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After over three years of constant touring and recording life in Alice Cooper was starting to show a few signs of strain. With little time to spend writting new material the band had to return to the studio earlier then was probably wise to follow up the massive success of 'Billion Dollar Babies'. Having said that 'Muscle of Love is still a classic album, it just doesn't quite scale the heights of it's predecessor (but then what does??). It also marked the last time the original band would work together in the studio.


20th November 1973

  1. Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo) (Cooper, Bruce, Buxton, Dunaway, Smith) [5:10]
  2. Never Been Sold Before (Cooper, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith, Buxton) [4:28]
  3. Hard Hearted Alice (Cooper, Bruce) [4:53]
  4. Crazy Little Child (Cooper, Bruce) [5:03]
  5. Working Up A Sweat (Cooper, Bruce) [3:32]
  6. Muscle of Love (Cooper, Bruce) [3:45]
  7. Man With The Golden Gun (Cooper, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith, Buxton) [4:12]
  8. Teenage Lament '74 (Cooper, Smith) [3:53]
  9. Woman Machine (Cooper, Bruce, Dunaway, Smith, Buxton) [4:32]

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Produced By Jack Richardson and Jack Douglas for Nimbus 9 Productions

Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, Record Planet, New York and The Cooper Mansion, Greenwich, Connecticut.

Recording Engineer - Jack Douglas

Recording Technicians - Reed Stanley, Dennis Frerante and Ed Sprigg

Horns and Strings arranged by Macmillan and recorded at A&R Recording Studios, New York.

Recording Engineer - Phil Ramone

Album Concept and Design - Pacific Eye And Ear

Photography - Saint-Jivago Desanges/La Legion

Portrait Photography - Gary Sloan

Make-up - Linda Livingston

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

BS 2748

11/73

10

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, Insert

USA

LP

BS 2748

11/73

10

Warner Bros(White label Promo)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve

USA

LP

BS4 2748

73

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve
Quadrophonic version

USA

Cass

BS 2748

11/73

10

Warner Bros

 

USA

8Track

BS 2748

11/73

10

Warner Bros

 

USA

Real2real

WB WSTQ 2748-QF

11/73

10

Warner Bros

 

USA

CD

9 26447-2

89

 

Metal Blade

Notes by Alice in booklet

USA

Cass

9 26447-4

89

 

Metal Blade

 

UK

LP

K 56018

1/74

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, Insert

UK/US

CD

R2 ????

2008

 

Rhino

 

Argentina

LP

MH 14165

1/74

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, 2 Inserts
Title: Musculo De Amor
Titles in English and Spanish

Australia

LP

BS-2748

1/74

36

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, Insert

Australia

CD

WAR 9262262

90

 

Warner Bros

 

Germany

LP

WB 56018

1/74

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

 

Germany

LP

WB 16374

1/74

 

White Label Test Pressing

 

Germany

LP

WB 56018

1/74

 

Warner Bros(White Label Promo)

Normal flat LP cover

Germany

CD

7599-26226-2

12/90

 

Warner Bros

Available in France too

Germany

Cass

7599-26226-4

12/90

 

Warner Bros

Available in France too

Japan

LP

P-8404W

1/74

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, Insert, obi

Japan

LP

P-8404W(?)

1/74

 

Warner Bros(White Label Promo)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, Insert, obi

Japan

CD

WPCP-3495

97

 

Warner Bros

Forever Young Series reissue, obi

Brazil

LP

WBLP5.052

74

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Flat LP cover

Canada

LP

BS 2748 

73

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Non-Box cover

Canada

LP

BS 2748 

73?

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Box cover, Inner sleeve, insert

Greece

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Flat cover

Mexico

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros(White label)

Titles in English and Spanish

New Zealand

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree label)

Box Cover, Inner sleeve, Insert

South Africa

8 Track

YBS 2748

?

 

Teal Tape Company

 

Spain

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros(Bone label)

Flat Cover, Insert

Taiwan

LP

?

?

 

Dark Blue and Silver label

Black and White back cover

Yugoslavia

LP

?

?

