Review: Alice Cooper 'Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition' archive release on DVD

Alice Cooper's career has spanned over five decades and continues to flourish as the pioneering shock rocker celebrates his ongoing legacy in 2017 with a chart-topping album Paranormal. An upcoming reunion tour with surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band is the cherry on top. But back in 1975, when the classic-era lineup folded after scoring multiple hit singles like “School's Out” and “Elected,” the charismatic lead singer (born Vincent Furnier) decided to  legally adopt the name “Alice Cooper."The name changed and Cooper tried his luck as a solo act with no guarantees that fans would accept him without his former bandmates.

The future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer released his debut solo album Welcome to My Nightmare on March 11, 1975 and  promoted it with a world tour and a TV special titled “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare,” which was originally broadcast in North America on April 25, 1975 via ABC. The album spawned the hit single “Only Women Bleed” and the TV special, as well as the tour were both huge successes. The rest is history.

Fans can now witness the budding genius of Cooper's early solo career via the upcoming release of “Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition,” which will drop Sept. 8 via Eagle Rock. The set offers the first-ever DVD release of the 1976 concert film “Welcome to My Nightmare,” as well as the 1975 “Nightmare” TV special.

Directed by David Winter, the concert film features Cooper and his massive entourage during his 1975 world tour. Filmed during a two-night stand Sept. 11- Sept. 12 in London at Wembley Arena, the presentation is truly eye-popping. The horror-themed spectacle employs a Broadway show staging and includes choreographed dance routines, multiple costume changes, massive stage props and pre-filmed stage projections. Although the show focuses mostly on material from his debut solo album, Cooper also performs early ACB hits like “I'm Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”

With the notable exception of the track "Ballad of Dwight Fry" from Cooper's 1971 studio album Love It to Death, the “Nightmare” TV special focuses exclusively on material from the debut solo album. It includes a guest appearance from the late great horror legend Vincent Price with Cooper acting out the concept album's nightmare fantasy, playing the central main character of “Steven” in a series of vignettes centered around the album's songs.

 “Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition” is available for preorder here. See below for the complete track listing.

Rock's favorite boogie man is currently touring the U.S. on co-headlining bill with Deep Purple. Cooper then heads overseas for fall dates in Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The fall romp will include UK dates with members of the original band, which begins Nov. 11 in Leeds, United Kingdom, at First Direct Arena.

Tickets for a variety of Alice Cooper shows are available at AXS. For all the latest details on Alice Cooper, click here.

Alice Cooper, “Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition” track listing:
 1) The Awakening
 2) Welcome To My Nightmare
 3) Years Ago
 4) No More Mr. Nice Guy
 5) I’m Eighteen
 6) Some Folks
 7) Cold Ethyl
 8) Only Women Bleed
 9) Billion Dollar Babies
 10) Devil’s Food
 11) The Black Widow
 12) Steven
 13) Escape
 14) School’s Out
 15) Department Of Youth

‘Alice Cooper: The Nightmare’
1) Welcome To My Nightmare
 2) Devil’s Food
 3) Some Folks
 4) Only Women Bleed
 5) Cold Ethyl
 6) The Black Widow
 7) Years Ago
 8) Department Of Youth
 9) Years Ago (Reprise)
 10) Steven
 11) The Awakening
 12) Ballad Of Dwight Fry
 13) Escape
 14) The Awakening (Reprise)