Live CDs, DVDs and LPs 1

Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969 CD Album (1992, Edsel Records NESTCD 903)

The Alice Cooper live story begins with this excellent (but unofficial) live album was released in 1992 and features the Alice Cooper Group performing 8 live tracks at the iconic Whisky A-Go-Go club in Hollywood, Los Angeles.  Typically for an unofficial release, the year of the recording is wrong, and it is understood that this was actually recorded in July 1968 and not 1969 (e.g. before their first album, Pretties For You, was released).  

 

Included here are 7 songs that went on to appear on Pretties For You plus Nobody Likes Me, which was a regular live track but was never included on any of the Group's albums.  The recordings are crisp and clear and Alice is in good form, interacting with the audience on several occasions.

 

This CD version comes in a jewel case and features a basic folded inlay which includes an entertaining foreword by Miss Pamela of the GTOs (which is a good thing, as that's pretty much all you get).   

 

The eagle-eyed observer will note that the club's sign on the cover has a 'Y' missing.  According to the liner notes, this is because:

 

In the late 1960's, the Department for Alcoholic Beverage Control deemed it illegal to "Advertise" an achoholic beverage by including it on a club marquee.  Rather than change the name of his venue, owner Elmer Valentine opted to break the "y" off the neon, thus reflected in the cover art of this package.

 

My Valuation: £10

Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969 Vinyl Album (1992, Edsel Records NEST 903)

This vinyl version was released at the same time as the above CD and features a very basic sleeve design and black vinyl disc.  The inlay material from the CD version is not present (well, at least not inside my copy), which is a shame.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Live At The Whisky A-Go-Go 1969 Vinyl Album (2015, Manifesto Records MFO 45601)

This welcome, but no-frills, vinyl re-issue of Live At Whisky A-Go-Go 1969 comes in a simple card sleeve.  Other than that, all you get is the track listings and credits on the back, plus the foreword by Miss Pamela has been moved from the CD's inlay to the rear of the sleeve.  

 

The sticker on the front is misleading, as this is not the first time it has been released on vinyl (a pressing was also make in 1992, at the same time as the above CD). 

 

My Valuation: £25

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Alice Cooper CD Album (Unknown Year, Object Enterprises ONN 52)

This somewhat mysterious looking unofficial release features the Alice Cooper Group's performance at the 1969 Toronto Rock N Roll Revival (made famous for 'the chicken incident').

 

Sadly, the release is notable for the wrong reasons as 2 of the 8 tracks provided (Ain't That Just Like A Woman and Goin' To The River) aren't actually Alice Cooper tracks, they instead belong to Canadian rocker Ronnie Hawkins.  To make matters worse the other 6 tracks aren't correctly titled and bear no relation to the correct names, which are as follows:

 

1. No Longer Umpire (from Pretties For You);

2. Lay Down And Die, Goodbye (from Easy Action);

3. Don't Blow Your Mind (The Spiders);

4. Nobody Likes Me; and

5. Fields Of Regrets (From Pretties For You).

 

Putting the above aside, the recording quality is reasonable and it allows us to hear the Group towards the start of their journey to becoming the greatest rock band on the planet.

 

The release comes in a simple jewel case and features a very basic folded paper inlay containing track listing and credits.

 

My Valuation: £10 

Legends Alice Cooper CD Album (1994, Wisepack LECD 085)

This release is one of many different versions available of the above recording from the 1969 Toronto Rock N Roll Revival show.  It also includes the same incorrect track titles.

 

As with the above version, this is a very basic release and comes in a jewel case with just a paper insert.

 

My Valuation: £10 

Nobody Like Me CD Album (Unknown Year, Success 2157CD)

This is a further release of the above recording from the 1969 Toronto Rock N Roll Revival show.  It also includes the same incorrect track titles.

 

As with the above versions, this is a very basic release and comes in a jewel case with just a paper insert.

 

My Valuation: £10

The Alice Cooper Group, Nobody Likes Us (2012, Applebush CPSSPCD006)

This further version of the above recording from the 1969 Toronto Rock N Roll Revival show is definitely the one to have.  This is because it has the correct track names, features better quality audio and also contains a further 8 tracks recorded in San Francisco during the same year.  

