Love It To Death Era

Read my review of this album here.

Love It To Death CD Album

1990, Warner Brothers, 7599-27187-2

This European CD version of Love It To Death comes in a jewel case and features an 8-page booklet containing track listings, credits and a replica of the original vinyl centrefold (featuring a closeup of Alice's, eyes complete with makeup). There is also a useful 'Notes' page featuring a short history of the Alice Cooper Group up to and including the Love It To Death era. This copy features the censored version of the front cover.

Love It To Death 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14301

As with all of the Japanese SHM CD's, this version faithfully recreates the original vinyl release (this includes the once banned thumb front cover). Love It To Death was a fairly basic release in the first place, so this is obviously reflected here. An 'Obi Strip' is also provided (a common feature on Japanese music releases).

Love It To Death '24KT + Gold' CD Album

2009, Audio Fidelity, AFZ 057

This USA version of Love It To Death comes on a '24KT+ Gold' CD, which is stated as having a superior quality to standard aluminium discs. Additionally, the original recording has been subject to digital remastering to provide a "warmer" sound.

 

Quite what improvement the above has had on an already classic album is, in my opinion, questionable. I'm no expert when it comes to the technical merits of remastering music, however, what is presented here merely sounds slightly different rather than better to me.

 

The inlay is nothing to write home about with just a fold out sheet featuring stock images plus some of the disc labels of the original vinyl release. The gold CD is beautiful though.

 

The Audio Fidelity releases are quite hard to come by (they were limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies, of which this is 3,178) and do not come cheap. Bearing in mind the limited improvements on offer these releases are for ardent fans only.

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

Love It To Death Cassette Album

1973 (Approx), Warner Brothers, M51833

This vintage USA cassette copy of Love It To Death is understood to have been released in the early to mid 70's and features a black 'Snapcase' box with wraparound paper cover. The cover retains the infamous thumb image, with track listings provided beneath. The white cassette also includes the track listings, plus the transitional Straight / Warner Brothers 'Ruler' logo.

Love It To Death 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1971, Straight Records, WS 1883

This USA 12" promotional vinyl album comes in a gatefold sleeve and includes the infamous 'Thumb' cover of the Alice Cooper Group, which was removed from subsequent versions due to controversy about the position and look of Alice's thumb appearing like something else! Inside is a close-up image of Alice's eyes complete with newly-introduced make-up. If you look closely into either eye, you will find images of the rest of the Alice Cooper Group hiding away! On the rear of the sleeve is an alternative (less controversial) image of the Group taken from the same photo session as the front cover.

 

As this is a promotional copy, it includes white 2nd generation Straight vinyl labels and two additional stickers on the front. The first (blue) sticker provides three 'SUGGESTED CUTS FOR AIR PLAY' (I'm Eighteen, Caught In A Dream and Is It My Body) whereas the second is a DJ timing strip, which provides the track titles and durations of every song together with the total running time of each side of the album. Copies of this album with both stickers complete / in good condition, and the original Straight inner sleeve, are quite rare so this is a great addition to my Love It To Death collection.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1971, Straight Records, 1C 062-92 463

This German 1st pressing of Love It To Death features the unique-to-Germany pink, white and black 2nd generation Straight vinyl labels, which only appeared on one other Alice Cooper album, Pretties For You (Easy Action did not see such a release for some reason). 

 

This copy also includes the infamous 'Thumb' cover, plus a banner on the front advertising that the album includes 'Their Hit "I'm Eighteen"' which was added once the song became a hit single around the world. Also provided is the Straight logo on the front and back (rather than Warner Brothers).

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1971, Straight Records, STS 1065

This UK 1st pressing of Love It To Death features 2nd generation Straight vinyl labels and the Straight logo on the front and back cover. Unlike the USA and German first press copies (above), Alice's thumb and forearm are airbrushed off the front cover.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1971, Warner Brothers, WS 1883

This Canadian 1st pressing of Love It To Death features green Warner Brothers vinyl labels. Similar to the UK version (above) this version was also censored, but this time only Alice's thumb was airbrushed off the front cover (i.e. his forearm remained). As far as I can tell, this form of censorship only occured in Canada.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1972, Warner Brothers, K46177

This UK 2nd pressing of Love It To Death features green Warner Brothers vinyl labels and retains the same censored image as the Straight 1st UK pressing (above).

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1973, Warner Brothers, WS 1883

The front cover Love It To Death was subject to 3 notable attempts to censor Alice's thumb (see above for 2 other examples). This USA re-issue shows the most extreme solution, where large white banners were applied to the top and bottom of the sleeve, thereby reducing the original image to a 'letterbox' effect. In a somewhat unnecessary attempt at consistency, the same treatment is applied to the image on the rear of the sleeve. As far as I can tell, this form of censorship only occured in the USA.

 

These notable aspects aside, the remainder of the packaging remains the same, albeit with the vinyl labels switching to the 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers design. Some fans have made best use of the blank canvas provided to them by getting the dead space autographed (see below)!

Love It To Death Original Front Cover Variations

To summarise the information above, here are the 4 different variants of the original Love It To Death front cover...

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

1977, Midi, MID 26033

This German 12" vinyl re-issue of Love It To Death by Midi was part of a budget 'Star Collection' range that included many different artists of the time (some of whom are featured on the rear of the sleeve). Interestingly, the actual album title isn't mentioned by name anywhere!

