THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: IS THIS MY NIGHTMARE?

April 11, 2010 – 4:16 am

Alice Cooper splits the band and returns as a solo act with Hunter and Wagner. WOW.

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ALICE COOPER
Welcome To My Nightmare - King Biscuit Flower Hour 1975 (no label 1CD)

Live at the Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, CA, June 18, 1975. This is a King Biscuit radio show. Ex- FM stereo. Recorded from FM by Phil Cohen. There is some dispute to this date. Some place it as June 17.

“Unfortunately, I have no info or song line-ups for this concert, but it is a high quality recording. The Alice Cooper concert is from 197(5) when he was touring behind the album ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’. The show was recorded off the radio.” - Philip Cohen

Alice Cooper appeared three times in concert on the King Biscuit Flower Hour in the ’70s. We’ll wager it was because of Cooper’s attention-seeking aura. When Cooper split with the original Alice Cooper Band it was over direction. He wanted more theatre, the band wanted more music. A holiday was declared after Muscle Of Love (remember the sailor suits the band had to wear?).

When he returned, Alice Cooper was a solo act with the twin guitar power of Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter. This was producer Bob Ezrin’s idea to use Lou Reed’s band. You can hear their guitar ambitions on Devil’s Food, a lengthy duel that is marred by too much bass in the mix.

It’s clear from this show that Cooper was right. Just listen to the cheers from the crowd. However, he took the stage life a bit too far and a diet of beer and whiskey soon dumbed his talent and Cooper retired to a sanitarium in 1977. By the time he recovered, Cooper’s minor chart hits were exclusively ballads or mid-tempo tunes. One embarrassing turn was his appearance on The Muppet Show in 1978 singing mid-tempo tunes except for School’s Out. Cheer then to this excellent King Biscuit show that captures Cooper at his peak.

This show is widely circulated and was among the early CD bootlegs coming from Europe (When Nightmare Turns Into Dreams on Oh Boy Records). A “complete” version with all the DJ talk and radio commercials also circulates. Thankfully, Phil’s version is just the complete show.

All copies of this show we’ve encountered has a strong bass that muddies the sound. This copy also has that heavy bass. It was just the way it was recorded as Cooper’s vocals are generally clear in the mix. Still this is from a known lineage, Phil Cohen’s master copy taped from FM. Great. Thanks for sharing.
- The Little Chicken

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro/ Welcome To My Nightmare (7.8MB)
Track 02. Years Ago 1> No More Mr. Nice Guy (4.0MB)
Track 03. Years Ago 2> Billion Dollar Babies (5.4MB)
Track 04. Years Ago 3> Eighteen (7.7MB)
Track 05. Years Ago 4> Some Folks (9.3MB)
Track 06. Cold Ethyl (4.1MB)
Track 07. Only Women Bleed (9.6MB)
Track 08. Devil’s Food featuring Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter (11.2MB)
Track 09. The Black Widow (6.5MB)
Track 10. Steven (7.3MB)
Track 11. Welcome To My Nightmare reprise (2.4MB)
Track 12. The Awakening> Escape (6.8MB)
Track 13. Schools Out> (w reprise of Escape) (5.9MB)
Track 14. Department Of Youth (10.3MB)

TT: 71:59m

Lineup:
Alice Cooper - vocals
Josef Chirowski - keyboards
Pentti “Whitey” Glan - drums
Steve Hunter - guitar
Prakash John - bass
Dick Wagner - guitar

As a bonus, fans might want to listen to the Alice Cooper show at Providence in Rhode Island, NY on July 16, 1975. This is a Dan Lampinski recording.
Click here for the show.

Welcome To My Nightmare saw Cooper move towards full-scale theatre but he had the good sense to bring guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner along to amplify his shows. Click on the link to order Alice Cooper albums.

  1. 13 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: IS THIS MY NIGHTMARE?”

