Trash Era 1

Trash CD Album (2014, Cherry Red Records HNECD031)

Released in January 2014, this re-issue is similar to the offering by Cherry Red Records a few months earlier for Hey Stoopid.  This album again comes in digi-pack format which unfolds to reveal both the CD and artwork from the Trash era.  There's also another excellent booklet (with more historical imagery) presented by journalist Malcolm Dome, which gives a good insight into the album.

 

There are 2 bonus tracks included.  Firstly, there's a radio edit of Only My Heart Talkin' which is merely a shorter version of that from the album and, therefore, of no major excitment.  The 2nd track, I Got a Line On You (a Spirit cover that featured on the motion picture Iron Eagle II), is a more worthy addition as it's previously only been freely available on the Life And Crimes Of Alice Cooper Box Set.  It's also a fine song so it's good to see it included on the album that's chronologically closest to it.

 

As with the Hey Stoopid release, it's a shame that more exciting content (demos) couldn't be dug up but I understand why this may not be possible.  It's still worth snapping up though as it's better than the original release.

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Trash 'Blue Spec' CD Album (2014, Epic SICP 30668)

This interesting 'state-of-the-art' Japanese Blue-Spec release features the same track listings as the 2014 Cherry Red Records version (see above) but in a traditional jewel case and a far less interesting black and white booklet.

 

Blue-spec CDs promise reduced distortion due to the use of a blue laser to create more precise pits (e.g. manufacured in similar way to blu-rays).  I can't personally hear much difference between this and a standard recording, however, someone using more expensive kit may be able to.  And before you ask, no, the CD is not blue, it's the same as a normal disc.

 

The booklet is very dissapointing with 4 pages of japanese on Alice's history followed by both english and Japanese lyrics.  There are no pictures at all other than that shown above on the back of the booklet. 

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Trash Vinyl Album

Trash LP

Trash Vinyl Album (2013, Friday Music FRM-45137)

This re-issue by Friday Music is similar to the original 1989 release but in gatefold format rather than the more simple sleeve design.  Inside are the song lyrcis and credits which were previously provided on the vinyl sleeve.  

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Trash Vinyl Album (2017, Music On Vinyl MOVLP1862)

This re-issue of Trash by Music On Vinyl, is limited to 1,500 copies (of which this is #0393), has a simple card sleeve and has a vinyl insert featuring track listings, lyrics and credits.  The vinyl is a nice transulcent red colour.

 

My Valuation: £50  

Poison CD Single (1989, Epic 6550612)

This CD single comes in a simple card sleeve and features Poison and Trash (both from Trash), a brilliant live version of Ballad Of Dwight Fry (recorded at Cincinnati Gardens) plus I Got A Line On You (a Spirit cover that featured on the motion picture Iron Eagle II).

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Poison CD Single (1989, Epic 655165 2)

This novel release of Poison features flat-pack cardboard which, with enough skill and patience, can be transformed into a large poison bottle.  The intricate design features a slot in the side with which the CD can be safely housed.

 

The CD features the same 4 tracks as the above standard CD single and the CD itself actually has the same code number (6550612).

 

These are quite hard to come across these days, especially in good / complete condition as they are quite fragile and easily damaged.  Mine is in ok condition but is slightly mis-shapen at the top, and is also missing the pointed crown of the bottle top.  I've superglued it together to help maintain its structural integrity.

 

All-in-all, this is a pretty cool item but quite difficult to store! 

 

My Valuation: £50

Poison 3" CD Single

Poison 3" CD

Poison Promotional CD (1989, Epic ESK 1665)

This promotional CD comes in a jewel case with simple card inlay and features tha album version of Poison.

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Bed Of Nails CD Single (1989, Epic ALICE C3)

This CD comes in a slip case and features Bed Of Nails, I'm Your Gun (both from Trash) plus live versions of Go To Hell and Only Women Bleed (both from Cincinnati Gardens).

