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Alice Cooper Goes To Hell


'Goes To Hell' is kinda like a sequel to the preceeding 'Welcome To My Nightmare' as we see Alice leave the land of dreams and heads downstairs to meet the devil. An even more eclectic album then '..Nightmare' it still contains one classic ('Go To Hell') and a huge hit single in 'I Never Cry' but generally the material wasn't as up tempo and 'rock' enough to keep many fans happy. In hindsight though this is a very solid album which, had there been a tour to support it, could maybe have been more popular then it was. Unfortunately Alice's alcohol problems were worsening and no tour materialised.


June 25th 1976

  1. Go To Hell (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [5:02]
  2. You Gotta Dance (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [2:44]
  3. I'm The Coolest (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:57]
  4. Didn't We Meet (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [4:15]
  5. I Never Cry (Cooper, Wagner) [3:43]
  6. Give The Kid A Break (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [4:13]
  7. Guilty (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:21]
  8. Wake Me Gently (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [5:03]
  9. Wish You Were Here (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [4:35]
  10. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (McCarthy, Carroll) [2:13]
  11. Going Home (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:47]

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Musicians (The Hollywood Vampires)

  • Dick Wagner - Guitars and Vocals (1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10)
  • Steve Hunter - Guitars (all)
  • John Tropea - Guitars (1,2,6,8,9)
  • Tony Levin - Bass (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11)
  • Babbitt - Bass (1)
  • Allan Schwartzberg - Drums (1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9)
  • Jim Gordon - Drums (3,10,11)
  • Jim Maelan - Percussion and Soft Shoes (all) Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals (2,3,4,5,6,8,10,11)
  • Al Macmillan - Piano
  • Dick Berg - French Horn (5)
  • Backing Vocals - Michael Sherman, Shawn Jackson, Colina Phillips, Joe Gannon, Shep Gordon, Denny Vosburgh, Bill Misener, Laurel Ward, Sharon-Lee Williams

Sleeve Notes

Produced By Bob Ezrin

Recorded at:

  • Soundstage Toronto
  • Record Plant East
  • RCA Studios Los Angeles

Arranged by Bob Ezrin, Al Macmillan, John Tropea and The Hollywood Vampires.

Design by Rod Dyer/Brian Hagiwara.

Photography by Bret Lopez.



Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

BS 2896

7/76

27

Warner Bros (Palm tree label)

Red Inner Sleeve

USA

LP

BS 2896

7/76

27

Warner Bros (white label)

Promo

USA

Cass

M5 2896

7/76

27

Warner Bros

 

USA

8Track

?

7/76

27

Warner Bros

 

USA

CD

WB2896.2

10/90

 

Warner Bros

 

USA

Cass

WB2896.4

10/90

 

Warner Bros

 

UK

LP

K 56171

7/76

23

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Red Inner Sleeve

UK

LP

K 56171

7/76

23

Warner Bros (Bone Label)

Red Inner Sleeve

UK

Cass

K 56171

7/76

23

Warner Bros

 

Argentina

LP

MH 14261

7/76

 

Warner Bros(Palm Tree Label)

Red Inner Sleeve
Spanish and English titles

Argentina

LP

?

?

 

White Music Hall Promo Label

Spanish and English titles
Red Promo Stamp on Back Cover

Australia

LP

BS-2896

7/76

4

Warner Bros(Palm Tree Label)

Red Inner Sleeve

Australia

LP

BS-2896

7/76

4

Warner Bros(White Label)

Red Inner Sleeve
Slightly Different Back Cover

Australia

LP

BS-2896

7/76

4

Warner Bros(Palm Tree Label)

Black Inner Sleeve

Australia

CD

WAR 9272992

90

 

Warner Bros

 

Brazil

LP

?

7/76

 

Warner Bros

 

Canada

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Red Inner Sleeve

Canada

CD

WARN CD 02896

10/97

 

Warner Bros

 

Canada

Cass

WARN AC 02896

10/97

 

Warner Bros

 

China

LP

FL-2790

?

 

First Records

Has large First Records logo printed on top left of sleeve

France

LP

56171

7/76

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

 

Germany

LP

WB 56171

7/76

 

Warner Bros

 

Germany

CD

WEA927299-2

1/91

 

Warner Bros

 

Germany

Cass

WEA927299-4

1/91

 

Warner Bros

 

Greece

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Black and White back cover

Japan

LP

P-10206W

7/76

 

Warner Bros (White Label)

4 page booklet
Promo

Japan

LP

P-10206W

7/76

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

4 page booklet
obi

Japan

CD

WPCP-3493

9/90

 

Warner Bros

Forever Young Series

Korea

LP

?

?

 

 

Front cover is Green and Black

Mexico

LP

GWEA-5219

76

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Spanish And English Titles

South Africa

LP

WBC 1313

7/76

 

Warner Bros

 

Taiwan

LP

?

?

 

Red HV-NLP Label

Front cover is a picture of 'The Drifters' with a
paper insert in front of it of the normal cover with lyrics on the back

Turkey

LP

BS2896

?

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

 

The Cover

I Never Cry AdvertA Bedtime Story

Lay still, Steven, and I'll tell you a bedtime story. I'll tell you a bedtime story that's not for all children. It's a very special story, that only special children will understand. It's a half-awake story, and it will be better if you close your eyes. It's a story that takes place in a dream, like other nightmares you have known. It's a dream that Alice has dreamed. You can dream along with him. You can follow Alice down the staircase, deep, down the stairs to the pit where he doesn't want to go, but he has to.

If you go to sleep now, Steven, you can go down the long and endless stairway and sing sweet songs to Alice and free him. And if you can't get to sleep, Steven, and in the middle of the night you get out of bed, when everything is quiet and the trees are still and the birds are hiding from the dark, you can lie down on your bedroom floor and press your ear tightly to the boards. If you listen very carefully you can hear Alice searching for a way out, forever chasing rainbows.

Sleep tight, Steven. And have a good night.

The Cover picture for 'Goes to Hell' is from the inside cover sleeve art for 'Billion Dollar Babies'. It was just magnified, copied and color shifted.

An original working title for the album was simply 'Hell'. The original title for 'Didn`t We Meet' was 'Satan's Floor' although the lyrics were completely different.

The Songs

'Wish You Were Here' is heavily based on an earlier Dick Wagner song called 'Stage Door Queen' which can be heard on the Ursa Major self-titled album. The original is a different song, obviously with different lyrics, but all the key parts of 'Wish You Were Here' can be heard.

'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows' was originally done by Charles Harrison but perhaps better remembered as done by Judy Garland.

Dick Wagner mentions (In Vintage Guitar, February 1998) that Henry Winkler was originally who they wanted to sing "I'm the Coolest", but Winkler turned it down because he didn't want to do anything that would typecast him in the Fonzie image.

The Show

Originally, an entire tour was booked to promote the 'Goes To Hell' album, but just as Alice was about to hit the road, he came down with anemia [ Seagram's VO - Renfield, Sept. 1996] and was under a doctor's care. Thus the tour was canceled

The Alice Cooper Goes To Hell tour (which was canceled), was to be a production where Hell was a disco because disco is hell. I recall him saying the set was built on several levels.
(Renfield, September 1996)