11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Alice Cooper recorded his last band album (1974’s Muscle of Love), the group's trash rock was starting to choke on garage fumes. So for his debut solo album the next year, Alice staged a kind of musical production as big as his million-selling budgets would allow, pulling in top session players and collaborators, including producer Bob Ezrin, guitarists Dick Wagner (who filled in on previous Alice Cooper albums) and Steve Hunter (Lou Reed), and even horror movie doyen Vincent Price. The album inspired a TV special, a world tour, a concert film and, eventually, a 2011 sequel. Based on a kid’s nightmare and doused in satire, the songs shift painlessly from themes of cannibalism (“Devil’s Food”) and necrophilia (“Cold Ethyl”) to a beautiful cigarette-and-alcohol elegy to lonely women (“Only Women Bleed,” which hit No. 12 on the Billboard singles chart) and good old-fashioned teen anthems of growing pains (“Department of Youth”) and departing (“Escape,” cowritten by Kim Fowley). The classical-minded Ezrin pulled musical strings here so the songs are as dynamic and orchestrated as they are funny and, even, scary.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the time Alice Cooper recorded his last band album (1974’s Muscle of Love), the group's trash rock was starting to choke on garage fumes. So for his debut solo album the next year, Alice staged a kind of musical production as big as his million-selling budgets would allow, pulling in top session players and collaborators, including producer Bob Ezrin, guitarists Dick Wagner (who filled in on previous Alice Cooper albums) and Steve Hunter (Lou Reed), and even horror movie doyen Vincent Price. The album inspired a TV special, a world tour, a concert film and, eventually, a 2011 sequel. Based on a kid’s nightmare and doused in satire, the songs shift painlessly from themes of cannibalism (“Devil’s Food”) and necrophilia (“Cold Ethyl”) to a beautiful cigarette-and-alcohol elegy to lonely women (“Only Women Bleed,” which hit No. 12 on the Billboard singles chart) and good old-fashioned teen anthems of growing pains (“Department of Youth”) and departing (“Escape,” cowritten by Kim Fowley). The classical-minded Ezrin pulled musical strings here so the songs are as dynamic and orchestrated as they are funny and, even, scary.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

coreyryan94 ,

Vincent Price is really on it...

Vincent Price is in here. At the end of devils food. BEST album EVER!

Tom22763 ,

Welcome to a rip off!!

What in GOD'S name is this? Welcome To My Nightmare is only 2:46? The original full length version of that song is 5:19 shall I go on? Only Women Bleed is 3:30 here again the full length version of that song is 5:49 they tell you that WTMN is the single version fine but they don't tell you that Only Women Bleed is the single version also.... this is absolutely a total rip off!!!! DO NOT BUY THIS PEOPLE AT ALL... WATCH YOURSELF WHEN BUYING THINGS ON I - TUNES....

TF1976 ,

A little misleading

I love Alice Cooper and this is my favorite album. However, I don't remember the original album having the "single" version of Welcome to my Nightmare. When I purchase this album I didn't notice that ane because of that I am very disapointed. The worst part is that I can't find the originall studio full version of the song in iTunes. Beacause of that I am giving it only three stars. If the full version of Welcome to my Nightmare was include it would be a 5 star +++ purchase.

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