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Welcome To My Nightmare

Alice's first solo album highlights his love of the macabre and musical theatre. Designed as the soundtrack to a TV special and the forthcoming tour, the album moves between the hard rock of 'Black Widow' and the jazzy 'Some Folks' effortlessly creating what for many is Alice Cooper's greatest album. Along the way 'Steven' is one of the all time classic Cooper epics and 'Only Women Bleed' a delicate ballad that rises and falls to great effect. Many fans moan about the absence of the original group, but with material and performances this strong is hard to fault anything else. Essential.


February 1975


S
tandard CD

DVD-A

Remastered CD

iTunes

 

  1. Welcome To My Nightmare (Cooper, Wagner) [5:19]
  2. Devil's Food (Cooper, Ezrin, Kelley Jay) [3:38]
  3. The Black Widow (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:37]
  4. Some Folks (Cooper, Gordon, Ezrin) [4:19]
  5. Only Women Bleed (Cooper, Wagner) [5:59]
  6. Department Of Youth (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [3:18]
  7. Cold Ethyl (Cooper, Ezrin) [2:51]
  8. Years Ago (Cooper, Wagner) [2:51]
  9. Steven (Cooper, Ezrin) [5:52]
  10. The Awakening (Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin) [2:25]
  11. Escape (Cooper, Fowley, Anthony) [3:20]

Rhino released a remastered version in 2002 adding:

  • Devil's Food [Alternate Version]
  • Cold Ethyl [Alternate Version]
  • The Awakening [Alternate Version]

 

 

Musicians

Sleeve Notes

Produced By Bob Ezrin

Recorded at:

  • Soundstage Toronto by Dave Palmer and Jim Frank
  • Record Plant East and Electric Lady New York by Ed Sprigg, Dave Palmer, Corky Stasiak and Rod O'Brien
  • A&R Studios, New York by the incredible Phil Ramone

Arranged by Bob Ezrin and Allan Macmillan.

Graphics concept and design by Pacific Eye and Ear.

Illustration by Drew Struzan

Photography by Bret Lopez.

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

LP

SD 18130

2/75

5

Atlantic(green white & Red)

inner sleeve

USA

Cass

?

2/75

5

Atlantic

 

USA

8track

8X-ANCL 2011

2/75

5

Atlantic

 

USA

CD

ATL 19157.2

10/90

 

Atlantic

 

USA

Cass

ATL 19157.4

10/90

 

Atlantic

 

USA

LP

MFSL 1-063

80

 

Warner Bros

Mobile Fidelity Half Speed re-master

USA

CD

 

 

 

Atlantic

Remaster

UK

LP

ANCL 2011

3/75

19

Anchor

 

UK

Cass

?

3/75

19

Anchor

 

UK

CD

 

 

 

Atlantic

Remaster

Argentina

LP

WB 8121

3/75

 

Anchor (Black label)

inner sleeve
Spanish and English Writing
Alt. Cover

Argentina

LP

WB 8121

3/75

 

Anchor (White label)

Promo
Spanish and English Writing

Australia

LP

ANCH 2011

3/75

5

Anchor (Black Label)

inner sleeve
Three slightly different versions of back

Australia

LP

ANCH 2011

3/75

5

Anchor White Label

inner sheet
Promo

Australia

LP

99237

?

 

Cream WEA Label

inner sleeve

Australia

LP

?

?

 

Red WEA Label

inner sleeve

Australia

Cass

?

?

 

Anchor

 

Australia

CD

WAR 7815422

90

 

Warner Bros

 

Belgium

LP

4C062-96350

3/75

 

Anchor

 

France

LP

68051

3/75

 

Anchor (Black Label)

Gatefold Sleeve
Inner Sleeve

Germany

LP

1C062-96350

3/75

 

Anchor

There is also a vinyl reissue on Atlantic, made in Germany

Germany

LP

?

 

 

Atlantic

Reissue

Germany

CD

ATLA 781542-2

1/88

 

Atlantic

Also distributed in France

Germany

Cass

ATLA 781542-4

1/88

 

Atlantic

Also distributed in France

Greece

LP

?

