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Alice Does Alice



'Alice Does Alice' is a strange release, in that it was digital only (through AliceCooper.com and iTunes only) and just re-recordings of classic 70s hits. The songs were re-recorded primarily for the 'Rock Star' type games that were popular at the time and were produced by Bob Ezrin based on his original productions, to recreate the original recordings as close as possible but with modern recording techniques. The reason for doing this was partly because the game's companies didn`t have access to the original multitrack tapes and so couldn`t split the instrumentation up for the Guitar Hero format.

6 Songs were done of which five were released here:
School's Out
No More Mr Nice Guy
Elected
Eighteen
Welcome To My Nightmare

Along with the long awaited return of Bob Ezrin as producer the recordings are also rumoured to feature ex Alice band members including Steve Hunter, Reb Beech, and Greg Smith amongst others, but no sleeve notes were included.

'Poison' was the 6th track redone but this was re-recorded by Steve Ouimette (maybe because Ezrin didn't record the original).

Steve and longtime Guitar Hero collaborator Ryan Greene worked together with Alice Cooper to re-record his classic track “Poison”. Bringing in drummer Ryan Hoyle (Collective Soul, Paul Rogers) the track was recorded and mixed in Scottsdale, AZ. "Creating a believable re-record always comes down to the vocalist. This time around we just happened to have a guy that sounded a lot like Alice Cooper!” said Steve after wrapping up the session.
Alice added “Working with Steve and Ryan on this re-record brought back a lot of memories. They did a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of the original and we even had time left over to talk about our mutual love of “Dexter”
(www.steveouimette.com, 2010)

"I wasn’t able to talk about it last time but wanted to let you know I did the new version of “Poison” for Guitar Hero with Alice himself! Did it earlier this year at my studio and got to hang out with and record Alice. What a blast! Think it turned out pretty good and it was so cool to do a re-record with the original singer…and the LEGEND! Nicest rock guy I’ve ever met. We live 5 miles away from each other.
I did the guitar, bass, keys/programming and engineering. Ryan Hoyle on drums. David Steele and Marc LaFrance did the huge background vocals. Ryan Greene mixed the track. The man himself did all the vocals in a couple of hours over at Ryan Greene’s home one afternoon. Amazing guy. Funny, smart and he was super easy to hang out with. I’d work with him again in a heartbeat.
As a bonus, a few weeks after we did the track I got a call from his wife Sheryl, who invited me to their son’s birthday party over at Cooperstown in Phoenix. Talk about feeling welcomed…amazing stuff."
(The HeroFeed)

The version of 'No More Mr Nice Guy' on 'Guitar Hero 6: Warriors Of Rock' is definitly a new recording, but identifying which of the other tracks on the various Guitar Hero/Rock Band releases are new recordings has been hard to work out. A version of 'School's Out' appearing on 'Guitar Hero 5' is definitely different to the original, but it also isn`t the same version as on 'Alice Does Alice' unless it's a substantially different mix.

'Billion Dollar Babies' features on Guitar Hero II. 'School's Out' is on 'Guitar Hero III' Guitar Hero 5 features 'I'm Eighteen', 'School's Out', 'Elected' and 'Welcome To My Nightmare'.
'Rock Band 4' features 6 Alice Cooper Tracks: Billion Dollar Babies (Live), I'm Eighteen (Live), Poison, School's Out (Live), Under My Wheels (Live) and Vengeance Is Mine. 'Vengeance Is Mine' is presumably the standard album version, but the sources of the others is unconfimed.