 

The front cover features an image of Alice only from the School Days complication album and on the back is a short biography which, like the front, rather tastelessly excludes the other members of the Alice Cooper Group from the background story (this is an especially heinous crime given which album is included). The inner sleeve includes promotional material for further releases of the time, including the From The Inside album.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

2006, Unknown Label, P-8094W-P

This great looking unofficial Japanese version of Love It To Death was a very kind gift from UK-based Alice Cooper Group superfan Chris Daniels (see below for more information on this great guy).

 

The picture disc features the iconic thumb cover in full glory on Side A with Side B replicating the rear cover of the original album.  Also provided is a card insert featuring the album cover on one side and promotional material for other Alice Cooper releases on the rear. 

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WS 1883

This 180 gram re-issue of Love It To Death features Alice's thumb restored to its rightful place. Sadly, gone is the gatefold design of the original album (in favour of a more basic sleeve), but it's still good to have a new copy of this classic record on heavyweight vinyl format.

Love It To Death 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Rhino Entertainment, RCV1 1883

This 140 gram vinyl re-issue of Love It To Death features a gatefold sleeve design (which closely resembles the original release, above) and a nice opaque black / white swirl effect vinyl.  The disc features the familiar green Warner Brothers labels and was limited to 6,500 copies worldwide.  

 

It was released as part of the 2017 'Rocktober' event along with re-issues of Pretties For You and Special Forces, all of which followed on from the 2016 Rocktober re-issue of Billion Dollar Babies.

Eighteen 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1970, Warner Brothers, WB 7449

I was extremely grateful to be gifted three 7" versions of the Eighteen / (Is It My) Body 7" single by Alice Cooper Group superfan Chris Daniels in 2017.

 

Chris and I became friends through our mutual love of the Live From The Astroturf 7" release, which also features Eighteen and Body, and he undoubtably has the best fan-kept collection in the world of them (at last count he had 12 different copies, including 1 of every variant).  He also has an incredible range of Alice Cooper Group vinyl albums and singles.

 

Chris had known for some time how keen I was to start building my own collection of 7" vinyl singles (particularly for this release) and these fantastic gifts really inspired to push forward with this in 2018.  

 

Thank you Chris, you're a legend!

 

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Eighteen on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Eighteen 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1970, Warner Brothers, WB 7449

This is the 2nd copy of Eighteen that Chris gifted me.

 

This USA copy features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve, and includes Eighteen on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Straight Records, STR S 7209

This is the 3rd copy of Eighteen that Chris gifted me.

 

This very rare UK 7" vinyl single features pink Straight labels and includes Eighteen on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Stateside, 1C006 92 345

Eighteen was the first Alice Cooper single to see a release outside of North America, reaching numerous countries around the world.  In addition to the UK version on the Straight label (above), bespoke European versions were seen in fairly limited numbers in Denmark, Holland, Germany, Greece, Italy and Portugal (the majority of which under the 'Stateside' label).

 

Unlike the USA and UK versions, and in another first for Alice Cooper, many of these releases featured picture sleeves making them highly desirable to collectors.  This German version on the 'Stateside' label features one such picture sleeve, a pink-toned offering complete with picture of Alice on the front.  On the back is promotional material for other Stateside releases.

 

As with almost all other pressings of Eighteen, Body is the track on Side B.  

Eighteen 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1971, Warner Brothers, P-1036W

This rare Japanese promotional 7" vinyl single features unique blue Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with fold-out colour insert, and includes Eighteen (simply titled '18') on Side A and Body on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).  

 

The insert has a two-tone image of the Alice Cooper Group, as featured on the Love It To Death album artwork on the front, track listings, lyrics and credits on the inside and promotional material for other artists on the back.

 

This copy is in near-perfect condition, so at the time of typing, it's difficult to imagine that it's almost 50 years old! A stock copy of this release also exists, which is identical except that it features green vinyl labels instead.

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, GWB 7141

This USA 'Back To Back Hits' 7" vinyl single features 'Palm Tree' Warner Brothers labels and includes Eighteen on Side A and Caught In A Dream on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

 

The year of release is not known, but it is likely to have been some years after the original releases of Eighteen (above) and Caught In A Dream (below). My guess would be around the mid to late '70s. Interestingly, the release dates of both singles (i.e. 'Fall 1970' and 'Spring 1971') are also provided on the labels.

Eighteen 7" Vinyl Single

Unknown Year, Warner Brothers, WB 7141

This Canadian 'Back To Back Hits' 7" vinyl single is almost exactly the same as the USA version (above) only that it features green Warner Brothers labels. The year of release is again unknown, but it is also likely to have been around the mid to late '70s.

Caught In A Dream 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Warner Brothers, WS 7490

This USA promotional 7" vinyl single features white Warner Brothers labels and includes Caught In A Dream on Side A and Hallowed Be My Name on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).  

 

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

Caught In A Dream 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Warner Brothers, WS 7490

This USA 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels and includes Caught In A Dream on Side A and Hallowed Be My Name on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

Caught In A Dream 7" Vinyl Single

1971, Warner Brothers, P-1055W

This rare Japanese 7" vinyl single features green Warner Brothers labels, comes in a Warner Brothers paper sleeve complete with fold-out colour insert, and includes Caught In A Dream on Side A and Hallowed Be My Name on Side B (both from the Love It To Death album).

 

The insert has an image of the Alice Cooper Group, as featured on the Love It To Death album artwork on the front, track listings, lyrics and credits on the inside and promotional material for other artists on the back.

 

This release is notable in that it is the only version of Caught In A Dream that features any kind of picture sleeve (which I'd say this technically has). A promotional copy also exists, which is identical except that it features blue vinyl labels instead.

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