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So what was, and is so dissapointing about this album? I can't speak for the 14 year old I was in 1980 hearing this album for the first time, but now looking back on it as an adult, it's easy to see the biggest problem with this album is that it's mediocre. There's nothing bad about it, but there's nothing great either. Like a pulp fiction novel, you forget everything that was in it the minute you are through with it. It is no more outstanding than a dozen other overproduced albums by big name arena rockers that came out around the same time or shortly after. And that would be just fine if it were a Journey, Foreigner, Styx, or REO album, but it wasn't. Cheap Trick had been better, more clever, more talented than any of those guys up until this point, but suddenly they morphed into just another Dinosaur Rock band on this album. As I remember, at the time, I thought they had sold out. Now it seems to me they were just trying too hard to hold on the fame they had garnered from Budokan, by letting George Martin turn them into something they weren't in the vain pursuit of having another hit album.Read more ›
But they have done songs called "World's Greatest Lover", "Just Got Back", "Stop this Game", "Can't Stop it But I'm Gonna Try" and most importantly - MOST importantly - "I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends" which should be considered one of the all-time great rock and roll standards, if you're really interested in knowing how it's done.
All of the aforementioned songs as well as the rest of them (OK, maybe not "Go For the Throat", which is inexplicable) show Cheap Trick in top form, pushed to great heights by the esteemed and legendary George Martin, world's greatest producer (who gets to do a voiceover on the subject of rock and roll on the album).
If it's been done better, it's only on "In Color" or "One on One" and even that's debatable.
But there is no "Can't Stop the Music". Sorry.
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Over the years of "Cheap Trick", I think they probably could have done better on this one! Tom is back at bass, but it almost seems as though, they are just not getting together as... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2010 by Luap Van Horn
I love this album! Esential C.T. IMHO...I saw them on this tour in 1980 at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium...This one brings back great memories. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by M. J. Mader