  2. FANTASTIC SHOW!!!! Thanks for sharing this.
    Absolutely scorching band, and Alice at his best.

    By Dan on Apr 11, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! it’s been a year on alice cooper. i still play long island. i will get providence maybe tomorrow. it was enough work fixing these tags.

    it’s actually the forum. it wasn’t great western forum till 88, according to wikipedia. i’ve been to the forum before. i saw the harlem globetrotters play there, when i was living in south pasadena from 80-82.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 11, 2010

  4. hey philip, this is a good show. thanks!

    do you have a good old aerosmith show you can post?

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 11, 2010

  5. hey bigo, i forgot to say that i’ve seen alice cooper twice here in bham, al oct 07 and 6 months ago in montgomery, al.

    i labeled track 13 escape (reprise) / school’s out. i put i’m eighteen to keep it consistent with long island. i usually label them like like they are typed, but sometimes i change a few things like > i put /. on album title i put the forum, inglewood, ca 6.18.75. probably more professional to spell out june, but i started with numbers so i kept it up.

    thanks for all the great boots you offer, bigo and phil! i play and rotate them all. i fixed these tags and will play it again walking maybe today.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 11, 2010

  6. Thought I had this one.. turns out not.. thanks for a great addition to my Alice collection!

    By Tom on Sep 30, 2013

  7. Not many male artists could tackle the subject of menses, let alone make it into a hit song.
    Ed, I went to some top shows at the Forum in the 70’s. Chick Hearn, the legendary voice of the Lakers, always called it “The Fabulous Forum”. It truly had great sound, better than the Staples Center. Thanks Philip and BigO! Glad that the Forum will be refurbished and reopen for concerts only! The sound on this is pretty amazing, considering the radio source. I wonder if it was KLOS or KMET? Certainly not KPOL!! LOL

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 1, 2013

  8. BTW, recorded that Muppet show on VHS a long time ago. School’s Out was killer. Alice danced with 2 full size gnarly “muppets” with a dark brick school in the background that exploded at the end.

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 1, 2013

  9. Pretty surprised to see Josef Chirowski on keyboards here.
    He was a big part of a great rocking Canuck band Crowbar that often paired up with harp virtuoso King Biscuit Boy.[richard newell] Alice`s music is so far removed from Crowbar`s , hard to believe.
    Look for the album “fficial music”, king biscuit boy and crowbar, you won`t believe how those boys could boogie.
    drummer Pentti Glan and bass player Prakash John were members of the Dominic Troiano band Bush. They both also played with Lou Reed.
    another funny thing too is that there are now newer bands called Bush[bush-x] and Crowbar.

    By sluggo on Oct 1, 2013

  10. a more embarrassing tv moment for alice was appearing on the hollywood squares game show. he also golfed regularly with george burns. thats a long way from “pretties for you”.

    By barth on Oct 1, 2013

  11. Alice once did a motel ad where the upper half of his body was sticking straight up out of the center of a bed. I think he was supposedly in an opened suitcase sitting on the bed. It would have been much more fun if he was in full makeup and outfit. Image if a young woman happened to be in bed when he popped up in the dark! Welcome to the girl’s nightmare indeed!

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 1, 2013

  12. I remember seeing alice at a polish veterans club the spring just before I`m eighteen broke big.
    This was 1971 , and they pulled up in front of the joint and carried in their own equipment alice was carrying a 24 of labatts 50 ale..no roadies..in less than a year they would be huge and here they were hauling their own gear around..

    By sluggo on Oct 1, 2013

  13. Let’s lift up a mug of non-alcohol ale for Little Richard. Past 80 years of age and has suffered a heart attack. His doctor said that fortunately he recognized the signs (a coughing fit and pain in his right upper arm) and took a baby aspirin and cooled down the room he was in. He stopped doing concerts last year when he had a collapse onstage. Apparently he’s going to be fine.

    By 5yrsnojob on Oct 1, 2013

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