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After the return to the garage feel of 'The Eyes Of Alice Cooper' Alice continued down the same road with 'Dirty Diamonds'. However this is generally a more satisfying album with a greater diversity of material from the AC/DC hard rock of 'Woman Of Mass Distraction', through the Stonesy 'You Make Me Wanna' or 'Perfect' to the country feel of the hysterical 'Saga of Jesse Jane'.
The album features the then stage band (although Eric Singer is pictured on the sleeve as Tommy had left by the time the photo shoot came around) who had become as tight and well drilled as any band on the road and here they get the chance to show they're great songwriters as well! A classic album.


4th July 2005 - Europe/2nd August 2005 USA

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  1. Woman Of Mass Distraction (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Rick Boston, Chuck Garric, Damon Johnson) [3:59]
  2. Perfect (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Damon Johnson) [3:30]
  3. You Make Me Wanna (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Rick Boston, Chuck Garric) [3:30]
  4. Dirty Diamonds (Alice Cooper, Rick Boston, Chuck Garric, Damon Johnson) [4:02]
  5. The Saga Of Jesse Jane (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie) [4:15]
  6. Sunset Babies (All Got Rabies) (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Damon Johnson) [3:28]
  7. Pretty Ballerina (Michael Brown) [3:01]
  8. Run Down The Devil (Alice Cooper,Benji Hughes, Mike Elizondo, Mark Hudson) [3:29]
  9. Steal That Car (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, Damon Johnson) [3:16]
  10. Six Hours (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie) [3:24]
  11. Your Own Worst Enemy (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie) [2:15]
  12. Zombie Dance (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Rick Boston) [4:27]
  13. Stand (Alice Cooper, Bridget Benenate, Rick Boston and Xzibit) (Bonus Europe/USA) [4:04]
  14. The Sharpest Pain (Alice Cooper, Ryan Roxie) (Bonus Australia) [3:59]

The Album

Produced by Steve Lindsey and Rick Boston
Basic Tracks recorded at Future House Studios, Culver City, CA
Additional recording at Westside Independent Studios, Beverly Hills, CA

Musicians

Vocals, Harmonica - Alice Cooper
Guitar, Vocals - Ryan Roxie
Guitars, Bass (on Perfect), vocals - Damon Johnson
Bass, Guitar (on Dirty Diamonds) - Chuck Garric
Drums, vocals- Tommy Clufetos

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS:
WOMAN OF MASS DISTRACTION
Lenny Castro: Tambourine
Steve Lindsey: Organ
DIRTY DIAMONDS
Mark Hollingsworth: Saxophone & Flute!
Chris Tedesco: Trumpet!
Steve Lindsey: Guitars & Moog
Rick Boston: Guitars!
Horns arranged by Steve n' Rick
YOU MARE ME WANNA
Mark Hollingsworth: Saxophone
Lenny Castro: Tambourine
Peggi Blu& Edna Wright: Background Vocals
PERFECT
Lenny Castro: Tambourine
Benji Hughes: Background Vocals
STEAL THAT CAR
Steve Lindsey: Organ
PRETTY BALLERINA
Jim Cox: Keyboards
Steve Lindsey: Keyboards
Dinah Englund & Bridget Benenote: Background Vocals
SUNSET BABIES
Lenny Castro: Tambourine!
Teddy Zigzag Andreadis
: Piano
Steve Lindsey: Organ
Peggi BIu & Edna Wright: Background Vocals
RUN DOWN THE DEVIL
John Robinson: Drums
Mike Elizondo: Bass & Guitars
Rick Boston: Guitars
Mark Hudson: Background Vocals & Vocal Arrangement
ZOMBIE DANCE
Lenny Castro: Percussion
Steve Lindsey: Piano & Organ
Peggi Blu & Edna Wright: Background Vocals
SIX HOURS
Steve Lindsey: String Ensemble, Piano & Tambourine
Rick Boston: Twelve String Guitar & Guitar Solo (Although Roxie told me he plays the big solo at the end?!?)
THE SAGA of JESSE JANE
Rick Boston: Acoustic Guitar
Tony Gilkyson: Electric Guitar
Steve Lindsey: Tambourine & Shaker
Mark Lennon: Background Vocals
YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY
Lenny Castro, Tambourine
Steve Lindsey: Organ
Teddy "Zigzag" Andreadis: Organ
STAND
Rap: Xzibit
Rick: Guitars & Bass
Lyle Workman: Guitars
Daniel Lenz: Synthesizers & Loop
John Robinson: Drum

Recorded February/March 2005

Although varies rumours circulated in 2004 that Alice would be recording (late August and Dec were both mentioned by Alice) no recordings were completed for the new album.
Ryan Roxie reported at the end of 2004 that the 'band' had been writing material for the new album.

