I still listen to the LP. This is a gem. Don't fall for the reissues that shortchange you on the length of the title track and Only Women Bleed. Leave those 45 versions to the Monsters and Mascara crowd. This is the way WTMN was meant to be heard. There are those who criticize this for being solo Alice and not his band, but there can be no better tribute to the late Dick Wagner than to buy this album in its original glory. Great vendor. Super liner notes and excellent bonus tracks from the TV show. The only wrinkle is that CD-Rs don't always play in every player and that was the case for me with this one.
With his signature flair for the melodramatic, Alice Cooper manages to blaze more than a couple trails with this album. If scary movies and things that go bump in the night give you a thrill, this album is a must listen. In the musical-theater vein of songs like Meatloaf's "Paradise By Dashboard Light" or anything from Rocky Horror Picture Show, the tri-song set ("Years Ago," "Stephen", and "The Awakening") takes the listener for a ride through the mind of a homicidal schizophrenic. Despite the disturbing nature of the topic, Cooper's rich orchestration and saturated horn lines let one know that neither he, nor should you, take this too seriously... like your big brother telling you creepy slasher stories with a flashlight under his chin. Cooper also deftly juxtaposes such antics with the shocking, un-funny nature of real-world evil. He reveals a sentimental, if not vulnerable, side with minimalistic yet empathetic pieces like "Only Women Bleed," one of the first popular songs of the day to tackle the shocking subject of battered women. This album is a real trip for those who enjoy the macabre, for those who just like a good bit of theater, or for those who just like to sing along in the car with some damn good songs.
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I have never heard a bad Alice cooper disc! This was his first solo effort after leaving the original lineup and his band is comprised of the cream of the crop of working studio musicians at the time. His lyrical strength is still displayed and the musical still packs the punch and diversity of the original A.C lineup. The production and recording are both crisp--providing a highly listenable disc that still sounds as relevant as it did when it was released. A must have for your Alice Cooper collection.