Flash Fearless Versus The Zorg Women Parts 5 & 6 12" Vinyl Album
1975, Chrysalis Records, CHR. 1081
This intriguing concept was a musical set to a comic book, both of which were provided as part of the same package. Although suggested otherwise by the title, there were no previous (or indeed subsequent) releases so Parts 5 and 6 are all that ever existed. Both Parts feature in the comic book that was included with this release.
I picked up my copy of this album from an excellent record store in Exeter and it is not only in great condition, but also includes the comic. The vinyl comes in a simple card sleeve with a Zorg Woman on the front and track listings and credits on the back.
Flash Fearless is a 24th century Superman-style hero from the USA who takes on the ranchy Zorg Women after his spaceship crashes on the planet Zorg. Thankfully, everyone speaks English so it's easy to keep up with the rather amusing storyline. Clearly, more editions were planned as Part 6 concludes with a cliffhanger ending!
Despite the rather obscure nature of the release, some high profile artists appeared took part. These included The Who's John Entwistle and Keith Moon, Justin Haywood of the Moody Blues plus Alice Cooper, of course, who appeared on 2 of the 11 all-new tracks (I'm Flash and Space Pirates).
These 2 Alice tracks were later included on the The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper boxset, offering fans the chance to have them on CD. Both tracks pretty decent and are well worth ensuring that you have them in your Alice music collection. It is also notable in that they are effectively his first tracks as a solo artist, as this album was released between Muscle Of Love (the last Alice Cooper Group album) and Welcome To My Nightmare.
Finally, I wonder if this project inspired Alice's The Last Temptation album some 20 years later?
I'm Flash 7" Promotional Vinyl Single
1975, Chrysalis Records, CHS.2069-A
This UK promotional vinyl single for the Flash Fearless soundtrack album (above) features Green Chrysalis labels, a paper sleeve and includes I'm Flash by Alice Cooper on Side A and Trapped by Elkie Brooks on Side B (which also features on the album).
The sleeve features similar artwork to the full album on the front but, interestingly, only mentions Alice Cooper. On the back, however, are pictures of both Alice and Elkie Brooks performing live.
Roadie 12" Vinyl Album
1980, Warner Brothers, K66093
Roadie is a 1980 film starring Meat Loaf and Kaki Hunter, with Alice Cooper also appearing as himself. This double vinyl sountrack features 16 songs from the film and includes the Alice Cooper tracks Road Rats and Pain (from the Lace and Whisky and Flush The Fashion albums respectively).
Inside the gatefold sleeve is an image of Alice in concert with track listings credits also provided on each of the 2 vinyl sleeves.
For Britain Only 7" Vinyl Single
1982, Warner Brothers, K17940
As the title suggests, For Britain Only was a UK only release to celebrate a successful Special Forces tour of 1982. The song did not feature anywhere else until The Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper boxset was released in 1999.
This 7" vinyl single features cream Warner Brothers labels, a card sleeve and includes For Britain Only on Side A and a live version of Under My Wheels on Side B (recorded at Glasgow Apollo on the 1982 Special Forces tour).
The sleeve features an image of a very gaunt-looking Alice holding a Union Jack flag whilst peforming live. On the back is an image of him from behind saluting the audience whilst wearing a jacket featuring a USA flag.
For Britain Only 12" Vinyl Single
1982, Warner Brothers, K17940(T)
This UK 12" vinyl single features cream Warner Brothers labels, a card sleeve and includes the same tracks as the above 7" on Side A and additional live versions of Who Do You Think We Are and Model Citizen on Side B (these were also recorded at Glasgow Apollo on the 1982 Special Forces tour).
The sleeve features identical artwork to the 7" release (above).
Prime Cuts VHS
1991, Castle Music Pictures, 5020741 605024
Originally released in 1991 on VHS format, Prime Cuts was an audiovisual biography of all things Alice Cooper, from the late 60’s up until the time of production (where Hey Stoopid was being recorded).
