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Welcome to My Nightmare

Alice Cooper Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Every great production deserves a sequel – even if comes 35-plus years after the original.

In 1975, Alice Cooper joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Bob Ezrin to record his first solo album Welcome to My Nightmare, a theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. Now, he’s followed Steven into adulthood and presents Welcome 2 My ... Read more in Amazon's Alice Cooper Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002I99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums of the 1970's. 28 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When the remastered 'Billion Dollar Babies' came out, it was muted that the remastered 'Welcome To My Nightmare' was to follow, and here it is.
My only criticism of this remaster is, unlike the 'Billion Dollar Babies' remaster which had an extra cd, containing live material from the time as well as studio rarities, all we get here are three extra alternate version tracks.
What can't be understated though, is that quite simply, 'Welcome To My Nightmare' remains not only the best Alice Cooper album since the original group split up, but one of the best rock albums of the 1970's. An epic piece of concept rock featuring the musical macarbe character 'Steven', the climax of the album, but so much more in addition to one of the most disturbing songs ever written. Some of the finest guitar playing ever recorded from Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner, check out the riff on 'Devils' Food' and the solos on most of the tracks, with a production from Bob Ezrin to die for, (This man was to Alice what George Martin was to the Beatles!).
The black sense of humour on tracks like 'Cold Ethyl', boasting the lyrics "She's cool in bed, well she ought to be, coz Ethyls' dead!", provide light relief from really disturbing visions of insanity on 'Some Folks', and the previously mentioned 'Steven'. Ezrins virtuoso piano playing on both epics.
The title track sets the scene with haunting strings disorientating the listener, as if the lyric wasn't enough!, "We sweat and laugh and scream here, coz life is just a dream here, you know inside you feel right at home, welcome to my nightmare, welcome to my breakdown".Even the title of the ballad 'Only Women Bleed ' was shortened to 'Only Women' when released as a single, because the radio stations didn't like the menstrual connotations!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I got there eventually 4 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was nine years old in 1975 and somehow I missed out on this great album (I liked the Wombles at the time).Now at 42 I finally get to hear an amazing piece of work.It never ceases to amaze me how some of my generation dismissed the 70's as a time of old dinosaur rock,hippy noodling and middle of the road soft rock tosh when there was such diverse and creative music around.Alice influenced the punks,the rockers,yet still manages to sound unlike anyone else here with a creepy cinematic rock opus of unparalled magnificance,or something like that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Devils Treat!! 31 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Absolute without question one of the greatest albums ever written!! from start to finish its classic! all tracks blend into each other with ghoulish ease, not a down momment just pure brilliance from the master!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Music 25 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From the days when albums were an experience! The journey through takes your breath away. The diversity, songwriting and production is from a time when it mattered. Very rarely has there been such a complete album of superb rock, dark humour and unsettling undertones as this one. Others may try, but they will be pale imitations compared to Alice Cooper's masterpiece.
If you had the LP in the 70s, buy it again - it sounds just as good now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Alice Cooper album ever?? 17 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the Alice album that has it all. No, really! "Schools Out" had the hit single and a couple of other good tunes but the rest of albums were always a bit "hit single and filler" style. This one was a return to the glories of "Killer" and has all the horror, humour and atmosphere that you could ask for. As well as housing some of the best tunes Alice had done for years.
Having ditched the original Alice Cooper Band (Bruce, Buxton, etc.) Vince (as his mum knows him) pulled together a dazzling array of session musicians - some of whom went on to tour the album with him. That would have been worth seeing.
This was also the first time he used Bob Ezrin as producer and those of you familiar with Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (also co-produced with Ezrin) will recognize some of the ideas from Welcome to my nightmare. Especially in the mini soap opera "Steven/Years Ago" - an everyday tale of "boy 's mind goes blank, boy wakes up in basement covered in blood and wonders where all his friends have gone". See? - classic Alice.
The album also features our first hearing of Only Women Bleed (later a hit for Julie Covington) and my own favourite "The Department of Youth". Listen for the fade out when Alice asks the kids who gave them the power. Donny Osmond? WHAT!!!
This is easily the most rounded and accomplished Alice Cooper album - all the fimiliar themes are there but bigger and better. Listen to "Cold Ethyl" - yes, it's as tasteless as you'd expect.
"Welcome To My Nightmare" would be worth the cash just to hear Vincent Price's talkover between "Devil's Food" and "The Black Widow".
Buy it and enjoy it in complete confidence. And marvel at how Marilyn Manson gets away with it. He's to Alice, what Oasis are to the Beatles.
Mike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock & roll creepshow 20 Jan 2008
By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Alice's triumph. A dark,creepy, thrill a minute rock album which hits the heights at every turn.
A concept album of vaudeville horror, its camp, its scary & its superb. From the title track to the Vincent Price narration on "Black Widow", to the finger clicking "Some Folks",the raucous "Department Of Youth" & the eerie "Steven" this is a record that takes you on a journey to some unsavoury places.
This is not a record that is distasteful, its more like a 1950's monster movie or "Hammer House Of Horror" production, consigned to vinyl.
This is the album (& the show) that made the name synonymous with extravagance & excess.
There are a variety of styles on the album but it all seems to fit effortlessly,it really is a classic in every way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wembley 1975
Saw Alice cooper perform this album in 1975 , what a great show and a great album , support at wembley was the heavy metal kids with the late Gary Bolton on vocals, only women... Read more
Published 11 days ago by r j bonington
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Alice
Fantastic album a must for all Alice Cooper fans ., and it`s the wife`s favourite Alice Cooper album. Very Highly recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Smooman
4.0 out of 5 stars My type of Nightmare
I used to have this when it first came out on vinyl in 1975, but it's a bit worn, so i thought i'd get this expanded version. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Trevor Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice is Forever!
Alice Cooper at his best! He controls the stage, his band and his audience! A true masterpiece for any Alice Cooper fan, or any fan of that type of music!
Published 9 months ago by Dadcutus
5.0 out of 5 stars Catching up with a previously banned album
Alice Cooper's masterpiece. Remastered and added to, repackaged and simply amazing. If you listened to this years ago or if you just love classic rock this is one to consider. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KABSardine
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb classic from Mr Cooper
A fantastically weird and wonderful album that's more like a movie than a collection of random tracks. I would say it's Alice at his best.
Published 9 months ago by Jon Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it great buy music good
Loved it great buy music good brought back good times five star would recommend it to a friend liked the album
Published 11 months ago by George Inch
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I had heard of Alice Cooper as one of the masters of hard rock, and got this. What is it? I cannot figure. Read more
Published 11 months ago by F. Panin
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Cooper at his best
Is it freaky, is it crazy what Alice Cooper does on this album? Maybe yes, but as for the quality of the music he never made anything better after this one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Geert van Gelder
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Alice
What an improvement on the sound of this remaster, classic Alice at his sick best, and for 3? what a bargain.
Published 11 months ago by JF
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