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Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
is the eighth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in March 1975. This was Alice Cooper's first solo album (all previous Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
releases were band efforts), and his only album for the Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
label. The ensuing tour was one of the most over-the-top excursions of that era. Most of Lou Reed’s band joined Cooper for this record. It is a concept album; the songs, heard in sequence, form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven. It inspired the Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special and a worldwide concert tour in 1975, and the Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
concert film in 1976. A sequel, Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Welcome 2 My Nightmare
was released in 2011. The cover artwork was created by Drew Struzan
Drew Struzan
for Pacific Eye & Ear. Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
would later rank it ninetieth on the list of the “Top 100 Album
Album
Covers Of All Time”.[1] The remastered CD version adds three alternate version bonus tracks. Famed film actor of the horror genre Vincent Price
Vincent Price
provided a monologue in the song "Devil's Food". The original version of “Escape” was recorded by The Hollywood Stars for their shelved 1974 album “Shine Like a Radio”, which was finally released in 2013.[2][3] The ballad "Only Women Bleed", released as a single, is a song originally composed by guitarist Dick Wagner for his late-60s band The Frost, with a new title provided by Cooper and revised lyrics written by Wagner and Cooper.[4]

Contents

1 Reception 2 Track listing 3 Personnel 4 Charts 5 Stage adaption 6 Cover versions 7 References 8 External links

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [5]

Rolling Stone (mixed)[6]

Robert Christgau B−[7]

Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
received generally mixed reviews upon release. Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
called the album “a TV soundtrack that sounds like one. The horn parts are so corny you might imagine that you’re listening to the heavy-metal Ann-Margret.” He noted the absence of the original Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
band, stating, “without the wildness and drive of the sound the Cooper troupe had, the gimmicks on which Alice the performer must rely are flat and obvious.” He concluded by saying that it “is simply a synthesis of every mildly wicked, tepidly controversial trick in the Cooper handbook. But in escaping from the mask of rock singer which he claimed he found so confining, Cooper has found just another false face.”[6] In addition, Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
rated the album a B- grade, stating that it “actually ain’t so bad – no worse than all the others.” He stated that the varying compositions of the songs would potentially cause the album to influence younger listeners, saying: "Alice's nose for what the kids want to hear is as discriminating as it is impervious to moral suasion, so perhaps this means that the more obvious feminist truisms have become conventional wisdom among at least half our adolescents."[7] However, a retrospective review by Allmusic’s Greg Prato was more positive. Prato considered the album Cooper's best solo work, despite the absence of the original band: “While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC lineup, Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
remains Alice’s best solo effort – while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there's plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around.” However, he maintained that “the rockers serve as the album’s foundation – “Devil's Food,” “The Black Widow,” “Department of Youth,” and “Cold Ethyl” are all standouts, as is the more tranquil yet eerie epic “Steven.” He concluded by comparing the album to Cooper’s subsequent solo efforts by stating: “Despite this promising start to Cooper’s solo career, the majority of his subsequent releases were often not as focused and were of varying quality.”[5] The New York Times, describing the subsequent tour, said that Cooper was much tougher than he looked in concert.[8] Since its release, Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
has become the most-represented album in Alice Cooper’s concert setlists, accounting for, even including concerts from before its release, 15.7 percent of all the songs he has played live[9] – a proportion which of course will be much larger counting only shows since the album’s composition and release. It is the last album from which every song has been performed live, although “The Awakening” was never played until the Trash Tour on November 21, 1989;[10] whilst “Some Folks”[11] and “Escape”[12] were never performed after the album’s support tour apart from a handful of performances of the latter song in 2001. Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Welcome to My Nightmare" Cooper, Wagner 5:19

2. "Devil's Food" Cooper, Ezrin, Kelley Jay 3:38

3. "The Black Widow" Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin 3:37

4. "Some Folks" Cooper, Gordon, Ezrin 4:19

5. "Only Women Bleed" Cooper, Wagner 5:49

6. "Department of Youth" Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin 3:18

7. "Cold Ethyl" Cooper, Ezrin 2:51

8. "Years Ago" Cooper, Wagner 2:51

9. "Steven" Cooper, Ezrin 5:52

10. "The Awakening" Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin 2:25

11. "Escape" Cooper, Fowley, Anthony 3:20

2002 CD reissue bonus tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length

12. "Devil's Food" (alternate version) Cooper, Ezrin, Jay 5:13

13. "Cold Ethyl" (alternate version) Cooper, Ezrin 2:56

14. "The Awakening" (alternate version) Cooper, Wagner, Ezrin 4:20

Personnel[edit]

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
- Vocals Dick Wagner - Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Steve Hunter
Steve Hunter
- Electric and Acoustic Guitar Prakash John - Bass Pentti "Whitey" Glan - Drums

Additional personnel

Bob Ezrin
Bob Ezrin
- Synthesizer, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer Jozef Chirowski - Keyboards, Clavinet, Vocals, Fender Rhodes Tony Levin
Tony Levin
- Bass on "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "Escape" Johnny "Bee" Badanjek - Drums on "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "Escape" Drew Struzan
Drew Struzan
- Artwork Gerry Lyons - Vocals Vincent Price
Vincent Price
- The Curator Jeffrey Morgan - liner notes (reissue)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak Position

