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After two less then successful albums Alice Cooper met a young Canadian by the name of Bob Ezrin and recorded their first classic album. The recognisable Cooper sound is here in spades and under Ezrin the group's songwriting has moved light years forward. Alice has described 'The Ballad Of Dwight Fry' as the ultimate Cooper song but Dennis' 'Black Juju' is possibly even more menacing while Michael's 'Long Way To Go' still rocks and rolls with the best any of them would ever record. Not a duff track anywhere and even the bizarre cover of Rolf Harris' aboriginal chant 'Sun Arise' works amazingly well to close the album. Completely essential.


February 1971 (UK-August?)

  1. Caught In A Dream (Bruce) [3:54]
  2. I'm Eighteen (Bruce, Cooper, Dunaway, Smith, Buxton) [3:00]
  3. Long Way To Go (Bruce) [3:01]
  4. Black Juju (Dunaway) [9:09]
  5. Is It My Body (Bruce, Cooper, Dunaway, Smith, Buxton) [2:39]
  6. Hallowed Be My Name (Smith) [2:25]
  7. Second Coming (Cooper) [3:02]
  8. Ballad of Dwight Fry (Bruce, Cooper) [6:32]
  9. Sun Arise (Butler, Harris) [3:53]

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Sleeve Notes

Produced By Jack Richardson and Bob Ezrin for Nimbus 9 Productions

Executive Producer - Jack Richardson

Session Engineer - Brian Christian

Mastering Engineer - Randy Kling

Recording Technician - Bill Conners

Recorded at RCA Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago

Enviromental Control - Charles Carnel

Cover Photographs by Prigent

Inside Photography by David Griffith

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Label

Chart

Notes

USA

LP

ST 1065

3/71

Straight (pink label)

 

1. Original 'Thumb' cover, no 'Eighteen' banner-Gatefold
2. Eighteen Banner added-Gatefold
Alt. Cover

USA

Cass

?

3/71

Straight

 

I believe ALL cassette copies have 'thumb' covers

USA

8 track

?

3/71

Straight

   

USA

LP

WS 1883

12/71

Warner Bros (Green Label)

 

1. First fixed cover - White bands top and bottom of cover-Gatefold
2. Second fixed cover - Thumb painted out - used for subsequent versions-Gatefold
3. Retouched cover with 'Eighteen' banner-Gatefold

USA

LP

?

?

Straight (White Label Promo)

 

Gatefold With Thumb

USA

LP

?

?

Straight (White Label Promo)

 

Gatefold With Thumb and two promo stickers on cover

USA

CD

WB 1883-2

10/90

Warner Bros

   

USA

Cass

WB 1883-4

6/90

Warner Bros

   

USA

CD

 

2009

Audio Fidelity

 

24bit Remaster on Gold CD
Love It To Death Remaster

UK

LP

STS 1065

6/71

Straight (pink label)

 

'Thumb' cover-Gatefold

UK

LP

K 46177

9/72

Warner Bros (green label)

 

Gatefold

UK

LP

K 46177(?)

9/72

Warner Bros (White label Promo)

 

Gatefold, Misspress - side one is Ralph McTell`s Streets Of London.

UK

Cass

K4 46177

9/72

Warner Bros (blue label)

 

White lettering on black background

UK

Cass

ZCK4 46177

?

Warner Bros (green label)

 

Black lettering on White background

Germany

LP

06292463

6/71

Straight (Pink Label)

 

Gatefold-Opening on wrong side, Thumb Cover, Eighteen Banner

Germany

LP

1C 662 92463

10/72

Warner Bros

 

Gatefold, fixed cover and `Eighteen` banner

Germany

LP

?

10/72

Warner Bros (White Label Promo)

 

Gatefold, fixed cover and `Eighteen` banner

Germany

LP

?

?

