Billion Dollar Babies Era

Background

Billion Dollar Babies is the 6th Alice Cooper album and was released in 1973. It ranks as the best-selling album by 'Alice Cooper' and also received probably more critical acclaim than any of the others too. The reason for this is quite simple, it’s literally rammed full of hits and was to prove the very peak of the original Group's achievements (although their demise was already starting to take place behind the scenes). The School’s Out album was a massive overall hit, but this record managed to surpass it from both a commercial and artistic perspective. At this time, the Alice Cooper Group were probably the biggest act on the planet.

Billion Dollar Babies Album Cover

Billion Dollar Babies 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, BS 2685

 

This USA 12" promotional vinyl album of, probably, the most iconic Alice Cooper release comes supplied in a deluxe embossed gatefold 'Snakeskin Wallet' sleeve with rounded corners. When opened, it reveals a massive 'illegal tender' Billion Dollar Bill secured by a faux money clip and some perforated cards featuring each member of the Alice Cooper Group.

 

The inner sleeve features an image of the Alice Cooper Group dressed in white satin clothing surrounded by money and, err, white rabbits! Alice also holds a baby girl (Lola) who is sporting his signature snake-eye makeup. On the other side are track listings, lyrics and credits. Not known to everyone, further track listings and credits are provided inside the main sleeve, but you only see this if you detach the perforated cards.

 

As this is a promotional copy, it includes white Warner Brothers vinyl labels that state 'PROMOTION NOT FOR SALE'.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 56013

 

This German 12" promotional copy of Billion Dollar Babies is practically identical to the USA version (above) only that it features a unique-to-Germany purple hype sticker on the front and alternative white Warner Brothers vinyl labels that state 'Unverkäufl. Warenprobe ohne Wert' and 'Echantillon gratuit / Trade Sample' which, converted to English, reads 'Not for sale. Sample without value' and 'Free sample / Trade Sample'. Additionally, on the back of the sleeve is a small sticker which confirms the album release date (18th February 1973) and the the total running time of each side of the album.

 

The perforated cards on this copy have been previously removed, meaning that you can see the further track listings and credits underneath. These are set to a white background, which is the same as the USA version. 

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 12" Quadraphonic Vinyl Album

1974, Warner Brothers, BS4 2685

 

Both the Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle Of Love albums were subject to unique 'Quadradisc' editions in the USA. Better known as 'Quadraphonic' releases these provided a different, 4-channel, mix which were designed to be enjoyed using a 4-speaker set-up (effectively meaning that it was the first notable attempt at 'surround sound'). The downside of enjoying such audio pleasure was that it could only be fully achieved with a suitably expensive hi-fi / speaker set-up, meaning that this format never really landed with the mass music-buying market.

 

Unlike the Muscle Of Love Quadraphonic release, this version contains some fairly notable differences to the standard release. These have been documented in great detail by Alice Cooper Group superfan Anders Mossberg, who has kindly allowed me to share the information below:

 