Included are rare live / tv performance clips from the Alice Cooper Group era (such as I’m Eighteen, where Alice is clearly a little worse for wear), interview footage and music videos for songs such as Elected, Department of Youth and Poison. A short video of the Hey Stoopid recording sessions featuring Alice and Slash is also provided towards the end.
Although it covers the Alice Group years, the release is very Alice-centric with none of the other Group members interviewed as part of the original release.
Prime Cuts also doesn’t cover much of the early 80’s period, Alice's problems with alcohol or his triumphant return via the Nightmare Returns Tour (something corrected in the later Super Duper Alice Cooper).
The interviews include the following topics of discussion:
> How the Alice Cooper name came about;
> How Alice Cooper first started out;
> How Alice met Frank Zappa;
> Shep Gordon interview;
> Clearing the hall at Lenny Bruce’s birthday party;
> The chicken incident in Toronto;
> Ballad of Dwight Fry as tribute to the Dwight Fry character;
> Bob Ezrin interview;
> Bob Ezrin’s importance to Alice Cooper;
> Slash interview;
> Glen Buxton;
> Dennis Dunaway;
> Mike Bruce;
> Neal Smith;
> Working with Salvador Dali;
> The broken down lorry and dead plan passenger publicity stunts in London;
> The Group’s break-up;
> Belonging to the Hollywood Vampires drinking club;
> Alice's drinking problems;
> On-stage executions;
> Ozzie Osborne interview;
> Alice's influence on the youth of today; and
> The success of the Trash album.
This VHS video is the original version and features and an image of Alice perorming live in top hat and coat. Amusingly, it also has an '18' rating which was rather over-the-top (even if it did unwittingly acknowledge one of Alice Cooper's greatest songs).
Prime Cuts LaserDisc
1991, Image Entertainment, ID8575CA
LaserDiscs were the first home-based optical media format and were introduced way back in the late 1970's. As you will appreciate from the images below, they were typically 12" in diameter meaning that they looked like a DVD, but were actually the size of a typical vinyl album. Unlike DVDs they were also double-sided, but with only about 60 minutes of storage time on each side, viewers typically had to change sides at least once per movie (Terminator 2, for example, came on 2 discs and required 3 changes from start to finish).
Although revolutionary at the time, and despite surviving for about 20 years, they failed to topple the monopoly of the VHS videotape due to the very high purchase costs of the players and discs (a good player could cost more than double that of an equivalent VHS player) and the fact that you couldn't record your own media on them. That said, the high image and audio quality meant they enjoyed (and in some cases, still do enjoy) a cult following amongst videophiles in regions like North America and Japan. The advent of the DVD around the turn of the 21st century acted as the final nail in the coffin for LaserDiscs.
Several Alice Cooper LaserDisc releases were made, incuding Trashes The World, Video Trash, Welcome To My Nightmare (the live show) and this version of Prime Cuts, which features the famous glam image of Alice holding a flower on the front. This is a quirky item and a nice nod back to the time when digital media was still finding its feet in the world.
Prime Cuts 'Special Edition' DVD
2001, Sanctuary Digital Entertainment, SDE3002
Prime Cuts was given a much welcomed 10th anniversary DVD reboot in 2001. This came in a nice tactile snakeskin fold-out case and included 2 discs complete with creepy interactive menus.
The 1st disc features the material from the original release (above) whilst the 2nd contains an interactive snakes and ladders game that provides over 80 minutes of all-new video footage as you successfully navigate the board (or just cheat by making creative use of your remote control). The rating was also reduced from '18' to a far more sensible '15'.
The new footage includes interviews from around the 2000 period with Alice, Neal Smith, Mike Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Dick Wagner. These cover the following topics, some of which were already brought up in the original release:
> The early days of the Alice Cooper Group;
> The Group members use of drugs and alcohol;
> The difference between on stage and offstage Alice;
> School’s Out;
> The constant touring schedule during the Group years;
> Billion Dollar Babies;
> The Muscle Of Love album and the subsequent break-up;
> No More Mr Nice Guy;
> Only Women Bleed;
> Lost In America;
> Alice’s drinking; and
> Glen’s passing.
