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Paranormal

Review Alice Cooper's new studio album, his first in 6 years, 'Paranormal' was recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin. The 10 track album also features a very special bonus CD a mini-album consisting of two brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings. 'Paranormal' also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.

'Paranormal' will be available July 28th and Alice Cooper will be touring the US through the end of June and then hit the road with Deep Purple and the Edgar Winter Band in August.
Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD

Review This special edition DVD feature from Alice Cooper includes the 1976 concert film "Welcome To My Nightmare" and, appearing on DVD for the first time, the 1975 TV special "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare".

"Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" is the rarely seen 1975 TV special that aired on ABC, in conjunction with the release of the legendary "Welcome To My Nightmare" album. The TV special stars Alice Cooper as Steven and Vincent Price as The Spirit of the Nightmare, and showcases every song from the "Welcome To My Nightmare" album, including Only Women Bleed, Department of Youth, Cold Ethyl and the title track.

"Welcome To My Nightmare" features hits and classic songs, including I'm Eighteen, School s Out, Only Women Bleed, No More Mr. Nice Guy and, of course, Welcome To My Nightmare. The nightmare vividly comes to life on the rock stage, bringing forth a plethora of skeletons, giant spiders, a cyclops, the "magic" movie screen and the voice of horrormeister Vincent Price, all designed to thrill you and keep you uneasy in your sleep.

TRACKLISTING DVD

Welcome To My Nightmare:
1) The Awakening
2) Welcome To My Nightmare
3) Years Ago
4) No More Mr. Nice Guy
5) I'm Eighteen
6) Some Folks
7) Cold Ethyl
8) Only Women Bleed
9) Billion Dollar Babies
10) Devil s Food
11) The Black Widow
12) Steven
13) Escape
14) School's Out
15) Department Of Youth

The Nightmare:
1) Welcome To My Nightmare
2) Devil's Food
3) Some Folks
4) Only Women Bleed
5) Cold Ethyl
6) The Black Widow
7) Years Ago
8) Department Of Youth
9) Years Ago (Reprise)
10) Steven
11) The Awakening
12) Ballad Of Dwight Fry
13) Escape
14) The Awakening (Reprise)
Many Faces of Alice Cooper

Review For those not wanting to plunk down $60 for last year's boxed set, here's an expanded version of the 1974 anthology Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits -22 tracks on one CD! Includes School's Out; Poison; You and Me; How You Gonna See Me Now; Only Women; No More Mr. Nice Guy; I Never Cry; Body; Elected; Eighteen , and more of Ol' Black Eyes' 1971-1990 best!
The Rise of Chaos

Review An essential figure in any history of the American grotesque, son-of-a-preacher-man Vincent Furnier served as a missing link between Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Marilyn Manson. As Alice Cooper, he helped make the pop world safe for morbidity and makeup, scoring a bunch of hits and misses along the way. Mascara & Monsters serves up a fairly rote chronology of Cooper's '70s singles, with the occasional B-side and 1989's "Poison" (cowritten by mainstream hitmeister Desmond Child!) thrown in for good measure. As such, the album doesn't live up to its best-of billing. "Dead Babies," arguably the best track on Killer, loses out to "Under My Wheels," while the garage-rock glories of the band's first two albums are also conspicuously absent. On the plus side, "School's Out," "Elected," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy" still sound great. If you're looking for easy access to those and numerous lesser singles, this collection will do the trick. --Bill Forman
Defying Gravity (Deluxe Edition)

Review Alice Cooper is an American icon and a Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer, with a career spanning over four decades. Known for outrageous and gruesome live performances - Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of multiple members including Vincent Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith. They broke big with their hit "I'm Eighteen" followed by a bigger single "School's Out" in 1972, and went gold with the 1973 with album, Billion Dollar Babies. Alice Cooper began his solo career with Welcome To My Nightmare in 1975 and continued to successfully complete 18 solo albums up through 2008.
Road Rage

