Hollywood Vampires - Hollywood Vampires

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Hollywood Vampires is the debut studio album by American rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires, released in September 2015 by Republic Records.

The band was formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry to honor the music of the rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s.

Alice Cooper‘s well-known focus of the macabre and embrace of the death stench that seemed to surround rock ‘n’ roll in the early ’70s inevitably led him to the Hollywood Vampires, an all-star project that makes a furious attempt at resurrecting “dead drunk friends” – or at least the debauched ethos that once surrounded their music. The band name derives from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club, formed by Cooper in the 1970s and included Lennon, Keith Moon, Micky Dolenz, Harry Nilsson and others

Late horror legend Christopher Lee opens the album with a passage from Bram Stoker’s Dracula: “Children Of The Night”, he concludes ominously, “what music they make.” The original “Raise The Dead” carries the theme, and is followed by updates of classic-rock favorites like the Who‘s “My Generation”, Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love” (replacing Jimmy Page‘s guitar solo with Cooper’s scalding harmonica is a nice touch). Hollywood Vampires hits its stride when the group tackles deeper cuts like the Small Faces‘ “Itchycoo Park”, Lennon’s “Cold Turkey” and Spirit’s “I Got A Line On You”.

It’s all sewn together by some famous friends, including Paul McCartney, who stopped by one of the sessions and ended up playing on a cover of “Come And Get It”, a hit song he wrote for Badfinger. Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Ringo‘s son Zak Starkey, Robby Krieger, Joe Walsh and Slash also sit in.

Ultimately, however, the project rises and falls on the strength of Cooper, the core member who has the strongest connection to the original era. But he also provides the death-mocking theater needed to pull off something like this.

That spirit is best heard on “My Dead Drunk Friends”, the album-closing original in which they sing, “I’m raising my glass and tossing it back but I can’t remember why / So let’s have another for all of my brothers who drank until they died.” Hollywood Vampires move away from the maudlin here as the song evolves into a raucous sea chantey where the assembled crew happily brays, “We drink and we fight, and we fight and we puke, and we puke and we fight, and we drink … and then we die.”

Somewhere, Cooper’s dead, drunk friends are probably sharing a rueful laugh over all this. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in Europe via Republic Records.

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Tracklisting:

No.

Title

Time

A1

The Last Vampire

1:35

A2

Just Raise The Dead

3:31

A3

My Generation

2:47

A4

Whole Lotta Love

4:13

B1

I Got A Line On You

2:48

B2

Five To One / Break On Through (To The Other Side)

4:17

B3

One / Jump Into The Fire

5:07

C1

Come And Get It

2:59

C2

Jeepster

2:42

C3

Cold Turkey

3:07

C4

Manic Depression

2:43

D1

Itchycoo Park

2:55

D2

School’s Out / Another Brick In The Wall – Part 2

5:14

D3

My Dead Drunk Friends

4:30

SKU 602547483928
Record Label Republic Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 00602547483928
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 11 September 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 11 September 2015
Barcode # 602547483928
Shipping Weight 0.5700kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Hard Rock & Metal
Format VINYL LP

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