Brutal Planet Era

Brutal Planet 'Promotional Sampler' CD

2000, Eagle Records, EAGXS152P

This promotional sampler CD comes in a slimline case and features Blow Me A Kiss, Brutal Planet and Take It Like A Woman (all from the full Brutal Planet album).  The front cover is interesting as it's similar to the album version but doesn't include the background artwork behind Alice's face.

Brutal Planet Promotional CD Album

2000, Spitfire Records, ADV-038

This Amercian promotional CD comes in a simple card case with no booklet or additional material.  The CD is purple and contains all 11 tracks from the official album.  Notably though, the order of the tracks is different to the final version with all the tracks after the opener (Brutal Planet) shifted around.

Brutal Planet Promotional CD Album

2000, Eagle Records, EAGCD115

This European promotional CD is a lot less professional looking than the Amercian version (above) with a crude paper sleeve and blue CD-R.  The track listings are in the same mixed form as the Amercian version.

Brutal Planet 'Limited European Edition' CD Album

2000, Eagle Records, EAGCD115

This 'Limited European Edition' CD version of Brutal Planet came out upon the albums immediate UK release in 2000.  It comes in a card slipcase and features a nice fold-out poster of Alice above a building topped off with a damaged 'Brutal Planet' sign (the same as that featured on the Gimme CD single cover).

 

Also included in the jewel case is a decent booklet featuring lyrics, track listings, credits and some more nice images of a moody looking Alice.

 

This was the first time that multimedia content had been provided for an Alice release, with PC users treated to a screensaver featuring 3 Brutal Planet themed images (all from the artwork contained in this release).

 

I really liked this album when it came out so the original copy is well used (as you'll see from the images below).  I therefore managed to hunt down another sealed copy of this classic release.

Brutal Planet 'Limited European Tour Edition' CD Album

2001, Eagle Records, EAGTE115

This 'Limited European Tour Edition' CD version of Brutal Planet was released in the UK in the summer of 2001 and features a striking blue card slipcase.  I'm not entirely sure how limited this release was but my 2 copies (one used and one sealed) are numbers 09585 and 00945 respectively.

 

Unlike the original release (above), this version comes with 2 CD's.  The first includes the standard Brutal Planet album whereas the 2nd disc features 4 live tracks (It's The Little Things, Wicked Young Man, Poison and My Generation) taken from the Brutally Live concert DVD.  Also included on disc 2 is a low budget video of It's The Little Things (which is set against footage from Brutally Live) and a decent promotional 35 minute 'Total Rock Rockumentary', which includes a mixture of interviews with Alice and music snippets from musical influences and his own material.  Amongst the topics discussed are:

 

> His upbringing in Detroit;

> His Dad's career as a car salesman;

> The influence of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones;

> How he runs new music by his sister due to the honesty of her responses;

> His time with The Earwigs and The Spiders;

> The influence of Frank Zappa;

> The origins of the name Alice Cooper and his adoption of it;

> The influence of Bob Ezrin;

> The split of the original Alice Cooper group for artistic reasons;

> The influence of real life tragedies (covered on CNN) on the Brutal Planet album;

 

The booklet provided is exactly the same as the original release.

Brutal Planet 'Exclusive Australasian Edition' CD Album

2000, Eagle Records, 8573839032

This copy from Australia is nearly indentical to the UK version other than the inclusion of the bonus track Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me.  This track has a brief mention in the booklet but, other than that, no change.

Brutal Planet CD Album

2006, Eagle Rock, 8285

This version of Brutal Planet album was released in 2006, comes in a jewel case, and features a live image of Alice (from the Trashes The World tour).

 

Also included is an interesting booklet, which features a 2-page biography plus handy matrix tables showing most of the Alice Cooper (band and solo) single and album releases and chart positions in the USA, UK, Germany, Holland and Australia.  At the back of the booklet are track titles and credits.

Brutal Planet CD Album

2007, Weton Exclusive, WX043

This version of Brutal Planet album was released in 2007 and features different artwork throughout.  Instead of the dark artwork of the original we get a computer generated image of a snake set on a dark red background.

 

Also on offer is a jewel case complete, a CD complete with snake and an 8-page booklet featuring track listings, credits and a biography on Alice's early years (this is slightly odd seeing as the album, which is not mentioned at all, came out in 2000).

Pick Up The Bones CD Album

2007, Music Sessions, MS045

To the untrained eye, this CD might appear to offer the listener a selection of songs covering Alice's 21st century albums.  Great huh?  Err, not really, as this is actually just Brutal Planet with a different name and artwork.  It's a good job then that Brutal Planet is a fine album, but the packaging is certainly a bit misleading for what is, in truth, a non-essential purchase.  

 

This release features a card slip case and a jewel CD case complete with a simple paper inlay, which includes track listings and credits.