The real highlight of the bonus material though is about 30 minutes of dress rehearsal footage from the Raise Your Fist and Yell Tour of 1987 and 1988, including:
> Dead Babies;
> Killer (including the gallows);
> School’s Out;
> Billion Dollar Babies;
> No More Nice Guy; and
> Only Women Bleed.
Also provided are the video for Poison (again), Lost In America and live performances of Elected (from the 1996 Fistful Of Alice sourced concert at Cabo Wabo) and Brutal Planet (taken from the Brutally Live release of 2000).
Finally, a 'Photo Gallery' feature, showing various shots of Alice throughout his career is provided (which is set to Poison).
Despite being nearly 20 old, and regardless of the subsequent launch of Super Duper Alice Cooper, this version of Prime Cuts remains a valuable addition to anyone’s collection.
'Alice Cooper' 3" CD Single
1989, Warner Brothers, 921132-2
This German 3" CD single comes in a simple card sleeve and includes the album versions of Hello Hooray, Billion Dollar Babies and Elected (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) plus the album version of School's Out (from the School's Out album).
This is an interesting, and rather bizarre release, considering that the CD was released in 1989 (about 16 years after these songs were first recorded).
Raw Magazine Compilation 7"
1990, Epic, XPS 239
This compilation 7" came free with a copy of Raw Magazine in 1990 and feature I'm Your Gun (from the Trash album) plus songs by other artists FM, Living Colour and Bad English.
The Ulitmate Clip Collection DVD
2003, SMV Enterprises, 2021569
This useful DVD features 9 official videos from the Trash, Hey Stoopid and The Last Temptation era (many of which have not been made officially availble before, or since). The tracks included are:
1. Poison (Trash);
2. Only My Heart Talkin' (Trash);
3. Bed Of Nails (Trash);
4. Feed My Frankenstein (Hey Stoopid);
5. Hey Stoopid (Hey Stoopid);
6. I Got A Line On You (N/A);
7. It's Me (The Last Temptation);
8. Lost In America (The Last Temptation); and
9. Love's A Loaded Gun (Hey Stoopid).
No notable bonus features are provided, but a fairly laughable biography and extremely basic discography (only covering the period between 1989's Trash and 1995's Classicks) are included. Also, no booklet is provided other than a simple 2-sided inlay.
Keepin' Halloween Alive CD Single
2009, Nightmare Records
This Halloween-themed single was initially only available to the masses via the official Alice Cooper website for a limited period (including a huge postage cost to the UK). Further copies were then made available in very limited quantities during Alice's 2-night residency at the London Roundhouse in November 2010. Fans purchasing it enjoyed the added bonus of every copy being hand-signed by Alice himself!
The CD includes 2 different versions of Keepin' Halloween Alive, the original song and a 'Cooperoke Mix' (which is better known as a karaoke version).
Keepin' Halloween Alive 7" Vinyl Single
2009, Nightmare Records
Not as rare as the CD version (above), but still cool, is this 7" vinyl single with it's glow-in-the-dark disc. This item is interesting in that it shares nothing in common with the artwork of the CD version. Also unlike the CD, the B Side is a live version of I Love The Dead (rather than the 'Cooperoke Mix').
It should be noted that this release was bootlegged (see image below), this release featured the cover of the CD version and was supposedly available in 7 different (mostly orange-themed) vinyl colours.
Peter And The Wolf In Hollywood CD
2015, Giants Are Small, 4794888
This unusual release features Alice narrating a modern, Hollwood-based, adaption of the classic Sergei Prokofiev composition Peter And The Wolf. The story lasts approximately 50 minutes with Alice featuring throughout as he narrates the story inbetween various classical music excerpts.
Alice speaks in a child friendly manner throughout but with the occasional snarl that we're so used to. Additionally, the producers also manage to include a small sample of School's Out (which is being played on a car stereo). The booklet features a picture of Alice and a complementary paragraph about him.
An iPad App was also produced, this featured the same narration as the CD but with animated graphics to watch as you listen to Alice. A short video clip of Alice recording his spoken parts can be seen in the end credits (see screen grab below). See here for more information on the App.