Billion Dollar Babies Era

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. The School’s Out album was a massive overall hit, but this record arguably managed to surpass it from both a commercial and artistic perspective. At this time, the Alice Cooper Group were probably the biggest rock group on the planet.

 

Read my review of this album here.

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).

Billion Dollar Babies Remastered & Expanded CD Album

2001, Warner Brothers, 8122-79791-2

A welcome European re-issue of Billion Dollar Babies came in 2001. Wrapped in a deluxe digipak it features 2 CDs, the 1st containing a remastered version of the original album and the 2nd 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).  

 

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!

Billion Dollar Babies 'Mini LP' SHM CD

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14304

Another great Japanese release which, like all the other SHM CD's, faithfully re-captures the original vinyl version.  Everything's here, the snakeskin feel wallet, the billion dollar bill and the tear off cards of the band members. An 'Obi Strip' is also provided (a common feature on Japanese music releases).  

 

These CD's will become a lot harder to find in the future, so this one should definitely be grabbed whilst they're still available.

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 (e.g. 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 other Audio Fidelity releases).

NOTE: A further CD copy of this album is included in 'The Studio Albums 1969-1983' boxset and can be seen here.

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.

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.

Billion Dollar Babies 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 56013

This German promotional vinyl album of, probably, the most iconic Alice Cooper release comes supplied in a deluxe embossed gatefold 'Snakeskin Wallet' sleeve with rounded corners. A unique-to-Germany hype sticker is also provided on the front.  

 

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 know 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 '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.

Billion Dollar Babies 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, K 56013

This UK first press copy of Billion Dollar Babies is excactly the same as the German promotional copy (above) only that it features green Warner Brothers vinyl labels, does not have the additional stickers on the front or back and the hidden inner part of the sleeve is green instead of white. 

Billion Dollar Babies 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Rhino Records, R 12685

Unlike some of the other 180g vinyl re-issues at the time, this USA vinyl version 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.

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.

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!

Elected 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1972, Warner Brothers, WB 7631

This USA promotional 7" 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.

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).

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).  

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Hello Hooray 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7673

This USA promotional 7" 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.

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).

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.

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).

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.

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 a picure 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.

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.

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.  

No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7691

This USA promotional 7" 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.

No More Mr Nice Guy 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, P-1222W

This Japanese promotional 7" 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.

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).

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).

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.

Billion Dollar Babies 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7724

This USA promotional 7" 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.

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 7724

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.

Billion Dollar Babies 7" Vinyl Single

1973, Warner Brothers, WB 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).

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.

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.

For the 'Good To See You Again' film click here.

For the 'Billion Dollar Babies Live Houston '73 release click here.

For the Muscle Of Love era click here.