Alice Cooper From The Inside on Limited Edition 180g LP
From The Inside is a 1978 concept album by Alice Cooper inspired by his stay in a sanatorium to recover from his alcohol addiction. The singer – who once boasted he drank more than a case of beer a day to keep fit – had failed to overcome his drinking problem through private treatment and therefore felt it necessary to undergo a hospital program.
The characters in the songs on the LP were all based on actual people the shock rocker met in the sanatorium, while the album's cover image is a close-up of Alice's face printed on two doors that actually open up and lead into a hospital waiting room. The printed inner sleeve features an image of Cooper and the other inmates running out of the sanatorium once they were released.
The album finds Alice Cooper at his most vulnerable, most notably on the record's hit single "How You Gonna See Me Now" (a power ballad even before the term was invented). If From The Inside proves anything, it's that Alice Cooper is one of the most underrated and inventive songwriters out there. Guest musicians include Toto's Steve Lukather and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.