 

It comes in a nice digi-pack which features images of Alice Cooper Group collector cards.

 

My Valuation: £20

Live On Air Vinyl Album (2017, Laser Media LM500) 

This rather random unofficial vinyl album features a basic card sleeve and includes 8 live tracks performed between 1971 (Under My Wheels and I'm Eighteen) to 1992 (The Black Widow).  No details are provided on what shows the recordings are from.

 

The vinyl itself is a thing of beauty, looking a bit like a piece of candy due to it's red, white and blue marble effect design.

 

My Valuation: £30

Mar Y Sol CD Album (2017, Applebush CPSSPCD008)

This unofficial release features the Alice Cooper Group's radio broadcast performance at the Mar Y Sol Pop Festival in Puerto Rico on 02nd April 1972.  This is essentially the same show as that provided on the 'Killer In St. Louis' vinyl and CD in the Old School Boxset (although obviously from a different show), but it is good to have another version to listen to.  The recording quality is good and the Group obviously put on a great show as always.

 

This CD version comes in a mini LP gatefold design and includes an interesting foreword by Steve Pitt of Dirter Promotions on the inside.  Also provided is a small bookletfeaturing some images from the era and credits.

 

My Valuation: £20

Mar Y Sol Vinyl Album (2017, Applebush CPSSPLP008)

This terrific vinyl release of Mar Y Sol was limited to 500 copies, comes in a glossy gatefold sleeve and features 2 shiny black vinyl discs.  Inside the gatefold sleeve is a great picture of Alice 'hanging around' and on the back another great one of the Group together, with Glen holding up a superimposed snake.  A large inlay card contains the same photos and credits as the above CD version.  

 

This is increadibly good for an unofficial release and well worth finding a copy.

 

My Valuation: £50

The Alice Cooper Show CD Album (Unknown Year, Warner Bros 256 439)

The Alice Cooper Show is a live album which was recorded during the 1977 'King Of The Silver Screen' tour at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.  It was the first official live album featuring either the original Alice Cooper group or solo Alice.

 

This early CD release comes in a jewel case and features a small booklet containing track listings, credits, a short biography and some images of the show.

 

My Valuation: £10

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The Alice Cooper Show Japanese Mini LP (SHM CD, Unknown Year / Manufacturer)

This SHM CD faithfully mimics the original vinyl in minature and includes the sleeve complete with scattered credits on it.  Just like the original vinyl the material on the rear of the case reads upside down if flipped in the traditional horizontal method.

 

My Valuation: £40

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The Alice Cooper Show Vinyl Album (1977, Warner Bros WB 56439)

This vinyl version of The Alice Cooper Show comes in a simple sleeve design and appears to be a German or French version based on the text on the sleeve.  Interestingly, the case needs to be flipped at the top otherwise the rear side reads upside down.

 

This copy features a dust sleeve with scattered credits and photos on either side.  Also on the front is a star logo stating 'Recorded Live On The 1977 Tour', this is not present on any other copies of mine.

 

My Valuation: £15

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The Alice Cooper Show Vinyl Album (1977, Warner Bros K56439)

This version comes in a simple sleeve design.  As with the other example above, the case needs to be flipped at the top otherwise the rear side reads upside down.

 

This copy does not have the dust sleeve featuring the scattered credits although I'm not sure if it was originally included or not.

 

My Valuation: £20

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The Alice Cooper Show Vinyl Album (2013, Friday Music 29421 31380)

This re-issue by Friday Music is most welcome as it means that all the original Alice Cooper group albums have now been released on 180g vinyl format.  

 

This copy comes in gatefold sleeve design, which is different to the original album, with the material previously used on the dust sleeve now printed inside the case.

 

My Valuation: £20 

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Alone In His Nightmare CD Album (2011, Smokin' SMCD903)

This CD features a recording of Alice's Welcome To My Nightmare tour show at Great Western Forum, Los Angeles on 18th June 1975.  The recording, which was originally made for a live radio broadcast on the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' show, is of good quality and this means we get to hear Alice on top form as he performs the tracks from his stellar new album.  

 

Included inside is a basic paper booklet featuring a background on Welcome To My Nightmare and the supporting tour.  

