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The Eyes Of Alice Cooper


After the heavy industrial leanings of the previous two albums Alice changed direction and headed back to the garage for an album of three minute "hits" recorded as live and as they were written in the space of not much more then a week. Written mostly by the then current live guitar team of Ryan Roxie and Eric Dover, this is a back to basics album of good time hard rock although there are a few curve balls in the mix as well to try and keep it interesting.


22nd September (Europe) 30th September (USA) 2003


Vinyl Version

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  1. What Do You Want From Me? (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Mikal Reid) [3:24]
  2. Between High School & Old School (Alice Cooper/ Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:01]
  3. Man Of The Year (Alice Cooper/ Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [2:51]
  4. Novocaine (Alice Cooper/ Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:07]
  5. Bye Bye, Baby (Alice Cooper/ Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:27]
  6. Be With You Awhile (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover) [4:17]
  7. Detroit City (Alice Cooper/Ryan Roxie/Chuck Garric) [ 3:58]
  8. Spirits Rebellious (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:35]
  9. This House is Haunted (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:30]
  10. Love Should Never Feel Like This (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:32]
  11. The Song That Didn't Rhyme (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:17]
  12. I'm So Angry (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [3:36]
  13. Backyard Brawl (Alice Cooper/Eric Dover/Ryan Roxie) [2:37]


The Album

Produced and mixed by Andrew `Mudrock` Murdoch

Engineered by "The Gatekeepers" - Mudrock and Fred Archambault

Recorded at Mates Studio, North Hollywood, CA

Mixed at Track Record, North Hollywood

Musicians

Guitars - Ryan Roxie, Eric Dover
Bass - Chuck Garric
Drums - Eric Singer
Keyboards, Accordion & Percussion. - Teddy Zig Zag
Backing Vocals, Theramin -Calico Cooper
Saxophones, Clarinet & other instruments - Scott Gilman
Additional Guitar on 'Detroit City' - Wayne Kramer

The album was recorded pretty much live in the studio at the beginning of June 2003 and took around two weeks. It was being described as a `Garage Rock` sound` very different from the previous two albums and compared to parts of `Love It To Death`. It was NOT Brutal Planet part 3 as was widely expected.

Alice started playing new tracks in the 'Bare Bones' show during August `03. At least six songs appeared: 'Detroit City', 'Between High School and the Old School', 'What Do You Want From Me?', 'Man Of the Year', 'Novocaine' and 'I'm So Angry'.

`Spirits Rebellious' was a title that has been floating around for some years as a possible album title.

Other titles considered for the album included "American Idle", "Man Hole" "Recipe For Disaster" and "Man Of The Year"

The voice heard growling in the background in the middle of "I'm So Angry" is actually Mudrock (according to Ryan Roxie)

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

CD

ER 20028-2

30/9/03

 

Eagle

Red, Green, Blue and Purple Versions all have same cat. number and Red discs

UK

CD

SPITCD090

22/9/03

 

Eagle/Spitfire

Red Version (Red eyed Disc)
(All UK CD`s are made in Germany)

UK

CD

SPITCD090

8/03

 

Eagle/Spitfire

Promo

UK

CD

SPITCD090Y

22/9/03

 

Eagle/Spitfire

Blue Version (Blue eyed disc)
Was originally announced as being Yellow)

UK

CD

SPITCD090P

22/9/03

 

Eagle/Spitfire

Purple Version (Purple eyed disc)

UK

CD

SPITCD090G

22/9/03

 

Eagle/Spitfire

Green Version (Green eyed disc)

UK

LP

S160018

??/09/03

 

Simply Vinyl

 

Australia

CD

?

?

 

RIOT

 

Brazil

CD

2397-2

 

 

SUM

 

?

CD

I486966

?

 

Victor

 

Japan

CD

VICP-62556

?

 

 

With obi

Russia

CD

CDM 0504-1835

2003

 

 

Released in gatefold Digi-pack

Germany

2CD

 

08

 

Eagle

Reissue in double format with 'Dirty Diamonds'
Pick Up The Bones

Germany

CD

 

10

 

Armoury

Reissue

Press Release: "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper"

From the fierce opening chords of "What Do You Want From Me?" to the humor of "The Song That Didn't Rhyme," "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" is not only the album Alice has wanted to make for a decade, but the album that Alice's fans have been waiting for him to make.

Which should come as no surprise, because, in case you hadn't noticed, there's been a veritable explosion of exciting new rock and roll bands recently -- The White Stripes, the Vines, the Strokes, and their brethren -- and you can almost feel the umbilical cord connecting these bands back to the power of the original Alice Cooper sound.

