Billion Dollar Babies Era

Read my review of this album here.

Billion Dollar Babies CD Album

Unknown Year, Warner Bros, 7599-27269-2

A simple CD release in a jewel case complete with basic booklet featuring a reproduction of one side of the billion dollar bill.  Not bad but it fails to capture the majesty of the original vinyl release and has since been superseeded by the vastly superior remastered edition (below).

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Billion Dollar Babies CD Album

2001, Warner Brothers, 8122-79791-2

A welcome re-issue of Billion Dollar Babies came in 2001.  Wrapped in deluxe packaging it features 2 CDs, the 1st containing a remastered version of the original album and the 2nd a collection of live tracks and outakes from the same era plus the rare Slick Black Limousine.

 

This is an excellent all-round package and I can only dream that the rest of the back catalogue gets this kind of treatment one day.  It would be great to have every album remastered with the supporting tour alongside it!

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Billion Dollar Babies 'Mini LP' SHM CD

 2011, Warner Brothers

Another simply brilliant Japanese release which, like all the other SHM CD's, faithfully re-captures the original vinyl version.  Everything's here, the snakeskin feel wallet, the billion dollar bill and the tear off cards of the band members.  

 

These CD's will become a lot harder to find in the future so this one should definitely be grabbed whilst they're still available.

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Billion Dollar Babies SACD CD Album

2014, Audio Fidelity, AFZ 170

This release by Audio Fidelity offers a remastered version of the original album and comes on an SACD rather than the '24k' gold CDs that were used in their other Alice Cooper releases (e.g. Love It To DeathKiller, and School's Out).  

 

The packaging is fairly true to the original, with a folded Billion Dollar Bill included inside.  There is also a small booklet provided which contains track listings, lyrics, photos, credits and some of the original album artwork.     

 

This is a limited edition release and is numbered 2,489 on the back of the sleeve.  I'm not sure how many were produced but I assume it is 5,000 (like the other Audio Fidelity releases).

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NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and be seen here.

Billion Dollar Babies DVD Audio Album

2000, Warner Brothers, 8122-76663-9

One of a few short-lived media formats, 'DVD Audio' was designed to provide an enhanced entertainment experience by providing images and video as well as enhanced surround sound music.

 

This particular version has some of the bonus live tracks of the 2001 CD re-issue included as well as the original Elected music video, audio interview with Alice and a photo gallery with song lyrics.  Great right!?  Not really, as you need an Audio DVD player to benefit from these features (all you get if you use a normal DVD player is track list and an ability to hear the music).  To this day I've never seen such a device so this must rank amongst the least accesible officially released material out there, which is a real shame.

 

Sonically, this release features the original quadrophonic mix which can be played in 'Advanced Multi-Channel' stereo and surround sound plus Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

 

The oddest thing about this format was the size of the case which is the sime width and depth as a CD but about 2cm higher making it somewhat cumbersome to store.

 

Welcome To My Nightmare is the only other Alice Cooper album to recieve a DVD Audio release.

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Billion Dollar Babies Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, K56013

One of the best and most ingenious Alice Cooper vinyl releases, Billion Dollar Babies came supplied as a gatefold wallet.  When opened it revealed non other than a massive "illegal tender" billion dollar bill and some tear off cards featuring the band.

 

A classic vinyl release!

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Billion Dollar Babies Vinyl Album

2011, Rhino Records, R12685

Unlike some of the other 180g vinyl re-issues, this version faithfully mimics the original release and comes complete with textured cover, perforated cards and billion dollar bill.  This is most welcomed and a great addition to any collection.

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Billion Dollar Babies Vinyl Album

2016, Rhino Records, R12685

In October 2016, Rhino Records launched a 'Rocktober' campaign featuring limited edition releases of 13 classic vinyl albums.  Included in this event was Billion Dollar Babies, which was limited to 3,000 copies in the USA only.

 

This version is identical to the above re-issue with the notable exception that the black vinyl disc is replaced by a green, yellow and orange marble swirl design.  The effect is very cool and nicely fits in with the elaborate design of the original album.

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, K 16214

This UK vinyl single comes in a simple Warner Brothers paper sleeve and features Elected on Side A (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) and Luney Tune on Side B (from the School's Out album).

Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16214

This German vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with an image of Alice being sworn in on the front and features Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).  On the back of the sleeve is the same image as the front only with additional promotional material for the Killer and School's Out albums.

Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16248

This UK vinyl single comes in a simple Warner Brothers paper sleeve and features Hello Hooray on Side A (incorrectly labelled as 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

 1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16248

This German vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with the same image of Alice on both the front and back and features Hello Hooray on Side A and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

Slick Black Limousine, 7" Vinyl Flexi Disc

1973, New Muscial Express, LYN 2585

Flexi discs were thin, flexible, vinyls that were cheap to produce and commonly included as free items with magazines and other music-based literature.  Their heyday was in the 1960's and 70's before seeing a decline in the 80's following the launch of the Compact Disc.

 

In February 1973, during the height of the Alice Cooper Group's commercial success, New Musical Express (NMW) included a flexi disc on the front cover of their magazine featuring the previously unreleased song Slick Black Limousine on Side A plus short samples of Elected, No More Mr Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies and I Love The Dead on the unlabelled Side B (all from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

Thousands of these discs were produced and they can easily be found today for less than £10.  This makes them a fun and quirky item to have in your collection, so worth snapping a copy up.  

No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16262

This UK vinyl single comes in a simple Warner Brothers paper sleeve and features No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brother, WB 16262

This German vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with an image of Alice on the front and features No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  On the back of the sleeve is promotional material for the Billion Dollar Babies album.

Billion Dollar Babies, 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16307

This German vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with the same Billion Dollar Baby logo on the front and back and features Billion Dollar Babies on Side A and Halo Of Flies on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and Killer albums respectively).

Billion Dollar Babies Replica 1973 Medallion (2011)

This nice medallion is a replica of the extremely rare gold coloured item from 1973 that was handed out to members of the Alice Cooper 'family' (e.g. the band, crew members and promoters etc).  It is thought that only about 50 were originally made.

 

The silver replicas were sold for a short period (about 2 weeks) in 2011 and have themselves become quite sought after.

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Original 1973 Medallion (image kindly provided by Monica Lauer, the child in Ballad of Dwight Fry who asked "Mummy, where's Daddy...")