Pretties For You Era

Pretties For You is the 1st Alice Cooper album and was released way back in 1969. The Alice Cooper Group had already been in existence for about 5 years (previously masquerading as The Earwigs, The Spiders and The Nazz) but now, under Manager Shep Gordon and Producer Frank Zappa, they finally had the means to record and release their own LPs.


It’s hard to conceive that the group playing on Pretties For You is the same one that became a global sensation a few years later. What we have here is a raw, experimental Alice Cooper, yet to truly find their identity or benefit from Bob Ezrin's subsequent influence as producer. It’s easy to see how the group was capable of dispersing audiences in 10 minutes as the music is a jumbled mess of psychedelic randomness, a real assault on your mind and body! One review, by Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone magazine, famously described Pretties For You as "a tragic waste of plastic", which was more than a little unfair given the sheer creativity on offer and the blatant disregard for the status quo at the time.


In keeping with the oddity of the music, both the album's name and front cover are derived from some Edward Beardsley artwork (of a girl showing her panties at a funeral) that was hanging on Frank Zappa’s house!


Read my review of this album here.

The original Pretties For You painting at Frank Zappa's house (image from

Pretties For You CD Album

1989, Rhino Records, 81227 99271

This European CD version of Pretties For You comes in a jewel case and features a basic fold-out booklet containing artwork from the original vinyl release (below), track listings and credits. Alice is stated as providing vocals and playing the harmonica.

Pretties For You 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14299

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' CD format. SHM CD's are, according to Wikipedia, 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.


The notable feature of the SHM releases is that they all nicely recreated the original vinyl releases. In the case of Pretties For You, this 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). 

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

Pretties For You 8-Track Album

1971, Warner Brothers, WAR M 81840

This vintage USA 8-track album features a black cartridge and includes the original album cover artwork and track listings on the front. The wrap-around sticker also provides the product code and address for Warner Brothers Burbank offices in California on the side.  

Pretties For You Cassette Album

1989, Enigma Retro, 7 73362-4

This Canadian cassette of Pretties For You was produced in 1989 and features slightly abridged artwork compared to the CD and vinyl versions. 

Pretties For You 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1969, Straight Records, STS 1051

This USA 1st pressing promotional version of Pretties For You features the same sleeve as the main release (below) but includes a 'PROMOTION - Not For Sale' sticker on the front. Additionally, the vinyl labels are white instead of orange and feature the additional text 'Promo Not For Sale' on either side.

Pretties For You 12" Vinyl Album

1969, Straight Records, STS 1051

This USA 1st pressing of Pretties For You was released in 1969 and is in outstanding overall condition given its age. It was purchased from someone who had owned it since new and had only played it a few times, making this a true collectable. The easiest way to tell that it is a first pressing is the presence of the soon-to-be-discontinued 1st generation Straight vinyl labels.


It has a gatefold design featuring images of the Group members on the inside. Interestingly, Vince Furnier is named 'Alice Cooper: vocals and harmonica' whereas as the vinyl labels state 'All selections written and produced by Alice Cooper' (an early hint at the way things would end up).   


Several 1st pressings were censored, with a sticker placed over the woman's underwear. This copy did not suffer such a fate with no sticker, or sticky residue (if removed), like you will find on some copies.

Pretties For You 12" Vinyl Album

1970, Straight Records, 1C054-090 929

This German 1st pressing of Pretties For You features a slightly different sleeve to the USA version (above), with an alternative Straight logo on the front and back and the credits on the inside shortened slightly and set against a solid blue box (presumably, to make them easier to read). Also, the rear of the sleeve has some additional German text from the manufacturer added at the bottom and set against a black box. 


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

Pretties For You 12" Vinyl Album

1970, Straight Records, STS 1051 and WS 1840

This USA copy of Pretties For You is the 3rd pressing of this album, comes on the Straight label and features 2nd generation Straight vinyl labels.  


Released a year after the first pressing, it retains the same gatefold layout but is notable for having the original pressing code on the front sleeve (STS 1051) but the Warner Brothers code on the vinyl labels (WS 1840, which was used for future issues).

Pretties For You 12" Vinyl Album

2009, Rhino Records, WS 1840

Picking up a good condition original copy of Pretties For You at a good price is not easy. Thankfully, Rhino Records re-issued the album in the USA on 180 gram vinyl, featuring Warner Brothers Palm Tree vinyl labels, in 2009.  


This is a rather basic reproduction with a simple card sleeve, but is worth getting hold of if you don't have an original copy.

Pretties For You 12" Vinyl Album

2009, Rhino Records, WS 1840

This further 'Collectors Limited Edition' USA vinyl re-issue of Pretties For You is the same as the above version only it features an alternative hype sticker on the front and a transluscent red disc.

Pretties For You 12" Vinyl Album

2017, Rhino Entertainment, RCV1 1840

This 140 gram USA vinyl re-issue of Pretties For You features a gatefold sleeve design (which closely resembles the original release, above) and a partially translucent red vinyl. The disc features the familiar green Warner Brothers labels and was limited to 6,000 copies worldwide.


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

Reflected 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1969, Straight Records, ST 101-A

I'm incredibly lucky to have been gifted this fantastic USA promotional copy of the very first Alice Cooper Group single, Reflected, by hardcore Alice Cooper Group fan Chris Daniels. Chris has a marvellous collection of records (probably the finest in the UK) featuring many rare releases, including first editions and test pressings. He also has undoubtedly the finest fan-owned collection of the iconic Live From The Astroturf 7" single and 12" album.


Such is the strength of Chris' collection, he was generous enough to give me this copy when he learned that it was in my Top 5 list of Alice Cooper releases that I wanted to have. I am very lucky indeed to have a good friend like him and am forever grateful for his kindness in helping me achieve this major collection goal.


This vinyl just oozes history (about 50 years, to be precise) with the cult Reflected on Side A and Living on Side B (both from the Pretties For You Album). In keeping with the other early Alice Cooper Group releases, we are also treated to the revered 'Straight Records' vinyl labels and 'Bizarre Music' copyright text.


This absolute gem of a 7" will forever be amongst my most treasured Alice Cooper items. Thank you Chris, I owe you (again)!

Pretties For You Live In New York City DVD


In November 2015 music artist Nick Didkovsky (and founder of the band Doctor Nerve) was offered a week long residency at the experimental and intimate New York music venue The Stone.  


As a massive fan of Pretties For You, and having never experienced live versions of the albums' songs (and let's face it, very few people did as they stopped playing this material in 1970), he took the opportunity one night to perform the entire album from start to finish in front of a live audience of music fans (including some hardcore Alice Cooper fans from around the world). Also joining them, were very special guests Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith from the original Alice Cooper group, both of whom provided expert advice during the pereperation of the show. Cindy Dunaway Smith also produced an excellent Pretties For You inspired shirt, which Nick wore and is pictured on the DVD.


The outome is an outstanding interpretation of the album which is a more than worthy substiute for the lack of anything similar from Alice and co. Paul Bertolino (who performs with an Alice tribute band called My Stars) makes a great young Alice and after a while you begin to think that you are actually watching the original group. To top off proceedings, Dennis even joins in for the Encore which features Nobody Likes Me, Yeah Yeah Yeah and You Drive Me Nervous.


Absolutely brilliant, let's have Easy Action as well please!


I have since managed to get the disc signed by Dennis Dunaway and Cindy Dunaway Smith (when they visited the UK in November 2017).

For the Easy Action era click here.