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Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Vinyl)
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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2011 release from the veteran shock rocker, the much-anticipated sequel to his 1975 masterpiece Welcome To My Nightmare. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (who suggested that it was time for Alice to finally create this much talked about sequel) and features a stellar array of collaborators including three tracks performed with members of the original Alice Cooper band. Universal.
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The LP bonus track is a little staggering, though. A Bob Ezrin construction called "Flatline", it consists of the sound of a hospital heart monitor beeping and flatlining for 3 minutes and 30 seconds, with electronic sounds and music in the background. The only real bonus to this bonus track, perhaps, is that it pretty much conclusively answers the disposition of the album's main character. His fate, left somewhat ambiguous in the final vocal song, "I Gotta Get Out Of Here", is sealed.
Strictly musically speaking, this album will be very welcome to long-time die hard Alice Cooper fans. At long last, we have Welcome 2 My Nightmare. Yes, it really does harken back to the Alice Cooper sound of old. Yes, you can definitely tell when members of the original band are playing. Yes, these songs are very diverse. In fact Alice's sounds from many eras are revisited: disco Alice, rocker Alice, campy showtunes Alice, a slight nod and a wink to the stone ages and some Zappa-like inspiration. There's even surf-rock in "Ghouls Gone Wild", and elsewhere, a Kip Winger cameo. Unfortunately there also a bit of a modern touch: an unfortunate cameo by talentless musical saboteur, Kesha, and some electronic effects that I wasn't too into.
Regardless, Alice and Ezrin (let's give credit where credit is due, Ezrin is the George Martin of this album) have created here a modern masterpiece, a great record to cap Alice's modern career with one more undenialble winner.Read more ›
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And if you can, definitely go for the vinyl.
Of course, the presence of founding members Dunaway, Bruce, and Smith and the guitar stylings of long-time collaborators Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner is worth the price of admission alone... but just to keep things unpredictable, there are also appearances by Rob Zombie, John 5, Vince Gill, and Ke$ha, among others. Each of these artists manage to make a contribution that fits in seamlessly, without seeming like they were pasted in for the sake of publicity.
Those unfamiliar with Alice but wanting to try should also find this album very accessible. It is a modern record with a modern sound but carries alot of the flavor of Alice's classic 70's records, so it's a safe bet that if you're new to Alice Cooper, and you like this album, you will probably like alot of his other material, both new and old. I'm giving this album 4 stars instead of 5 because 5 stars are reserved for albums like Killer, Billion Dollar Babies, and the original Welcome To My Nightmare.