 

Green WB/Suzy label

Philipines

LP

BS2748

 

 

WB palm label

Columbia LP   73   White LAbel Test Pressing with info sheets

The Cover

The 'fold like this' marks on the insert refer to very bad instructions on how to make the insert into a schoolbook cover.
(Renfield, March 1996)

"Muscle of Love" came under scrutiny in South Africa where the inner sleeves depicting Alice and group outside the "Institute of Nude Wrestling" was considered obscene by the Customs and Vice Squads. The albums were finally allowed into the country without the offending material.

The working title for the album was 'A Kiss And A Fist'.

Mr. Trudnich, Dean Of Men

"Mike Trudnich is/was my father. He's been passed away, for 3 years now. The small man, who's photo is above the name of Mr. Trudnich on the bookcover that came with the record, and elsewhere on the sleeve, is NOT my Dad. I don't know who that man is or what his name might be. My Dad is on the back of the book cover. Alice and the boys are beaten up and peeling potatoes, I think there are some naval police (I'm going off memory cause I don't have a bookcover or copy of the photo) and also a cook. My Dad is the cook. The one with the HUGE belly, smoking a cigarette, with a sock hanging from the ladle!

I have not always been so proud of this! I didn't go showing it off to my girlfriends a whole lot unless I knew they liked Alice and where cool. My parents were complete hippie, biker types. They were friends with the people who owned Pacific Eye and Ear, who did the album cover. My Dad met Alice through them at that time and they hit it off. My Dad drank nothing but Olympia beer,
Alice drank nothing but Bud so they partied and Alice said he should do the album photo.

Now please remember as I tell you this, it's what my Dad told me so who knows if it's all true! I was 8 at the time and I remember it was a very exciting day in the house before he left for the shoot and that says a lot because life in our house was like living in a biker clubhouse. Well, almost! They were gone all day and night and the next day when we saw our parents and asked "what did you bring us?" they pointed to a huge pile of potatoes! I think they brought home 100 pounds or something like that! We were so disappointed! However, my sick and twisted folks loved to see us suffer before making us happy and so as soon as we had a good frown they gave us our autographed treasures! I can't remember who all got what (there where 7 of us!) but I know I got a very large billion dollar bill that they all had signed, to me! It was great!!! When we got a copy of the bookcover and we saw Dad's name under the small mans face we laughed hysterically! We asked our Dad what happened? That's not you! He told us that Alice played a joke on him and had a good laugh on him and that he thought that was "bitchen!" Mr. Trudnich, Dean of Men, is the big~belly cook!

It's a great memory. I don't know what happened to my billion dollar baby bill, but I ended up with one of my parents treasures, a cardboard cutout of Alice about a foot tall in his Popeye~ish/naval uniform. I take good care of him (although my folks didn't and he got a little roughed up in their care) and he always hangs in a place of honor!

Sincerely, Heather Trudnich

The Album

"Muscle of Love" was a landmark for my career in an odd way. It followed "Schools Out" (no2.) and "Billion Dollar Babies" (no1.) Strangly enough it was the original Alice Cooper Bands last album. It featured "Teenage Lament", a top twenty single, and a bunch of other strange little songs. We still do "Muscle of Love" on stage when we need a shot of adrenaline."Man With the Golden Gun", was written for the James Bond movie but they were too scared to use it. All in all I never really understood this album. I think that's good.
Alice Cooper

'Big Apple Dreaming (Hippo)': Apparently the working title of the song was "Hippopotamus", which was named after the club of the same name in New York City that the band used to frequent.

In 'Woman Machine', the Computer voice of Alice reading from a studio manual, probably inaccurate in places. Corrections welcome to the following.

"...Exceeds one million when the stop button is pressed, the...has results PCR621, into the drayer reading pool to rule the relay run for one quarter second, after the Q603 deenergizes. Therefore, the time delay occurs only when the stop button is pressed, during the record nine. The sole function of the compassador c620 is to maintain charge in..."

The flanged voice at the end of "Woman Machine" was just Alice reading the technical section of an Ampex tape recorder manual which was in the recording studio.
(Alice Cooper, Circus Magazine Book)

"Man With The Golden Gun" was written for the James Bond movie of the same name. Alice had seen the title at the end of the previous Bond film (a Bond tradition) and had come up with the song in hopes of getting the group name on one of his favourite movies (Alice loves Bond movies). The makers of the Bond flicks were concerned that Mr. Cooper's image didn't fit well with the movie and rejected it in favour of Lulu.