Star Collection (Orange Label)

 

Totally different cover and title (Star Collection)

Germany

CD

WEA 9271872

91

Warner Bros

   

Japan

LP

P 8094W

6/71

Straight

   

Japan

LP

 

 

 

 

Bootleg Picture Disc
Alt. Cover

Japan

LP

P 8094W

6/71

Straight (blue label)

 

Promo

Japan

LP

P 8094W

10/72

Warner Bros (Green Label)

 

Gatefold, Inner Sheet, "Rock Age" obi

Japan

CD

WPCP 3488

9/97

Warner Bros

 

Forever Young Series

Japan CD   11 Warner Bros   Mini-LP Version

Italy

LP

46177

9/72

Warner Bros

   

Italy

LP

K46177

10/72

Warner Bros

 

No Gatefold

Italy

LP

?

?

Sky Charter Line Label

 

Totally Different cover

Argentina

LP

MH 112960

10/72

Amar Hasta Morir (Warner/Seven Arts Label)

 

Thumb Cover. Spanish And English titles, Mono

Argentina

LP

MH 112960

10/72

(Warner/Seven Arts Label)

 

Cover title says "Amar Hasta Morir"
Thumb Cover. Spanish And English titles, Stereo
Alt. Cover

Argentina

LP

MH 112960

10/72

(Warner/Seven Arts Label)White Label

 

Cover title says "Amar Hasta Morir"
Thumb Cover. Spanish And English titles, Stereo
Promo

Australia

LP

WS-1883

10/72

Warner Bros (Green Label)

 

Eighteen Banner W/ Thumb

Australia

LP

WS-1883

10/72

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

 

Eighteen Banner W/ Thumb

Australia

LP

WS-1883

10/72

Warner Bros (Bone Label)

 

Eighteen Banner W/ Thumb

Australia

CD

WAR-18832

90

Warner Bros

   

Brazil

LP

WS 1883

10/72

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

 

Eighteen Banner

Chile

LP

?

?

Warner Bros/Seven Arts(Orange Tree Label)

 

Eighteen Banner

France

LP

46177

10/72

Warner Bros (Green Label)

 

Gatefold, Eighteen Banner

France

LP

46177(?)

1972

Straight (Pink Label)

 

 

France

CD

7599-27187-2

1/91

Warner Bros

 

Made in Germany for French Market,

France

Cass

7599-27187-4

1/91

Warner Bros

   

Canada

LP

WS 1883

 

Warner Bros

 

"INCLUDING
THEIR HIT "I'M EIGHTEEN"" banner is on the front cover

Canada

CD

WARN CD 01883

10/97

Warner Bros

   

Israel

LP

?

?

Warner Bros (Green Label)

   

New Zealand

LP

?

?

Warner Bros (Pal Tree Label)

 

Eighteen Banner

South Africa

LP

?

?

Warner Bros (Green Label)

 

Eighteen Banner, Titles on front and back

South Africa

LP

?

?

Two Originals Of (Grey WB Label)

 

Gatefold, Eighteen Banner, Double album with 'Killer'

Lebanon

LP

46177
(WS1883)

71

S.L.D. (Green Warner Bros Label)

 

Eighteen Banner
States Made in Lebanon on back and label

Greece

LP

46177

71

Warner Bros (Cream Label)

 

Eighteen Banner
Gatefold

Spain

LP

HWBS 321-34

73

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label

 

Unique Cover
All text in spanish
Spanish Cover

Korea

LP

Academy HD 39

 

Academy

 

Korean pressing, label says "Alice Looper" and has other funny mis-spellings

The Cover

"I'm Eighteen" was originally called "I Wish I Were Eighteen Again"

The original album cover got the band into some trouble. In the original front cover, Alice has his thumb poking out of his cape in a suggestive position. This was first covered up by simply cutting off the bottom of the picture with a white band, and later painting over the offending digit.
The 'white stripe' cover:
That was the censored cover before they had a chance to do the airbrush-which incidentally, isn't airbrushed but hand painted. I have the photo that they did the revised cover on and the paint is actually kind of a thick coating.
(Renfield, January 1996)

