Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (1975) (Remaster Edit 2002)

Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (1975) (Remaster Edit 2002)

Rhino’s 2002 release of Welcome To My Nightmare has been remastered and includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks: alternate versions of “Devil’s Food,“ ”Cold Ethyl,” and “The Awakening.”

With the 1975 disintegration of the original Alice Cooper group, Alice was free to launch a solo career. He wisely decided to re-enlist the services of Bob Ezrin for his solo debut, Welcome to My Nightmare, which was a concept album tied into the story line of the highly theatrical concert tour he launched soon after the album's release. While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC lineup, Welcome to My Nightmare remains Alice's best solo effort -- while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there's plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around. The disco-flavored, album-opening title track would be reworked on the stage as more of a hard rock tune, while "Some Folks" dips into cabaret territory, and "Only Women Bleed" is a sensitive ballad that became a Top Ten hit. But the rockers serve as the album's foundation -- "Devil's Food," "The Black Widow," "Department of Youth," and "Cold Ethyl" are all standouts, as is the more tranquil yet eerie epic "Steven." Despite this promising start to Cooper's solo career, the majority of his subsequent releases were often not as focused and were of varying quality...G. Prato

Originally released on LP in 1975 and reissued on CD in 2002, Welcome to My Nightmare is, quite simply, a shock rock masterpiece. It is also a conceptual effort that, like other Alice Cooper releases of the '70s, generated some controversy. Often described as the arena rock equivalent of a horror movie, this album didn't offend those who understood where Cooper was coming from. His fans realized that gems like "Cold Ethyl" and the spooky title song weren't really promoting evil; Alice Cooper is merely a character, and Welcome to My Nightmare gives listeners a guided tour of the character's dark, twisted mind. Arguably, this reissue is arena rock's version of a Bela Lugosi or Vincent Price film; in fact, Price himself makes a guest appearance on "The Black Widow," a creepy number that pays tribute to a very deadly spider. But for all of the album's dark subject matter, Cooper is surprisingly sensitive and tender on the ballad "Only Women Bleed." A major pop hit, the song really struck a chord with female listeners and was covered by everyone from Carmen McRae to Lita Ford to Etta James. Nonetheless, Cooper was still controversial in 1975, and fundamentalist ministers kept insisting that he was taking America straight to hell. Produced by Bob Ezrin, Nightmare marked the first time that Cooper was billed as a solo artist -- and without the Alice Cooper Band he became slicker, more polished, and less gritty. Nonetheless, this album is conceptually brilliant. Thanks to Rhino, Nightmare now has 14 tracks instead of 11; hardcore collectors will be glad to know that Rhino has added alternate takes of "Cold Ethyl," "Devil's Food," and "The Awakening." But even those who aren't hardcore collectors should obtain Welcome to My Nightmare, which remains a textbook example of mid-'70s shock rock...Henderson

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01 Welcome To My Nightmare 5:20
02 Devil's Food 3:35
03 The Black Widow 3:37
04 Some Folks 4:17
05 Only Women Bleed 5:49
06 Department Of Youth 3:20
07 Cold Ethyl 2:56
08 Years Ago 2:51
09 Steven 5:46
10 The Awakening 2:31
11 Escape 3:27
12 Devil's Food prev. unreleased / Bonus / Alt. Version 5:13
13 Cold Ethyl prev. unreleased / Bonus / Alt. Version 2:56
14 The Awakening prev. unreleased / Bonus / Alt. Version 4:20


pandiux said...

¡Excelente Blog! son magníficas las ediciones que presentan de la mayoría de los discos que postean.¡de lujo! Con este CD de Alice Cooper se me presentó un problema: me pide contraseña para extraer el archivo pero su blog no menciona ningún password. ¿habrá un error?

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jorge said...

Gracias por estos albums de Alice Cooper. Tambien por los de otros tantos artistas clasicos y en versiones remaster!
De lujo...

Anonymous said...

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