Welcome 2 My Nightmare Era
Welcome 2 My Nightmare is the 26th studio album by Alice Cooper (both as a band and a solo artist) and was released in September 2011. The album is a sequel to the 1975 hit album Welcome To My Nightmare (see what he did there!) and again focuses on the nightmares of Alice's alter ego Steven.
Despite there being 36 years between them, the albums are closely linked with references to the original release present in the overall concept, the musical content and even the front cover.
Read my review of this album here.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare 'The Radio Show' Promotional CD
2011, Nightmare Inc.
This CD was produced for radio shows as a means of promoting the Welcome 2 My Nightmare album. It is hosted by Gary Moore and features a biography, generic interviews with Alice and extracts of tracks from the new album (I'll Bite Your Face Off, Last Man On Earth, Runaway Train, Something To Remember Me By, Caffeine and I Gotta Get Out Of Here) and some of his classic ones (I'm Eighteen, Welcome To My Nightmare, No More Mr Nice Guy and Poison). It is spread over 3 segments which presented radio stations with the opportunity to easily slot adverts between. Also included are 2 short promotional soundbites.
The CD is comes in a jewel case complete with simple paper inlay. On the back are track listings and together with information for radio stations. A release date of Tuesday, September 13th 2011 is stated.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare CD Album
2011, Spinefarm Records, 0602527805276
This CD comes in a jewel case and features a simple booklet containing song lyrics and credits. In addition to the standard 14 album tracks is the bonus track We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, which is a cover of a track by the same name by The Animals.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare Deluxe CD Album
2011, Spinefarm Records, 0602527805504
The limited edition deluxe CD album of Welcome 2 My Nightmare is a much nicer offering than the once above standard version. It comes in a digi-pack and offers a better booklet with illustrations, a 'Nightmare Express' ticket, double-sided poster and 3 bonus tracks (We Gotta Get Out Of This Place plus live versions of No More Mr Nice Guy and The Black Widow from the 2011 Download festival). One of the poster images is quite striking with a dark, hand drawn, image of Alice.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album
Unknown Year / Manufacturer
The first thing you notice about this release is that it's not a replica Mini LP like all the other Japanese SHM CD's, this is a shame as they were such impressive products. Instead, the packaging is almost identical to the UK Jewel CD version with an almost identical booklet and inserts (other than a bit of Japanese here and there). An additional black and white booklet in Japanese is also provided.
The most notable difference, however, is that this version comes with yet another variation of material to all the UK releases. Here we get the standard 14 album tracks plus the Under The Bed and Poison live (originally from the Classic Rock Fan Pack version) and No More Mr Nice Guy and The Black Widow live (originally from the Digi Pack version).
Being an SHM version the audio (apparently) sounds louder and crisper than the standard UK versions so this is probably worth picking up and using as your master copy for ripping to your MP3 device.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare Classic Rock CD Fan Pack
2011, Future Publishing, 1-858704-20-0
Welcome 2 My Nightmare was subject to a limited edition release as a Classic Rock 'Fan Pack' in September 2011 (nearly a month before the official album release date). The packs were available across the UK (via mail order, and at music stores and newsagents) and cost a very reasonable £14.99. Similar releases had previously seen artists like Slash and Whitesnake featured. To entice fans further, the following was on offer:
1. The CD album in exclusive digi-book format plus 2 bonus tracks (the exceptional Under The Bed and a non-essential live version of Poison from the 2011 Download festival). The booklet was the same as that provided in the deluxe edition CD (above) only that it was fixed to the digi-book;
2. A fantastic 132-page magazine entirely devoted to Alice, which included a track-by-track guide to the album, biography, reviews of historical releases, a pick of the top 40 Alice songs from across his career to-date plus some other interesting material;
3. A metal pin badge;
4. A double-sided Alice poster; and
5. An Alice face mask made of card.
Furthermore, those who pre-ordered also received an additional double-sided poster with their name printed in small writing on one of the images. Last but not least, some packs also come bundled with an unadvertised Alice make-up set.
All-in-all this is an outstanding offering with the magazine and, of course, the album itself being the highlights. It was therefore well worth the asking price and I highly recommend hunting out a copy from eBay or Amazon!
Welcome 2 My Nightmare Classic Rock iPad Fan Pack
2011, Future Publishing
Following hot on the heals of the CD-based Classic Rock Fan Pack came this innovative iPad App. It essentially included the same content as the magazine from the original Fan Pack but with some great videos of Alice (in full make-up) thrown in for good measure. Users are also treated to the promotional video of I'll Bite Your Face Off plus some footage from the iconic Club 100 gig from 2011.
Also included was a digital copy of the album and neat links to iTunes versions of Alice's back-catalogue. There was, of course, none of the physical items that came bundled with the original Fan Pack but it was still good value for the £14.99 charge.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare Vinyl Album
2011, Spinefarm Records, 602527805474
The European vinyl copy of Welcome 2 My Nightmare comes in a striking gatefold sleeve and includes 2 tranluscent 'Blood Red' discs, the same poster as the CD deluxe album, a glossy booklet and a coupon allowing you to download the album in MP3 format.
The booklet is very large and almost the same as the standard CD version so does not include the nice artwork of the deluxe album, which is a shame (the front and back covers are different, however).
Like the other editions of the album, this version features a bonus track. This time it's the interesting Flatline, which is not really a track as such (more a series of beeps). Certainly not essential by any means!
The discs look great in red, what would have made the package better is if they had used the same artwork plus included the Nightmare Express Ticket from the deluxe album.
I'll Bite Your Face Off Promotional CD Single
2011, Spinefarm Records
This rare promotional CD comes in a simple folded paper sleeve and includes the single version of I'll Bite Your Face Off and the album version of Caffeine (the disc is a blue CD-R type offering).
The back of the sleeve includes the 2011 UK tour dates. There is also a sticker on the clear wallet stating:
'I'll Bite Your Face Off' released August 22nd on Spinefarm Records
Alice Cooper pays tribute to The Rolling Stones on new single 'I'll Bite Your Face Off / Caffeine' released August 22nd, taken from the forthcoming album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' released September 12th. Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the record picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.
'I'll Bite Your Face Off' delivers a Rolling Stones-esque groove featuring an iconic chorus that has already become a crowd favourite at Alice's live gigs around the world.
I'll Bite Your Face Off 7" Vinyl Single
2011, Spinefarm Records, LC 01846
This nice looking picture disc features the single edit of I'll Bite Your Face Off (which is very similar to the album version only with the instrumental from the middle of the song shortened) and a live version of the song from the Download Festival at Donnington, UK on 11th June 2011.
A Runaway Train Promotional CD Single
2011, Universal Music
This promotional CD comes in a jewel case and features a single-sided paper insert. On the back is some suggested hype content for radio DJs.
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