Review 2017 three CD collection. In the early 70's, Alice Cooper was a five-member band that became one of the biggest exponents of glam rock and whose fame reached global proportions, with gold and platinum albums around the world. In 1975, the band broke up and Alice Cooper became a solo artist. The Many Faces Of Alice Cooper digs deep into the band's story and compiles for the first time in one single album, the works of the members of Alice Cooper after the breakup, in addition to paying homage to their impressive repertoire. We started with Michael Bruce. Michael recorded his debut solo album with a who's who list of guest musicians, including Alice Cooper himself. Neal Smith was one of the most spectacular drummers of the '70s, with his long hair and massive drums (he once competed with Keith Moon about who had the most tom toms on his drum kit) became a legendary figure. His debut album, Platinum God was also recorded in 1975 (at the same time as Michael Bruce's and Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice), and in it, both Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce were guests artists. As we can hear in the four fantastic songs that we included in our Many Faces, where Neal also sings. Dennis and Neal also teamed up with Blue Oyster Cult's Joe Bouchard to release two albums as a trio. In The Many Faces, we include them performing excellent versions of four Alice Cooper classics. In 1989 Dennis and Neal also joined forces for the Deadringer project and they released the album Electrocution Of The Heart, from where we include the song 'Double Talk'. To close this captivating chapter, we have the luxury of feature two songs from Killsmith, Neal Smith' most recent project, where he gets into an evil rock with a sound close to punk rock. On CD Two of The Many Faces we present Alice Cooper on her first solo tour, featuring several tracks from his then-new album Welcome To My Nightmare as well as versions of the band's hits, some of them with very interesting new arrangements. Finally, on CD 3 of The Many Faces we include most of the greatest Alice Cooper songs, both solo and as a band, in versions by artists that you can tell by their performances that are true devoted fans. Without a doubt, a delight for their followers.
We're All Alright!

Review Rock star opulence came to an explosive head in 1973 when the Alice Cooper Group hit #1 on the U.S. and worldwide charts with 'Billion Dollar Babies,' their sixth and most successful album. Produced by Bob Ezrin, it is also one of the best rock 'n' roll records of all time, and the subsequent tour became the biggest rock production to date. Capitalizing on the album's themes of good-old decadence and horror, the show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world's preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture.
Now, a few decades later, we have given Billion Dollar Babies the deluxe Rhino treatment - the complete remastered album in its entirety remixed by Ezrin himself.
Paranoiac Personality

Review Alice's third LP was their first to go Top 40. This is where they (with the help of producer Bob Ezrin) discovered their stomping, stadium-sized sound: the hits Eighteen and Caught in a Dream plus Is It My Body; Second Coming; Black Juju , and more!
Ritual (Explicit)

Review 15-CD boxed set that includes all of the albums that Cooper recorded with Warner Bros. Records.

The set is presented in a clamshell box and includes 15 albums, each one featuring the original artwork: Pretties For You (1969), Easy Action (1970), Love It To Death (1971), Killer (1971), School s Out (1972), Billion Dollar Babies (1973), Muscle Of Love (1973), Welcome To My Nightmare (1975), Alice Cooper Goes To Hell (1976), Lace And Whiskey (1977), From The Inside (1978), Flush The Fashion (1980), Special Forces (1981), Zipper Catches Skin (1982), and DaDa (1983).

Alice Cooper along with guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith recorded seven albums together, including four consecutive platinum records that culminated with the #1 album Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. This line-up generated indelible hard rock classics like I m Eighteen, School s Out, Elected, Hello Hooray, and No More Mr. Nice Guy.
The Mission

Review Out-of-print in the US. Warner.
The Brotherhood

Review If it weren't for Alice Cooper's onstage antics, Kiss, Marilyn Manson and Glen Danzig might have evolved into summery pop artists suitable for family picnics. Yet as Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits record attests, the grandfather of shock rock brought much more to the rock arena than boa constrictors and simulated decapitations. In addition to classic hard rock anthems like "I'm Eighteen," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," and "School's Out," Cooper unleashed rollicking barroom rockers like "Under My Wheels" and tugged at the heartstrings with cuts like "Desperado" and "Hello Hooray." In retrospect, his songs have more in common with the Who and the Faces than with Black Sabbath or Judas Priest. But his songs were filled with soaring choruses and grandiose horn embellishes that proved he could be larger than life both on and off the stage. --Jon Wiederhorn
Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD

