Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 2CD) {PRE-ORDER)

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***PRE-ORDER***ALBUM COMES OUT MARCH 8, 2024***

ALICE COOPER

Billion Dollar Babies Deluxe Edition

2-CD Version With Remastered Sound, Outtakes, Live Tracks, And More Arriving March 8

“Hello Hooray,” a new version of Billion Dollar Babies, is on the way as Alice Cooper’s delightfully subversive sixth album returns in all its snakeskin glory for an extended 50th-anniversary celebration. After hitting #1 on the album charts in America and the U.K. in 1973, the record remains a highwater mark for the original lineup, featuring hits like “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Elected.”

BILLION DOLLAR BABIES: DELUXE EDITION will be available from Rhino on March 8 on 3-LP and 2-CD. Both feature a newly remastered version of the original album, along with bonus material, including studio outtakes, single mixes, and an electrifying 1973 concert recording. In the vinyl edition, the gatefold cover faithfully replicates the original’s textured snakeskin wallet design and comes complete with a $1 billion dollar bill tucked inside.

An instant smash when it was released in March 1973, Billion Dollar Babies delivered a theatrical mix of hard rock and glam laced with macabre lyrics that explored wealth, decadence, and fame’s darker side. Newly remastered, the platinum-certified album sounds better than ever. The set also features outtakes (“Coal Black Model T”), single mixes (“Mary Ann”), and “Slick Black Limousine,” which originally came out on flexi-disc within an issue of the British rock paper New Musical Express.

The Deluxe Edition also features a live show recorded in Texas in April of 1973, during the “Billion Dollar Babies” tour. The powerful performance includes live versions of many of the album’s tracks, highlights including “Elected” and “Hello Hooray,” along with several of the band’s earlier hits, including “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out.”

The LP and CD versions both come with an oral history of the album and the bonus tracks by the surviving band members (as told to Jaan Uhelszki) – Alice Cooper, Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, and Neal Smith – and Bob Ezrin, who produced the album. (Sadly, guitarist Glen Buxton died in 1997)

In the notes, Cooper recalls writing “I Love The Dead” and “Sick Things.” He says, “We were writing those songs looking at each other, and every time we’d write a line I’d say, ‘Oh, this is gonna kill them. Oh, they’re gonna hate us on this one.’ But at the same time, it was almost like an Edgar Allan Poe short story when you listen to ‘I Love The Dead.’ I tried to write that the way Vincent Price would sing it.”

BILLION DOLLAR BABIES: 50TH “TRILLION DOLLAR” DELUXE EDITION

2CD TRACK LISTING

CD ONE

  1. “Hello Hooray”
  2. “Raped And Freezin’”
  3. “Elected”
  4. “Billion Dollar Babies”
  5. “Unfinished Sweet”
  6. “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
  7. “Generation Landslide”
  8. “Sick Things”
  9. “Mary Ann”
  10. “I Love The Dead”

CD TWO

  1. “Hello Hooray” – Live, 1973
  2. “Billion Dollar Babies” – Live, 1973
  3. “Elected” – Live, 1973
  4. “I’m Eighteen” – Live, 1973
  5. “Raped And Freezin’” – Live, 1973
  6. “No More Mr. Nice Guy” – Live, 1973
  7. “My Stars” – Live, 1973
  8. “Unfinished Sweet” – Live, 1973
  9. “Sick Things” – Live, 1973
  10. “Dead Babies” – Live, 1973
  11. “I Love The Dead” – Live, 1973
  12. “School’s Out” – Live, 1973
  13. “Under My Wheels” – Live, 1973
  14. “Coal Black Model T” – Outtake
  15. “Son Of Billion Dollar Babies (Generation Landslide)” – Outtake
  16. “Hello Hooray” – Single Version
  17. “Billion Dollar Babies” – Single Version
  18. “Elected” – Single Version
  19. “Mary Ann” – Single Version
  20. “Slick Black Limousine”