Welcome To My Nightmare Era

Read my review of this album here.

Welcome To My Nightmare CD Album

Unknown Year, Atlantic, R2 531664

This USA CD version of Welcome To My Nightmare comes in a jewel case and features only a 2-sided paper inlay containing track listings and credits.

Welcome To My Nightmare CD Album

2002, Atlantic, 81227 43832

This European remastered CD edition features tweaked tracks, a much better booklet with a superb biography by Jeffrey Morgan and 3 'Alternative Version' bonus tracks...

 

Devil's Food is nearly 2 minutes longer than the album version yet doesn't include Vincent Price.  Instead there's a haunting instrumental section, very good but you couldn't possibly swap this with the album version.

 

Cold Ethyl is very similar to the album version but with slightly different instrumental arrangements.

 

The Awakening is also about 2 minutes longer than the album version with less prominent vocals and embelished instrumental sections.

 

Whilst the bonus material is welcomed none of it is particularly essential.

Welcome To My Nightmare 'Mini LP' SHM CD Album

2011, Warner Brothers, WPCR-14306

This Japanese Mini LP faithfully recreates the original vinyl and comes complete with CD sleeve with track listings, lyrics and credits. 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.

Welcome To My Nightmare DVD Audio

2001, Warner Brothers, 8122-76785-9

Along with Billion Dollar Babies, Welcome To My Nightmare was the only other Alice Cooper album to receive an 'DVD Audio' release.  Oddly, and in complete contrast to the Billion Dollar Babies version (and liner notes) almost all the features on the disc are accesible using a standard DVD player.  This makes this European release more useful as you get treated to an entertaining interview with Bob Ezrin and Alice plus a biography and credits (the photo gallery and lyrics feature cannot be accessed though).  

 

The interview is great with highlights being the Only Women Bleed clown story, the Vincent Price changing wording story ("you're Vincent Price, you can do whatever you want" jokes Alice) details of the Magic Screen prop plus some comments on Brutal Planet, which was released around the same time.

 

Sonically, this release features the original quadrophonic mix which can be played in 'Advanced Multi-Channel' stereo and surround sound plus Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

 

Although released around the same time as the remastered CD, this version does not include the 3 bonus tracks.  However, it does feature the same inlay, only this time in novelty clown size to fit the odd sized case.

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Promotional Vinyl Album

1975, Atlantic Records, SD 18130

This USA promotional copy of Alice's first solo album (and also the first and only under the Atlantic Records label) is a significant departure from the majesty of the Alice Cooper Group releases, featuring just a simple card sleeve. It does, however, include the iconic illustration by Drew Struzan on the front, of a smartly dressed Alice emerging from a dark triangle (surrounded by bugs) and tipping his hat in a friendly manner. The artwork flows over to the rear of the sleeve, where track listings and credits are provided.

 

The paper inner sleeve features track listings, lyrics and credits on either side together with a photo of Alice and images of a hat and creepy spider.

 

As this is a promotional copy, it includes an additional sticker on the front, which provides four 'SUGGESTED CUTS FOR AIR PLAY' (Welcome To My Nightmare, Department Of Youth, Cold Ethyl and Escape). There is also a small saw cut on the spine, and into the inner sleeve, which was commonly added to promotional records to deter their resale to the public.

 

The disc features green and red Atlantic labels, which are identical to USA stock copies (i.e. the sticker on the front is the only way to differentiate promotional copies from stock copies). 

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album

1975, Atlantic Records, SD 18130

This USA 1st pressing of Welcome To My Nightmare is identical to the promotional version (above) only that it features and 'Only Women (Bleed)' hype sticker on the shrink wrap instead of the promotional sticker. Also, the pressing code on the vinyl label is slightly different (i.e. 'RI' instead of 'PR'), which I understand indicates that it was pressed in a different plant. 

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album

1975, Anchor Records, ANCL 2001

The UK 1st pressing of Welcome To My Nightmare is nearly identical to the USA version (above) only that it features black Anchor Records labels (who pressed the album in Europe.

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album

2010, Friday Music, FRM 18130

This USA 180g re-issue of the above release comes in a gatefold sleeve with the material from the inner sleeve of the original release transposed onto the centrefold.  The vinyl faithfully replicates the labels of the USA pressing (above) only that 'Friday Music' replaces 'Atlantic'.