The inside photos (three) were taken by starving college kid Dave Griffith along with over 500 others. The front and back covers were done by a pro-PRIGENT at another session.
The AC band also hired Dave to shoot them on a brass bed in a white room on white sheets for submission to Playboy. They never submitted them to Dave's knowledge and YES, I have the 100 color slides! All vital parts are covered.
(Sickthing Mark, December 1995)

The 'Love It To Death' inside cover pics with the spider-esque make-up were shot in November 1970 and according to Dave G.(the photographer) it seemed like a "Hey Cindy, pass me that mascara" smear of the moment type thing. He took some concert shots at the same time and Coop was in full make-up. He was also blowin' the harmonica in some shows.
(Sickthing Mark, March 1996)

"Is It My Body" features lyrics partly inspired by being depressed in the Abbot Hotel in Greenwich Village.
When asked in 2011about the lack of more long songs like 'Black Juju' and ' Halo Of Flies' by the band Dennis Dunaway replied "I wrote "Bring Up The Light," which was the positive redemption of "Black Juju," and "Skeleton Barn Dance," which was too complex to explain to the other guys. Neither song got the group's majority vote so, like many others, they fell by the wayside."

The Album

Alice in 1971 It has been said that the original title of 'I'm Eighteen' was 'I'm Edgy'. 'Eighteen' was never really called 'I'm Edgy'.

They were doing a song called 'I'm Eighteen' - Bob Ezrin thought it was called 'I'm Edgy' (as in nervous).
(Renfield, July 1995)

The child's voice on "Dwight Fry"(Monica Lauer ) was actually a woman in her early twenties who was a friend of the band.
(Renfield, October 1996)

The real Dwight Frye

The Real Dwight Fry pictured in the 1935 movie 'The Bride Of Frankenstein'
(Photo Courtesy of Mike Drew's Collection)

Dwight Frye (note the extra 'e') was a real person. He was an actor who featured in several early movies including the 1931 version of 'Frankenstein' and the original 'Dracula' in which he played 'Renfield', the bug eating servant of the count, later portrayed by Tom Waits in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'. He died of a heart attack while boarding a bus.

" I composed the words and music for "Hallowed Be My Name" and Alice wrote "Second Coming", they were two separate songs and stood on their own merits as did every other song on "Love It To Death". I had a very religious upbringing and that influenced "Hallowed Be My Name" as well as "Apple Bush", that I wrote on "Pretties For You". As I'm sure was the case with Alice's "Second Coming". The two songs were conceived separately, as a matter of fact, I never thought about there similarities until you mentioned it. I would guess that Dwight Fry into Second Coming was Bob's idea but I don't know for certain."
(Neal Smith, November 1999

Sun Arise' was originally recorded by Rolf Harris, an Australian entertainer/artist who is resident in the UK and nowadays presents pet programs on TV, although he had his own show for many years.

Apparently Bob Ezrin and Alice heard the cleaning woman humming and singing in the corridor while cleaning. They invited her to sing the background on 'Sun Arise'.

There was a big (dumb) black dog named Black Juju that hung around the neighborhood.
(Janice (Glen`s sister), February 1998)

According to Neal, 'Black Juju' was the only track recorded totally live in the studio.

Asked what was said before "Hallowed Be My Name" in the afternoon on Saturday the 4th at the GBMW. Neal said Brian Christian had this thing about fishing, and it was Brian that said "Don't count your CARPS before they're hatched".

The Tour

A sample Setlist:

On the 'Love It To Death' tour, many familiar props had already appeared. The show featured the 'Electric Chair', The Snake and The Straightjacket for 'Dwight Fry'. Cindy Smith (sister to Neal) who became Cindy Dunaway (wife to Dennis) started to play a nurse on-stage around this time as well.. She was also the tooth on the 'Billion Dollar Babies' tour.