Dirty Diamonds Press Release

Alice Cooper
Dirty Diamonds
Release date: August 2, 2005

After 30 albums and some of the most famous rock songs ever recorded, you’d think Alice Cooper’s demons would’ve been conquered by now—or maybe locked in a cage and fed undercooked meat. But the man who changed the course of rock music in the ‘70s with bloody guillotines, sparking electric chairs, slimy boa constrictors, and a little blood and eyeliner still has more to slay in 2005. Alice Cooper is master at re-inventing himself, shedding his skin like one of his snakes to become everything from a mascara’d grave robber to a leather-wrapped street hooligan, a film noir detective, insane asylum honor student, and nihilistic dada-ist. 2003’s Eyes of Alice Cooper saw another of these shape-shifts, grinding musical gears with back-to-basics garage rock. Wrapping his famous sneer/snarl around a fistful of power chords, Alice—lean and mean—pumped the adrenaline to toxic levels. With the release of Dirty Diamonds, Coop is back in even finer form, promising more thrills, chills and doctor bills.

“Dirty Diamonds sounds like Eyes of Alice Cooper with more polish on it,” says Alice. “On Eyes I wouldn’t allow the band to do overdubs. We did everything in the studio: write, record it and put it to bed. I don’t want a Queen album or a Def Leppard album that’s perfectly recorded. They’re terrific, you can’t knock those albums, but that’s not the sound I’m looking for. I’d much rather have the sound of an early Stones album.” And that’s exactly what Dirty Diamonds is — a nod to the British Invasion past while acknowledging the Nu-rock White Stripes/Jet present. Guitars and solos are strip-searched of effects, giving sharp bite to songs like “Woman of Mass Distraction,” a smoker’s cough sheen to “Your Own Worst Enemy” and testosterone feistiness of “Steal That Car.” “This whole album takes you in a lot of different directions,” he says, “yet it still really sounds like an Alice album.” His roadmap this time takes you through glam-trash [“Dirty Diamonds”], last call blues [“Six Hours”], all-purpose punk [“Steal That Car”], country & western [“Saga of Jesse Jane”], New Orleans’ swampy mugginess [“Zombie Dance”], and undiluted south-of-the-belt-buckle, Stones hard rock [“Sunset Babies (All Got Rabies”)].

And there’s no shortage of razor-tongued, phrase twisting—like his famous black eyes, another Alice plot device. In “Run Down The Devil,” when he catches Satan (“the ultimate road kill”) in his headlights, he promises to “take him to the Mercury grill” and “kick his future up his past.” He even punk’s Chihuahua-toting Paris Hilton types in “Sunset Babies” with the line, “I’d buy her a diamond collar, if she’d only throw me a bone.” “The art of the lyric is something I spend all my time on,” says Alice. “I love the idea that a song will throw a lyrical curve at you or at least make you go, that’s an Alice lyric. I learned to write lyrics from listening to Chuck Berry who is maybe the best rock lyricist. I always said an Alice lyric should always be a cut above everyone else when it comes to clever. If I can make myself laugh, then I know it’s a good lyric.” A prime example comes in the form of a country western ballad, “The Saga of Jesse Jane,” whose cross-dressing main character finds himself jailed in a Texas town “in my sister’s wedding gown.” The song asks, “Are you just a normal guy who dresses like a butterfly?” “I say we should release that to country & western radio and not tell anybody who it’s from. [laughs] I tried to make it sound like Johnny Cash. I can hear this playing in a truck stop jukebox. The idea that it has clever lyrics shouldn’t take away from the fact that the song is actually a catchy number.”

Of the many standout tracks, Alice professes fondness for the song, “Perfect.” While its middle-finger guitar riff and lyrical swagger points a straight line back to Love It To Death and “Be My Lover,” Alice says it has more in common with Meet The Beatles. “I just absolutely pride myself on that song. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to write “I Saw Her Standing There” or “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl”? Any three-minute Beatles song. I finally wrote something I feel could’ve been a Beatles song at one point, even if it was a Beatles song they would’ve thrown away.

