Love It To Death Era

Read my review of this album here.

Love It To Death CD Album

1990, Warner Brothers, 7599-27187-2

This is a very basic CD in a jewel case.  The 8-page booklet features track titles, credits and a replica of the original vinyl centrefold (featuring a closeup of Alice's eyes complete with makeup).  There is a useful 'Notes' page featuring a short history of the Alice Cooper Group.  
 
Also provided is a promotional booklet advertising the rest of 'The Alice Cooper Collection'. 

Love It To Death 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers

As with all of the Japanese SHM CD's, this version faithfully recreates the original vinyl release (this includes the once banned thumb front cover).  Love It To Death was a fairly basic release on the first place so this is obviously reflected here.

Love It To Death '24KT + Gold' CD Album

2009, Audio Fidelity, AFZ 057

This version of Love It To Death comes on a '24KT+ Gold' CD, which is stated as having a superior quality to standard aluminium discs.  Additionally, the original recording has been subject to digital remastering to provide a "warmer" sound.

 

Quite what improvement the above has had on an already classic album is, in my opinion, questionable.  I'm no expert when it comes to the technical merits of remastering music, however, what is presented here merely sounds slightly different rather than better to me.

 

The inlay is nothing to write home about with just a fold out sheet featuring stock images plus some of the disc labels of the original vinyl release.  The gold CD is beautiful though.

 

The Audio Fidelity releases are quite hard to come by (they were limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies, of which this is 3,178) and do not come cheap.  Bearing in mind the limited improvements on offer these releases are for ardent fans only.

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

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, K46177

This is a fairly basic gatefold album with a centrefold featuring a large image of Alice's eyes complete with makeup.  The vinyl slides into the right side under Alice's left eye.  This is a censored copy with Alice's thumb removed from the cover.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1971, Straight Records, 1C 062-92 463

This German first pressing of Love It To Death features the infamous banned thumb cover, which was quickly removed from later versions.

 

The most interesting aspect of this release is that it is on the Straight label and features the alternative pink, white and black disc labels (these were again quickly replaced by Warner Bros labels).  This copy includes a banner on the front advertising that the album includes 'Their Hit "I'm Eighteen".

 

The record and case are both in very good condition bearing in mind that they are now well over 40 years old.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WS 1883

Another much welcomed 180 gram re-issue with the original thumb cover restored to its rightful place.  Gone is the gatefold design of the original album (in favour of a more basic sleeve) but it's still good to have a new copy of this classic record.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Warner Brothers, RCV1 1883

This 180 gram vinyl re-issue of Love It To Death features a gatefold sleeve design (which closely resembles the original release, above) and a nice black and white swirl vinyl.  The disc features the familiar green Warner Bros labels and was limited to 6,500 copies worldwide.  

 

It was released as part of the 2017 'Rocktober' event along with re-issues of Pretties For You and Special Forces, all of which followed on from the 2016 Rocktober re-issue of Billion Dollar Babies.

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

1970, Warner Brothers, WB 7449

I was extremely fortunate to be gifted 3 vinyl versions of the Eighteen / (Is It My) Body single by hardcore Alice Cooper Group fan Chris Daniels in 2017.

 

Chris and I became friends through our mutual love of the Live From The Astroturf release, which also features Eighteen and Body, and he undoubtably has the best fan-kept collection in the world of them (at last count he had 12 different copies, including 1 of every variant).  He also has an incredible range of early Alice Cooper Group vinyl albums and singles.

 

Chris had known for some time how keen I was to start building my own collection of collection of 7" singles (particularly for this release) and these fantastic gifts really inspired to push forward with this.  

 

Thank you Chris, you're a legend!

 

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Eighteen on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Eighteen 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1970, Warner Brothers, WB 7449

This is the 2nd copy of Eighteen that Chris gifted me.

 

This USA copy features green Warner Brothers labels, a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Eighteen on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Straight Records, STR S 7209

This is the 3rd copy of Eighteen that Chris gifted me.

 

This UK 7" vinyl single features pink Straight labels and includes Eighteen on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, GWB 7141

This USA 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels and includes Eighteen on Side A and Caught In A Dream on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

 

The year of release is not known, but it likely to have been some years after the original releases of Eighteen (above) and Caught In A Dream (below). My guess would be around the mid to late '70s.

Caught In A Dream 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Warner Brothers, WS 7490

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Caught In A Dream on Side A and Hallowed Be My Name on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).  

 

Each label includes an 'Intro' time, which helped DJs to understand how long they had to introduce a song prior to the lyrics beginning.

Caught In A Dream 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Warner Brothers, WS 7490

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels and includes Caught In A Dream on Side A and Hallowed Be My Name on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).