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Lace & Whiskey


'Lace and Whiskey' is an album many fans love to hate, though why is a bit of a mystery. Sure, it isn't up there with the real classics, but most of the material is still great stuff. Okay, the cover of 'Ubangi Stomp' is dreadful, and a lot of people don't like the disco element that was sneaking in on 'Love At Your Convenience' and 'Damned If You Do', but elsewhere the title track and 'It's Hot Tonight' are great rockers and 'My God' and 'King Of The Silver Screen' are both classics. Maybe not essential but still well worth getting.


29th April 1977

  1. It's Hot Tonight (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:20]
  2. Lace And Whiskey (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:15]
  3. Road Rats (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [4:54]
  4. Damned If You Do (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:13]
  5. You And Me (Cooper, Wagner) [5:11]
  6. King of the Silver Screen (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [5:35]
  7. Ubangi Stomp (Chas Underwood) [2:12]
  8. (No More) Love At Your Convenience (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:49]
  9. I Never Wrote Those Songs (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [4:34]
  10. My God (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [5:42]

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Musicians

  • Dick Wagner - Guitars, Vocals
  • Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, Vocals
  • Steve Hunter - Guitars
  • Babbitt - Bass
  • Tony Levin - Bass (2,4,7)
  • Prakash John - Bass (3)
  • Allan Schwartzberg - Drums
  • Jim Gordon - Drums (3,4,5)
  • Jim Maelen - percussion, vocals
  • Jozef Chirowski - keyboards
  • Al Macmillan - Piano (4)
  • Al Kooper - piano (4)
  • Ernie Watts - tenor sax and clarinet
  • Venetta Fields, Julia Tillman, Lorna Willard - Vocals (3)
  • Douglas Neslund and the California Boys' Choir - vocals
  • "And, of course, Alice Cooper as Vanna White.'cause I'm the queen of the silver screen."

Sleeve Notes

Produced By Bob Ezrin

Arranged by Bob Ezrin and Al Macmillan.

Recorded At Soundstage, Toronto, Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, Record Plant, New York, RCA Hollywood, Producers Workshop, Los Angeles.

Mixed at Producers Workshop, Los Angeles

Alcoholic Advisor - Joe Gannon

Design by Richard Seireeni/Rod Dyer

Photography by Richard Seireeni

Alice Portraits - Terry O'Neil

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

BSK 30276

5/77

42

Warner Bros (custom label)

with fan club flyer
Inner Sleeve

USA

Cass

?

5/77

42

Warner Bros

 

USA

8track

?

5/77

42

Warner Bros

 

USA

CD

9 26447-2

89

 

Metal Blade

 

USA

Cass

9 26447-4

89

 

Metal Blade

 

UK

LP

K 56365

5/77

33

Warner Bros (custom label)

with Flyer
Inner sleeve

UK

LP

K 56365

 

 

Warner Bros (palm tree label)

 

UK

Cass

?

5/77

33

Warner Bros

 

US/UK

CD

R2 3027

2008

 

Rhino

 

Australia

LP

BSK-3027

6/77

3

Warner Bros(Palm Tree Label)

Inner sleeve

Brazil

LP

36.028

6/77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Inner sleeve

Canada

LP

?

6/77

 

Warner Bros (Custom Label)

Inner sleeve

France

LP

56345

6/77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Inner sleeve

Greece

LP

?

6/77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

 

Israel

LP

56365(BAN600003)

?

 

Warner Bros(The General Music Company)
(Palm Tree Label)

Inner sleeve

Japan

LP

P-10361W

6/77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

4 page booklet
Obi
Inner sheet

Japan

LP

P-10361W

6/77

 

Warner Bros (White Label)

4 page booklet
Obi
Inner sheet
Promo

Japan

CD

WPCP 3494

90

 

Warner Bros

 

Korea

LP

?

?

 

Warner Bros (White Label)

 

Germany

CD

WEA 926227-2

11/90

 

Warner Bros

 

Germany

Cass

WEA 926227-4

11/90

 

Warner Bros

 

Mexico

LP

?

77

 

Warner Bros (White Label)

'Encaje Y Whiskey'
Test Pressing

Mexico

LP

GWEA-5261

77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

'Encaje Y Whiskey'
Spanish And English titles
Lace And Whiskey from Mexico

Mexico

LP

LWB 5261

83

 

Warner Bros

'Encaje Y Whiskey'

New Zealand

LP

?

