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  • This limited edition release of THE LAST TEMPTATION is specially packaged with a full-size, 36 page, full-color Marvel comic book. The comic was conceived in part by Neil Gaiman, best known for his Sandman comic book series.
  • Producers: Duane Baron, John Purdell, Don Flemming, Andy Wallace.
  • THE LAST TEMPTATION is based on a three-part comic book series, created by Neil Gaiman, author of the comic "Sandman."
  • Personnel: Alice Cooper, Chris Cornell (vocals); Stef Burns (guitar, background vocals); Dan Wexler (guitar); Derek Sherinian (keyboards, background vocals); John Purdell (keyboards); Greg Smith (bass, background vocals); David Vosikkinen (drums); Lou Merlino, Mark Hudson, Craig Copeland, Brett Hudson (background vocals).
  • Producers: Duane Baron, John Purdell, Don Fleming, Andy Wallace.
  • Engineers: John Agnello, Duane Baron, Andy Wallace.
  • Recorded at Music Grinder Studios, Hollywood, California; Sony Recording Studios, Santa Monica, California; Record One Studios, Sherman Oaks, California; Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, California.
  • In 1994, coming off the commercial disappointment of HEY STOOPID, Alice Cooper decided to switch gears and composed his first concept album since the '70s, THE LAST TEMPTATION. Cooper worked with a trio of producers--Andy Wallace (Slayer), Don Fleming (Hole), and Duane Baron (Ozzy Osbourne)--to create an interesting sonic balance. A number of renowned rock artists again lend their songwriting talents to this collection. However, only Chris Cornell actually plays on the album, unlike the all-star cast of musicians who appeared on Cooper's last release.
  • While the album wasn't a major hit in the United States, it was Alice's third top-10 release in England and easily his best and most satisfying work in years. The pair of songs that Cornell co-wrote with Cooper, "Stolen Prayer" and "Unholy War," are the album's best; it's a headbanger's dream come true to hear these two exceptional singers share the mic. Other highlights include the opening epic, "Side Show"; the dramatic album closer, "Cleansed By Fire"; and the melancholy "It's Me." Although THE LAST TEMPTATION was a great return to form for Alice, his failure to promote it with a tour made it one of his most overlooked albums.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (7/14/94, p.110) - 3.5 Stars - "...Alice's successes have always been sellouts: when he turned to teen anthems...when he switched to adult crooning...Alice's new record is his most listenable since then..."

Rolling Stone (7/14/94, p.110) - - 3.5 Stars - "...Alice's successes have always been sellouts: when he turned to teen anthems...when he switched to adult crooning...Alice's new record is his most listenable since then..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/14/94, p.66) - "...Good old Alice tells a story here with a good ol' rock & roll theme: the seductive power of evil....The songs...are catchy and sharpened with hard, edgy riffs..." - Rating: B

Q (8/94, p.100) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Not bad and during `Unholy War' and `It's Me,' positively rollicking..."

NME (Magazine) (6/18/94, p.35) - 6 - Good - "...the whole thing, if not essential, is listenable from start to finish..."
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