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1. Hello Hooray 4:13 (same)
By the end you hear Alice say "I feel I know I am" which is not there at all on the regular version.
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2. Raped And Freezin 3:35 (regular version is 3:17)
The little line from Alice where he goes "OK boys" appear just before the guitar solo section
as opposed to between verses on the regular version.
Also you hear Alice sing "Alone with a bloody nose" at the end instead of "Alone down in Mexico".
The crowd effect that sounds like a crowd chanting "Alice" at the very end is longer in this version.
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3. Elected 4:21 (regular version is 4:04)
Alice's vocals appear in both left and right channel and are also stronger in the mix throughout the track.
Difference at the break section between 2.09 to 2.36 where the commentary voice is lower in the mix.
Note when Alice says Elected with Echo effect at circa 2.30 it is much louder in this version,
which makes it stand out much more, you hardly hear it on the regular where it's almost buried
in all the instrumentation. The ending is also longer (fade out starts later than the regular version). 
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4. Billion Dollar Babies 3:33 (same)
No significant differences found.
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5. Unfinished Sweet 6:14 (same)
On the regular version the music is slowly fading out for 20 seconds before fading back up for the
final seconds at the very end, this version plays all the way through at full volume without fades.
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6. No More Mr Nice Guy 3:05 (same)
No significant differences found. 
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7. Generation Landslide 4:45 (regular version is 4:30)
Only noticeable difference is the longer and different ending with Neal's drums closing the track.
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8. Sick Things 4:49 (regular version is 4:16)
Very different, starting with a fuzz-guitar instead of just Alice and the bass.
The fuzz-guitar continues throughout. Also has longer ending (fades out much later).
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9. Mary Ann 2:16 (same)
On this version there is a overall ambience sound that to me sounds like Alice is sitting
in the piano bar at a cocktailparty. 
You hear a crowd mumbling with glasses in the background... 
The piano is different too, and Alice's voice is in both channels.
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10. I Love The Dead 5:04 (same)
Starting at 2.57 and onwards there are different background vocals on the chorus going "Love - the - dead".
Sounding sort of like "demented 50's doo-whop background vocals".
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In terms of the packaging, it is less lavish than the main release (above) as it does not feature the gatefold design, embossed detailing, rounded corners or perforated cards (the Billion Dollar Bill is retained, however). A further version of this release, which includes the gatefold sleeve, is understood to exist though. The front of the sleeve features an additional Quadradisc logo on the front. Also, the disc features Warner Brothers 'Palm Tree' labels (rather than green), which include an extra Quadradisc logo and a slightly different code (i.e. BS4 2685 rather than BS 2685).

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, K 56013

 

This UK first pressing of Billion Dollar Babies is identical to the USA promotional copy (above) only that it features alternative green Warner Brothers labels. Additionally, the further track listings and credits underneath the perforated cards are set to a green background, rather than a white one.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, GX 01-600

 

This Mexican 1st pressing of Billion Dollar Babies comes in a simple card sleeve, which is a far cry from the super deluxe packaging found in many other territories around the world (see above).  

 

Notably though, the vinyl features distinctive gold bilingual Warner Brothers vinyl labels. This style of label is believed to have only been seen again on initial Canadian pressings of Easy Action plus Mexican releases of Easy Action, Killer and School's Out. I don't know why these were used instead of the iconic olive green labels, but they certainly make these releases unique.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Rhino Records, R 12685

Unlike some of the other 180g vinyl re-issues of the same time, this USA re-issue faithfully mimics the original release and comes complete with textured cover, perforated cards and billion dollar bill. This is most welcomed and a great addition to any collection.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 12" Vinyl Album

2016, Rhino Records, R 12685

In October 2016, Rhino Records launched a 'Rocktober' campaign featuring limited edition releases of 13 classic vinyl albums. Included in this event was Billion Dollar Babies, which was limited to 3,000 copies in the USA only.

 

This version is identical to the above re-issue with the notable exception that the black vinyl disc is replaced by a partially translucent green, yellow and orange marble swirl effect design. The effect is very cool and nicely compliments the theme of the original album.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 8-Track Album

1973, Warner Brothers, Y8K8 56013

This UK 8-track album features a green cartridge and includes the original cover artwork and track listings on the front. Another sticker on the back features a black and white image of Alice plus further track listings and credits. This copy also includes a matching green card sleeve.

 

One notable aspect of this release is that the track order is different to the usual arrangement, with the majority of the them appearing out-of-place. Also, the length of I Love The Dead Below (5:09) is such that it spans more than one of the 'programs' on the cartridge (meaning that it had interupted playback as the reading head changed position). This illustrates the limitations of this music format. 

 

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Billion Dollar Babies Cassette Album

1973, Warner Brothers, ZCK4 56013

This UK cassette album features a green cassette and includes a simple J-card with abridged artwork from the vinyl version (above). 

 

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Billion Dollar Babies CD Album

1990, Warner Bros, 7599-27269-2

This European CD version of Billion Dollar Babies comes in a jewel case and features an 8-page booklet containing track listings, lyrics, credits and a one-sided Billion Dollar Bill replica. There is also a useful 'Notes' page featuring a short history of the Alice Cooper Group up to and including the Billion Dollar Babies era.

