Welcome To My Nightmare Era
Read my review of this album here.
Welcome To My Nightmare CD Album (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.
Welcome To My Nightmare CD Album (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.
Welcome To My Nightmare 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album (2011, Warner Brothers)
This Mini LP faithfully recreates the original vinyl and comes complete with CD sleeve with track listings, lyrics and credits.
NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and be seen here.
Welcome To My Nightmare DVD Audio (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 'DVD Audio' 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.
Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album (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 track listings, lyrics and credits on either side.
Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album (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.
Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album (2018, Rhino Records RCV1 18130)
This 140 gram vinyl version of Welcome To My Nightmare was released in January 2018 at the same time as additional releases of Easy Action and Killer. Each featured different colour vinyl and production numbers with this one pressed in purple and being limited to 6,200 units worldwide.
This version faithfully recreates the original album (above) including the vinyl sleeve featuring track listings, lyrics and credits on either side.
Department Of Youth 7" Vinyl Single (1975, Anchor Records ANC1012)
This UK vinyl single has no sleeve and features Department Of Youth on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from Welcome To My Nightmare).
Department Of Youth 7" Vinyl Demo Single (1975, Anchor Records ANC1012)
Only Women Bleed 7" Vinyl Single (1975, Atlantic 45-3254)
This USA vinyl 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).
Four Tracks From Alice Cooper, 12" Vinyl EP (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".