The Early Days Alice Cooper Shock Rock CD Album

2011, Starline Media, SME015-2

Following hot on the heals of the bizarre Pick Up The Bones (above) is this release.  Again, it is just the original version of Brutal Planet but the title has swung completely the other way by implying that it includes music from the early years of shock rock.  Whilst Alice is indeed the undisputed king of shock rock, this material is the best part of 30 years after he achieved this status.

 

This release features a jewel CD case complete with a simple folded paper inlay, which includes track listings, credits and adverts for some other releases.

Brutal Planet Cassette Album

2000, Eagle Records, 74321 769584

Brutal Planet was subject to a release on cassette in Eastern Europe.  This version comes from Russia and includes the standard 11 tracks found on the original CD version of the album.

Brutal Planet 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Night Of The Vinyl Dead, Night 103

Brutal Planet was not subject to a vinyl release when it first launched in 2000.  It wasn't until 2011 that Night Of The Vinyl Dead changed this, and they did it in style with this excellent limited-to-500-copies edition.

 

The vinyl comes in a bespoke cardboard straight-jacket outer case, with arms that wrap around the back and slot into two grooves at the front.  A small hole at the back peers through to the album and enables you to see which hand-numbered copy you have (this one being #102).  

 

If you manage to free yourself from the jacket then inside is a nice traditional gatefold sleeve album featuring the original Brutal Planet artwork.  The vinyl itself is black with the same image of Alice reflected on either side.  Also included is a nice booklet which includes more of the original artwork plus track listings, lyrics and credits. 

 

To date, this is easily the best version of this album on vinyl.  The only thing to note is that the outer case is quite delicate and fiddly so could probably be easily damaged if mis-handled.  For this reason (and the fact that it's quite rare) this version is best-suited for collectors only.

Brutal Planet 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Back On Black, RCV058LP

After waiting over 10 years for a Vinyl version of Brutal Planet, the Night Of The Vinyl Dead version (above) was closely followed by this offering from Back On Black.  There was no fancy cover this time but it was a good opportunity for those that missed out on that release to get hold of a copy at the second attempt (this version was also quite a bit cheaper from memory).

 

Initially available on transparent yellow vinyl (like this one), and then on standard black vinyl, this version again features a nice gatefold design.  There is no booklet though so the track listings, lyrics and credits now appear on the inside of the case.

Brutal Planet 12" Vinyl Album

2010, Cargo Records, CARLP 168

This offering of Brutal Planet features a simple (and very shiny) sleeve with a purple disc housed in a seperate dust sleeve which includes some pictures, track listings and credits.  This version is understood to be limited to 500 copies but is not numbered.

Brutal Planet 12" Vinyl Album

2016, Cargo Records, CARLP 168

This latest vinyl offering of Brutal Planet is exactly the same as the above version (including the product code) only the disc is now a nice gold / marble colour.  Again, this version is understood to be limited to 500 copies but is not numbered.

Brutal Planet 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Cargo Records, CARLP 168

This latest vinyl offering of Brutal Planet is exactly the same as the above purple and gold versions (including the product code) only the disc is now green / turquoise in colour.  Again, this version is understood to be limited to 500 copies but is not numbered.

Brutal Planet 12" Vinyl Album

2018, Ear Music, 0212924EMX

This further vinyl re-issue of Brutal Planet by Ear Music features a black vinyl disc and is notable because it also comes with a CD copy of the album in a simple card sleeve.

 

Also included is a nice gatefold sleeve featuring artwork from the original CD release booklet (see above).  A double-sided paper inlay includes further original artwork and track listings and lyrics.  Additional artwork and credits are provided on the innner sleeve.

 

This edition is also limited to 3,000 individually numbered copies (of which mine is #1,349).

Gimme Promotional CD Single

2000, Spitfire Records, PRO 5038-D

This promotional CD features the radio and album versions of Gimme plus the excellent unedited 'exploding heads' video.

Gimme CD Single

2000, Eagle Records, EAGXS157

This CD single was released in 2000 and features the 'Radio Edit' of Gimme, Brutal Planet and the 'banned' video of Gimme.  It comes in a slimline jewel case and features the image of Alice standing on top of a building from the Brutal Planet album booklet.

 

The version of Gimme is the almost the same as that featured on the Brutal Planet album, but is about 30 seconds shorter and does not include the spoken 'Nothing's Free' segment in the middle of the song.

 

The banned video of Gimme (which is very good) is essentially the same as that viewed on MTV at the time, but includes the final few seconds where the heads of the boy band explode.

Blow Me A Kiss Promotional CD Single

2000, Spitfire Records, CD-PRO 5038

This promotional CD features the album version of Blow Me A Kiss.

It's The Little Things Promotional CD Single

2000, Spitfire Records, CD-PRO 5038-C

Brutal Planet US Promotional Sticker

2000

This large unapplied vinyl sticker was used to promote the Brutal Planet album in the USA.  It is slighly smaller than the artwork on the front of the CD album.