Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

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Goes to Hell
Studio album by Alice Cooper
Released June 25, 1976
Recorded Soundstage, Toronto; Record Plant East, New York and RCA Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, hard rock, pop rock
Length 43:15
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1975)
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
(1976)
Lace and Whiskey
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone mixed [2]

Alice Cooper Goes to Hell is the ninth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1976. A continuation of Welcome to My Nightmare as it continues the story of Steven, this concept album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin.[3]

With the success of "Only Women Bleed" from his first solo effort, Alice continued with the rock ballads on this album. "I Never Cry" was written about his drinking problem, which would in one year send the performer into rehab. Cooper called the song "an alcoholic confession".

The "Alice Cooper Goes To Hell" tour of 1976 was completely cancelled prior to commencement due to Cooper suffering from anemia at the time.

In 2005 the first track, "Go to Hell", was featured as the theme song to the sixth episode of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil titled "Human Sacrifice". The song was also featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, and in the 1986 movie The American Way.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner and Bob Ezrin, except where noted.

  1. "Go to Hell" – 5:15
  2. "You Gotta Dance" – 2:45
  3. "I'm the Coolest" – 3:57
  4. "Didn't We Meet" – 4:16
  5. "I Never Cry" (Cooper, Wagner) – 3:44
  6. "Give the Kid a Break" – 4:14
  7. "Guilty" – 3:22
  8. "Wake Me Gently" – 5:03
  9. "Wish You Were Here" – 4:36
  10. "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" (Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy) – 2:08
  11. "Going Home" – 3:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Alice Cooper – vocals
  • Dick Wagner – acoustic & electric guitar, vocals
  • Steve Hunter – guitar
  • John Tropea – guitar
  • Bob Babbitt – bass
  • Jimmy Maelen – percussion
  • Jim Gordon – drums (tracks 3, 10, 11)
  • Bob Ezrin – synthesizer, piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Dick Berg – French horn
  • Shep Gordon – vocals
  • Shaun Jackson – vocals
  • Tony Levin – bass
  • Allan MacMillan – piano
  • Bill Misener – vocals
  • Colina Phillips – vocals
  • Allan Schwartzberg – drums
  • Donny Vosburgh – vocals
  • Laurel Ward – vocals
  • Sharon Williams – vocals
  • Joe Gannon – vocals
  • Sharon Lee Williams – vocals

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1976 Pop Albums 27

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "I Never Cry" Pop Singles 12

Cover versions[edit]

'Go to Hell' was covered by Dee Snider, Zakk Wylde, Bob Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali and Paul Taylor on the 1999 tribute album Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r4548
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (CD Booklet). Alice Cooper. 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Inc. 1976. p. 12. 2896-2.