For many years Alice Cooper fans were cursed with a never ending number of "new" Alice Cooper titles. That might sound like a funny thing to say until you realise every single one of these titles contained exactly the same material. They were all the same recording from the legendary Toronto show in 1969 when Alice threw the chicken into the audience. The recording wasn't owned by Alice Cooper, Warner Brothers, or any other official entity and so whoever it was that did own the recording figured it was a great idea to license it to absolutely anyone and everyone. No one involved with the original performance ever got a penny from any of these releases. For all intents and purposes they were legal bootlegs.
New version of this recording still turn up to this day, but in the last few years new recordings have started to appear that seem to fall under the same catagory. They mostly come from old live radio broadcasts, and have bootlegged many times previously. Since the advent of the internet all of them have been freely available of you bothered to look. However the makers of these releases know that hardcore fans will buy anything if it has the name of their favourite artists on the cover, and so even of they only sell 100 copies they will still make money. They don't pay the artists or the publishes of teh material a penny so every penny is profit.
Trying to stop these releases through the legal system would likely cost far more then any possible damages would recover, so unless you are a major record company with money to burn it generally isn't worth the trouble trying to stop them. Of course for the fans these newer releases are often quite nice items to add to the collection, but the fact remains they aren't authorised by Alice Cooper (band or person), Alive Enterprises or any official Alice Cooper representative.
The recording made at the Toronto Rock N Roll Revival in 1969 may be the most widely reproduced Alice Cooper live recording. It has been released by many different labels under many titles and many covers. These releases are not authorized Alice Cooper albums. However, they are not bootlegs as the recording is owned by a private party. Unfortunately, the private party was so uncaring in the production of these thingd that two of the songs ("Ain't That Just Like a Woman" and "Goin' to the River") are NOT Alice Cooper at all (the actual performer is Ronnie Hawkins and they were recorded at Hallmark Studios in Toronto in late 1964). Also, almost all of the song titles on the album were fabricated.More Information
On almost all of the varies releases of this material the actual titles are incorrect. Not only that but various versions have the tracks in differing orders. Below is common track listing for these things with more correct titles in parentheses. Most are live versions of songs from "Pretties For You".
- Ain't That Just Like A Woman> (NOT Alice Cooper)
- Painting A Picture (No Longer Umpire)
- An Instrumental (part of "Lay Down and Die, Goodbye")
- I've Written Home To Mother (part of "Lay Down and Die, Goodbye")
- Freak Out Song ('Don't Blow Your Mind' with different lyrics)
- Going To The River (NOT Alice)
- Nobody Likes Me (aka Freak Out)
- Science Fiction (Fields Of Regret)
Brian Nelson (September 1996): "The rights to the recording were sold by Alice's management at the time of the recording to a third party. That party has licensed out the rights to the recording many times to various companies. Alice Cooper do not make a penny from it. My theory is that the two non-Alice songs somehow wound up on the original master tape. The distributors not knowing and not particularly caring, put the album out of the tape as is. When the album was pressed again later by other companies, they didn't bother to check if all the songs were Alice or not. They would have no particular reason to."
The following are just some of the many titles this recording has been released under. If you would like to check out more details about these releases there is a much longer list of the various releases here:
- Ain't That Just Like A Woman
- Alice Cooper
- Blood On My Chopper
- Freak Out
- Freak Out Song
- Home To Mother
- Ladies Man
- Live At "Toronto"
- Nobody Like Me
- Nobody Likes Me
- Painting a Picture
- Rock Legends Vol. 2
- Science Fiction
- Slack Alice
- Snorting Anthrax
- Toronto Rock 'N' Roll Revival 1969 Vol. IV - Possibly the first ever release
Nobody Likes Us
The recording made at the Toronto Rock N Roll Revival in 1969 is the most widely reproduced Alice Cooper live recording ever. It has been released by a ridiculous number of different labels and under many different titles and covers. However this particular release is unlike any of the other versions of this material. Firstly the sound quality is improved. Secondly it's longer and more complete then ANY other version in circulation, and thirdly the tracks are correctly named. If you need to have one copy of this recording this is the one to get.
As an added bonus you also get the San Francisco 3rd March 1969 bootleg recording tacked on the end (tracks 6-13) although they don't own the rights to the recording making this half legitimate and half bootleg!More Information
- Intro...No Longer Umpire
- Lay Down & Die, Goodbye
- Fields Of Regret
- Nobody Likes Me
- Don't Blow Your Mind (I. Neal Smith Solo II. Prisoner III. Animal Pyjamas IV. Dont Blow Your Mind Reprise)
- No Longer Umpire
- Ten Minutes Before The Worm
- Swing Low Sweet Cheerio
- B.B On Mars
- Fields Of Regret
- Nobody Likes Me
- Don't Blow Your Mind