Welcome To My Nightmare Era

Read my review of this album here.

Welcome To My Nightmare CD Album

Unknown Year, Atlantic, 81227 972639

This CD version of Welcome To My Nightmare comes in a jewel case and features only a paper inlay (no booklet) containing track listings and credits.

Welcome To My Nightmare CD Album

2002, Atlantic, 81227 43832

This remastered edition features tweaked tracks, 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, WPCR-14306

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 can 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 vinyl album (UK pressing) is a far cry from the last Alice Cooper Group album, coming in a basic card sleeve but it does of course feature the iconic artwork by Ernie Cefalu.  The inner sleeve is nice though and includes track listings, lyrics and credits on either side.

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album

1975, Atlantic Records, SD 18130

This USA pressing of Welcome To My Nightmare is the same as the UK version (above) but features green, white and red Anchor Records labels instead.  It also features the original 'Only Woment (Bleed)' hype sticker on the front packaging. 

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album

2010, Friday Music, 29421 18130

This 180g re-issue of the above release comes in gatefold form with the material from the original version cover sleeve transposed onto the centrefold.  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.

 

Unlike the initial Easy Action and Killer re-issues, this version was correctly pressed in the factory meaning you actually get the Welcome To My Nightmare music on it!

Department Of Youth 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, ANC1012

This UK promotional vinyl single features a paper sleeve complete with spider on either side and features Department Of Youth on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).

Department Of Youth 7" Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, 1C006-96379

This German 7" vinyl single features black Anchor Records labels, a paper sleeve and includes Department Of Youth on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).  The sleeve features the cover image of Alice from the Welcome To My Nightmare album set against a black background.  On the back is promotional material for the album featuring the original version of the artwork.

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".

Welcome To My Nightmare Promotional Jigsaw Puzzle

1975

This nice promotional item is the same size and appearance as the sleeve of the original 12" vinyl.  The front, however, is a neat 49-piece jigsaw puzzle (the pieces are still sealed together).