?

 

Warner Brothers (Red Green and Yellow Label)

 

Canada

LP

SD 18130

?

 

Warner Brothers (Red Green and Yellow Label)

Inner Sleeve

Canada

CD

WARN CD 19157

10/97

 

Warner Bros

 

Canada

Cass

WARN AC18130

10/97

 

Warner Bros

 

Japan

LP

?

?

 

White Victor Label

Plain White Sleeve

Japan

LP

?

?

 

Black Anchor Label

Japanese insert
Two Different obi`s

Japan

LP

IPS-80182
or
YQ-8034-AAA

75

 

White Promo Anchor Label

Promo
Inner Sheet in Japanese

Japan

CD

?

2009

 

?

Mini-LP CD version of the remastered CD with the bonus tracks
Alt. Cover

Korea

LP

?

?

 

White Label

Back Cover is Yellow with Lyrics

Mexico

LP

?

?

 

Black Anchor Label

Titles in Spanish and English

New Zealand

LP

?

?

 

Black Anchor Label

Inner Sheet

Philippines

LP

ANCL-2011

1975

 

Black Anchor Label

 

Russia

LP

n94 RAT 30765

?

 

Red Label (no company name)

 

Spain

LP

?

?

 

Black Anchor Label

English and Spanish Titles
Inner Sleeve

Uruguay

LP

?

?

 

Bone EMI label

English and Spanish Titles
Different back cover

Uruguay

LP

SLPE 500575

1976

 

Bone EMI label

English and Spanish Titles
Unique red cover promo

Taiwan

LP

FL-2573

?

 

Red and Silver First Label

Cover is paper cover
Different back cover

The Album

The reason for 'Welcome to my Nightmare' being on ATLANTIC [Anchor in Europe] instead of Warner Brother is, briefly, because it was Alice's first solo album and also it had to do with it being considered something of a soundtrack album (for the TV special.) Beyond that, just record company politics.
(Renfield, October 1995)

"I wrote all the music for ['Only Women Bleed'] in 1968 when I was still with The Frost, and it had completely different lyrics. Then, when Alice and I sat down and began writing for the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' record, I played him that song, and he agreed that the lyrics weren't that good. So we wrote new lyrics, and he had this title, 'Only Women Bleed,' so that became the song."
(Dick Wagner)

Sunset Strip Billboard Advertising the AlbumAccording to one document, the Vincent Price spoken selection was entitled, "Jolly MacAmbre Tour Guide at the Pasadena Palace of Insects".
(Renfield, November 1997)

Alice has said in interviews that he gets a lot of inspiration from the TV. Like "Only Women Bleed". The title came from something that someone said on TV that sounded like that but wasn't.

In an interview, Alice said that the voices in the background of 'Years Ago' was some old audio footage of a supposed exorcism.

Anthony and Fowley sued Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive because his song 'Down The Line' sounded like 'Escape' (Alice was not involved as he wrote the lyrics). They settled out of court and he added their names to the publishing.

'Escape' was originally written by 'The Hollywood Stars' and recorded by them with Bob Ezrin. When they split up Ezrin brought the song to Alice and he changed the words for the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' version.
The Hollywood Stars also wrote Kiss' 'King Of The Night Time World' for the Ezrin produced 'Destroyer' album around the same time.

The Tour

Welcome to My Nightmare 1975

The band is the same band that featured with Lou Reed during his 'Berlin' Period.

Setlist

cyclops

  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Years Ago-No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Years Ago-Billion Dollar Babies
  • Years Ago-I'm Eighteen
  • Years Ago-Instrumental intro to Some Folks
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Devil's Food-The Black Widow
  • Steven
  • Welcome To My Nightmare (reprise)
  • The Awakening
  • Escape
  • School's Out
  • Department of Youth

The show was produced and choreographed by David Winters who according to Alice was the guy who played 'Action' in the movie 'West Side story' (however according to the Internet Movie Database that was Tony Mordente!).

During the tour the band traveled on the ACII, a F-27 Electra Jet.