 

This release is ok, but fails to capture the majesty of the original vinyl release (below) and has since been superseeded by the vastly superior 'Remastered & Expanded' CD edition (also below).

 

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Billion Dollar Babies Remastered & Expanded CD Album

2001, Warner Brothers, 8122-79791-2

A welcome European CD re-issue of Billion Dollar Babies was released by Warner Brothers in 2001. Provided in a deluxe 'Digipak' case it features two CDs, the first containing a remastered version of the original album and the second a collection of live tracks from the 1973 Billion Dollar Babies tour shows in Dallas and Houston, Texas (which originally were recorded for the Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper film and were also subsequently included in the Billion Dollar Babies Live USA Black Friday Record Store Day 2019 vinyl release).  

 

Also provided on CD 2 is Slick Black Limousine (see below), a demo version of the same song titled Coal Black Model T and an alternative version of Generation Lanslide titled Son Of Billion Dollar Babies.

 

This is an excellent all-round package and we can only hope that the rest of the back catalogue gets this kind of treatment one day. It would be great to have every album remastered with the supporting tour alongside it!

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 'Mini LP' SHM CD

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14304

In 2011, all the Alice Cooper albums from Pretties For You through to From The Inside were re-issued in Japan on 'Super High Material' (SHM) CD format. SHM CD's are, apparently, made of improved material, that provides a clearer medium for the reading of the data and so reduces read errors and thus can improve sound quality.

 

A notable feature of all the SHM releases is that they closely replicate the original packaging of the vinyl releases. In the case of Billion Dollar Babies, this includes the super deluxe embossed 'Snakeskin Wallet' sleeve, the Billion Dollar Bill and perforated cards. An additional black-and-white bilingual lyric booklet and external 'Obi Strip' are also provided (both of which are common features of Japanese music releases).

 

What would have been really cool though is if they had made the CDs look more like minature vinyl discs. What is offered is still more than satisfactory though and the SHM releases are definitely the quintessential Alice Cooper CD editions of all the available variants out there.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies SACD CD Album

2014, Audio Fidelity, AFZ 170

This USA release by Audio Fidelity offers a remastered version of the original album and comes on an SACD rather than the '24k' gold CDs that were used in their previous releases (i.e. Love It To DeathKiller, and School's Out).  

 

The packaging is fairly true to the original, with a folded Billion Dollar Bill included inside. There is also a small booklet provided which contains track listings, lyrics, photos, credits and some of the original album artwork.     

 

This is a limited edition release and is numbered #2,489 on the back of the sleeve. I'm not sure how many were produced but I assume it is 5,000 like the Audio Fidelity 24k releases.

 

A further SACD release was also made by Audio Fidelity for the Muscle Of Love album.

 

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NOTE: Further CD copies of this album are featured in the Compilations and The Studio Albums 1969-1983 sections of this website.

Billion Dollar Babies DVD Audio Album

2000, Warner Brothers, 8122-76663-9

One of a few short-lived media formats, 'DVD Audio' was designed to provide an enhanced entertainment experience by providing images and video as well as enhanced surround sound music.

 

This European version has some of the bonus live tracks of the 2001 CD re-issue included as well as the original Elected music video, audio interview with Alice and a photo gallery with song lyrics. Great right!? Not really, as you need an Audio DVD player to benefit from these features (all you get if you use a normal DVD player is track list and an ability to hear the music). To this day I've never seen such a device so this must rank amongst the least accesible officially released material out there, which is a real shame.

 

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.

 

The oddest thing about this format was the size of the case which is the sime width and depth as a CD but about 2cm higher making it somewhat cumbersome to store.

 

Welcome To My Nightmare is the only other Alice Cooper album to recieve a DVD Audio release.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl EP

1973, Warner Brothers, S2685

This USA 7" vinyl EP features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper envelope sleeve, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy, Mary-Ann and Raped And Freezin' on Side A and Hello Hooray and Billion Dollar Babies on Side B (all from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The front of the sleeve has green-tone artwork from the Billion Dollar Babies album and on the back are track listings. Also provided is the complete sheet of 10 jukebox strips that came with this release.

