Love It To Death Era
Read my review of this album here.
Love It To Death CD Album (Warner Brothers 7599-27187-2)
This is a very basic CD in a jewel case. The insert has 7 pages containing 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 at the back featuring a short history of the band.
Love It To Death 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album (Unknown Year / Manufacturer)
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 ardunt fans only.
NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and be seen here.
Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album (1972, Warner Brothers K 46177)
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 1C 062-92 463)
This rare first pressing of Love It To Death is from Germany and 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.
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 have really inspired to push forward with this.
Thank you Chris, you're a legend!
This is the standard USA pressing on the green Warner Brothers label and features a matching dust sleeve. It is in excellent condition.
Eighteen 7" Promotional Vinyl Single (1970, Warner Brothers WB 7449)
This is the 2nd copy of Eighteen that Chris gifted me, a promotional copy of the above version on the Warner Brothers label. It is again in excellent condition.
Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single (1971, Straight STR S 7209)
The 3rd copy of Eighteen gifted to me by Chris is this stunning Straight label UK pressing. Again, it is in excellent condition and will be cherished along with the other copies for the rest of my days.