Dirty Diamonds Era

Dirty Diamonds 12" Vinyl Album

2010, Night Of The Vinyl Dead, NIGHT 090

Like Brutal Planet and Dragontown, Dirty Diamonds was not subject to an initial vinyl version when it was released in 2005 as the format had near-enough died out by that stage. It wasn't until 2010 (around the time of its revival) that Night Of The Vinyl Dead addressed this with this European limited-to-500-copies edition.

 

As with the original release, the front cover features a close-up image of Alice's eyes sparkling like diamonds. On the back is a further image of a mysterious looking Alice dressed in all-black. The limited edition number is hand-written on the back of the sleeve (this one being #063).

 

This release features a gatefold sleeve and features a neat pop-up Alice when you open it up. Also included is a lyric sheet complete with image of Alice playing poker on the other side. The black vinyl disc comes in an inner sleeve featuring an image of Alice on one side and the touring band of 2005 on the reverse.

 

As with most other copies of Dirty Diamonds, the 'bonus track' Stand from the Athens 2004 Olympic Games CD Album is also included (although it isn't listed as a bonus track on this release).

 

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Dirty Diamonds 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Back On Black, RCV060LP

For those who missed out on the excellent Night Of The Vinyl Dead version of Dirty Diamonds (above), Back On Black released this alternative European 180 gram version a year later. Initially on limited edition translucent red vinyl (like this one), and later on black vinyl, this version features a gatefold design complete with image of Alice playing poker, track listings, lyrics and credits. Stand is again included.

 

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Dirty Diamonds 12" Vinyl Album

2019, New West Records, 52772

Dirty Diamonds was subject to a 3rd vinyl pressing as a limited edition 140 gram release for the USA Record Store Day 2019 event. With only 900 copies produced, this became a sought after release for Alice Cooper fans.  

 

As is always the case for Record Store Day releases, copies quickly appeared on eBay and Discogs at vastly inflated prices with many fans forced to shell out well above the $25 retail price. Thankfully, the brilliant Good Records of Dallas, Texas were able to help hardcore overseas fans obtain a copy at the correct price, meaning that they were able to avoid the aftermarket profiteers. Thank you Good Records for looking after real fans!

 

Back to the release and it's not hard to see why it was so popular. Although the simple sleeve design is the weakest of the 3 versions to date, the translucent 'Blood Splatter' vinyl disc is quite brilliant and nicely suits the albums artwork and theme. Stand is again included.

 

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Dirty Diamonds 12" Vinyl Album

2019, New West Records, 52772

For those who missed the USA Record Store Day release (above), New West Records issued a further USA 140 gram pressing about 6 months later. This time on translucent red vinyl, and limited to just 1,000 copies, it is otherwise exactly the same as the previous release only that it features a different barcode on the back (that is stuck over the orginal one).

 

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Dirty Diamonds 12" Vinyl Album

2019, New West Records, 52772

New West Records made it a hat-trick of Dirty Diamonds USA 140 gram vinyl releases in 2019 with this very limited Black Friday version. Subject to just 100 pressings, and limited to two copies per customer, this was only advertised on the New West Records website and sold for just $10 per copy. Despite being kept somewhat under the radar, demand was very high with all copies selling out just a few minutes after they became available.

 

This time on translucent 'Galaxy Black / Red' vinyl, it is otherwise exactly the same as the previous two releases (above) only that it features a different barcode on the back (that is stuck over the orginal one). 

 

Unfortunately, as with pretty much all special edition releases, eBay re-sellers were quick to jump in and make an instant profit and I counted about a dozen up for sale at 10 times+ the original price within 24 hours (see image below). Quite why New West Records allowed people to buy two copies is beyond me, but it at least meant that I could nip in and secure one for myself and another for a fellow collector.

 

Whether or not this becomes a highly sought-after piece remains to be seen, but with such a limited production run, it's a steal for $10!

 

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Dirty Diamonds 12" Vinyl Album

2020, Ear Music, 0214319EMX

Following the multiple vinyl re-issues of this album in 2019 (above and the copy from the Treasures boxset), yet another version of Dirty Diamonds was released in 2020. This time it was a European 180 gram exclusive edition by Ear Music as part of the October Record Store Day 'Drop 3' event and was limited to 2,000 hand-numbered copies (mine being #0,728).

 

I think it's fair to say that appetite for this one was already pretty low. To make matters worse, this release was essentially the same as the copy provided in the Treasures boxset only that it featured a translucent red disc (rather than clear), had a unique hype sticker on the front and included the aforementioned hand-numbering (in silver pen, on the rear of the sleeve).

