Alice Cooper - ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’  

THE BAND:
***see below***
TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) “I Am Made of You” – (LG: Steve Hunter /  EG, Prog, Key: Tommy Henriksen / EG: Tommy Denander / Piano, Key: Bob Ezrin / Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas / Drums: Scott Williamson / BG Voc: Bob Ezrin) - This track opens with a piano arrangement.  This piano arrangement is very similar to the one used on ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ with a few added notes.  There was a piano arrangement change for the musical chorus.  There was an effect added to Alice’s vocal lines of the verse.  There also was a small echo attached to the vocal lines.  There was a small guitar build-up connecting the verse with the musical pre-chorus. Underneath the musical chorus there is a snare drum rhythm.  The arrangement really does not kick-in until the second verse.  There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  A minor solo runs underneath the last chorus.  All the way through the song there is an underlining vocal whisper.        
2.) “Caffeine” – (Bass, Key, LG, Perc: Tommy Henriksen / Additional RhyG: Keith Nelson / EG: Steve Hunter / Drums: Scott Williamson / Key: Bob Ezrin / BG Voc: Bab Ezrin, Tommy Henriksen, Kip Winger) - It sounded like this intro was backward masked.  Alice’s lead vocal line connects the intro with the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar arrangement was very simple with a lot of rests letting the drum line which included a cowbell rhythm bleed through.  There is a small rhythm guitar build-up connecting the pre-verse with the verse.  For the musical verse instead of changing the musical arrangement Tommy kicks in the bass line.  There is rhythm change and hook for the pre-chorus.  The backing vocals of the chorus where classic seventies Alice! There is a small lead run connecting the lyric lines of the second verse.  The solo was short and somewhat abstract.  After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of a chorus.  The coda consisted of an Alice Cooper vocal effect. 
3.) “The Nightmare Returns” – (LG: Tommy Henriksen / EG: Steve Hunter / Key: Bob Ezrin / Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas / Drums: Scott Williamson) -This track opens with Alice as ‘Steven’ over the top of a piano arrangement.  After that, it turns into a musical interlude. 
4.) “A Runaway Train” – (Drums: Neal Smith / Bass: Dennis Dunaway / Guitar: Michael Bruce / Main Guitars: Steve Hunter & Tommy Henriksen / LG: Vince Gill / Sound Effects: Tommy Henriksen / Piano: Bob Ezrin / BG Voc: Alice Coopeplease don't tell u like the rest?r / THE CONDUCTOR: Dis Vicious) This track opens with the voice of a conductor.  There are several little lead guitar licks over the top of this intro.  The rhythm guitar underneath the lead licks is mainly just playing rhythm chords.  There is no rhythm change for the musical verse.  To me I felt the musical verse had a seventies Cooper feel to it.  The way the rhythm guitar was arranged you can hear an acoustic guitar rhythm underneath it.  There is a small lead guitar riff connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus. This song has got a simple Alice Cooper groove to it.
5.) “Last Man on Earth” – (Key & Harmonium: Bob Ezrin / Cocktail Drums: Scott Williamson / Ganjo & Violin: Jason Roller / Tuba: Neil Konouchi / Guitar: David Spreng) - Just a beautifully structured seventies sounding Alice Cooper track!
6.) “The Congregation” – (THE GUIDE: Rob Zombie / LG: Steve Hunter & Tommy Henriksen / AG, Piano, Key, Perc, Prog: Tommy Henriksen / Key: Bob Ezrin / Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas / Drums: Scott Williamson / BG Voc: Bob Ezrin, Tommy Henriksen, Kip Winger) This track consisted of a simple acoustic guitar strumming riff over the top of a keyboard arrangement.  The musical verse kicks-in with a snare fill.  The musical verse consisted of a very simple rock groove guitar riff.  There is a minor lead guitar solo in between each lyric line.  There is a spoken section after the second chorus.  This spoken section was done by Rob Zombie.  Because of the tom -tom rhythms through the choruses the song kind of takes a “I’m Eighteen” feel.  
7.) “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” – (Drums: Neal Smith / Bass: Dennis Dunaway / LG: Steve Hunter / RG: Michael Bruce / G & Perc: Tommy Henriksen / Piano: Bob Ezrin / Trombone: Justin”Kourquie” Corelyou / Brass Orchestration: Jeremy Rubolino / BG Vocals: Bob Ezrin) This track is the first single taken off the CD.  There is a small snare fill this opens this track.  The main rhythm guitar riff of the intro section had a very simple rhythm to it.  Over the top of the drum, line for the intro section there is a Nino Wood Guiro Shaker.  Though this is just a tiny instrument it packs a powerful percussion punch!!!!  There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  Neither guitar changes much for the musical verse.  There was a small build-up connecting the musical verse with the vocal line.  The backing harmonies underneath Alice’s vocals through his voice over the edge!!! The chorus had a huge Cooper hook attached to it.  The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus and leads to a piano breakdown.  This breakdown was heavily influenced by ‘Welcome To....’.The coda consisted of a minor solo.
