Live CDs, DVDs and LPs 2

A Fistful Of Alice Promo CD (1997, Guardian CDPP 006)

This promotional CD comes in a simple case with a 1/2 width inlay.  The track listings are the same as the UK version and the sticker on the back highlights the release date as being 16th June (1997).

 

My Valuation: £20

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A Fistful Of Alice Promo CD (1997, Guardian 724383308026)

This promotional CD is somewhat add as it comes with 2 discs, the first of which contains the entire A Fisftful Of Alice album (including the new only new studio track Is Anyone Home?) with the second disc containing, err, Is Anyone Home?  Quite what the point of this is beyond me but I guess this counts as a seperate single release of this song (even though it was never actually released as a promo or full single in any other way).  The second disc even has a seperate number, which is 708761181524).

 

Other than the double jewel case, and the extra promotional CD, the contents are pretty much identical to the officially released product (see below).  The only real differences are a pink banner on the front cover plus a white promotional banner on the main CD.   

 

My Valuation: £30

A Fistful Of Alice CD Album (1997, Guardian Records 724383308125)

A Fistful Of Alice was released in 1997 and was Alice's first official live album since 1977's The Alice Cooper Show (and therefore only the 2nd of his career at the time).  The show was recorded at the Cabo Wabo club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in June 1996.  

 

There are 13 live tracks (which include the expected classics) plus the excellent studio song Is Anyone Home?  The live show sees an out-of-character Alice talking to the crowd and being joined by special guests Slash, Rob Zombie and Sammy Hagar (who owned the Cabo Wabo club).

 

This version comes in a jewel case and features some nice images of a relaxed looking Alice (and his snake) hanging out on the streets.  Also included is a fold-out booklet featuring some images from the live show, track listings and credits.   

 

My Valuation: £10

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A Fistful Of Alice Vinyl Album (Year Unknown, Friday Music FRM 33080)

This rare 180g audiophile vinyl copy of A Fistful Of Alice was released in about 2010 and features  a gatefold design and 2 discs (including all the music from the original CD release).  Inside, are all the nice images from the original release.

 

My Valuation: £50 

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Live At Cabo Wabo '96 (2005, EMI 094633499324)

A fistful of Alice was re-released in 2005 under the revised title 'Live At Cabo Wabo '96', in reference to the venue that the live show was recorded at.

 

This version comes in a jewel case and ditches the nice original artwork in favour of more live photos.  Other than that, what you get here is exactly the same as the original release.   

 

My Valuation: £10

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Brutally Live DVD (2000, Eagle Vision EREDV156)

Brutally Live features Alice's Brutal Planet show at London Hammersmith Apollo on 19th July 2000.  It was his first live concert released on this format and made use of the new technology by offering viewers an alternative 'Alice Cam' on certain songs (by doing this, you get a view where the camera is fixed on Alice throughout).  Also provided, is a bonus video of Gimme from Brutal Planet, which is one of the last music videos that Alice ever shot and is really quite decent.

 

The Brutal Planet tour is special for me as it was the first one that I managed to see.  That said, the atmosphere at this show (which wasn't the one I went to by the way) is a little subdued with the crowd not participating as much as I like to see.  Thankfully though, the performance itself was great and it's really good to have this excellent tour captured in such good quality.

 

The release itself is very basic with a single disc housed in a standard DVD case.  There is no booklet, just a simple inlay containing track listings and details of the bonus content. 

 

My Valuation: £10 

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Brutally Live Collector's Edition DVD (2003, Eagle Vision ERDVCD001)

This re-release of Brutally Live provides the welcome addition of an audio CD, which contains audio of all but 5 of the tracks from the DVD (the ones missing being Pick Up The Bones, Dead Babies, Ballad Of Dwight Fry, I Love The Dead and The Black Widow).  

 

There is no inlay other than a simple piece of paper, which states the track listings of both the DVD and CD.

 

My Valuation: £20  

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Brutally Live CD / DVD (2014, Salvo Sound Vision SALVOSVX022)

This re-release of Brutally Live comes in digi-pack format and retains the handy CD / DVD combination of the original Collector's Edition (see above).  There's not a lot extra on offer here other than a small booklet containing some background information (written by Frank Daranjo).

 

As before, the CD does not contain all the songs from the concert with the likes of Pick Up The Bones, Dead Babies and Ballad Of Dwight Fry left out.

 

Rather subdued audience aside, this remains one of the best Alice tours captured on film and is well worth snapping up if you don't have it already.  It's still a shame that this isn't availble on Blu-Ray though.