Billboard Pop Albums 5

Singles

Year Title Chart Position

1975 "Only Women Bleed" (released as "Only Women") Billboard Hot 100 12

1975 "Department of Youth" Billboard Hot 100 67

1975 "Welcome to My Nightmare" Billboard Hot 100 45

Stage adaption[edit] Cooper talked with Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
over the theatrical adaption of his album,[13] although there has been little traction on this since 2010. Cover versions[edit] The 1999 tribute album Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper includes covers of "Cold Ethyl" by Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Mike Inez, Billy Sheehan
Billy Sheehan
and Simon Phillips and "The Black Widow" by Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Tony Franklin, Tommy Aldridge
Tommy Aldridge
and David Glen Eisley. The album also includes covers of the title track and "Only Women Bleed". All four tracks also feature the album's producer, Bob Kulick. Tori Amos covered "Only Women Bleed" as a B-side to the title track of her 2001 album Strange Little Girls. References[edit]

^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album
Album
Covers". Rate Your Music. 1991-11-14. Retrieved 2012-01-12.  ^ "MorleyViews: Kim Fowley
Kim Fowley
(Part One)". AntiMusic.com.  ^ "Shine Like a Radio: The Great Lost 1974 album". Light In The Attic Records.  ^ Weber, Barry. " Only Women Bleed - Alice Cooper : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-13.  ^ a b Prato, Greg. " Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
- Alice Cooper". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2012.  ^ a b Marsh, Dave (April 25, 1975). "Welcome To My Nightmare". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 13, 2012.  ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Alice Cooper". Retrieved May 13, 2012.  ^ “ Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Blends Rock With Theatrics.”The New York Times, May 7, 1975: p. 48. ^ Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Setlists; Album
Album
Statistics ^ Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Setlists; ‘The Awakening’ ^ Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Setlists; ‘Some Folks’ ^ Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Setlists; ‘Escape’ ^ Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
to Give Broadway Nightmares?

External links[edit]

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Welcome To My Nightmare Tour Program Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
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Original band members Former solo band members

Studio albums

Pretties for You
Pretties for You
(1969) Easy Action
Easy Action
(1970) Love It to Death
Love It to Death
(1971) Killer (1971) School's Out (1972) Billion Dollar Babies
Billion Dollar Babies
(1973) Muscle of Love
Muscle of Love
(1973) Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1975) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Goes to Hell (1976) Lace and Whiskey
Lace and Whiskey
(1977) From the Inside (1978) Flush the Fashion
Flush the Fashion
(1980) Special
Special
Forces (1981) Zipper Catches Skin
Zipper Catches Skin
(1982) DaDa
DaDa
(1983) Constrictor (1986) Raise Your Fist and Yell
Raise Your Fist and Yell
(1987) Trash (1989) Hey Stoopid
Hey Stoopid
(1991) The Last Temptation (1994) Brutal Planet
Brutal Planet
(2000) Dragontown
Dragontown
(2001) The Eyes of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2003) Dirty Diamonds
Dirty Diamonds
(2005) Along Came a Spider (2008) Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Welcome 2 My Nightmare
(2011) Hollywood Vampires (2015, Hollywood Vampires album) Paranormal (2017)

Live albums

The Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Show (1977) Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go, 1969 (1987, recorded 1969) A Fistful of Alice
A Fistful of Alice
(1997) Brutally Live (2000) Live at Montreux 2005 (2006)

Singles

"Reflected" "I'm Eighteen" "Caught in a Dream" "Under My Wheels" "Be My Lover" "School's Out" "Elected" "Hello Hooray" "No More Mr. Nice Guy" "Billion Dollar Babies" "Halo of Flies" "Teenage Lament '74" "Only Women Bleed" "Department of Youth" "Welcome to My Nightmare" "I Never Cry" "You and Me" "How You Gonna See Me Now" "Clones (We're All)" "7 and 7 Is" "I Am the Future" "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" "Teenage Frankenstein" "Freedom" "Poison" "Bed of Nails" "House of Fire" "Only My Heart Talkin'" "Hey Stoopid" "Love's a Loaded Gun" "Feed My Frankenstein" "Lost in America" "It's Me" "Brutal Planet" "Gimme" "Keepin' Halloween Alive"

Compilations and box sets

School Days: The Early Recordings (1973) Greatest Hits (1974) Prince of Darkness (1989) The Beast of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1989) Science Fiction Classicks
Classicks
(1995) The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1999) Mascara and Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2001) The Definitive Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2001) The Essentials: Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2002) Hell Is
Hell Is
(2002) School's Out and Other Hits (2004)

Videography

Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1974) The Nightmare (1975) Welcome to My Nightmare
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1976, filmed 1975) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
and Friends (1978, filmed 1977) The Strange Case of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(1979) The Nightmare Returns (1987, filmed 1986) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
Trashes the World
Trashes the World
(1990, filmed 1989) Brutally Live (2000) Live at Montreux 2005 (2006, filmed 2005) Super Duper Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
(2014, documentary)

Tours

Welcome to My Nightmare Tour (21.3.1975 – 4.4.1977) Theatre of Death Tour (31.7.2009 – 27.11.2010) Masters of Madness Tour (1.6.2013 – 21.7.2013)

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