 

This great item was a very generous gift from hardcore UK-based Alice Cooper Group fan Chris Daniels. Thanks Chris!

 

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Elected 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 7631

This USA 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono and Stereo versions of Elected (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) on Sides A and B respectively. This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

 

Each label also includes an 'Intro' time, which helped DJs to understand how long they had to introduce a song prior to the lyrics beginning.

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 7631

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, K 16214

This UK 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brother labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16214

This German 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brother labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).  

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice being 'sworn in' on both the front and back, the latter of which has some additional promotional material for the Killer and School's Out albums.

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, P-1173W

This Japanese 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with fold-out colour insert, and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (both from the School's Out album).  

 

The insert has an image of Alice being 'sworn in' on the front, track listings, lyrics and credits on the inside and an additional image of Alice and promotional material for the Love It To Death, Killer and School's Out albums on the back.

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, 16214

This French 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brother labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).  

 

The front of the sleeve has an image of Alice being 'sworn in' and on the back is promotional material for the Killer and School's Out albums.

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, 16214

This further French 7" vinyl version of Elected is almost exactly the same as the above copy, but features an alternative image of Alice performing live on the front of the sleeve. I'm not sure why 2 different versions were produced, but it was perhaps an early attempt at getting fans to buy the same product twice (something that became much more common a few decades later)!

 

The labels are almost identical, although this copy had them attached the wrong way round (which is why the former owner corrected them by hand).

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB-16214

This Dutch 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).  

 

The front of the sleeve features a pink-tone image of a naked Alice flanked by a snake (which famously featured on the truck that "broke down" in London in 1972) and on the back is promotional material for other artists of the time. The use of the image on the front is notable because it was also chosen for the Dutch pressing (and several other countries for that matter) of the previous single, School's Out.

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, 72602 

 

This Turkish 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Elected on Side A and Luney Tune on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).  

 

The front of the sleeve features a striking drawing of Alice complete with spider-eye makeup and two colourful mini Alices emerging from either side of his head(!) and on the back are track listings.

 

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Elected 7" Vinyl Single

1979, Warner Brothers, WB 17.536

This Dutch 'Original Oldies' 7" vinyl single re-issue features white Warner Brother labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes Elected on Side A and School's Out on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out albums respectively).  

 

The sleeve has a casual looking image of Alice on the front (taken from the 1977 single cover of You And Me) and promotional material for other 'Original Oldies' releases on the back.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7673

 

This USA 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono (Edited) and Stereo (Long) versions of Hello Hooray (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) on Sides A and B respectively. This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

 

Interestingly, Hello Hooray is titled 'Hello Hurray' on the labels. This is rather odd as it is titled the former on the Billion Dollar Babies album.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7673

 

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner / Reprise paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7673

 

This USA 7" vinyl single is exactly the same as the above version only that it comes in a different paper sleeve and, interestingly, features Alma Mater on Side B (from the School's Out album) rather than Generation Landslide.  

 

There appears to be little information available on why this additional version was produced, but it's clear that this version is much rarer.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16248

 

This UK 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16248

 

This German 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice performing live on both the front and back.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, 16248

 

This French 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The front of the sleeve has an image of the Alice Cooper Group live in concert and on the back is promotional material for the School's Out, Killer and Love It To Death albums. As with the Side A vinyl label, Hello Hooray is titled 'Hello Hurray' on the sleeve.
 
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Hello Hooray 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, CP-176

 

This Spanish 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels with unique red song titles, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).   

 

The front of the sleeve features a red-tone image of Alice in Spider-Eye makeup and Spanish text stating 'DISCO DE PROMOCION PROHIBIDA SU VENTA' (i.e. 'Promotion disc forbidden for sale'). On the back are track listings, credits and a short, but fascinating, biography in Spanish that reads as follows:

 

To say that the American group ALICE COOPER is an authentic sensation in the world of rock music in all countries, it sounds old. 

 

ALICE COOPER is not only an important group, ALICE COOPER is also the name of the leader of the ensemble and the most attractive name of "Gay power", along with David Bowie.