77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

 

South Africa

LP

?

77

 

Warner Brothers (Palm Tree Label)

Inner Sleeve

Spain

LP

?

77

 

Warner Bros (Palm Tree Label)

Inner Sleeve
Spanish and English titles

Turkey

LP

997

77

 

Melodi

 

The Album

Maurice Escargot was a comic, fictional French detective - like Inspector Clouseau - that Alice had once planned to write a novel about. Maurice is on the 'Lace And Whiskey' cover and appeared in the '77 show.

Peter Gabriel's record (Peter Gabriel) from 1977 features the same band as Alice used in 'Lace and Whiskey' (Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter, Jozef Chirowski, Tony Levin) and it was recorded at the same place, too (Sounstage, Toronto). It was also produced by Bob Ezrin.

There was a promotional paperback designed exactly like the book on the album cover. Inside is a brief history of Cooper albums and then a list of the albums songs with a small story behind each and then a history of who`s who in gangland slayings. The rest of the book is a monthly planner for the year 1977. There was also a promotional pop-gun, a shotglass, and a bullet-ridden t-shirt.
You can see some of the text here

The album was reissued as half of the 'A Man Called Alice' album. The other half was 'Muscle Of Love'.

'You And Me' was covered by Frank Sinatra at a show at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Songs 'Ubangi Stomp' was originally by Warren Smith. Legend has it the reason for the new version was that it was the first record Alice ever bought.

A lot of 'Lace and Whiskey' was written, and backing tracks recorded, during the 'Goes To Hell' sessions. This partially accounts for the crossover in session musicians although Ezrin used the same people and studios a lot on various projects.


The Tour

What I remember the most was that Alice used a lot of videos between songs. There was a large screen that was vertically slit, top to bottom which allowed Alice to walk through the screen before and after the video was shown. I think videos were also shown from a smaller screen above the stage. I remember that after 'Under My Wheels', Alice yelled to the audience "Before I come back, I want to know one thing! Are you with me or are you against me?!"
(Sickthings, July 1996)

The stage was a giant TV screen and at the end of the show the buttons fell off as the TV set crumbled to the stage. Then balloons came up from the stage in what appeared to be large TV tubes. (Sickthing Ken, July 1996)

That show began with three different Alice's running towards the screen (one in a straight jacket, one in black leather, one in top hat and tails. The three of them start spinning around in a circle until the real Alice popped out of the screen.
(Renfield, May 1998)

Alice held an audition for a new snake for the upcoming 'Lace and Whiskey' tour after realising he didn't have a snake. It was held on June 13th in Central City. Alice hosted the auditions, flanked by Flo and Eddie. The winning snake was 'Angel'

Here is some stuff from the 'Lace & Whiskey' Program

When were you born? Feb 4
What sign are you? Aquarius
Favorite color? Black
Favorite TV Show? The Gong Show
Greatest Moment? Playing in front of 180,000 kids in Brazil and breaking the worlds indoor concert record
Most hated pet? My Bird
Favorite actor? Me
Favorite stimulant? Whiskey
Favorite musician? Peter Townsend
Shoe size? 9
Favorite breakfast? Don't eat breakfast
Favorite comic book? Spiderman
Favorite movie? 'On the waterfront'
Favorite book? 'Interview with a vampire'
Who do you love? Sheryl
Favorite group? Stooges
Favorite author? Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite hobby? Golf
Favorite city? Los Angeles
What would you like to be if you weren't a top singing star? A Designer
First break in show business? In high school
Worst moment in show business? Falling off stage while performing and breaking all my ribs and cracking my head open
Worst city? Toledo
Major Vice? Beer
Favorite painter? Dali
Future Ambitions? Directing
First hit record? 'I'm Eighteen'
Your greatest & Favorite hit record? 'School's Out'
Your worst fear? Jail Blame it on Bud Freeman, but the pics are great. I was the boy who said all his prayers

King of the Silver Screen 1977

Setlist

  • Instrumental Intro
  • Under My Wheels
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Sick Things
  • Is It My Body
  • Devil's Food-The Black Widow
  • You and Me
  • Only Women Bleed
  • (fake commercials-tape)
  • Unfinished Sweet
  • Escape
  • I Love The Dead-Go To Hell-Wish You Were Here
  • I never Cry
  • (fake commercials-tape)
  • It's Hot Tonight
  • Lace and Whiskey
  • King of the Silver Screen
  • School's Out

This leg of the tour was recorded and released as 'The Alice Cooper Show'.

