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Welcome to My Nightmare

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002I99
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2016
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I have grown up with Alice Cooper's music ever since I saw him sing School's Out on Top of the Pops in 1972.

My elder brother had a copy of this on vinyl and I could not get enough of it. It is wonderful to hear the album again after all this time.

In many ways this was the recording that really made Alice Cooper the man become more prominent. Alice Cooper was originally the name of the band and its singer, real name Vincent Furnier, who exuded such a magnetic charm over the audience took the band's name for himself. Welcome To My Nightmare was the first album not to use the musicians from his band but instead use session musicians.

The effect is to explore the more macabre elements of Alice Cooper's imagination and use a greater variety of song styles. There is wit and humour in the album as well. I love Vincent Price's sinister museum curator extolling the wonderful poisonous qualities of the black widow spider and the kids' chorus at the end of Department of Youth (their reference to Donny Osmond and Alice Cooper's response still makes me chuckle even though I have heard it several times).

The album has one of the loveliest and heartfelt songs, Only Women Bleed, a song covered by many female singers. The only rendition of this song that comes anywhere near this in quality and execution is the one by Lita Ford (from the Runaways).

There are also the creepy songs, Years ago is in 3/4 time which gives it a sinister fairground feel and Steven is pretty chilling.

Finally, we still have some good hard rock songs reminding us of Alice Cooper's rock roots in Devil's Food,Cold Ethyl and Escape.

So a wonderful album that has given me much enjoyment and one I was glad to hear again.
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