Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (DVD)
Label: Eagle Vision - EREDV130 • Format: DVD DVD-Video, NTSC, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
The next step was recording the larger-than-life concept album "Welcome To My Nightmare" in Toronto, Canada, which featured among others, guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunterboth of whom had appeared on previous AC albums. The rhythm section was mostly supplied by Prakash John on bass and Pentti "Whitey" Glan on drums, both Canadian residents at the time. Horror movie icon and Hollywood Squares regular Vincent Price —who at the time was concentrating on voiceover work, and had contributed a short narration on "Nightmare" —now was featured in an expanded co-starring role as "The Spirit of the Nightmare.
They come from the blackness of your mind. The other dominating element on "The Nightmare" —released here for the first time on DVD—as well as the live film "Welcome To My Nightmare"is the inclusion Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (DVD) dancers choreographed by David Winterswho had gained fame in the movie version of "West Side Story".
Rock music fans in were probably not enthusiastic about this showbizzy intrusion at the time, but looking back, it's quite impressive. They appear early, in the title track, grotesque denizens occupying the blackness of Alice's mind, in slow motion and freeze frame sequences. The dancers are the most effective on "Only Women Bleed" as they weave in and out with shiny mannequins, and this particular "Cold Ethyl" is smokin' HOT!
All the songs from "Welcome To My Nightmare" are used—album versions Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (DVD) subtle edits. The concert film "Welcome To My Nightmare"from London in September, and previously available on DVD, was less than a smashing success in when it was first released. However, it stands as a defining document of the massive "Welcome To My Nightmare" tour that lasted two years. The band consisted of the four main musicians mentioned above and Jozef Chirowski on keyboards and vocals.
The dancers from the TV special are back as well. They're kept in a Get-N-Skinzs - Foxxx N Mayhem - Strictly Suicide dumpster-stage left-until they are needed.
A lot of the dancing and visuals are parallel with "The Nightmare" and includes the addition of a special screen where ALICE and the dancers can appear to go in and out of a projected scene. The band—initially all in black tophats—gets a few moments in the spotlight during "Devil's Food" with Wagner and Hunter competing in a guitar duel wearing black capes after a giant spider web rises from the stage.
After an odd edit and Vincent Price 's recorded intro, "Black Widow" produces more maniacal guitar soloing. The film ends in a less macabre manner: "Escape" and "School's Out" are followed by "Department of Youth"which is extended to Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare (DVD) solos from all the band members.
There are edits towards the end that cut into the proceedings with comments from fans in front of the venue, but these minor interruptions are forgiven, now, four decades after the fact.
There's an alternate version of "Only Women Bleed"which plays out over the closing credits. The sound and picture quality are good considering the archival sources, and both offerings are in Screen Format. NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook.
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