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Cheap Trick Audio CD
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Once largely written off by critics as arena-rock dinosaurs, Rockford, Illinois's favorite musical sons have become darlings of an influential cadre of alternative and modern-rock superstars and the subjects of an overdue catalog upgrade--and for a slew of good reasons. The first of those would be Cheap Trick, the blistering 1977 debut that confounded reviewers nearly as well as it captured the band's edgy song sensibility and musical chops honed by their 200-plus-gig-a-year work ethic. Producer Jack Douglas wisely opted for a deceptively raw tack that captured Cheap Trick's manic live essence better than any other album--save, of course, Live at Budokan. The band's later bubble-gum rep is viciously and hilariously undercut here by songs about youth-culture cynicism ("Elo Kiddies"), pedophilia ("Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School"), mass murder ("The Ballad of TV Violence"), and gigolos ("He's a Whore"), not to mention a tasty cover of Terry Reid's "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace." Guitarist Rick Nielsen's loud, trashy fretwork presaged "grunge" by a good 15 years, and Robin Zander's vocals show why he's since been tagged the Man of a Thousand Voices. And the rhythm section of drummer Bun E. Carlos and Tom Petersson was (and is) one of rock's most underrated. This Sony Legacy "Expanded Edition" restores the album's original running order (the previous version flipped the vinyl's A and B sides) and features new photos, liner notes, and five bonus cuts. One of rock's greatest albums, unsung or otherwise. --Jerry McCulley

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Their 1977 debut album, plus outtakes of I Want You to Want Me and Lovin' Money . AND-*never-before-released* outtakes of Lookout; You're All Talk , and Go Go Girls !

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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!! Jan. 8 2010
Format:Audio CD
I don't ramble, who really want's to read my crap? I get to the point,make my reviews as SHORT as possible.This CD being their first, does lack some of the future "Cheap Trick" super songs! Still good but NOT the "Cheap Trick", we soon began to know and love.They came along way, doing their own songs and several "BEATLE" music as well. Cheap Trick has to be one of the most diversified groups around. It doesn't matter if it's their songs, or that of some else, they always do a GREAT job!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's Got a Face That Could Stop a Clock June 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just about any Cheap Trick fan, obsessive or not, would be quick to agree that for better or worse, their prime came right during their first releases in the late '70s. The general consesus, of course, is that "at Budokan" is the best live album and "Heaven Tonight" is the best studio album. However, I'm going to be frank and admit that although "In Color," "Heaven Tonight," and "Dream Police" are classic power pop, I really don't listen to them all that much these days. I heared "Heaven Tonight" and "Dream Police" first, but once I heared "In Color," that became my favorite. Then I heared the first album, and I knew my mind was made up. No offense to the band, but the first album proves that subsequent studio albums didn't really need all that polished production. Some bands just sound better with all their raw,rough edges intact and Cheap Trick proved they were one of those bands with "at Budokan." No offense intended to those who disagree, but the next time any Trick fanatic finds the sugar-coated gloss of the other early albums hindering the enjoyment of the songs, they should return to the debut, which will always be the studio album that rocked the hardest. The standout tracks for me are "Elo Kiddies," "Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School," "Taxman, Mr. Thief," and "He's a Whore." The other tracks are great too and have grown on me with time. The only track I have a minor qualm with is "Mondecello," which, while a decent song by itself, breaks up the flow of the album and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the rockers. So pick it up; surely it's one of the more underrated debuts of '77.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheek Trick April 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pretty audacious, all things considered, and there is a lot to consider. For one thing, this was originally released in 1977 along with the Sex Pistols' NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS and The Bee Gees/Robert Stigwood's SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Quite a year, eh? And it still holds up after all these years. Producer Jack Douglas fortunately opted for a raw, live sound that sounds loud no matter how much you turn it down. The songs are top notch and it's a shame that there is no lyric sheet because the lyrics are almost overly intelligent, ranging from the junk culture critique 'The Ballad Of TV Violence' to the exquisite in-lust ode 'Mandocello' to suicide in 'Oh, Candy'. (There seems to be a Beatles fixation as well; 'Taxman' and 'Any Time At All' come immediately to mind and there are others; spot your own.) The 'problem' is that so much of this is so tongue-in-cheek that it's easy to take none of it seriously. The bonus tracks are good but not essential, although the early version of 'I Want You To Want Me' is interesting if only because it shows that Letters To Cleo added exactly nothing to it in their remake, whereas Cheap Trick did. Songs I like: 'Taxman, Mr Thief' (an ode to Harrison's ode and, for my money, even better); 'Oh, Candy' (beautifully melodic and bittersweet and with a brief but awesome guitar solo); 'He's A Whore' (punkier than The Lurkers, heh heh); 'Mandocello' ('I could be you lover, let's pretend'); 'The Ballad Of TV Violence' (reputedly an anti-ode to Richard Speck). Songs I don't like: 'The Coward Of The County'; 'Big Rock Candy Mountain'; 'Hey, Jude'; and boy am I glad they aren't on this CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most underated rock album of the 1970's April 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like most teenagers in 1979, I bought Live a Budokan and liked it alot, but it was when I went back and bought their first album, that I really fell in love with Cheap Trick.
From the first track to the last, this album is very nearly perfect, and captures the wild, infectious energy that Cheap Trick lets loose every night in their stage shows, better than any other album they've ever made has been able to. This album can be at any given moment: hard, frenetic, insane, wild, edgy, chaotic, sexy, and outrageous. It will leave you begging for more the second the last track is over.
The only improvement I've ever heard to any of the tracks on this album, can be found on The Essential Cheap Trick in the form of a live version of the track Mandocello. Although the version of it found on this album is very nice, it's the only song on the album that sounds slightly dated by the era it was recorded in. The live version however, will leave you spellbound, and is definately worth checking out.
Although this album contains a half a dozen or more songs that sound like they should be standard FM Classic rock fare, I don't remember hardly ever hearing any of these songs played on the radio over the last 20+ years, except maybe by a cool DJ here and there, and that fact is sad indeed. However, I often wondered what might have happened commercially with this album if it had been released, say 15 years later, during the Grunge era? If it had, Cheap Trick might be as much a houshold name today as Nirvanna.
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