Announced at Goldmine Magazine Tuesday, October 3 kicks off the first round of releases and continues with new releases every Tuesday throughout the month. ROCKTOBER 2017 features iconic artists Alice Cooper, Chicago, Dr. Feelgood, Faces, Grateful Dead, Heavy Metal, Jane’s Addiction, Nickelback, Skid Row, Testament, T-Rex, Velvet Underground and ZZ TOP.
Alice Cooper – Love It To Death – 1-LP Black and White Swirl Vinyl
Limited edition of 6,500 copies, $21.98
Alice Cooper – Pretties For You – 1-LP Red Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 6,000 copies, $21.98
Alice Cooper – Special Forces – 1-LP White Colored Vinyl
Limited edition of 5,200 copies, $21.98
You can read full list of the other artists at Goldmine
Finally they released The Nightmare TV Special that should of been
released about 6 years ago. It would of gone well w/ the release of
Alice's new album Welcome 2 My Nightmare but better late than never I guess.
I still have the original VHS version that came out in 1983. I believe I ordered it from
some magazine at that time.
So the DVD version isn't sharper than the VHS version in fact some
parts seem to be a bit grainy and color isn't sharp but from what I heard it was
taken from the original tape. As for the show itself still campy and enjoyed the songs
even a few alternative lyrics to "Devil's Food", "Awakening" and a few other songs I notice
Alice changed maybe 1 or 2 words. Of course Vincent Price was a perfect fit to give
Alice a tour of his own nightmare and you see a young Sheryl Goddard later
to become Sheryl Cooper.
The second part includes Welcome To My Nightmare movie which I have seen
at the Drive-In back in '75 or '76. I later purchased the VHS version of this concert
from a 1988KERRANG! Ad. I remember this was the first time I had to go
and exchange U.S. currency to U.K. I must of watched that VHS tape a hundred times.
Later on Rhino put out this show on DVD in '99.
So we come to 2017 version which has one major flaw.
No "Department of Youth" they list it on the back cover and booklet. Also on the
DVD menu but when you click on it you get the end of the song as Alice is bowing
to the crowd and leads into introducing the band. Right before that "School's Out"
was being played then it jumps to Alice bowing to the audience.
Other than that I notice a lot of quick edits as it jumps to the next song.
The solo battle of guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter are amazing but near the end
it doesn't fade out it jumps into the Vincent Price intro of "The Black Widow".
Pretty rough editing I would say through out.
Again no clean up on the film and it seems to be dark at times.
I personally think the VHS version I ordered from KERRANG! back in '88
was much better.
No interviews, comments or bonus footage.
You do get a booklet of 6 pages of credits some pics
w/ some small copy that was hard to read plus over some of
the color background didn't help at all. Poor graphics.
Just a step above a bootleg version.
Update on the missing "Department of Youth"song: from a reliable source it was stated that the two programs put together are too much for the normal duel layer DVD so they cut a track to fit it on one disc.
Personally I would of been happy w/ just The Nightmare than a half assed production.
Surprises are on Alice Cooper 27 Studio album PARANORMAL far more than enough. The most important - if not the most sensational - is his consistent return to the (Rock) values of the 70s, when this music experienced its most colorful epoch. As if there had never been bulky and disagreeable releases such as BRUTAL PLANET (2000) or DRAGONTOWN (2000), Cooper continues to devote himself to deep melodic songs without interfering experiments. In the process, he fires psychedelic space rock from the imagination fog machine (Fireball), surprisingly funky (Dead Flies) confesses to his Deep Purple Roots (Paranormal) and ends the new album with a song to which even Pink Floyd was proud in her blood phase (The Sound Of A). Coming to the highpoints already announced in the run - up: Cooper has a lot of well - known guests with Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Larry Mullen Jr. (U2), as well as a bonus CD Promised reunion of the original band (feat. Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce). The best thing about PARANORMAL, however, is: There are at least twelve powerful new songs!
Alice Cooper – Paranormal (album) 1. Paranormal 2. Dead Flies 3. Fireball 4. Paranoiac Personality 5. Fallen In Love 6. Dynamite Road 7. Private Public Breakdown 8. Holy Water 9. Rats 10. The Sound Of A
Studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band: 11. Genuine American Girl 12. You And All Of Your Friends
Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band: 13. No More Mr. Nice Guy 14. Under My Wheels 15. Billion Dollar Babies 16. Feed My Frankenstein 17. Only Women Bleed 18. School’s Out
from May 8, 2017 pretty cool interview as Alice talks about his new "Paranormal" album coming out in July and a new Hollywood Vampires album coming out in 2018 w/ new songs. Interviews closes w/ some Q&A's.
‘Paranormal’ will be released on Friday 28th July on earMUSIC
on 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital formats.
Alice reunite with the Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.
Other feature guests Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, U2’s Larry Mullen and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
Total of 12 tracks, recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD – a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with Dennis, Neal and Michael alongside carefully selected live recordings.
This new podcast w/ Bob Ezrin is much longer than the one
in March. On this one they cover Alice Cooper, KISS, Deep Purple
and many other bands he has produced. Bob talks quite a bit about Alice and at the end they take
phone calls w/ a number of questions on Alice Cooper
and Dennis Dunaway gets a mention during the last call.
Spooky Pinball LLC will release an Alice Cooper pinball machine, Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle, in this fall.
Says Spooky Pinball LLC: “YES! We are doing Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle. Here's what we can say for now. Lots of classic and modern Alice Cooper music! NOT a "greatest hits" package, (of course it has Coop favorites) but we selected what fits an awesome Spooky monster filled adventure game.
“Matt Montgomery (Piggy D from Rob Zombie's band) is doing some awesome instrumental spooky ambiance music. Jeff Zornow is the artist doing the bad ass retro comic style artwork you see in the backglass. That theme carries through the entire game.”