Alice Cooper – Welcome to my Nightmare (1975/2001) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Alice Cooper – Welcome to my Nightmare (1975/2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 00:38:36 minutes | 920 MB | Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Atlantic Records
Recorded: Soundstage, Toronto; Plant East, Electric Lady and A&R Studios, New York, 1974-1975

The first solo record of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, released in 1975, introduced the world to Cooper’s hard rocking, dark theatrics. The album hit #5 on the Billboard Chart and yielded three hit singles: “Only Women Bleed,” “Department of Youth,” and “Welcome to My Nightmare.”

With the 1974 disintegration of the original Alice Cooper group, Alice was free to launch a solo career. He wisely decided to re-enlist the services of Bob Ezrin for his solo debut, Welcome to My Nightmare, which was a concept album tied into the story line of the highly theatrical concert tour he launched soon after the album’s release. While the music lost most of the gritty edge of the original AC lineup, Welcome to My Nightmare remains Alice’s best solo effort — while some tracks stray from his expected hard rock direction, there’s plenty of fist-pumping rock to go around. The disco-flavored, album-opening title track would be reworked on the stage as more of a hard rock tune, while “Some Folks” dips into cabaret territory, and “Only Women Bleed” is a sensitive ballad that became a Top Ten hit. But the rockers serve as the album’s foundation — “Devil’s Food,” “The Black Widow,” “Department of Youth,” and “Cold Ethyl” are all standouts, as is the more tranquil yet eerie epic “Steven.” Despite this promising start to Cooper’s solo career, the majority of his subsequent releases were often not as focused and were of varying quality. -Greg Prato

1 Welcome To My Nightmare 5:20
2 Devil’s Food 3:35
3 The Black Widow 3:37
4 Some Folks 4:18
5 Only Women Bleed 5:49
6 Department Of Youth 3:20
7 Cold Ethyl 2:57
8 Years Ago 2:51
9 Steven 5:46
10 The Awakening 2:30
11 Escape 3:15

Alice Cooper – Vocals
Bob Ezrin – Synthesizer, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
Dick Wagner – Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Steve Hunter – Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Prakash John – Bass
Tony Levin – Bass
Pentti “Whitey” Glan – Drums
Johnny “Bee” Badanjek – Drums