Photo Credit Bob Gruen
Another pivotal album for Steve Hunter, Welcome To My Nightmare has become a classic.
Steve has many good memories of not only the recording but of the tours that followed.
His memories of working with Alice Cooper between 75 and 79 usually start with how funny and smart Alice was and that he drew out the fun in everyone around him with his sharp and at times obtuse wit.
The band was determined to make every show the best they could make it and everyone from the dancers (including Alice's wife Sheryl) to the crew felt the same. There was great comradery during those times, the world was their oyster, they worked hard and they played hard.
Steve did have to jump ship in 1977 whilst he was touring with Peter Gabriel so he missed the Australian tour.
He played his beloved Gibson TV Special (that had been modified by that time) for about half the tour but after the neck broke he moved to the BC Rich Seagull. All through a Marshall Half Stack.
Steve and Dick
Welcome to My Nightmare is the eighth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in March 1975. This was Alice Cooper's first solo album (all previous Alice Cooper releases were band efforts), and his only album for the Atlantic Records label. The ensuing tour was one of the most over-the-top excursions of that era. Most of Lou Reed’s band joined Cooper for this record.
It is a concept album; the songs, heard in sequence, form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven. It inspired the Alice Cooper: The Nightmare TV special and a worldwide concert tour in 1975, and the Welcome To My Nightmare concert film in 1976. A sequel, Welcome 2 My Nightmare was released in 2011.
The cover artwork was created by Drew Struzan for Pacific Eye & Ear. Rolling Stone would later rank it 90th on the list of the "Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time". The remastered CD version adds three alternate version bonus tracks. Famed film actor of the horror genre Vincent Price provided the introductory monologue in the song "The Black Widow".
Main Photo By Mark Maryanovich
1. "Welcome to My Nightmare"
2. "Devil's Food"
3. "The Black Widow"
4. "Some Folks" (Solos)
5. "Only Women Bleed"
6. "Department of Youth"
7. "Cold Ethyl" (Opening Solo)
8. "Years Ago"
9. "Steven" (End Solo)
10. "The Awakening"
2002 CD reissue bonus tracks
12. "Devil's Food" (alternate version) Cooper, Ezrin, Jay
13. "Cold Ethyl" (alternate version) Cooper, Ezrin
14. "The Awakening" (alternate version) Cooper, Dick Wagner, Ezrin
Alice Cooper - Vocals
Bob Ezrin - Synthesizer, Arranger, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
Jozef Chirowski - Keyboards, Clavinet, Vocals, Fender Rhodes
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
Drew Struzan - Artwork
Gerry Lyons - Vocals
Vincent Price - The Curator
Alice Cooper 'Welcome To My Nightmare' 1975