The Breadcrumbs Era


The Breadcrumbs is an EP released in September 2019 featuring four covers, a remake of a previous Alice Cooper solo track and an all-new song. It was initially released as a 10" vinyl only, but was quickly also made available as a digital download and Japan-only CD. Those who purchased the vinyl were also able to digitally download the content for free from the EarMUSIC website. An official worldwide CD release, complete with bonus content, eventually followed in 2024.  


The six tracks included are:


1. Detroit City 2020 (a remake of the track Detroit City from 2003's The   Eyes Of Alice Cooper album);


2. Go Man Go (all-new song);


3. East Side Story (a Bob Seager cover);


4. Your Mama Won't Like Me (a Suzi Quatro cover);


5. Devil With A Blue Dress On / Chains Of Love (a dual Shorty Long and William Stevenson / J. J. Barnes cover); and


6. Sister Anne (an MC5 cover).


Although seen as an unexpected bonus release by most, some fans were slightly dismayed to see Alice perform yet more covers (having also done so with the Hollywood Vampires project and his Raise The Dead Tour) rather than release all-new solo or Alice Cooper Group material. However, all the covers feature Alice's usual personal twist and are presented in stripped down garage rock style, similar to that used on The Eyes Of Alice Cooper.


Speaking of that album, Detroit City 2020 sees Alice revisit the song of the same name from 16 years earlier. Whilst this is a good new version, I have to say that I prefer the original as its chorus was really catchy.


The all new track, Go Man Go, is a punky affair, with plenty of attitude, and it was an interesting insight into the path Alice would take for his next album.

The Breadcrumbs Album Cover

The Breadcrumbs 10" Promotional Vinyl EP

2019, EarMUSIC, 0214216EMU

This European promotional 10" vinyl copy of The Breadcrumbs comes in a simple card sleeve. On the front is a replica image of Alice's eyes as originally featured on the inside of the Love It To Death album (only that you can no longer see the rest of the Alice Cooper Group hiding away). On the rear of the sleeve are track listings and credits. The inner sleeve contains similar artwork to the front in alternate red and black print. Inside is a black vinyl disc featuring white EarMUSIC labels.


The only way to tell that this is a promotional copy is that it is marked as 'Promo / 20,000' on the back of the sleeve. This obviously reflects the fact that the stock release (below) was limited to 20,000 units worldwide, with the hype sticker on the front also communicating this point.


Also provided is a small inlay card that promotes some previous EarMUSIC Alice Cooper / Hollywood Vampires releases and also advises fans to 'watch out for the new Alice Cooper album in 2020'!


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The Breadcrumbs 10" Vinyl EP

2019, EarMUSIC, 0214216EMU

This European 10" vinyl EP is exactly the same as the promotional copy (above) only that it features the unique number '12,688 / 20,000' on the back of the sleeve.


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The Breadcrumbs Promotional CD

2019, Verycords

This rare French promotional three-track CD features a simple folded paper sleeve and includes Detroit City 2020, East Side Story and Devil With A Blue Dress / Chains Of Love.


Both the sleeve and CD state 'Sortie le 13 septembre 2019' (i.e. 'Released 13th September 2019') and 'CD PROMOTIONNEL - INTERDIT A LA VENTE' (i.e. 'PROHIBITED FOR SALE').


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The Breadcrumbs CD EP

2019, EarMUSIC / Ward Records, GQCS-90800 

A few months after the vinyl EP was released came this exclusive Japanese CD, which comes in a clear jewel case featuring an Obi strip.


Unlike many other Japanese releases, nothing notable is provided (no bonus tracks sadly). A small black and white booklet containing only Japanese text and an image of Alice is included, with the colour inlay being just a two-sided piece of card featuring artwork taken from the vinyl release.


Although good to have on CD, there is nothing essential here to really justify spending the money on it.


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The Breadcrumbs CD EP

2024, earMUSIC, 0219023EMU


Five years after its original release, The Breadcrumbs was finally made available "For The First Time" on CD (i.e. outside of Japan). In addition to the standard content, two bonus tracks were provided:


> The single version of Don't Give Up (from the Detroit Stories album); and


> The live version of Go Man Go from the 'Nightmare Castle' tour show at the Hellfest Festival, France, in 2022 (the entire performance of which was provided as a bonus DVD / Blu-Ray with some copies of the Road album).  


This European version comes in a clear jewel case featuring a hype sticker and simple fold-out booklet containing track listings and credits.


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For the Detroit Stories era Click Here.