I started listening to Alice with the first Nightmare album in and or around 1974. My dad liked it so much, he broke it. I liked it so much, I bought another and still play it regularly today. Nightmare is a classic and considering the dramatic change of musical gears from the previous band and Billion Dollar Babies, it is startling.
When I first listed to Nightmare 2, I was a little confused as to the connection on some levels to the first album. However, after reading the liner notes, the lyrics and listening to it a few more times, I have developed a great appreciation for it.
A major surpise for me was the fact that several songs are with Alice and the old band. Dunaway, Bruce and Smith are once again performing and writing on an album with the Coop. As well, Alice brought in Ezrin, who produced the first album and played keyboards as well. A lot of the old crew from years gone by are playing on the album, notably Steve Hunter who played on the original Nightmare album and tour. A huge guitarist when compared to Glen Buxton from the original band.
A particular highlight of the album for me was the duet between Ke$ha and Alice on "What Baby Wants". THis is a potential classic like the duet between Lita and Ozzy on "close my eyes forever". But this duet is driving and modern. Great vocals from both Alice and Ke$ha.
Guest appearance of Zombie as the carny huckster and John 5 as well as Kip Winger and many others. Great going Alice.