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on 17 March 2001
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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