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Cheap Trick [Import]

Cheap Trick Audio CD
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Cheap Trick + In Color + Heaven Tonight
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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 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
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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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I've always rejected the term "fan" as it's derived from that creepy word fanatic so what do you call someone who's entire perception of music was changed by one band and one album and will never be the same, crazy? Then commit me. Cheap Trick's debute album flew in the face of everything that was wrong with rock music in the late seventies (and frequently still is), pompous, arrogant and overblown. In one fell swoop the boys from Rockford changed all the rules and like Sherman to the sea set about a scorched earth policy that would make the General proud. What can be said about Robin Zanders vocals on this disc, on The Ballad of TV Violence he's a caged banshee relentlessly tearing at our ear drums and making us beg for mercy and more, while on Mandocello he takes us to some dark melodic place and shows us how to feel his pain. Rick Nielsen's master strokes of song craft and bone jarring riffs gave all of us junior high geeks a reason to beleive that maybe, if we ate our vegetables and said our prayers, we could grow up to be a guitar hero just like Rick. Ah, Bun E., coolest cat behind a drum kit with the uncanny knack of impersonating the sound of a jack hammer on concrete, nuff said! And oh the sweet growning and moaning of Tom Petersson's twelve string bass, while the rest of the world was having trouble with only four strings, Tom single-handedly informed wanna be bass players everywhere that maybe it was time to put the damn thing away and get a real job. Cheap Trick is everything that was right about the Sex Pistols, E.L.O., Sweet and the Move and at the same time made it painfully clear what they lacked, it made us realize what we were missing with everything else we listened to. It's the greatest non-live, live performance ever captured on tape. Read more ›
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