rhino releasing bonus tracks on each CD but this box set seems like it's just the studio albums w/ no extras.
It's good for people that need to catch up on their Alice Cooper collection.
I don’t post many comments as you see on this blog but the following is about a what ever happened to the reunion tour?
Last February 2015 the band listings of the Rock Legends Cruise III was as followed
“The Doobie Brothers, Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Don Felder, WAR, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heep, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Rik Emmett, The Edgar Winter Band, Ten Years After, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, Pat Travers Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Artimus Pyle Band, Swamp Da Wamp, Steve Rodgers, The Blue Lords, Citizens Band Radio”
It reminded me of an interview a while back that Alice said he doesn’t want to become a “revival act” when asked why don’t he tour w/ his original band. But this is what Alice is doing now only w/ younger players covering half the concert w/ a set list of classic hits.
Now I'm not knocking Alice's backing band. That's one thing I like about Alice is he always has an outstanding backing band. Even in his New Wave period I loved his version of "I'm Eighteen" live. I even became a fan of Ryan Roxie ever since I seen him perform w/ Alice back in summer of the late 90's.
Besides the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame reunion show there was talk Alice was going to hit a few cities w/ the original band but that didn’t pan out for some reason. I know the band was ready but Alice continued on w/ his current band. Alice has done a number of small reunion shows like his Cooper’sTown, Christmas Pudding and the Jagermeister 4D performance. By the way I wonder why they didn’t release that on DVD. They even recorded 3 songs on his “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” CD. On "When Hell Comes Home" is a pure example of classic Alice Cooper sound.
Now some of the original members might not be able to do a world tour
due to health or other reasons but this cruise would of been ideal for them. No tour bus or planes, no moving from hotel to hotel. They can take family/friends w/ them on the cruise. They play a few nights, have a buffet, do some Q&A’s like they do at the New Jersey horror conventions and get to stroll back to their cabins. Plus the usual cruise passengers are older majority that grew up w/ the original band or close to it. Alice has been touring and recording so long that a lot of people didn’t even know he had an original band. Sort of like KISS many later fans grew up not knowing Ace & Peter are the original members. They may come to learn it later on as they collect the back catalog of records.
Most of these bands touring have newer members out numbering the originals playing their classic hits. I just think this would of been ideal for the original band to do some shows w/ out the stress of travel. They could of continued the sales by recording selling a DVD / CD of the show. I’m pretty sure there will be people including myself very interested in it. If Alice can't find a way to do a reunion tour I like to see them put out one whole album w/ the original members. (photo manipulation by evenspotspeaks)