The Show

Review by Andy Michael:

"The stage set was made out to resemble a giant TV screen, with the now famous screen firmly in place. A road rat would walk the stage, switch the TV on and flick the channels around. Alices' face fills the screen while the roadie tampers with a giant television plug. There are three Alices' running at the camera: Alice in leather, Alice in the straight jacket and Alice in top hat and tails. The real Alice jumps out of the screen and straight into 'Under My Wheels' as the noise of a telephone fills the air. Alice is wearing a ridiculous outfit of a clean white vest with red piping, while trousers and a red silk belt with a golden buckle with an engraving of two boxers on it. It all smacked of the 'rhinestones and sequins' outfits favoured by Elvis Presley in his Las Vegas days. After 'Wheels' (the intro music to the show was, by the way, a fast version of 'King Of The Silver Screen') it was into 'Billion Dollar Babies'. Alice at this point is not wearing the familiar make-up, the idea being that the opening section of the show was to be straight and simple rock with no theatrical presentation involved. The band, as with the previous tour, are kept well in the background and are wearing overalls with 'Alice Cooper TV Service' on the back. 'I'm 18' followed and it was during these early exchanges that critics claimed Alice looked bored and/or inept without lavish props. Alices' face then appears on the screen and says: "Alice Cooper is here for one thing tonight - good, clean fun." He reappears in a black leotard (sometimes with make-up, sometimes without) for 'Sick Things' and then 'Is It My Body' with Angel making an appearence as the TV screen shows the action in greater detail for the unfortunates at the back of the auditorium.

Next up was 'Devil's Food' complete with spiders and web and into 'Black Widow', this was followed by 'You And Me' with Alice crooning at the 'Cold Ethyl' rag doll. This went into 'Only Women' as the doll comes to life (you know the rest). There was then a break consisting of fake TV commercials which were hilarious yet tasteless parodies of the absurd ads shown on TV (these were written by Joshua White and Bill martin) while the TV station the concert was supposed to represent was K.A.K.A.!! The ads dealt with 'ear odor', Electric suppositories, and a trailer for a movie about a family that ate their dog! These were all shown on the giant screen and when they were over, down came the screen, out came Alice with a giant toothbrush and into 'Unfinished Suite' while the dancers (Sheryl, Yuichi Sugiyama, both of whom danced with the 'Nightmare' tour, Clifford Allen and Casey Cole) dressed as giant teeth and did the usual choreography put together by Rob Iscove (as always the stage set was designed by Joe Gannon and Jim Newton). This led into 'Escape' with the screen in use again. 'I Love The Dead' was next, with Alice prowling around the guillotine before being strapped into it by a roadie and down came the blade. This led to 'Go To Hell' as Alice battled with the Cyclops and into 'Wish You Were Here'. 'I Never Cry' came next, followed by more commercials. Then it was into the new material, 'It's Hot Tonight' with Alice dressed as Maurice and the dancers dressed as gangsters. 'Lace And Whiskey' came next as the dancers came back on as giant chickens carrying machine-guns!! This was obviously Alice allowing chickens to get their own back after the hard time he gave them in 1970! The finale was 'King Of The Silver Screen' with the screen showing Alice with various schoolgirls surrounded by chandeliers and suddenly, he jumps out of the screen and the stars and stripes appears, which then turns into footage from Vietnam as Alice remembers the audience of that era and that society which allowed Alice Cooper to make his breakthrough. The whole thing ends with the stage set exploding."

School`s Out For Summer Tour `78 (Lace And Whiskey Tour Pt 2)

"The Cornhuskers" band:

Setlist:

Normally(always?) the same show as the first leg of the King Of The Silver Screen tour.

Be Bop Deluxe may have opened for some shows on this tour as did Blondie

This was just the 2nd part of the '77 'Lace And Whiskey' tour. I got to see Alice's very first SOBER show on that 2nd leg. They started the leg in Buffalo and flew in press from all over the country to see Alice perform sober and to start hyping the 'From The Inside' album. The night before the concert, they put on a special, closed to the public, dress rehearsal for the media and some contest winners. I managed fanagle my way in. It was amazing because there were about 200 people watching the show in an auditorium that held 17,000 people. The next night I got to see the show a 2nd time with the other 16,999 people.
(Renfield, June 1995)