 

ALICE COOPER after "School Out" and "Elected", offers us another hit in a totally different sound: "Hello Hooray".

 

"Hello Hooray" is a topic for today. "Hello Hooray" is the latest in the "pop" world. "Hello Hooray" is a preview of the new millionaire ALICE COOPER LP titled "Billon dollars babies".

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, HS-917

 

This Spanish 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The front of the sleeve has an early image (i.e. about 1970) of Alice performing live in concert and on the back are track listings, credits and lyrics (for Hello Hooray only) and promotional material for the Killer, School's Out and Love It To Death albums plus the Elected single.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, P-1200W

 

This Japanese 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with fold-out colour insert, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The insert has the famous glam image of Alice with a flower on the front, track listings, lyrics and credits on the inside and promotional material for the Love It To Death, Killer and School's Out and Billion Dollar Babies albums on the back.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16248

 

This Italian 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice being hung at the gallows, which originally featured on the calendar artwork of the Killer album, on both the front and back.
 
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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16248

 

This Dutch 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The front of the sleeve has an image of Alice performing live in concert with his arms raised aloft and his face and neck, bizarrley, coloured red and on the back is promotional material for other artists of the time.

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16248

 

This further Dutch 7" vinyl version of Hello Hooray is the same as the above copy, but features an alternative sleeve. This has the famous glam image of Alice with a flower on the front and on the back is a caricature image of Alice plus promotional material for the Love It To Death, Killer, School's Out and Billion Dollar Babies albums.

 

I'm not sure why 2 different versions were produced, but it was perhaps an early attempt at getting fans to buy the same product twice (something that became much more common a few decades later)!

 

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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16248

 

This Turkish 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve has an image of Alice being hung at the gallows on the front and on the back are track listings. As with the Side A vinyl label, Hello Hooray is titled 'Hello Hurray' on the sleeve.
 
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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, 16248

 

This Yugoslavian 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve has the iconic illustration of the Alice Cooper Group on the front by Charles Lempriere "Prairie" Prince (who latterly became the drummer for the rock band The Tubes) that was used to promote the Billion Dollar Babies Tour (see image below).  On the back is a photo of Alice performing live along with the text 'Ponuda Koju Nemozete Odbiti Novo LP Alice Cooper' (i.e. 'An Offer You Can't Refuse New LP Alice Cooper'). As with the Side A vinyl label, Hello Hooray is titled 'Hello Hurray' on the sleeve.
 
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Hello Hooray 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16248

 

This rare Swedish 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in an open-sided card sleeve, and includes Hello Hooray on Side A (labelled 'Hello Hurray') and Generation Landslide on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album). To my knowledge, this is the only Swedish Alice Cooper 7" single that featured a picture sleeve. 

 

The sleeve features an image of the Alice Cooper Group dressed in tuxedos with hair pulled back in ponytails on both the front and back. As with the Side A vinyl label, Hello Hooray is titled 'Hello Hurray' on the sleeve.
 
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Slick Black Limousine 7" Vinyl Flexi Disc

1973, New Muscial Express, LYN 2585

Flexi discs were thin, flexible, vinyls that were cheap to produce and commonly included as free items with magazines and other music-based literature. Their heyday was in the 1960's and 70's before seeing a decline in the 80's following the launch of the Compact Disc.

 

In February 1973, during the height of the Alice Cooper Group's commercial success, New Musical Express (NMW) included a flexi disc on the front cover of their UK magazine featuring the previously unreleased song Slick Black Limousine on Side A plus short samples of Elected, No More Mr Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies and I Love The Dead on the unlabelled Side B (all from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

Thousands of these discs were produced and they can easily be found today for less than £10. This makes them a fun and quirky item to have in your collection, so worth snapping a copy up.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7691

 

This USA 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Mono and Stereo versions of No More Mr Nice Guy (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) on Sides A and B respectively. This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

 

Each label also includes an 'Intro' time, which helped DJs to understand how long they had to introduce a song prior to the lyrics beginning.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7691

 

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner / Reprise paper sleeve, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

This was the final USA Alice Cooper Group 7" single to include the green Warner Brothers label design, with all subsequent releases changing to the 'Palm Tree' (also know as the 'Burbank') design until the final single of the Muscle Of Love album. This change actually occurred during the release of this single, with an alternative Palm Tree variant also produced (below).  

