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The Last Temptation is a concept album by rock singer, Alice Cooper,
released in July 1994 via Epic Records. It centres around a boy
named Steven (also the name
of the protagonist in Cooper's earlier work, Welcome to My Nightmare),
and a mysterious showman. The showman, with apparent supernatural
abilities, attempted with the use of twisted versions of morality plays to
persuade Steven to join his travelling show, "The Theatre Of The
Real - The Grand-est Guignol!", where he would "never grow
The full story was given in a 3-part comic book written by Neil Gaiman, the
first part of which accompanied the recording. In the comic, the
showman (referred to only ever as such) was depicted as Cooper
himself. Pages from the comic are seen in the Lost
in America music video, while it is being read by Steven.
It was originally published by Marvel Comics and later reprinted by Dark Horse
Comics, collected as trade paperback
Music videos were made for "Lost in America" and "It's Me,"
though they received virtually no airplay. Both music videos are
available for download from Sony/BMG.
- "Sideshow" (Alice
Cooper, Brian Smith, Michael Brooks, Jon Norwood, Dan Wexler,
Bud Saylor) – 6:39
- "Nothing's Free" (Cooper, Wexler, Saylor) – 5:01
- "Lost in America" (Cooper,
Wexler, Saylor) – 3:54
- "Bad Place Alone" (Cooper, Wexler, Saylor) – 5:04
- "You're My Temptation" (Cooper, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw) – 5:09
- "Stolen Prayer" (Chris Cornell, Cooper) – 5:37
- "Unholy War" (Cornell) – 4:10
- "Lullaby" (Cooper, Jim Vallance) – 4:28
- "It's Me" (Cooper, Blades, Shaw) – 4:39
- "Cleansed By Fire" (Cooper, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas,
Saylor) – 6:12
- Additional personnel
Cornell – vocals on "Stolen Prayer" and "Unholy War"
- Don Wexler – guitar on "Lost In America"
- John Purdell –
keyboards on "You're My Temptation", "Lullaby" and "It's Me"
- Lou Merlino – background vocals
- Mark Hudson – background
- Craig Copeland – background vocals
- Brett Hudson –