ALICE COOPER: Welcome to My Nightmare LP [Incl. Only Women Bleed etc]
ALICE COOPER: Welcome to My Nightmare LP [Incl. Only Women Bleed etc]

ALICE COOPER: Welcome to My Nightmare LP [Incl. Only Women Bleed etc]

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Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare – Full Album (Vinyl):

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www.allmusic.com/album/welcome-to-my-nightmare-mw0000651399

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www.last.fm/music/Alice+Cooper/Welcome+to+My+Nightmare

With the 1974 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 début, 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 release. While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC line up, Welcome to My Nightmare remains Alice best solo effort — while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there 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 foundation — “”Devil Food,”” “”The Black Widow,”” “”Department of Youth,”” and “”Cold Ethyl”” are all stand-outs, as is the more tranquil yet eerie epic “”Steven.”” Despite this promising start to Cooper solo career, the majority of his subsequent releases were often not as focused and were of varying quality.

Welcome to My Nightmare = Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released: February 1975
Recorded: Soundstage, Toronto; Plant East, Electric Lady and A&R Studios, New York, 1974-1975
Genre: Rock, hard rock, art rock
Length: 43:19
Label: Atlantic

Welcome to My Nightmare is the eighth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1975. This was Alice Cooper first solo album (all previous Alice Cooper releases were band efforts). It is a concept album; the songs, heard in sequence, form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven. It inspired the Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special and a worldwide concert tour in 1975, and the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film in 1976. In 2011, the sequel Welcome 2 My Nightmare was released.

The cover artwork was created by Drew Struzan for Pacific Eye & Ear. Rolling Stone would later rank it 90th on the list of the “”Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time””.[1] The remastered CD version adds three alternate version bonus tracks. Famed film actor of the horror genre Vincent Price provided the introductory monologue in the song “”The Black Widow””.

Track listing:
“”Welcome to My Nightmare”” (Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner) -“ 5:19
“”Devil Food”” (Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Kelley Jay) -“ 3:38
“”The Black Widow”” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) -“ 3:37
“”Some Folks”” (Cooper, Ezrin, Alan Gordon) -“ 4:19
“”Only Women Bleed”” (Cooper, Wagner) -“ 5:49
“”Department of Youth”” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) -“ 3:18
“”Cold Ethyl”” (Cooper, Ezrin) -“ 2:51
“”Years Ago”” (Cooper, Wagner) -“ 2:51
“”Steven”” (Cooper, Ezrin) -“ 5:52
“”The Awakening”” (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) -“ 2:25
“”Escape”” (Cooper, Mark Anthony, Kim Fowley) -“ 3:20

Welcome to My Nightmare received generally mixed reviews upon release. Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone called the album “”a TV soundtrack that sounds like one. The horn parts are so corny you might imagine that you’re listening to the heavy-metal Ann-Margret.”” He noted the absence of the original Alice Cooper band, stating, “”without the wildness and drive of the sound the Cooper troupe had, the gimmicks on which Alice the performer must rely are flat and obvious.”” He concluded by saying that it “”is simply a synthesis of every mildly wicked, tepidly controversial trick in the Cooper handbook. But in escaping from the mask of rock singer which he claimed he found so confining, Cooper has found just another false face.””

In addition, Robert Christgau rated the album a B- grade, stating that it “”actually ain’t so bad -“ no worse than all the others.”” He stated that the varying compositions of the songs would potentially cause the album to influence younger listeners, saying: “”Alice nose for what the kids want to hear is as discriminating as it is impervious to moral suasion, so perhaps this means that the more obvious feminist truisms have become conventional wisdom among at least half our adolescents.””

However, a retrospective review by Allmusic Greg Prato was more positive. Prato considered the album as Cooper best solo work, despite the absence of the original band: “”While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC lineup, Welcome to My Nightmare remains Alice best solo effort -“ while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around.”” However, he maintained that “”the rockers serve as the album foundation -“ “”Devil Food,”” “”The Black Widow,”” “”Department of Youth,”” and “”Cold Ethyl”” are all standouts, as is the more tranquil yet eerie epic “”Steven.”” He concluded by comparing the album to Cooper next solo efforts by stating: “”Despite this promising start to Cooper solo career, the majority of his subsequent releases were often not as focused and were of varying quality.””

Personnel:
Alice Cooper – Vocals
Bob Ezrin – Synthesizer, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer, Fender Rhodes, Remixing, Mixing, Remix Producer
Vincent Price – Special Effects, Vocals
Dick Wagner – Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Steve Hunter – Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Josef Chirowski – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes
Prakash John – Bass
Tony Levin – Bass
Pentti “”Whitey”” Glan – Drums
Johnny “”Bee”” Badanjek – Drums
David Ezrin – Vocals
Gary Lyons – Vocals
Michael Sherman – Vocals, Production Assistant
Gerry Yons – Guitar
Trish McKinnon

Charts:
Chart (1975) Peak Position
Billboard Pop Albums 5
Singles
Year Title Chart Position
1975 “”Only Women Bleed”” (released as “”Only Women””) Billboard Hot 100 12
1975 “”Department of Youth”” Billboard Hot 100 67
1975 “”Welcome to My Nightmare”” Billboard Hot 100 45

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