Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

Alice Cooper Goes to Hell

by Alice Cooper


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227991340
catalogNumber: 2896
Rank: 2799

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   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,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
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
Harry Carroll   Composer
Alister MacMillan   Arranger
Joseph McCarthy   Composer

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Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!