Muscle Of Love Era

Read my review of this album here.

Muscle Of Love CD Album

Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, 7599-26226-2

The Muscle of Love CD is a fairly basic jewel case affair with the original stained vinyl cover faithfully re-produced.  The booklet is also basic with more a few more images from the vinyl version plus the song lyrics, which is something I always welcome.

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Muscle Of Love 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers

Probably the best of all the Japanese Mini LP's, Musle of Love is again a near flawless replication of the original vinyl album complete with acquard size cardboard case.  As with the other releases,  I just wish the CD was designed to look like a mini LP.

 

A brilliant addition to any Alice Cooper collection!

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Muscle Of Love SACD Album

 2015, Audio Fidelity, AFZ5 229

This release by Audio Fidelity offers a hybrid mulitchannel 4.0 mix of the original album.  As with their Billion Dollar Babies re-issue, this features an SACD rather than the '24k' gold CDs that were used in their other Alice Cooper releases (e.g. Love It To Death, Killer, and School's Out).  

 

The packaging remains fairly true to the original, with a cardboard box effect sleeve and the 'Institute Of Nude Wrestling' insert.  There is also a small booklet provided which contains track listings, credits and original album artwork.     

 

This is a limited edition release and is numbered 1,372 on the back of the sleeve.  I'm not sure how many were produced but I assume it is 5,000 (like the other Audio Fidelity releases).

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

Muscle Of Love 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, K 56018

The vinyl release of Muscle Of Love is a real oddity due to the use of a thick cardboard box which is designed to look like a carton containing muscles.  The only problem is that they must have leaked which explains the amusing stain at the bottom!  

 

It's all very funny although the record stores apparantly weren't very happy with this release as (a) they weren't easy to store (b) didn't jump out to customers as an Alice Cooper album and (c) many of the customers who did work out what it was thought that the boxes were actually damaged.  For these reasons, the album has become one of the most infamous vinyl releases of the groups career with mint condition "undamaged" examples highly sought after.

 

My copy is pretty good with just a few signs of wear-and-tear on the box including a slight tear on the side.  Not a problem though and the vinyl itself is excellent plus the other items (2 sleeves and foldout) are all present.

 

Whatever your view on the album, this really is a must-have item for your collection.

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Muscle Of Love 12" Vinyl Album

2013, Friday Music, 29421 27480

This recently released 180g Vinyl looks good but was always going to be comprimised when compared to the original release.  Gone is the bizarre cardboard packaging of the original album in favour of a more traditional gatefold version.

 

The vinyl is excellent quality though and Big Apple Dreamin sounds especially nice!

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Teenage Lament '74 Promotional 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7762

This promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono and Stereo versions of Teenage Lament '74 (from the Muscle Of Love album) on Sides A and B respectively.  This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.  

 

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

 

The labels on either side are stamped with 'Property of WCAO Record Library' as this record was originally issued to WCAO Records in Baltimore, Maryland and, more specifically, iconic local DJ and emcee Johnny Dark.

Teenage Lament '74 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16344

This German 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes Teenage Lament '74 on Side A and Working Up A Sweat on Side B (both from the Muscle Of Love album). The sleeve has the same image of the Alice Cooper Group on both the front and back.

Teenage Lament '74 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16345

This UK 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels and includes Teenage Lament '74 Only Women Bleed on Side A and Hard Hearted Alice on Side B (both from the Muscle Of Love album).

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Muscle Of Love Promotional 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7783

This promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono and Stereo versions of Muscle Of Love (from the Muscle Of Love album) on Sides A and B respectively.  This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.  

 

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

Muscle Of Love 7" Vinyl Single

1974, Warner Brothers, 16374

This French 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Muscle Of Love on Side A and Crazy Little Child on Side B (both from the Muscle Of Love album).  

 

The front of the sleeve has artwork that closely resembles the Muscle Of Love album cover and on the back is promotional material for 4 of the Alice Cooper Group's albums (Killer, School's Out, Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle Of Love).