Alice Cooper fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will release Alice Cooper‘s classic album “Billion Dollar Babies” on Hybrid SACD on February 4. As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated “Billion Dollar Bill.”
With “Billion Dollar Babies”, Alice Cooper and his band refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound, resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the U.S. and U.K. album charts.
It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the ’70s only three years into the decade.
Song for song, “Billion Dollar Babies” is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles ‘Elected’, ‘Hello Hooray’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards — the disturbing necrophilia ditty ‘I Love the Dead’ and the chilling macabre of ‘Sick Things’.
After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the U.S. box office records previously held by The Rolling Stones The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.
“Other than the original ‘Alice Cooper band’ being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, our second biggest achievement was when our album “Billion Dollar Babies” went to No. 1 in all three music trade magazines at the same time in April of 1973: No. 1 in Billboard, No. 1 in Record World and No. 1 in Cash Box,” said Neal Smith, Alice Cooper drummer and founding member. “We had hoped it would sell gold or platinum as a follow-up to the success of our album ‘School’s Out’, but a No. 1 album was something that was totally unexpected.
“Over the years, the title track, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, has become my signature song because of the recognizable drum intro.”
Added Michael Bruce, Alice Cooper guitarist/keyboardist and founding member. “I remember we were out on the road when the album finally came out in February 1973. I listened to it in my hotel room and just got this really big smile. I was thinking, ‘It’s amazing, we’re really pulling this off.’ The album was very, very unique and very, very different. I was really proud of the songs, especially ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Generation Landslide’.”
01. Hello Hooray
02. Raped And Freezin’
04. Billion Dollar Babies
05. Unfinished Sweet
06. No More Mr. Nice Guy
07. Generation Landslide
08. Sick Things
10. I Love The Dead
To purchase a copy, visit www.audiofidelity.net.
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