Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Following the success of his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper followed it up with another concept album, Goes to Hell, similar in style to its predecessor. Again, longtime Alice producer Bob Ezrin was on board, and while there are a few highlights, Goes to Hell signaled an Alice era where he pretty much forsook the raw garage rock of his early days Killer, School's Out in favor of polished studio glitz. That said, the title track is worthy of any headbanger's time and remains one of Cooper's most overlooked rock tunes, while "I Never Cry" was another Alice ballad that found a place near the top of the charts. Other highlights include such tracks as the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Following the success of his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper followed it up with another concept album, Goes to Hell, similar in style to its predecessor. Again, longtime Alice producer Bob Ezrin was on board, and while there are a few highlights, Goes to Hell signaled an Alice era where he pretty much forsook the raw garage rock of his early days Killer, School's Out in favor of polished studio glitz. That said, the title track is worthy of any headbanger's time and remains one of Cooper's most overlooked rock tunes, while "I Never Cry" was another Alice ballad that found a place near the top of the charts. Other highlights include such tracks as the disco-rock-boogie of "You Gotta Dance" and the laid-back yet sinister funk groove of "I'm the Coolest." Elsewhere, the musical experiments aren't as successful -- the old-time sounds of "Give the Kid a Break," "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," and the album-closing "Going Home" are about as far removed from the expected hard-rocking AC direction as you can get. And while the rocker "Wish You Were Here" would become a late-'70s concert standard for the Coop, the original studio version lacks the firepower the song achieved on the stage. Alice was supposed to follow up the album's release with another highly theatrical stage show following the cue of his first solo tour in 1975, but an illness squashed the tour altogether. Despite its missteps, the gold-certified Goes to Hell would prove to be Alice's most commercially successful solo album for quite some time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227991340
  • Catalog Number: 2896
  • Sales rank: 2,111

Tracks

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

Performance Credits
Alice Cooper Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
John Tropea Guitar, Track Performer, wah wah guitar
Steve Hunter Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Percussion, Track Performer
Jim Gordon Drums, Track Performer
Bob Babbitt Bass
Dick Berg French Horn
Bob Ezrin Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer, fender rhodes
Shep Gordon Vocals, Track Performer
Shaun Jackson Vocals
Tony Levin Bass, Track Performer
Allan MacMillan Piano
Bill Misener Vocals, Track Performer
Colina Phillips Vocals, Track Performer
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Allen Schwarzberg Drums
Michael Sherman Vocals
Donny Vosburgh Vocals
Dick Wagner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Laurel Ward Vocals, Track Performer
Sharon Williams Vocals
Joe Gannon Vocals, Track Performer
Denny Vosburgh Vocals, Track Performer
Dean Babbitt Bass
Alister MacMillan Piano, Track Performer
Sharon Lee Williams Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Gannon Vocals
Shawn Jackson Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Tropea Arranger
Alice Cooper Composer, Concept, Creation
Jimmy Maelen Contributor
Brian Christian Engineer, Mastering
Bob Ezrin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Concept, Creation
Robert Hrycyna Engineer
John Jansen Engineer
Allan MacMillan Arranger
Corky Stasiak Engineer
Dick Wagner Arranger, Composer, Concept, Creation
George Graves Mastering
Harry Carroll Composer
Alister MacMillan Arranger
Joseph McCarthy Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    It is ironic that many critics and rock fans dismiss this album as a low point for Alice because of his ongoing substance abuse problems that he was having at the time in the mid 70's. Ironic because it is, in fact, Alice at his absolute best!! This is due in large part to the genuis of producer Bob Ezrin, who also produced a great record from the same year....1976's DESTROYER from Kiss. Both Ezrin and Cooper were at the top of their game and it shows. From the swinging "I'm The Coolest" to the hard rocking "Guilty" and "Wish You Were Here"...the musicianship, vocals, and production on this album is top notch. A true diamond in the rough of mid seventies hard rock!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alice shines on his second solo effort!!!

    Alice Cooper has gone to hell and he tells us what it was like for him. Of his many albums this one has been a staple in my cd collection for many years. It is a worthy follow-up to Welcome To My Nightmare. This one has it all from the down right funny to the most frightening. Belive me when I say that there is not one weak track on this album!!! Pick this one up. you won't be disappointed.

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