Welcome 2 My Nightmare Era 2

Welcome 2 My Nightmare Classic Rock CD Fan Pack (2011, Future Publishing 1-858704-20-0)

Welcome 2 My Nightmare was subject to a limited edition release as a Classic Rock 'Fan Pack' in September 2011  (nearly a month before the official album release date).  The packs were available across the UK (at music stores and newsagents) and cost a very reasonable £14.99 with previous versions issued for artists like Slash and Whitesnake.  To entice fans, the following was on offer for the Welcome 2 My Nightmare version:

 

1. The CD album in exclusive digi-book format plus 2 bonus tracks (the exceptional Under The Bed and a non-essential live version of Poison from the 2011 Download festival).  The liner notes are the same as those provided in the deluxe edition;

 

2. A fantastic 132-page magazine entirely devoted to Alice, which included a track-by-track guide to the album, biography, reviews of historical releases,  a pick of the top 40 Alice songs from across his career plus some other interesting material;

 

3. Metal pin badge;

 

4. Double-sided Alice poster; and

 

5. Alice halloween face mask.

 

Furthermore, those who pre-ordered also received an additional double-sided poster with their name printed in small writing on one of the images.  Last but not least, some packs also come bundled with an unadvertised Alice make-up set (this may possibly only have been the case with the pre-order copies).

 

All-in-all this is an outstanding offering with the magazine and, of course, the album being the highlights.  Well worth the asking price and worth hunting out a copy from eBay or Amazon!

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Welcome 2 My Nightmare Classic Rock iPad Fan Pack (2011, Future Publishing)

Following hot on the heals of the CD-based Classic Rock Fan Pack came this innovative iPad App.  It essentially included the same content as the magazine from the original Fan Pack but with some great videos of Alice (in full make-up) thrown in for good measure.  Users are also treated to the promotional video of I'll Bite Your Face Off plus some footage from the iconic Club 100 gig from 2011.

 

Also included was a digital copy of the album and neat links to iTunes versions of Alice's back-catalogue.  There was, of course, none of the physical items that came bundled with the original Fan Pack but it was still good value for the £14.99 charge.  

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Runaway Train Promotional CD (2011, Nightmare Inc.)

This promotional 1-track CD comes in a jewel case with a simple paper inlay.

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I'll Bite Your Face Off Promotional CD (2011, Spinefarm Records)

This rare promotional CD comes in a simple folded paper sleeve and includes the single version of I'll Bite Your Face Off and the album version of Caffeine (the disc is a blue CD-R type offering).

 

The back of the sleeve includes the 2011 UK tour dates.  There is also a sticker on the clear wallet stating:

 

'I'll Bite Your Face Off' released August 22nd on Spinefarm Records

 

Alice Cooper pays tribute to The Rolling Stones on new single 'I'll Bite Your Face Off / Caffeine' released August 22nd, taken from the forthcoming album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' released September 12th.  Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the record picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.

 

'I'll Bite Your Face Off' delivers a Rolling Stones-esque groove featuring an iconic chorus that has already become a crowd favourite at Alice's live gigs around the world.

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I'll Bite Your Face Off 7" Vinyl Single (2011, Spinefarm Records LC 01846)

This nice looking picture disc features the single edit of I'll Bite Your Face Off (which is very similar to the album version only with the instrumental from the middle of the song shortened) and a live version of the song from the Download Festival at Donnington, UK on 11th June 2011. 

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