Alice Cooper (2) ‎– Special Forces

Warner Bros. Records ‎– WB K 56 927, Warner Bros. Records ‎– WB 56 927
Vinyl, LP, Album

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on labels:
℗ + © 1981 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Made in Germany by WEA GmbH A Warner Communications Company
on back cover:
℗ © 1981 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Manufactured in Germany by Record Service GmbH. Alsdorf . Pressé en Allemagne par Record Service GmbH. Alsdorf [Warner logo] a Warner Communications Company
Druckhaus Maack KG, Lüdenscheid (Printing company)

WB K 56 927
(BSK 3581)
Germany: Ⓤ
France: WE 351

distributors mentionned:
Belgique/België: Distributed by WEA Records S.A./N.V
Deutschland: Vertrieb durch WEA Musik GmbH
England: Distributed by WEA Records Ltd.
France: Distribué par WEA/Filipacchi Music, Paris
Italia: Distributed by WEA Italiana S.P.A.
Nederland: Sistributed by WEA Records B.V.
Österreich; Vertieb durch WEA Music Ges. m. b. H.
Sverige: Distributed by WEA Metronome Records AB

1st calalog number on spine and back cover
2nd catalog number on labels

"Seven & Seven Is" is a cover of "7 And 7 Is" originally performed by Love

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  • Rights Society: SACD SACEM SGDL SDRM
  • Label Code: LC 0392
  • Other (US Cat N°): (BSK 3581)
  • Price Code (for Germany): Ⓤ
  • Distribution Code (for France): WE 351
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label, printed): (BSK 3581-A)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label, printed): (BSK 3581-B)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout, stamped): STRAWBERRY (C) R/S Alsdorf 56927 A3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout, stamped & (etched)): STRAWBERRY (C) R/S Alsdorf 56927 B3(X)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BSK 3581 Alice Cooper (2) Special Forces(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3581 US 1981 Sell This Version
WB M5 3581 Alice Cooper (2) Special Forces(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records WB M5 3581 US 1981 Sell This Version
BSK 3581 Alice Cooper (2) Special Forces(LP, Album, Lab) Warner Bros. Records Inc. BSK 3581 US 1981 Sell This Version
WB K 56 927 Alice Cooper (2) Special Forces(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WB K 56 927 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
CCM -2080 Alice Cooper (2) Special Forces(CD, Album, Unofficial) Collectors' Choice Music (2) CCM -2080 Russia 2014 Sell This Version



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September 19, 2017
I realize few people will rate Special Forces as one of Alice Cooper’s best albums in his entire career or, in fact, as one of the best albums of the decade. For a record that even its maker does not remember recording, it appears you are in good company. But not me, I remember buying this album at the age of 15. It was in the sales bin - straight after it was released in 1981 – and all I could afford at the time. To me, the album still symbolizes the end of the 70s and the start of the 80s perfectly. When the 70s ended, it seemed Alice Cooper’s career had reached the end as well. Admittedly, his solo career had seen some fine albums, like 1976s Alice Cooper Goes To Hell and the much underrated Lace And Whiskey one year later but, despite a surprise hit with How You Gonna See Me Now in 1978, Alice Cooper’s superstar days seemed gone. The 80s brought a fresh change of musical wind as well - out went hard rock and in came new wave and the new romantics. Never one to let an opportunity pass, Cooper embraced the new decade by getting rid of his trademark eye-makeup, adopting a punky pale Gary Numanesque style and releasing the Flush The Fashion album in 1980. The concept worked only marginally, as there were simply too many new and exciting bands emerging. It seemed no-one really bothered about Alice Cooper. Plus the fact Flush The Fashion really wasn’t a great album. Clearly Alice Cooper was looking for direction. Add to that the fact that Alice Cooper was seriously addicted to alcohol. Again. Despite his sobering up as documented on 1978s From The Inside, by the early 80s his addition had returned full force. Despite the bad situation for and condition of Alice Cooper, he assembled a crack new band, an even more stripped down new wave sound, heavily relying on synthesizers, adopted a semi-military image including a new leather jacket with a lot of buttons and recorded Special Forces in an alcoholic daze. Special Forces may not have been a hit album in sales, musically it’s a fantastic album featuring great songs like Skeletons In The Closet, Vicious Rumours, You Look Good In Rags and, of course, the tantalizingly titled Look At You Over There, Ripping The Sawdust From My Teddy Bear, which was listed on the original album sleeve, but cut from the album at the last minute. Luckily, the 2009 CD version restores the track in its rightful place. On Special Forces the band sounds eager and disciplined and Richard Podolor (known for his work with Three Dog Night) production is right on the 80s mark, with Podolor’s motto, "A three-minute song should be a three-minute piece of theater” suiting Alice Cooper like a glove. A copy of this largely forgotten album, both by Alice Cooper’s fans as its maker but not by me, will only set you back the price of a really cheap bottle of wine, which incidentally, goes down really well with the music.