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.
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!
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).
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 K56018)
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.
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!
Teenage Lament '74 7" Vinyl Single (1973, Warner Brothers K16344)
This German vinyl single comes in a paper sleeve with the same image of the Alice Cooper Group on both the front and back and features Teenage Lament '74 on Side A and Working Up A Sweat on Side B (both from the Muscle Of Love album).
Teenage Lament '74 7" Vinyl Single (1973, Warner Brothers K16345)
This single comes in a simple paper sleeve and features Teenage Lament '74 Only Women Bleed on Side 1 and Hard Hearted Alice on Side 2 (both from the album Muscle Of Love).
Muscle Of Love 7" Vinyl Single (1974, Warner Brothers 16374)
This French 7" vinyl single features a paper sleeve with artwork that closely resembles the Muscle Of Love album cover.
The black vinyl disc features the Warner Brothers palm tree labels with Muscle Of Love on Side A and Crazy Little Child on Side B.