 

A combination of the above points, and the fact that this was now the 7th pressing of the album on vinyl, meant that it was pretty easy to get hold of a copy at the standard price without having to queue for hours outside your local record store.

 

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NOTE: A further vinyl copy of this album is included in 'Treasures' boxset and can be seen here.

Dirty Diamonds Promotional CD Album

2005, New West Records, NWA3014

This USA promotional CD album comes in a jewel case and features all the material from the album, including the 'Bonus Track' Stand. The rear of the case features track listings plus contact details for radio and publicity.

 

Both the blue CD and rear of the case state 'PROMOTIONAL ONLY / NOT FOR SALE' and 'Street Date: August 2, 2005'.

 

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Dirty Diamonds Promotional CD Album

2005, New West Records, NW6078

This further USA promotional CD album comes in a jewel case and again features all the material from the album, including Stand. The rear of the case features track listings, whereas both this and the CD provide contact details for publicity and state 'Release Date: August 2, 2005'.

 

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Dirty Diamonds Promotional CD Album

2005, Spitfire Records, SPITCD257

This European promotional CD features a simple wrap-around paper sleeve and features all the material from the album, including the 'Bonus' Stand.

 

Both the CD (which is a blue CD-R type variety) and sleeve state 'PROMOTIONAL COPY - NOT FOR SALE'.

 

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Dirty Diamonds Promotional CD Album

2005, Spitfire Records, SPITCD257

This further European promotional CD album has the same code as the above version but does not feature any artwork. Interestingly, the CD states 'Temporary Visual' which indicates that it was originally intended to carry the temporary album artwork (see image below) that appears to have been derived from a photo used in the booklet for the Eyes Of Alice Cooper.  

 

Also, instead of Stand, the bonus track provided is the hard-to-find The Sharpest Pain, which only featured on the official album releases in Russia and Australia (in the case of the latter, I believe it wasn't actually included in the printed track listings).

 

The the CD (which is a blue CD-R type variety) states 'PROMOTIONAL COPY - NOT FOR SALE'.

 

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Dirty Diamonds CD Album

2005, New West Records, NW6078

This USA CD version of Dirty Diamonds comes in a Digipak case and includes the 'Bonus Track' Stand. The 12-page booklet features track listings, lyrics and credits plus both colour and black-and-white images of Alice and, following their appearance in The Eyes Of Alice Cooper artwork, his touring band of the time.

 

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Dirty Diamonds CD Album

2005, Spitfire Records, SPITCD257

This European CD version of Dirty Diamonds comes in a jewel case and includes the 'Bonus Track' Stand. The booklet is almost identical to the USA version (above) only that the artwork is slightly re-arranged to reflect the slightly different presentation of Digipak and jewel case releases. 

 

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NOTE: Further CD copies of this album are featured in the Compilations section of this website.

Dirty Diamonds Promotional CD Single

2005, Spitfire Records, SPITCD257

This hard-to-find European promotional CD comes in a simple paper sleeve and contains only the album version of Dirty Diamonds.

 

Both the CD (which is a blue CD-R type variety) and sleeve state 'PROMOTIONAL COPY - NOT FOR SALE'.

 

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Sunset Babies Promotional CD Single

2005, New West Records, NWS1038

This USA promotional CD comes in a clear jewel case and features Sunset Babies (All Got Rabies) only (from the Dirty Diamonds album).

 

The blue CD sstate 'PROMOTIONAL ONLY / NOT FOR SALE' and confirms a 'Street Date: August 2, 2005' for the release of the Dirty Diamonds album.

 

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Dirty Diamonds 2005 Tour Shirt

2005

This Dirty Diamonds 2005 tour shirt was purchased at the Bournemouth International Centre, UK on 17th November. The front features the artwork from the Dirty Diamonds album, with the back listing all the dates from the 2005 world tour (the Bournemouth show being the very last).

 

The shirt is hand-signed and personalised on the front by Alice. 

Dirty Diamonds Platinum Club 2005 Tour Shirt

2005

This 'Platinum Club' 2005 tour shirt was given to fans with ViP tickets to shows and features alternative artwork from the Dirty Diamonds album on the front. The back is blank. 

Dirty Diamonds Tour Keyring

2005, Nightmare Inc.

This simple plastic keyring was sold at merchandise stalls during the 2005 and 2006 UK Dirty Diamonds tour.

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