Review Alice Cooper's new studio album, his first in 6 years, 'Paranormal' was recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin. The 10 track album also features a very special bonus CD a mini-album consisting of two brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce alongside carefully selected live recordings. 'Paranormal' also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.

'Paranormal' will be available July 28th and Alice Cooper will be touring the US through the end of June and then hit the road with Deep Purple and the Edgar Winter Band in August.
Paranormal

Review This special edition DVD feature from Alice Cooper includes the 1976 concert film "Welcome To My Nightmare" and, appearing on DVD for the first time, the 1975 TV special "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare".

"Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" is the rarely seen 1975 TV special that aired on ABC, in conjunction with the release of the legendary "Welcome To My Nightmare" album. The TV special stars Alice Cooper as Steven and Vincent Price as The Spirit of the Nightmare, and showcases every song from the "Welcome To My Nightmare" album, including Only Women Bleed, Department of Youth, Cold Ethyl and the title track.

"Welcome To My Nightmare" features hits and classic songs, including I'm Eighteen, School s Out, Only Women Bleed, No More Mr. Nice Guy and, of course, Welcome To My Nightmare. The nightmare vividly comes to life on the rock stage, bringing forth a plethora of skeletons, giant spiders, a cyclops, the "magic" movie screen and the voice of horrormeister Vincent Price, all designed to thrill you and keep you uneasy in your sleep.

TRACKLISTING DVD

Welcome To My Nightmare:
1) The Awakening
2) Welcome To My Nightmare
3) Years Ago
4) No More Mr. Nice Guy
5) I'm Eighteen
6) Some Folks
7) Cold Ethyl
8) Only Women Bleed
9) Billion Dollar Babies
10) Devil s Food
11) The Black Widow
12) Steven
13) Escape
14) School's Out
15) Department Of Youth

The Nightmare:
1) Welcome To My Nightmare
2) Devil's Food
3) Some Folks
4) Only Women Bleed
5) Cold Ethyl
6) The Black Widow
7) Years Ago
8) Department Of Youth
9) Years Ago (Reprise)
10) Steven
11) The Awakening
12) Ballad Of Dwight Fry
13) Escape
14) The Awakening (Reprise)
Live At Pompeii

Review For those not wanting to plunk down $60 for last year's boxed set, here's an expanded version of the 1974 anthology Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits -22 tracks on one CD! Includes School's Out; Poison; You and Me; How You Gonna See Me Now; Only Women; No More Mr. Nice Guy; I Never Cry; Body; Elected; Eighteen , and more of Ol' Black Eyes' 1971-1990 best!
Paranoiac Personality

Review An essential figure in any history of the American grotesque, son-of-a-preacher-man Vincent Furnier served as a missing link between Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Marilyn Manson. As Alice Cooper, he helped make the pop world safe for morbidity and makeup, scoring a bunch of hits and misses along the way. Mascara & Monsters serves up a fairly rote chronology of Cooper's '70s singles, with the occasional B-side and 1989's "Poison" (cowritten by mainstream hitmeister Desmond Child!) thrown in for good measure. As such, the album doesn't live up to its best-of billing. "Dead Babies," arguably the best track on Killer, loses out to "Under My Wheels," while the garage-rock glories of the band's first two albums are also conspicuously absent. On the plus side, "School's Out," "Elected," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy" still sound great. If you're looking for easy access to those and numerous lesser singles, this collection will do the trick. --Bill Forman
Many Faces of Alice Cooper