According to Alice, "when I began hearing these new bands, they all sounded fresh and exciting, but they also sounded familiar because it's so similar to the music we made when we were starting out. It's the kind of rock and roll I have always loved to listen to and always loved to create. I realized that I had been wanting to do an album like this for so long, and it came together so quickly."

Eric S, Eric D, Alice, Ryan, ChuckUsing the tried-and-true two guitars, bass and drums line-up (adding keyboards and a few other musical textures later), Alice and his band -- longtime guitarists Eric Dover and Ryan Roxie, longtime drummer Eric Singer, plus new bassist Chuck Garric -- blasted through 13 new songs at a rapid pace. All the songs had been co-written by Alice with Dover and Roxie, and "woodshedded" at Dover's home studio and pal Gilby Clarke's home studio in the months preceding the recording.

To hear Alice Cooper tell it, the story of how "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" came to life is one of coincidence. Or fate, depending on your philosophy of life.

"I was working with the band at Mates Rehearsal Studios at the end of May," recalls Alice, "and I was telling Bobby Brunner, who runs the place, how excited I was about the new songs we were coming up with, and he introduced me to a friend of his."

"Oh, that's YOU in that rehearsal room -- that stuff sounds great," enthused the friendly stranger.

"He asked me who was going to produce the album," Alice said, "and I told him I wasn't sure, we were talking to a few different producers."

"I'm a producer" came the immediate response.

So...Alice asked "have you produced anything I might have heard or liked?"

The answer was "the first two Godsmack albums and also Powerman 5000. My name is Andrew Murdock, but I work under the name Mudrock"

And thus an album was born, as Alice invited Mudrock into the rehearsal room to hear the songs and meet the band.

Here's where that coincidence/fate thing really kicks in. As it happened, Alice and the band had a very short window of time in which to try to record the new album, as they were leaving on tour in only 5 weeks, on June 30. As it happened, Mudrock had just had a project postponed, leaving him with a gap in his schedule the size of June. As it happened, Mudrock loved the songs and the band and Alice (of course), and loved Alice's ideas about how to record the album.

"I want to record this album as LIVE as possible, " Alice told him, "everyone playing at the same time, and just a few essential overdubs."

"If you want to make a garage band style rock and roll album, then don't go into a traditional recording studio," replied Mudrock, continuing "sometimes attitudes change inside the cozy confines of a recording studio. There's an empty room right across the lot here at Mates that we can turn into a makeshift recording studio, and we won't lose the garage ambiance."

Introducing "The Eyes of Alice Cooper." Born of happenstance, or is it fate? An album Alice Cooper has been thinking about making for ten years, finally, the right place at the right time. And the right album.

Make no mistake about it, this is an album recorded by a rock and roll band, not a bunch of session guys. Drummer Eric Singer has been with Alice since 1990, and has also worked with Kiss, and Queen's Brian May & Roger Taylor. Ryan Roxie has been with Alice since 1996, and he has also worked with Tal Bachman and Slash's Snakepit. Eric Dover, who joined up with Alice in 2001, came from Jellyfish and Imperial Drag. And new bassist Chuck Garric worked previously with Dio.

That band vibe is among the reasons that there's such a "classic Alice" feel throughout the record, though the sound is thoroughly contemporary at the same time.

Though "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" is not a concept album in the sense of a unifying theme or storyline, it is most definitely a concept album in the way it was conceived and created. Following on the heels of Alice's previous two albums ("Brutal Planet" and "Dragontown"), this album is an abrupt and significant musical and lyrical departure, which should come as no surprise because one thing Alice Cooper has never been is predictable. The concept this time: keep it simple and let it rock.

And rock it does, loud and clear, as Alice and the band let the music do the talking.

One listen to potential future Cooper classics like "Man Of The Year" or "What Do You Want From Me?," with the ringing guitars of Dover and Roxie atop the powerhouse rhythm section of Singer and Garric shows a band at the peak of their powers, and Alice singing with a passion and intensity that shows he, too, is at a creative peak.

"Detroit City," which features additional guitar from the MC5's Wayne Kramer (who just happened -- there's that word again -- to drop by Gilby's studio when Alice and the band were working there), is a tribute to the early days of the Detroit rock scene, when Alice, Iggy Pop & Stooges, MC5, Ted Nugent, etc. were blazing a trail since followed by Kid Rock, Eminem, the Insane Clown Posse, and most recently the White Stripes. Is it something in the water there?

Whether it's the ballad, "Be With You Awhile," or the creepy "This House is Haunted," or the in-your face rock of "Spirits Rebellious," Alice's sense of melody and his clever lyrics shine through.

