Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

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Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
Alice Cooper - Goes To Hell.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 1976
StudioSoundstage, Toronto; Record Plant East, New York and RCA Recording Studios, Los Angeles
GenreRock, hard rock, pop rock
Length43:15
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerBob Ezrin
Alice Cooper chronology
Welcome to My Nightmare
(1975)
Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
(1976)
Lace and Whiskey
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling StoneMixed[2]

Alice Cooper Goes to Hell is the second solo 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 and affect all his subsequent music up to and including 1983’s DaDa.[4] 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. However, a number of songs from the album ended up in Cooper's live show. "Go to Hell" proved the last song until the 1989 hit song "Poison" to become a consistent part of Cooper's live setlists, being performed on most tours to the present.[5] "I Never Cry" was also regularly performed in the late 1970s and during the 2000s, while "Guilty" was performed regularly on the Flush the Fashion and Special Forces tours and occasionally during the 2000s,[6] and "Wish You Were Here" was frequently played on the tours for the following two albums.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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, Wagner3:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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 McCarthy2:08
11."Going Home" 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 4
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[9] 23
United States (Billboard 200) 27

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10] 13

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. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Archived June 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (CD Booklet). Alice Cooper. 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Inc. 1976. p. 12. 2896-2.CS1 maint: others (link) CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ ‘Hanging with Mr. Cooper’; Phoenix New Times, June 20, 1996
  5. ^ ‘Go to Hell’ live performance data
  6. ^ ‘Guilty’ liver performance data
  7. ^ ‘Wish You Were Here’ live performance data
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 74. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ Alice Cooper – UK Album Charts
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 428. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.