Welcome To My Nightmare

by Alice Cooper

(1975) Atlantic #CD 19157

Personnel Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter, Prakash John, Tony Levin, Whitey Glan, Johnny (Bee) Badanjek, Jozef Chirowski, Bob Ezrin, David Ezrin and the Summerhill Children's Choir, Michael Sherman, Gerry Lyons, Trish McKinnon & Vincent Price - The Curator
Description Alice's first solo album after the break-up of his original band, 'The Alice Cooper Group'.
Posted By Anthony Holden (9426)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 4/26/2001, Anthony Holden (9426) posted:
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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.

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.

Alice Cooper was the first artist to take rock to shockingly theatrical extremes. The Welcome To My Nightmare show, featuring rock's famed guitar duo of Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner, offers up plenty of ghoulish images, including dancing skeletons, giant black widow spiders, graveyards, a nine foot tall Cyclops, and a special narrative appearance from fellow horror-meister, Vincent Price, and a finale with Alice's ground-breaking "magic" movie screen that "comes to life"!

Every track on this classic album is worth the price of admission. Those tracks include the title cut, "Devil's Food" (narrated by the late Vincent Price as the curator), "The Black Widow", "Some Folks", "Only Women Bleed", "Department Of Youth", "Cold Ethyl" (about necrophilia), "Years Ago", "Steven", "The Awakening", and, finally, "Escape." I highly recommend this CD.