Review Alice Cooper is an American icon and a Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer, with a career spanning over four decades. Known for outrageous and gruesome live performances - Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of multiple members including Vincent Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith. They broke big with their hit "I'm Eighteen" followed by a bigger single "School's Out" in 1972, and went gold with the 1973 with album, Billion Dollar Babies. Alice Cooper began his solo career with Welcome To My Nightmare in 1975 and continued to successfully complete 18 solo albums up through 2008.
Paranormal

Review 2017 three CD collection. In the early 70's, Alice Cooper was a five-member band that became one of the biggest exponents of glam rock and whose fame reached global proportions, with gold and platinum albums around the world. In 1975, the band broke up and Alice Cooper became a solo artist. The Many Faces Of Alice Cooper digs deep into the band's story and compiles for the first time in one single album, the works of the members of Alice Cooper after the breakup, in addition to paying homage to their impressive repertoire. We started with Michael Bruce. Michael recorded his debut solo album with a who's who list of guest musicians, including Alice Cooper himself. Neal Smith was one of the most spectacular drummers of the '70s, with his long hair and massive drums (he once competed with Keith Moon about who had the most tom toms on his drum kit) became a legendary figure. His debut album, Platinum God was also recorded in 1975 (at the same time as Michael Bruce's and Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice), and in it, both Dennis Dunaway and Michael Bruce were guests artists. As we can hear in the four fantastic songs that we included in our Many Faces, where Neal also sings. Dennis and Neal also teamed up with Blue Oyster Cult's Joe Bouchard to release two albums as a trio. In The Many Faces, we include them performing excellent versions of four Alice Cooper classics. In 1989 Dennis and Neal also joined forces for the Deadringer project and they released the album Electrocution Of The Heart, from where we include the song 'Double Talk'. To close this captivating chapter, we have the luxury of feature two songs from Killsmith, Neal Smith' most recent project, where he gets into an evil rock with a sound close to punk rock. On CD Two of The Many Faces we present Alice Cooper on her first solo tour, featuring several tracks from his then-new album Welcome To My Nightmare as well as versions of the band's hits, some of them with very interesting new arrangements. Finally, on CD 3 of The Many Faces we include most of the greatest Alice Cooper songs, both solo and as a band, in versions by artists that you can tell by their performances that are true devoted fans. Without a doubt, a delight for their followers.
A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982)(11CD)

Review Rock star opulence came to an explosive head in 1973 when the Alice Cooper Group hit #1 on the U.S. and worldwide charts with 'Billion Dollar Babies,' their sixth and most successful album. Produced by Bob Ezrin, it is also one of the best rock 'n' roll records of all time, and the subsequent tour became the biggest rock production to date. Capitalizing on the album's themes of good-old decadence and horror, the show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world's preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture.
Now, a few decades later, we have given Billion Dollar Babies the deluxe Rhino treatment - the complete remastered album in its entirety remixed by Ezrin himself.
Hired Gun [Blu-ray]

Review Alice's third LP was their first to go Top 40. This is where they (with the help of producer Bob Ezrin) discovered their stomping, stadium-sized sound: the hits Eighteen and Caught in a Dream plus Is It My Body; Second Coming; Black Juju , and more!
The Singles (2CD/1Blu-Ray)

Review 15-CD boxed set that includes all of the albums that Cooper recorded with Warner Bros. Records.

The set is presented in a clamshell box and includes 15 albums, each one featuring the original artwork: Pretties For You (1969), Easy Action (1970), Love It To Death (1971), Killer (1971), School s Out (1972), Billion Dollar Babies (1973), Muscle Of Love (1973), Welcome To My Nightmare (1975), Alice Cooper Goes To Hell (1976), Lace And Whiskey (1977), From The Inside (1978), Flush The Fashion (1980), Special Forces (1981), Zipper Catches Skin (1982), and DaDa (1983).

Alice Cooper along with guitarists Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith recorded seven albums together, including four consecutive platinum records that culminated with the #1 album Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. This line-up generated indelible hard rock classics like I m Eighteen, School s Out, Elected, Hello Hooray, and No More Mr. Nice Guy.

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