Goes To Hell Era

Goes To Hell 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1976, Warner Brothers, BS 2896

This USA 12" promotional copy of Goes To Hell comes in a simple card sleeve which, like Welcome To My Nightmare, is a significant departure from the majesty of the Alice Cooper Group releases. What makes matters worse is that the image of a green-faced Alice on the front is actually an edited version of one originally used on the inside sleeve of the Billion Dollar Babies album (i.e. where he is holding baby Lola). This is pretty criminal and indicates that Alice was already a non-priority artist for Warner Brothers, which seems odd given that this was his first solo album under their label (Welcome To My Nightmare being released by Atlantic in the USA). On the rear of the sleeve is an original image of Alice dressed in back, walking down a flight of stairs, plus track listings and credits.

 

The inner sleeve includes track listings, lyrics and credits and 'A Bedtime Story' from Alice to Steven, which reads as follows and highlights how Goes To Hell is effectively a sequel to Welcome To My Nightmare:

 

"Lay still, Steven, and I'll tell you a bedtime story. I'll tell you a bedtime story that's not for all children. It's a very special story, that only special children will understand. It's a half-awake story, and it will be better if you close your eyes. It's a story that takes place in a dream, like other nightmares you have known. It's a dream that Alice has dreamed. You can dream along with him.  You can follow Alice down the staircase, deep, down the stairs to the pit where he doesn't want to go, but he has to.

 

If you go to sleep now, Steven, you can go down the long and endless staircase and sing sweet songs to Alice and free him. And if you can't get to sleep, Steven, and in the middle of night you get out of bed, when everything is quiet and the trees are still and the birds are hiding from the dark, you can lay down on your bedroom floor and press your ear tightly to the boards. If you listen very carefully you can hear Alice searching for a way out, forever chasing rainbows.

 

Sleep tight, Steven.  And have a good night"

 

As this is a promotional copy, it includes an additional pink Warner Brothers 'PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE' sticker on the front. The disc features Palm Tree Warner Brothers labels, which are identical to USA stock copies (i.e. the sticker on the front is the only way to differentiate promotional copies from stock copies).

 

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Goes To Hell 12" Vinyl Album

1988 (Approx), Warner Brothers, WB 56171

This European 12" vinyl re-issue of Goes To Hell is similar to the USA promotional copy (above) only that it features cream Warner Brothers labels, the bedtime story is printed in blue (rather than red) and there is no promotional sticker on the front of the sleeve.

 

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Goes To Hell 12" Vinyl Album

2018, Rhino Entertainment, RCV1 2896

This 140 gram USA vinyl re-issue of Goes To Hell was limited to 4,000 copies and closely resembles the original release (above) with the notable exception that it features a striking opaque orange vinyl. It was released as part of the 2018 'Rocktober' event along with re-issues of Lace And Whiskey and From The Inside.

 

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Goes To Hell 8-Track Album

1976, Warner Brothers, K8.56171

This UK 8-track album features a white cartridge and includes the original cover artwork and track listings on the front. The wrap-around sticker also provides the product code and album details on the side and further track listings and credits on the rear. This copy also includes a matching blue card sleeve.

 

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Goes To Hell CD Album

Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, 2896-2

This USA CD album comes in a jewel case and features a 12-page booklet containing track listings, lyrics, credits and Alice's 'Bedtime Story' for Steven from the original vinyl release (above). There is also a useful 'Notes' page featuring a short history of Alice Cooper Group up to and including the Goes To Hell era.

 

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Goes To Hell 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14307

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 Goes To Hell, this is a basic sleeve, so this is obviously reflected here. 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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NOTE: Further CD copies of this album are featured in the Compilations and The Studio Albums 1969-1983 sections of this website.

I Never Cry 7" Vinyl Single

1976, Warner Brothers, K16792

This UK 7" vinyl single features Palm Tree Warner Brothers labels, a paper sleeve and includes I Never Cry on Side A and Go To Hell on Side B (both from the Goes To Hell album).  

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice on the front that features on the album and on the back is some promotional text for Goes To Hell.

 

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I Never Cry 7" Vinyl Single

1976, Warner Brothers, P-46W

This Japanese 7" vinyl single features Palm Tree Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with colour insert, and includes I Never Cry on Side A and Go To Hell on Side B (both from the Goes To Hell album).  

 

The insert features the same image as used on the rear of the Goes To Hell album sleeve but with additional Japanese hype text and track listings, lyrics and credits on the back.

 

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

 

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For the Lace And Whiskey era click here.