The reissues are set to arrive June 9th via Rhino on 2-CD and 3-LP formats and will feature remastered audio of the original album tracks, rare recordings, and previously unreleased era-specific concerts. As a teaser, an unearthed live take of “Be My Lover” recorded at a Miami concert in ’72 can be streamed below now.
The Killer deluxe edition adds three alternate studio versions of “You Drive Me Nervous,” “Under My Wheels,” and “Dead Babies.” The collection also houses a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s performance at the Mar Y Sol Pop Festival in Puerto Rico on April 2, 1972 — a few months before Alice Cooper hit the studio to make School’s Out. The set is centric to songs from Killer, though a run through of “Public Animal #9” previewed its follow-up.
Cooper fans and record collectors will be happy to know that the vinyl editions of each reissue will replicate the packaging of the original LPs. For Killer, that means the gatefold sleeve opens to reveal a detachable 1972 calendar with a photo of Cooper in the gallows. Meanwhile, the cover of School’s Out looks like a wooden school desk, which opens to reveal the record wrapped in a pair of panties. The band stopped including the infamous underwear following a controversy as to whether or not they were flammable (the pair in the reissue are thankfully not a fire hazard).