Welcome 2 My Nightmare

Welcome 2 My Nightmare

by Alice Cooper


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Alice Cooper may not have had a hit single in two decades but he's hardly kept quiet during the two decades that separate 1991's Hey Stoopid and 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare. In addition to his quite good syndicated radio show he's regularly recorded new records, some getting positive notice, some sinking into obscurity, but none have had quite the high profile of Welcome 2 My Nightmare, an explicit sequel to 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare that re-teams Alice with producer Bob Ezrin along with such Alice Cooper band veterans as Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith. Given these blasts from the past, it would seem that Welcome 2 My Nightmare would be a throwback to the '70s, but one of the great unspoken things about Alice Cooper is that he always makes records that sound like their time and this is no exception, with Ezrin pumping Alice through enough Auto-Tune to compete with Kesha, who happens to be brought in for a duet on the metallic bubblegum "What Baby Wants." Kesha isn't the only cameo here: country legend Vince Gill and Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood contribute some guitar, as does former Marilyn Manson sideman John 5, and the very names of these guests go a long way in explaining the giddy kaleidoscope of sounds here. Electro-prog butts shoulders with tightly wound metal, runaway rockabilly, vaudevillian shuffles, disco-rock, garage pop, and power ballads, and old showman that he is, Alice Cooper sells them with a convincing grin. Alice may be the star but much of the success of Welcome 2 My Nightmare is due to the man behind the curtain, as Ezrin gives this album flair and focus that not only make it an unexpectedly successful sequel but the best Alice Cooper record in decades.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602527812618
catalogNumber: 001602802
Rank: 11191

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Steve Hunter   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sid Page   Violin
Michael Bruce   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Pat Buchanan   Guitar
Dennis Dunaway   Bass
Bob Ezrin   Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Background Vocals,farfisa organ
Vince Gill   Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Victor Lawrence   Cello
David Low   Cello
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Keith Nelson   Rhythm Guitar
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Mark Robertson   Violin,Concert Master
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Neal Smith   Drums
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Mark Volman   Background Vocals
Dick Wagner   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Scott Williamson   Drums
Kip Winger   Background Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso   Drums
Tommy Henriksen   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tommy Denander   Electric Guitar
John 5   Guitar
Andrew Capra   Saxophone
Shalini Vijayan   Violin
Leah Katz   Viola
Chuck Garric   Bass
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Songa Lee   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Bass Trombone
Jason Roller   Violin
Jeremy Rubolino   Conductor
David Spreng   Guitar
Amy Wickman   Violin
Joel Pargman   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Justin Cortelyou   Trombone
Phillip O'Connor   Bass Clarinet
Amy Tatum   Flute
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Sam Fischer   Violin
Lara Wickes   Oboe
Ke$ha   Background Vocals
Brad Sample   Guitar
Neil Konouchi   Tuba
Melissa St. Thomas   Flute

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Michael Bruce   Composer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Dennis Dunaway   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Shep Gordon   Executive Producer
Keith Nelson   Composer
Neal Smith   Composer
Tommy Henriksen   Composer,Programming,Sound Effects,Engineer
Jorge Velasco   Engineer
Otto D'Agnolo   Engineer
Patterson Hood   Composer
Richard Wagner   Composer
Mike Bolenbach   Engineer
Ghian Wright   Engineer
Ted Young   Engineer
Jeremy Rubolino   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
David Spreng   Composer
Justin Cortelyou   Engineer
Aja Emmanuel   Programming
Kesha Sebert   Composer
Matt Rausch   Engineer
Ernie Cefalu   Art Direction
Stephen Jones   Engineer
Joe Swafford   Engineer
David Biondolilo   Engineer
Matt Montgomery   Composer
Kelly Jay Fordham   Composer
Mike Post   Engineer

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