Alice Cooper

Wel­come To My Night­mare: Spe­cial Edi­tion

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Essi Bere­lian

Dream evil. As far as ca­reer land­marks go, Wel­come To My Night­mare re­mains one of the best things Alice Cooper has ever done, the cun­ning com­bi­na­tion of shock­rock and Broad­way piz­zazz spawn­ing a clas­sic with plenty of the­atri­cal po­ten­tial.

The 1976 Wel­come To My Night­mare con­cert film, shot in Lon­don, is a bit of a cult favourite, cap­tur­ing a show per­fectly tuned to in­sid­i­ously slip­ping Cold Ethyl, Steven and Devil’s Food fur­ther into the main­stream. What makes this Spe­cial Edi­tion re­ally worth­while, though, is the in­clu­sion of 1975’s rarely seen Alice Cooper: The Night­mare TV spe­cial on DVD for the first time. Fea­tur­ing Vin­cent Price camp­ing it up like a cham­pion as the spirit of the night­mare and lead­ing Alice around on a leash be­fore The Black Widow, this ev­ery­ex­pense-spared dip into the hor­ror dress­ing up box looks de­li­ciously cheap, but de­liv­ers the en­tire al­bum plus a nifty ver­sion of the Bal­lad Of Dwight Fry. Tacky but brilliant fun.

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