Delving deeper into the album, songs like "Bye Bye Baby," "Love Should Never Feel This Way," "Novocaine," and "Between High School & Old School" sound immediately familiar, showcasing Alice's knack for melodic rock. Keeping in mind that Alice Cooper has been responsible for some of the greatest rock radio hits, like "School's Out, "Elected," "I'm Eighteen," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Billion Dollar Babies," and "Poison," just to name a few, it should come as no surprise that "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" is filled with instantly memorable, guitar-driven songs.

There's blasts of hard rock as well, as evidenced by "I'm So Angry," and "Backyard Brawl," showing that Alice and the band can put the pedal to the metal anytime they choose.

If you ask Alice, meeting Mudrock so serendipitously was just another sign that the time was right for this album. "We'd been talking about some of the records we listen to and like, and Mudrock's work kept coming up. That he might actually be next door never occurred to us. And he helped us make exactly the album we wanted to make."

And if you ask Mudrock what attracted him to the album, once he gets past all the "always wanted to work with Alice Cooper" stuff, he'll tell you flat out: "There are so many great songs on this album, performed by a great band with a great lead singer who just happens to be one of the true icons in rock and roll history. It just doesn't get any better than this."

"The Eyes of Alice Cooper" marks a bold step forward for Alice Cooper, with a nod to his past. A very contemporary rock and roll album from a very classic rock and roll legend.

It really doesn't get any better than this.

Copyright 2003 AliceCooper.com

The Show

(c) StormySetlist:

  • Black JuJu (Intro Tape)
  • Hello Hooray
  • Man Of The Year (or No More Mr Nice Guy)
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy (Or Man Of The Year)
  • Between High School & Old School
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Long Way To Go
  • Be My Lover
  • Lost In America
  • What Do You Want From Me?
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Desperado
  • Halo Of Flies
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  • School's Out
  • Poison
  • Novocaine
  • Detroit City Or I'm So Angry or Bye Bye Baby
  • Under My Wheels

Musicians:

The "Eyes Of Alice Cooper" show was much the same as the Bare Bones show, but with some "Eyes.." tracks added in of course. The show generally opened with a taped version of "Black Juju". The tape was an edited version with just the slow intro and the sudden cry of "Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up". At the end the band launched into "Hello Hurray" with Alice appearing behind the drum kit silhouetted against a black backdrop. As the first song finished Alice moved down steps towards the main stage and the black backdrop fell revealing the "Love It To Death" Eyes (the spider design) from the inside of the original album gatefold to match the makeup Alice had returned to. The next track was "Man Of The Year" for the first few shows (until 8th October) but was changed to "No More Mr Nice Guy" (originally third) after that.

What followed for the first half of the show was a basic "Bare Bones" rock show with minimal theatrics that didn`t go much further then hand-held items. The crutch for "18", a cowboy hat and holster (with gun) for "Desperado". The songs come hard and fast through to "Halo OF Flies" and Alice`s now traditional mid set break while the band play the mostly instrumental track. During the drum break Dover and Roxie also pick up drumsticks and join in the fun on simple two-drum setups on either side of Eric Singers kit.

"Halo.." finishes and Alice appears center stage draped in the snake (an albino one in the USA, a first) for "Welcome To My Nightmare". "Cold Ethyl" followed with the rubber doll thrown around before being dumped in front of the drum riser only to be reborn in the form of Calico who proceeds to perform a few dance moves before tying Alice into the straightjacket for "The Ballad Of Dwight Fry". And that was almost it for the theatrics! Naturally "School's Out" had the balloons and finished the main set.

The four song encore started with "Poison" and "Novocaine" before turning to either "Detroit City", "I'm So Angry" or, towards the end of the tour, "Bye Bye Baby". When singing "Detroit City" Alice would often substitute the local city name in place of 'Detroit' i.e."Cleveland City". Band intros followed (with the halloween story around the end of October shows) and the race for the finish with "Under My Wheels". At the finale Calico reappeared, dressed as Britney Speers, along with a Madonna look alike (often picked from the audience) to re-enact the recent MTV awards 'kiss" which had received tons of press coverage. They kiss, and then start to fight, with "Madonna" pulling of "Britneys" wig before being separated by two security guards who haul them off opposite sides of the stage. The guards return and lean forward to also kiss before Alice quickly intervenes and the two guards skip off stage, camping it up all the way!

The last two nights of the tour (Oct 31st and Nov 1st) also included a brief section of "This House Is Haunted" between "Halo.." and "Welcome To My Nightmare"

You can see detailed setlist for all the shows by clicking here