Billiom 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).

 

My Valuation: £10

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Billion Dollar Babies CD Album (2001, Warner Bros 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!

 

My Valuation: £20

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Billion Dollar Babies 'Mini LP' SHM CD (Unknown Year / Manufacturer)

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.

 

My Valuation: £50

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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 Death, Killer, 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).

 

My Valuation: £40

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Booklet View 1
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Billion Dollar Bill View 1
Billion Dollar Bill View 2
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Billion Dollar Babies DVD Audio Album (2000, Warner Brothers 8122-76663-9

One of a few short-lived media formats, the Audio DVD 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.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Billion Dollar Babies Vinyl Album (1973, Warner Brothers K 56013)

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!

 

My Valuation: £50

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Billion Dollar Bill (Front View)
Billion Dollar Bill (Rear View)
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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.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Billion Dollar Bill (Front View)
Billion Dollar Bill (Rear View)

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. 

 

My Valuation: £100

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single (1972, Warner Brother K16214)

This single comes in a simple paper sleeve and features Elected on Side 1 (from the album Billion Dollar Babies) and Luney Tune on Side 2 (from the album School's Out).

 

My Valuation: £10

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Hello Hurray 7" Vinyl Single (1973, Warner Brothers K16248)

This single comes in a simple paper sleeve and features Hello Hooray on Side 1 (incorrectly labelled as 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side 2 (both from the album Billion Dollar Babies).

 

My Valuation: £10

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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.

 

My Valuation: £100

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Origina 1973 Medallion (image kindly provided by Monica Lauer, the child in Ballad of Dwight Fry)