8.) “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever” – (LG: John 5 / Guitar, Bass, Prog, Key: Tommy Henriksen / Drums: Scott Williamson / BG Vocals: AliceCooper, Bob Ezrin, Kip Winger)Modern disco music meets Alice Cooper! If you any type of Alice fan you will fall in love with the lyrics!!!!!
9.) “Ghouls Gone Wild” – (LG & Prog: Tommy Henriksen / Rhy Elec G: Steve Hunter / Farfisa Organ: Bob Ezrin / Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas / Drums: Scott Williamson / BG Vocals: Bob Ezrin, Kip Winger, Mark Volman) - This track is very reminiscent to some of the stuff Brian Wilson wrote for The Beach Boys.
10.) “Something to Remember Me By” – (LG & AG: Steve Hunter / EG: Tommy Henriksen / Key & BG Voc: Bob Ezrin / Bass: Jimmie Lee Sload / Drums: Scott Williamson) - This tops up there with some of the greatest ballads Alice’s has ever written!!!  As many times as I’ve listened to this and no until now how much Alice can make his voice sound like John Lennon’s!!
11.) “When Hell Comes Home” – (Drums: Neal Smith / Bass: Dennis Dunaway / RG & Key: Michael Bruce / LG: Steve Hunter / Guit: Pat Buchanan & Tommy Henriksen / Addit. Key: Bob Ezrin / BG Voc: Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin) The low-end of the bass line and rhythm guitar riff gives this intro a very heavy feel.  There is a small snare fill underneath the third measure.  For the musical verse, the band uses the same rhythm as the one for the intro with one exception.  This exception was a second rhythm guitar that was done using a reverbbed effect.  There is a full tom-tom fill underneath the second & third measure of the intro.  Instead of changing the musical verse with the intro the band added a underlining keyboard effect.  They also used the same musical arrangement for the chorus as the intro.  The only difference was Neal added these real long full tom-tom drum fills.  After the second chorus there is a small breakdown and rhythm arrangement change.  This rhythm breakdown leads to a lead guitar solo.  There is a second lead guitar solo over the top of the coda. 
12.) “What Baby Wants” – (THE LADY IN RED- Ke$ha / Guit, Bass, Prog, Key: Tommy Henriksen / LG & RG: Steve Hunter / Key: Bob Ezrin / Add. Prog: Aja Emmanuel / BG Voc: Ke$ha, Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Tommy Henriksen) - This intro opens with Tommy playing a very simple progressive keyboard.  For the musical verse there is an underlining progressive keyboard note that was very reminiscent in sound to the one Eddy Grant used at the beginning of “Electric Avenue” taken from his 1982 release ‘killer On A Rampage’.  Over the top of the keyboard there is a very simple rhythm guitar riff.  The drum line underneath as a simple keep the beat sound.  There is a little backing vocal connecting the fourth & fifth lyric lines of verse.  For the chorus there is not only a keyboard change. However, the guitar arrangement changes to a short build-up riff.  It’s the backing harmonies that really make the chorus.  The second verse consisted of a back and forth between KeSha (the Devil) and Alice (Steven) that was just cool as hell!!!!!
13.) “I Gotta Get Outta Here” – (Drums: Jimmy DeGrasso / Bass: Chuck Garric / LG – Vince Gill / AG, Prog, Synths – Tommy Henriksen / Guitars – Steve Hunter / Add. Guitar: Brad Sample / Key: Bob Ezrin / BG Voc: Bob Ezrin, Kip Winger, Vicki Hampton, Wendy Moten) - This track opens with the special effect of a bell free.  The musical intro opens with a single acoustic picking riff before going into the main into.  The main musical intro consisted of both an acoustic guitar arrangement and an electric arrangement.  The arrangements of the intro had a very simple groove to them.  There is a small arrangement change for the musical pre-verse.  There are minor solo riffs connecting the pre-verse with the verse with the chorus arrangements.  Alice wrote a great seventies hook for the chorus.  The lead guitar solo in between the breakdown section had a country feel to it.  Since it was done by Country vocalist Vince Gill I expected it to.  After the third chorus there was a very short vocal breakdown.  
14.) “ The Underture” – (LG: Steve Hunter / Spec Guest Guitar: Dick Wagner / Rh Elec Gui: Tommy Henriksen / Piano: Bob Ezrin / Bass: Jimmie Lee Sloas / Drums: Scott Williamson) -Instrumental


     In 1975, Alice Cooper released his first solo effort the concept album titled, ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’.  This release is a continuation and ending to Steven’s nightmares.  Of all of Cooper’s releases this is by far the best I have ever heard, not only in the songwriting however also Cooper’s vocals.  If there is one CD you buy before the year is up it must be this one!!!