Friday, September 26, 2014

1982, Toronto Rock N' Roll Revival 1969, Volume IV

1982, vinyl
Toronto Rock N' Roll Revival 1969, Volume IV

I remember I was surprised finding this album in the
Newington Mall in New Hampshire back in the summer of '82. 
This is the first time I seen this album and believe this is the first
time this record was released. After that it pops up with
different covers and titles like "Ladies Man", "Home To Mother",
"Legends", "Live Painting", "Nobody Likes Me", "In Concert" just to name a few.
I'm pretty sure another 10 have been released in the past week.

A cassette titled "Freak Out Song" I posted back on January 3, 2013. 
Some others I have on CD are"Freak Out", 
"Snorting Anthrax", and "Live in Toronto 1969"
and a picture vinyl titled "Toronto Rock N' Roll Revival 1969, Volume IV".

Recorded at an outdoor festival in Toronto, Canada, this show included such acts as Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Doors, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley and Gene Vincent (which the Alice Cooper Band backed) to name a few.

Depending on which CD you buy the tracks may switch around and the songs have the incorrect titles. On the "Group Instrumental" track which is listed different on these albums is actually part of “Lie Down & Die, Goodbye” that appears on their Easy Action album.
Same goes for “I’ve Written Home To Mother” which is also part of “Lie Down & Die, Goodbye.”
“Painting A Picture” is “No Longer Umpire” from Pretties For You album.
“Freak Out Song” is “Don’t Blow Your Mind” from their Spiders years.
“Science Fiction” is “Fields of Regret” from Pretties For You album.
“Nobody Likes Me” is the only correct title which appears on Whiskey A Go Go 1969 album released in 1992. A demo of this song appears on "The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper" Boxed set released in 1999.

The 2 non-Alice Cooper tracks that come in debate among Alice fans are “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman” and ‘Going To The River” appear on these recordings. It all depends on who you listen too or what story you heard first. Some say it was The Alice Cooper Group being the backing band for Gene Vincent, which is true they did back Gene Vincent but not sure these are Gene Vincent songs. The other story is the 2 tracks are by Ronnie Hawkins that just happen to fill up the space of the album. Members from Ronnie Hawkin’s fan club believe it to be Hawkins himself. As it was stated in Dale Sherman’s book “The Illustrated Collector’s Guide To Alice Cooper”.

So as for the actual live Alice recordings they are very interesting to hear. It’s listening to the original band perform which I never had the pleasure to see live. I like the version of “Science Fiction” aka “Fields of Regret” which comes across very Pink Floyd.


I like the cover illustration by Steve Hunter (not the musician)

Back Cover

Side One

Interesting listings on the credits of 4 songs by Alice Cooper
Track 3 "Group Instrumental" (M. Spoelstra)
Track 4. "I Written Home To Mother" (R. Phillips)

Side Two

Track 2 "Nobody Likes Me" (R. Phillips)
Track 3 "Science Fiction" (David Gary Wertman)

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