 

My Valuation: £10

Alone In His Nightmare Vinyl Album (2013, Back On Black RCV055LP)

This vinyl version of Alone In His Nightmare by Back On Black was a limited ediiton release in 2013 and featured a gatefold design and 2 nice translucent red discs containing the same 20 tracks as the above CD release.  Inside the gatefold design is the same material provided in the the CD version's booklet.

 

The show translates well to vinyl with the heavyweight discs providing a good crisp sound.

 

My Valuation: £50

Slicker Than A Weasel Vinyl Album (2014, Back On Black RCV165LP)

Slicker Than A Weasel is a live album of a show originally recorded for radio broadcast during the 1978 'School's Out For Summer' tour at the Wendler Arena in Saginaw, Michigan. It later became a popular bootleg release, seeing various unofficial releases over the years.  Whilst still not an official release, this is probably the most polished version available and casual fans could easily be fooled into thinking that it was above board.

 

This release features a gatefold sleeve including some information on the show and 2 red perspex vinyl discs.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Transmission Impossible CD Set (2015, Eat To The Beat ETTB053)

This CD set features 3 live recordings of concerts that were originally subject to live radio broadcasts on the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' show.  The shows featured are:

 

1. Los Angeles 1975 (as featured in the above Alone In His Nightmare release);

 

2. Saginaw 1978 (as featured in the above Slicker Than A Weasal release); and

 

3. San Diego 1979.

 

The recordings are all of good quality and capture Alice as he plays some of his earlier solo-era shows in support of Welcome To My Nightmare, Lace And Whiskey and From The Inside.  Also included, of course, are many hits from the Alice Cooper Group years.

 

My Valuation: £15 

El Paso County Coliseum 1980 CD Album (2016, Zip City ZCCD040)

This interesting (and very unofficial) release features the first date from the Flush The Fashion tour on 04th June 1980 at the El Paso County Coliseum, Texas.  I use the term loosely though as a number of the tracks are actually from the 1977 Alice Cooper Show album (above) and formed part of a radio broadcast.

 

Most comical of all is a random medlee of Billion Dollar Babies and I Love The Dead, which features the same recording of the first track played either side of the second.  It's really odd and is likely to reflect some bizarre artistic license by the radio broadcaster!  

 

One thing's for sure is that it certainly results in a unique product.  The sound quality of the El Paso tracks is somewhat average but the positive is that we get to hear some songs from the era that rarely saw the light of day again (these include Grim Facts, Pain, Nuclear Infected, Dance Yourself To Death and Road Rats).    

 

The release comes in a jewel case and features a very simple booklet containing some images of Alice and a promotional poster for the tour, a sort biography plus track listings and credits.

 

My Valuation: £10

El Paso County Coliseum 1980 Vinyl Album (2017, Parachute PARA141LP)

This vinyl version of the above El Paso show CD comes in a gatefold sleeve and features 2 black vinyls covering the full 20 tracks from the show (1 housed in either end).  It's a fairly basic and unpolished package that is in keeping with the unofficial nature of the release.

 

My Valuation: £30

Extended Versions (2007, Sony BMG Music A706152)

It isn't clear from the packaging but this 'Extended Versions' CD is actually a compilation of live tracks from Sony's Alice Cooper catalogue.  This essentially means recordings from the Trashes The World Tour shows at Birmingham NEC, England in 1989 (2 shows covering consecutive days that were used for the Trashes The World Video) and Cincinnati Gardens, Ohio in 1987 (and not 1990 as indicated in the liner notes).

 

The track listings, and shows that they were taken from, are as follows:

 

1. I'm Eighteen (Birmingham)
2. House Of Fire (Birmingham)
3. Bed Of Nails (Birmingham)
4. Poison (Birmingham)
5. Under My Wheels (Cincinnati Gardens) 
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy (Birmingham)
7. Ballad Of Dwight Fry (Cincinnati Gardens)
8. Welcome To My Nightmare (Birmingham)
9. Cold Ethyl (Cincinnati Gardens)
10. School's Out (Birmingham)

 

The live tracks from the Birmingham shows had not previously been released on CD format which makes this release notable and, therefore, worth picking up.  The tracks from Cincinnati Gardens had all previously been released, as B sides on various Trash era singles.  

 

My Valuation: £20

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