Lace And Whiskey Era

Background

Lace And Whiskey is the 10th Alice Cooper album and was released in 1977. It is notable as it saw an entirely re-invented 'Alice', who plays the part of alter ego Maurice Escargot, an incompetent, comedic, private invesigator.

 

Whilst a novel idea, the concept was too much for many fans, who had already contended with the disco-infused Goes To Hell and were now faced with a character entirely removed from that who had come before. It's therefore no suprise that the album was not a commercial success and underlined the importance of the Alice character to 'Alice Cooper'.

 

For those who persevere, the album has a lot to offer though, with the rockers It's Hot Tonight, Lace And Whiskey, Road Rats and King Of The Silver Screen probably not appreciated as much as they should be. There is also the decent ballads You And Me and I Never Wrote Those Songs, plus the exceptional My God, which is certainly the album highlight.

 

Concept aside, the only negatives (and there are fairly notable) are the atrocious Charles Underwood cover Ubangi Stomp and the tepid Damned If You Do and (No More) Love At Your Convinience.

Lace And Whiskey Album Cover

Lace And Whiskey 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1977, Warner Brothers, BSK 3027

This 12" USA promotional vinyl copy of Lace and Whiskey comes in a simple card sleeve and features an image of a table with a variety of paraphernalia on it including a gun, bullets, an Alice Cooper 'Lace and Whiskey' book, an ash tray and, of course, a bottle of whiskey complete with shot glass. The image extends to the back cover and reveals the back of the book, which cleverly provides the track listings (oddly, in the wrong order, and excluding King Of The Silver Screen) together with 3 glowing faux reviews of the book. A similar-looking book formed part of the Lace And Whiskey press packs, which included various other items.

 

The inner sleeve includes and image of Alice as his alter ego, investigator Maurice Escargot, on one side and track listings and credits on the other. Also provided inside the sleeve is an insert which promotes the Alice Cooper discography (at the time) on one side and invites fans to join the 'Alice Cooper Fan Club' and buy Alice T-shirts on the other. 

 

As this is a promotional copy, it includes an additional pink Warner Brothers 'PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE' sticker on the front together with a hype sticker promoting the inclusion of 'the hit' You And Me. The disc is notable as it features bespoke white Warner Brothers labels with printed bra, whiskey bottle, shot glass and revolver (which I think was the only Alice Cooper album that had such treatment). These labels were also used for initial stock copies (i.e. the sticker on the front is the only way to differentiate promotional copies from stock copies).

 

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Lace And Whiskey 12" Vinyl Album

1977, Warner Brothers, K56365

This UK 12" vinyl version of Lace and Whiskey is similar to the USA promotional copy (above) only that it features Palm Tree labels and there are no promotional / hype stickers on the front, or insert included.

 

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Lace And Whiskey 12" Vinyl Album

2018, Rhino Entertainment, RCV1 3027

This 140 gram USA vinyl re-issue of Goes To Hell was limited to 3,800 copies and closely resembles the original release (above) with the notable exception that it features a striking opaque 'Whiskey Brown' colour vinyl.

 

It was released as part of the 2018 'Rocktober' event along with re-issues of  Goes To Hell and From The Inside.

 

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Lace And Whiskey 8-Track Album

1977, Warner Brothers, M8 3027

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Lace And Whiskey Cassette Album

1977, Warner Brothers, K.456365

This UK cassette version of Lace And Whiskey features a simple J-card containing abridged artwork, track listings and credits. Inside is a white tape with printed additional track listings.  

 

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Lace and Whiskey CD Album

1990, Metal Blade Records, 926446-2

This remastered USA CD version of Lace and Whiskey is notable in that, whilst it includes similar artwork as the original LP release (above) it also features the following additional 'hand-written' note by Alice:

 

"Lace and Whiskey was pretty much a confession of my own alcoholism and Hollywood excess. “You and Me” was a top twenty hit and it was a ballad. Was Alice getting soft? Well melancholy in places, but still a hard rocker. Listen to “It’s Hot Tonight” and “Road Rats”, certainly not mellow. “Road Rats” actually inspired the movie “Roadie” (12 academy award nominations!). I never quite understood this album. I don’t understand most of my albums!".

 

Metal Blade Records also made similar cassette and CD releases for the Muscle Of Love and From The Inside albums (both of which contained hand-written notes by Alice).

 

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Lace And Whiskey CD Album

2000, Warner Brothers, 7599-26227-2

This European CD re-issue of Lace And Whiskey comes in a jewel case and features an 8-page booklet containing track listings, lyrics and credits.

 

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Lace And Whiskey 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14308

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

(No More) Love At Your Convenience 7" Vinyl Single

1977, Warner Brothers, K16935

This UK 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes (No More) Love At Your Convenience on Side A and It's Hot Tonight on Side B (both from the Lace And Whiskey album).

 

The sleeve has the same image of Alice on the front as that included on the inner sleeve of Lace And Whiskey vinyl album (above), whereas on the back is promotional material for the album.

 

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You And Me 7" Vinyl Single

1977, Warner Brothers, 45-1516

This Spanish 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes You And Me on Side A and It's Hot Tonight on Side B (both from the Lace And Whiskey album).

 

The sleeve has a casual-looking image of Alice on the front, whereas on the back is promotional material for the Lace And Whiskey album.

 

A detachable paper index tab is provided on the rear of the sleeve. Often found folded into the sleeve for protection when not used, these provided basic details of the release and were presumably there to help DJs easily locate them amongst other records. It's my understanding that these were only found in the French 7" of Under My Wheels and a few other early solo Spanish releases. 

 

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You And Me 7" Vinyl Single

1977, Warner Brothers, P-180W

This Japanese 7" vinyl single features Palm Tree Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with colour insert, and includes You And Me on Side A and It's Hot Tonight on Side B (both from the Lace And Whiskey album).

 

The insert features a cropped version of the image used on the front of the Lace And Whiskey 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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You And Me 7" Vinyl Single

1977, Warner Brothers, W 16914

This Italian 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes You And Me on Side A and It's Hot Tonight on Side B (both from the Lace And Whiskey album).

 

The sleeve has the same casual-looking image of Alice on both the front and back (but with the A and B track titles varying on either side).

 

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You And Me 7" Vinyl Single

1977, Warner Brothers, WBS 8349

This Yugoslavian 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes You And Me on Side A and It's Hot Tonight on Side B (both from the Lace And Whiskey album).

 

The sleeve has the same casual-looking image of Alice on both the front and back (but with the A and B track titles varying on either side).

 

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You And Me 7" Vinyl EP

1977, Warner Brothers, 96.029

This unique Brazilian 4-track 7" EP features Palm Tree Warner Brothers labels, comes in a card sleeve and includes You And Me and I Never Wrote Those Songs on Side A and (No More) Love At Your Convenience and Lace And Whiskey on Side B (all from the Lace And Whiskey album).

 

The sleeve has the same image that features on the front of the Lace And Whiskey album (above) with added pink hype text on the front and on the back are track listings and credits.

 

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For the From The Inside era Click Here.