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Bed Of Nails 3" CD Single (1989, Epic 655318 3)

Much the same as the Poison 3" CD single, this perfectly formed mini single features Bed Of Nails and I'm Your Gun from Trash, a live version of Go To Hell and Only Women Bleed.  A rather random selection but a cool little package all the same.

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Bed Of Nails 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE 3)

This version comes on black vinyl and features Bed Of Nails and I'm Your Gun (both studio version taken from Trash).

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Bed Of Nails 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE B3)

This version is the same as ALICE 3 (above) only that it comes on "Limited Edition" clear blue vinyl.

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Bed Of Nails 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE G3)

This version is the same as ALICE 3 (above) only that it comes on "Limited Edition" green vinyl.

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Bed Of Nails 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE R3)

This version is the same as ALICE 3 (above) only that it comes on "Limited Edition" red vinyl.

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House Of Fire Promotional CD (Epic ESK 73085)

This simple promotional CD comes in a jewel case without any inlays and features just the album version of House Of Fire. 

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House Of Fire 3" CD Single (1989, Epic 6554723)

This rare 3" CD single includes the album versions of House Of Fire and This Maniac's In Love With You plus live versions of Billion Dollar Babies and Under My Wheels (both live at Cincinnati Gardens).

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House Of Fire CD Single (1989, Epic ALICE C4)

This CD single includes the album versions of House Of Fire and This Maniac's In Love With You plus live versions of Billion Dollar Babies and Under My Wheels (both live at Cincinnati Gardens).

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House Of Fire 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE X4)

This version comes on black vinyl and features House Of Fire and the live version of Poison from the Birmingham N.E.C. concert on 14th December 1989.  

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House Of Fire 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE 4)

Featuring a darker shade of silver to the above version, this release features House Of Fire and the studio version of This Maniac's In Love With You from Trash. 

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House Of Fire 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE Y4)

This version is the same as ALICE 4 (above) only that it comes on "Limited Edition" yellow vinyl.

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House Of Fire 7" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE R4)

This version is the same as ALICE 4 (above) only that it comes on "Limited Edition" orange vinyl.

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House Of Fire 12" Vinyl Single (Epic ALICE L4)

This 12" vinyl version features House Of Fire, Poison (live at Birmingham N.E.C.), Spark In The Dark (live at Birmingham N.E.C.) and Under My Wheels (live at Cincinnati Gardens).  This is, to my knowledge, the only official release of Spark In The Dark as a live track on audio format other than a rather ropey version that appears on the 'Legends' compilation CD.

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House Of Fire 12" Vinyl Single (1989, Epic ALICE P4)

This shaped 12" vinyl includes House Of Fire and the studio version of This Maniac's In Love With You (from Trash).  An unshaped version with clear surround was also released and featured the same 2 tracks. 

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Only My Heart Talkin' Promotional CD (1989, Epic ESK 73268)

This promotional CD features the album version of Only My Heart Talkin' plus a shorter radio edit (which fades out about a minute earlier than the album version).

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Only My Heart Talkin' 3" CD Single (1990, Epic 655758 1)

This 3" CD from Austria features the album version of Only My Heart Talkin' and a live version of Only Women Bleed from Cincinatti Gardens in 1987. 

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House Of Fire Japanese 3" 'Snap-Pack' CD Single (ESDA 7013)

Snap-Pack CD's were a Japanese only product and featured a long plastic core (featuring a 3" CD) covered in a paper wrapper.  If desired, the plastic could be snapped in half to form a smaller case.  All very odd really and no suprises that the idea didn't catch on in other territories.

 

This Snap-Pack release features the studio versions of House Of Fire and Poison (both from Trash) and includes the well known cover photos from the Trash and Poison covers.  The only other Alice Cooper related 'Snap-Pack' releases were the Only My Heart Talkin' and Hey Stoopid singles.

 

My Valuation: £25