 

My Valuation: £20

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Brutally Live CD / DVD (2015, Eagle Records EAGDV001)

This version comes in a jewel case and again features both a DVD and CD of the show from London Hammersmith Apollo in July 2000.  No booklet is included, instead you get a folded paper inlay containing track listings and credits.

 

My Valutation: £10

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Brutally Live DVD (2015, Eagle Vision Classics EVDVD168)

This budget version of Brutally Live is close in keeping to the original DVD release of 2001 and features the DVD only (there is no audio CD).  The perspex case features a double-sided insert containing the familiar artwork, setlist and credits.

 

My Valuation: £10

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Live At Montreux CD / DVD (2006 Eagle Vision ERDVCD036)

Live At Montreux is a recording of the Dirty Diamonds Tour show at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland on July 12th 2005.  

 

Compared to Brutally Live, this is a very different experience as the tour did not have a core concept and instead favoured a more stripped down rock and roll feel (this was in keeping with the approach taken by Alice at this point in time).  This is not a bad thing though with Alice and the band putting in a high energy performance, covering 27 songs, and the audience reacting well in return (especially to the big hits).

 

Following hot on the heals of the Brutally Live Collector's Edition (above), this release also providers purchasers with both a DVD and CD of the show, this was great as you could enjoy the music whether at home or on the go.  The only downside is that 8 of the songs from the DVD are dropped from the CD (Go To Hell, The Black Widow, The Awakening, Steven, Only Women Bleed, Ballad Of Dwight Fry, Killer and I Love The Dead).

 

In terms of a booklet, there is not a great deal on offer with just a fold out paper inlay featuring images from the show and a foreword from music biographer Michael Heatley.

 

Overall, this is a great offering and an essential for any Alice fan.

 

My Valuation: £15

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Live At Montreux Blu-Ray (2006, Eagle Vision ERBRD5004)

This version of Live At Montreux is on the high definition Blu-Ray format, which means that you get super-crisp presentation of the show (far better than the original DVD offering).  The visual appeal of Alice's shows means that recording and presenting in this format really pays off, with a very rewarding experience offered to the viewer.  

 

The audio CD is dropped from this version sadly, so it is best purchased as an enhanced addition to the original release rather than a complete replacement.  The booklet provided is almost exactly the same as the original release (just a little smaller).    

 

My Valuation: £15

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Live At Montreux HD DVD (2006, Eagle Vision ERHDD1004)

This version of Live At Montreux is on the ultimately doomed high definition HD DVD format (basically, the rival to Blu-Ray in the same way that Betamax video was to VHS) and is almost identical to that release (above) only that it comes in a slightly thicker red case.  

 

I have no means of watching this but can only assume that what is on offer is equally as impressive as the Blu-Ray version. 

 

My Valuation: £20

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Live At Montreux CD / DVD (2015, Eagle Records EAGDV012)

This version comes in a jewel case and again features both a DVD and CD of the show from the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2005.  The already basic booklet from the original release is present but dispenses with the photos.

 

My Valutation: £10

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Live At Montreux Vinyl (2011, Night Of The Vinyl Dead NIGHT123)

This excellent offering by Night Of The Vinyl Dead features the live show from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2005 that was previously released on DVD and CD format.  Understandably, not all of the 27 songs from the DVD release is provided on the 2 discs with the same 19 tracks from the CD version instead present.

 

This release is most notable due to its packaging.  Firstly, the gatefold sleeve includes a mirror complete with Alice snake eyes which allows the person holding it to look back at themselves looking (a little) like Alice himeself.  Secondly, the 2 discs are provided on fantastic glitter vinyl which look especially nice when revolving on your deck with the lights on.  The package is finished off with the original content of the DVD / CD booklet printed inside the gatefold sleeve.

 

This sought after release was limited to just 500 pieces (mine being number 122) and rarely comes up for sale.

 

My Valuation: £100

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Live In Switzerland Vinyl (2014, Back On Black RCV139LP)

This release by Back On Black has an identical track listing to the above version by Night Of The Vinyl Dead.  Although the concert is the same this one is titled as 'Live In Switzerland' which is presumably because not everyone knows where Montreux is!

 

The packaging, while nice, is not as good as the original release with the glitter vinyl replaced by white discs and the mirror replaces by an image of Alice.  The image of Alice on the front is zoomed out more than the Night Of The Vinyl Dead release (and more like the DVD release).

 

This is still well worth having if you missed out on the original limited edition version.

 

My Valuation: £25

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