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7691

 

This USA 7" vinyl single is exactly the same as the above copy only that it features the updated 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels.  

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, P-1222W

 

This Japanese 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with fold-out colour insert, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).  

 

The insert has the same image as used on the inner sleeve of the Billion Dollar Babies album on the front, track listings, lyrics and credits on the inside and promotional material for the Billion Dollar Babies, School's Out, Killer and Love It To Death albums on the back.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, K 16262

 

This UK 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brother, WB 16262

 

This German 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve has an image of Alice in full make-up on the front and promotional material for the Billion Dollar Babies album on the back.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brother, WB 16262

 

This German 7" vinyl single is exactly the same as the above version only that it features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brother, HS-968

 

This Spanish 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Basta Ya Sr. Simpatico (i.e. No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The front of the sleeve has an early image (i.e. about 1970) of the Alice Cooper Group performing live in concert and on the back are track listings, credits and promotional material for other Spanish Alice Cooper album and single releases.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brother, WB 16262

 

This Dutch 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve has a yellow-tone image of Alice in Spider-Eye makeup on the front and on the back is a caricature image of Alice plus promotional material for the Love It To Death, Killer, School's Out and Billion Dollar Babies albums.

 

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No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brother, 73603

 

This Turkish 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes No More Mr Nice Guy on Side A and Raped And Freezin' on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The sleeve has a green-tone image of the Alice Cooper Group dressed in tuxedos with hair pulled back in ponytails on the front and on the back are track listings.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7724

This USA 7" promotional vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Mono and Stereo versions of Billion Dollar Babies (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) on Sides A and B respectively. This was a common feature of promotional singles at the time, as it enabled radio stations to play songs on both AM (Mono) and FM (Stereo) stations.

 

Each label also includes an 'Intro' time, which helped DJs to understand how long they had to introduce a song prior to the lyrics beginning.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7724

This USA 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels and includes Billion Dollar Babies on Side A and Mary Ann on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 16307

This German 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Billion Dollar Babies on Side A and Halo Of Flies on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and Killer albums respectively).

 

The sleeve has the same Billion Dollar Baby logo on the front and back, but with alternative track titles printed in large yellow font.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, 16307

This French 7" vinyl single features green etched Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Billion Dollar Babies on Side A and Halo Of Flies on Side B (from the Billion Dollar Babies and Killer albums respectively).  

 

The sleeve has an image of the Alice Cooper Group (well, Alice, plus Neal Smith hidden away behind the large text) performing live on the front and on the back is promotional material for 4 of the Alice Cooper Group's albums (Love It To Death, School's Out, Killer and Billion Dollar Babies).

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB P-1247W

 

This Japanese 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with colour insert, and includes Billion Dollar Babies on Side A and Mary Ann on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The insert features a striking image comprised of Alice performing live (which also appeared on the 1973 Dutch 7" release of Halo Of Flies) and a billion dollar bill set against a bright background plus additional flamboyant Japanese hype text. On the back are track listings, lyrics and credits.

 

A promotional copy of this release also exists, which is identical except that it features white vinyl labels instead.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, N-S-63-45

 

This Portuguese 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve, and includes Billion Dollar Babies on Side A and Mary Ann on Side B (both from the Billion Dollar Babies album).

 

The front of the sleeve features a purple-tone image of Alice and on the back are track listings and credits.

 

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Billion Dollar Babies Replica 1973 Medallion

Bermagot Brass Works, 2011

 

This nice medallion is a replica of the extremely rare gold coloured item from 1973 that was handed out to members of the Alice Cooper 'family' (e.g. the band, crew members and promoters etc). It is thought that only about 50 were originally made.

 

The silver replicas were sold for a short period (about 2 weeks) in 2011 and have themselves become quite sought after.

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