One of the album’s more deceptive tracks is “Pretty Ballerina,” a dark ballad imbued with Alice’s eerie softer voice, veiled in classic Cooper unease. “That was originally written by a band called The Left Banke who had a hit with “Walk Away Renee,” says Alice. “Pretty Ballerina” was their second hit. I heard it when I was a kid in 1965-66. It’s just such a great curveball; it sounds a little bit like “Only Women Bleed.” It has that delicacy and darkness, even though when you listen to it it’s just a love song. The way it was written really appeals to that darker romantic side of me.”

Writing and recording Dirty Diamonds with Alice is his band, long-time guitarist Roxie Ryan, recent addition guitarist Damon Johnson (best known for his band Brother Cane), bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Unlike Alice’s 2003 album The Eyes of Alice Cooper, which featured the band and only the band with virtually no overdubs, Dirty Diamonds has a more arranged and produced feel to it, and features additional contributions by a host of highly regarded LA musicians and writers, including guitarist Rick Boston (Rickie Lee Jones), bassist Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent) and keyboardist Teddy Zigzag (who has worked with everyone from Guns N Roses to Carole King).

“I really look at Dirty Diamonds as an Alice gem. There are no fillers. Pick any song you think might be a single and I’m happy with that song representing the album. That to me is quality. Every track has got to be a great song, which is something I learned from Bob Ezrin.” (producer of the Alice Cooper platinum classics Love It To Death , School’s Out, Billion-Dollar Babies, and Welcome To My Nightmare, as well as Pink Floyd and Kiss). Co-produced by Steve Lindsey (who has worked with everyone from Leonard Cohen to Elton John) and Rick Boston, the minimalist “set it and forget it” approach captures Alice Cooper in all his timeless black humor and raw wound glory. “With Steve we were able to write it, record it and move on to the next song,” says Alice. “He’s one of those guys who has the same kind of music pedigree as Ezrin. We were on the same page as far as the kind of music we were talking about.” The only song that indulges mapped-out production is the title track, with a movie soundtrack horn section that recalls the West Side Story spin of “Gutter Cats Vs. The Jets.” “Almost everything through Alice Cooper has had a cinematic sound to it. Think of “Dirty Diamonds” as being a James Bond movie. That’s something that Alice does that nobody else does,” he says.

Dirty Diamonds is pure Alice Cooper. He’s still and forever rock’s reigning shock rock icon. “I always treated Alice as a dignified criminal, like Hannibal Lecter,” he says. “Lecter would never lower himself to use bad language. Alice was always too much of an elegant gentleman; He wouldn’t swear…but he’d slit your throat.”

Known Releases

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Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

CD

NW6078

2/8/05

 

New West Records

In Card Digipack

USA

CD

NWA3014

6/05

 

New West Records

Promo with blue sleeve and disc label

USA

CD

WMA3014

6/05

 

New West Records

Promo in white sleeve and no label on disc (just silver disc with titles and NW logo printed on it)

UK/Europe

CD

SPITCD257

4/7/05

 

Spitfire/Edel

Made in Germany
Jewel Case

UK

CD

SPITCD257

5/05

 

Spitfire/Edel

Promo (Includes"Stand")

Australia

CD

RIOT006CD

8/05

 

Riot/Spitfire

Includes 'The Sharpest Pain' and 'Stand' although 'The Sharpest Pain' is NOT listed on the cover.

Russia

CD

CDM 0805-2362/d

2005

 

CD-Maximum

Contains both 'Stand' and 'The Sharpest Pain' and lists both on the back cover

Sweden

CD

 

 

 

Playground Music

This is an odd one and not quiet sure where else to list it.
This is a promo for Dirty Diamonds featuring three DD tracks along with tracks by Yngyie Malmsteen and Demons and Wizards. DD tracks are Woman Of Mass Distraction, Dirty Diamonds and Run Down The Devil.
The disc comes in a red company sleeve with white label and put out by Playground Music in Sweden.

Lithuania

CD

?

 

 

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An odd version the contains all the normal tracks plus 'House Of Fire', 'Its me', 'Somewhere (in the Jungle?)' and 'Poison'.
There also appears to be a version with just 'House Of Fire'. 'It's Me' and'Poison' from Beleze.

Germany

2CD

 

08

 

Eagle

Reissue in double format with 'Eyes Of Alice Cooper'
Pick Up The Bones

Russia

CD

CDM 0805-2362/d

 

 

 

LIMITED EDITION (however its not a digipack but
actually in A BOOK FORMAT with pages + cd hidden in one of the pages)

The Album 

An early version of the cover was leaked, followed a couple of days later by the final version

The Tour

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