Welcome To My Nightmare Era

Read my review of this album here.

CD (Unknown Year, Atlantic 81227 97263)

This version of the album comes in a simple jewel case with white plastic trim.  There is no inlay so to speak with just a piece of paper present which provides the front cover and track listings / credit on the other side.

 

My Valuation: £10

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Remastered CD (2002, Atlantic 81227 43832)

This remastered edition features tweaked tracks, clear plastic, a much better booklet with a superb biography by Jeffrey Morgan and 3 'Alternative Version' bonus tracks...

 

Devil's Food is nearly 2 minutes longer than the album version yet doesn't include Vincent Price.  Instead there's a haunting instrumental section, very good but you couldn't possibly swap this with the album version.

 

Cold Ethyl is very similar to the album version but with slightly different instrumental arrangements.

 

The Awakening is also about 2 minutes longer than the album version with less prominent vocals and embelished instrumental sections.

 

Whilst the bonus material is welcomed none of it is essential.

 

My Valuation: £10

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Japanese Mini LP (SHM CD, Unknown Year / Manufacturer)

This Mini LP faithfully recreates the original vinyl and comes complete with CD sleeve with track listings, lyrics and credits.

 

My Valuation: £40

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Audio DVD (2001, Warner Brothers 8122-76785-9

Along with Billion Dollar Babies, Welcome To My Nightmare was the only other Alice Cooper album to receive an Audio DVD release.  Oddly, and in complete contrast to the Billion Dollar Babies version (and liner notes) almost all the features on the disc are accesible using a standard DVD player.  This makes this product much more useful as you get treated to an entertaining interview with Bob Ezrin and Alice plus a biography and credits (the photo gallery and lyrics feature cannot be accessed though).  

 

The interview is great with highlights being the Only Women Bleed clown story, the Vincent Price changing wording story ("you're Vincent Price, you can do whatever you want" jokes Alice) details of the Magic Screen prop plus some comments on Brutal Planet, which was released around the same time.

 

Sonically, this release features the original quadrophonic mix which can be played in 'Advanced Multi-Channel' stereo and surround sound plus Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

 

Although released around the same time as the remastered CD, this version does not include the 3 bonus tracks.  However, it does feature the same inlay, only this time in novelty clown size to fit the odd sized case.

 

My Valuation: £50

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Vinyl (1975, Anchor Records ANCL 2001)

The first Alice solo album vinyl is a far cry from the bizarre Muscle Of Love coming in a basic card sleeve.  The vinyl sleeve is nice though and includes credits and lyrics on either side.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Vinyl (2010, Friday Music 29421 18130)

This 180g re-issue comes in gatefold form with the material from the original version cover sleeve transposed onto the inside of the cover.  The vinyl now just slots into the sleeve provided in the case.

 

My Valuation: £25

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Only Women Bleed 7" Vinyl Single (1975, Atlantic 45-3254)

This single comes in a simple paper sleeve and features Only Women Bleed on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from Welcome To My Nightmare).

 

My Valuation: £10

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Four Tracks From Alice Cooper, 12" Vinyl (1978, Anchor Records ANE 7001)

The 4-track EP was released 3 years after Welcome To My Nightmare, come in a simple card sleeve, and features Welcome To My Nightmare and Department Of Youth on Side 1 and Black Widow and Only Women Bleed on Side 2 (all from the album Welcome To My Nightmare).

 

The rear of the sleeve includes some background / marketing text describing how this "EP projects Alice Cooper at his most ingeneous, compelling and outstanding".

 

My Valuation: £25

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