At the end of the credits of most James Bond films, there is a teaser that says something like "Watch for 007 next summer in 'Never Say Never'." Alice, being the Bond fan that he is, had seen one of these that said "Watch For 'The Man With The Golden Gun'." He figured, Hey, I'll write a song with that title and they'll be practically forced to use it! I think what he didn't count on was that in 1973/74, the name Alice Cooper was still much to controversial to be attached to a mainstream project like James Bond. Better to go with someone safe like Lulu (!??)
(Renfield, November 1995)

Neal was all excited about doing 'Man With The Golden Gun' song. After he told me he mentioned not to tell anyone because they might not use it, but they were hoping it was going to be a hit and they would have to use it. In high school Neal and I played in a rock group called "The Laser Beats" we did some James Bond music in our set list. Also when Neal got his new Rolls Royce he had an 8 track installed, Cindy, his sister, said he had James Bond Theme music that he played when he drove it.
(Band friend Skip Ladd, June 1998)

Actress/Singer Liza Minilli sang backing vocals on the 'Muscle Of Love' album. Rumour has it she arrived in the studio and immediately started searching for the beer.

An early title for the song 'Muscle of Love' was 'Respect For The Sleepers' and a rehearsal version can be heard on the box set..

It has been mentioned that a song called 'Baby Please Don´t Stop' was considered for the albums featuring Neal on vocals.

The album was reissued as half of the 'A Man Called Alice' album. The other half was 'Lace And Whiskey'.

...There were other reasons that Ezrin didn't produce 'Muscle Of Love'. The "story" that he was too "ill" to do it were false. That's all I'm saying. Stories are given to the press all of the time to put a spin on things or to hide things.
(Renfield, November 1997)

A video/promo film was made for the track 'Teenage Lament '74'.

The concrete walls seemed to stretch for miles, the pungent smell of disinfectant permeating the air. Each footstep, every movement, caused tiny echoes to reverberate through the gloomy passageways. It might have easily been the bowels of a huge coliseum, but instead it was a jail, and it house five of the most dangerous personalities alive in rock and roll today. Past a cell where Bogart quietly ate his lunch, beyond the bars where Cagney read a letter from a sweetheart he hadn't seen since being locked up for grand larceny, next to the wooden cot George Raft lay on, waiting the Alice Cooper band

The world's biggest musical menace looked strange, even for Alice. Dressed in striped prison uniforms, Alice and the band were shackles with heavy lead balls and chains. Six Keystone Kops dotted the depressing corridors of the jail, as the Cooper group plotted a way out. Someone slipped Alice a hairpin, and as he watched the female Keystoners fall asleep, he quietly opened the door to his cell. The five Cooper characters tip-toed down the jailhouse corridor past the sleeping guards - until one of them stirred. Then all hell broke loose. Alarms sounded, Kops scurried, and the chase was on!

Alice made a flying dash for the door with his group close behind him. Glenn brought up the rear as the slapstick chase continued into Manhattan's busy mid-town shopping district. The luscious female Keystone Kops followed closely - through alley ways, over cars and behind office buildings. Finally, the band of weary outlaws, ball and chain flung over their shoulders, turned down Second Avenue. The Fillmore East loomed in the distance. When they reached the doors of the hallowed auditorium, they ducked inside.

The huge building was deserted. The acres of seats were empty. But up on stage stood the famous chrome Cooper stage set from their last, legendary tour. The with Keystone Kops not trailing far behind, the group jumped on the stage, materializing saws and axes to chop through their balls and chains. Finally free of their convicts' charm bracelets, they dash not for the door, but for their instruments, and quickly broke into the first chords of "Teenage Lament '74". As the final notes of the new Cooper song reverberated through the empty Fillmore, the police arrived and fought it out with the group on stage.
(Alice Cooper jail house rock by Robbie Granit circa '74)

Norm Klein was the bodyguard hired by Alice for the 'Muscle of Love' tour as chronicled in 'Billion Dollar Baby'. Previously he had wrestled as Tasor Tarkeno.

The Tour

The 'Muscle Of Love' tour was actually billed as the 'Billion Dollar Babies Holiday Tour'

In addition to the band members, the tour also featured:

Setlist

This tour was basically the same as the Billion Dollar Babies tour with a few songs changed.