Welcome To My Nightmare 12" Vinyl Album

2018, Rhino Entertainment, RCV1 18130

This European 140 gram vinyl version of Welcome To My Nightmare was released in January 2018 at the same time as additional releases of Easy Action and Killer.  Each featured different colour vinyl and production numbers with this one pressed in opaque purple and being limited to 6,200 units worldwide.

 

This version faithfully recreates the original USA album (above) including the vinyl sleeve featuring track listings, lyrics and credits on either side.

 

Unlike the initial Easy Action and Killer re-issues, this version was correctly pressed in the factory meaning you actually get the Welcome To My Nightmare music on it!

Department Of Youth 7" Promotional Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, ANC1012

This UK promotional 7" single features a paper sleeve, complete with spider on either side, and features Department Of Youth on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).

Department Of Youth 7" Juke Box Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, 3C 000 70041

This Italian 7" jukebox promotional single comes in a paper sleeve (with cut-out label hole), features a white Anchor vinyl label, and includes Department Of Youth on Side A (from the Welcome To My Nightmare album) and the track The Secrets That You Keep by British glam rock band Mud on Side B, which features an alternative Columbia label.

 

The sleeve, however, is entirely Alice-themed and features similar artwork to the Welcome To My Nightmare album on the front and back.

Department Of Youth 7" Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, 1C006-96379

This German 7" vinyl single features black Anchor Records labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes Department Of Youth on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).  

 

The front of the sleeve features the cover image of Alice from the Welcome To My Nightmare album set against a black background. On the back is promotional material for the album featuring the original version of the artwork.

Department Of Youth 7" Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, 8E006 96379

This Portuguese 7" vinyl single features black Anchor Records labels, comes in a paper sleeve and includes Department Of Youth on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).  

 

The front of the sleeve features an image of a petrified Alice / Steven in make-up watching a group of large spiders creep towards him in bed (this is no-doubt taken from the filming of 'The Nightmare' TV special). On the back are track listings and credits.

Only Women Bleed 7" Vinyl Single

1975, Atlantic, 45-3254

This USA vinyl single comes in a simple paper sleeve and features Only Women Bleed on Side A and Cold Ethyl on Side B (both from Welcome To My Nightmare).  This release is notable in that the title track is actually stated as simply 'Only Women'.

Only Women Bleed 7" Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, 1C 006-96650

This German 7" vinyl single features black Anchor Records labels, a paper sleeve and includes Only Women Bleed on Side A and Devil's Food on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).

 

The front of the sleeve features an image the Alice in make-up and top hat.  On the back is promotional material for the album featuring the original version of the artwork.

Welcome To My Nightmare 7" Vinyl Single

1975, Anchor Records, 16 537 AT

This German 7" vinyl single features black Anchor Records labels, a paper sleeve and includes Welcome To My Nightmare on Side A and Black Widow on Side B (both from the Welcome To My Nightmare album).

 

The sleeve features the same image on both sides of a petrified Alice / Steven in make-up watching a large spider creep towards him in bed (this is no-doubt taken from the filming of 'The Nightmare' TV special).

Four Tracks From Alice Cooper, 12" Vinyl EP

1978, Anchor Records, ANE 12001

This UK 4-track EP was released 3 years after Welcome To My Nightmare, come in a simple card sleeve, and features Welcome To My Nightmare and Department Of Youth on Side 1 and Black Widow and Only Women Bleed on Side 2 (all from the album Welcome To My Nightmare).

 

The rear of the sleeve includes some background / marketing text describing how this "EP projects Alice Cooper at his most ingeneous, compelling and outstanding".

Welcome To My Nightmare Promotional Jigsaw Puzzle

1975

This nice promotional item is the same size and appearance as the sleeve of the original 12" vinyl.  The front, however, is a neat 49-piece jigsaw puzzle (the pieces are still sealed together).  

Welcome To My Nightmare Jigsaw Puzzle

2020, Rock Saws, RSAW058PZ

This further Welcome To My Nightmare jigsaw by Rock Saws comes in a nice sturdy box, features 500 pieces and measures 41 x 41cm when built. It is of excellent quality, with good-fitting pieces and a nice glossy finish. 

 

A puzzle for the Trash album was also produced at the same time.

For the 'Flash Fearless' and 'I'm Flash' releases click here.

For the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' concert film and 'The Nightmare' TV special click here.

For the Goes To Hell era click here.