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Dream Police (4 bonus tracks)

Cheap Trick Audio CD
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Its initial release delayed by the fluke success of Live at Budokan, Cheap Trick's fourth studio album showcases a powerhouse band that was quickly trading in the rough-hewn charms of its club days for this hard-won studio showcase. They skipped "slick" entirely and went straight on to "polished." And if the material here is just a little less visceral than the holy trinity of its first releases, it's also brainier and more musically compelling. The title track remains a marvel of pop-rock perfection, a Jungian nightmare that rocks with all the wallop the Tricksters can muster. "Way of the World" and the underrated ballad "Voices" highlight Robin Zander's vocal range and prowess, while "Gonna Raise Hell" and the ghostly "Need Your Love" offer the band rare chances to show off its awesome musical interplay. Most underrated gem: Tom Petersson's playful, punky three-chord monster, "I Know What I Want." --Jerry McCulley

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Cheap Trick's #6-charting album from 1979 just got even better, with four bonus tracks, three of 'em unreleased! Features unreleased live versions of The House Is Rockin' (with Domestic Problems) and Way of the World , plus an unreleased outtake sans strings of Dream Police !

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3.0 out of 5 stars At last a Dream Police reissue March 10 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is another great album from Cheap Trick. Some folks think that this was their last great album. Nice to finally have it reissued with bonus tracks. Unfortunately, the new material could be a bit better. You get three live tracks (one of which "I Know What I Want" was recorded in 1988, almost ten years after Dream Police was originally released, it was previously available on the box set) and a strings free version of "Dream Police". Maybe there were no outtakes but I find it hard to believe that this was the best that they could offer. There must be some rough early versions they could have released. I give the album 4 stars and the reissue package 3. It's worth getting but I think it could have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Overall CD Dec 13 2009
Format:Audio CD
With the CD/Album called "Dream Police" needless to say I think their biggest musical effort was on this song. The other songs are good as well but it's "Dream Police" that really stands out! Van Horn!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of their best, together with "All shook up" May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Dream police" (1979) is a very good album from the guys who seem to not think that rock 'n' roll is a dead serious business. The title track is very melodic and captivating, and the "House is rocking" is a steamy rocker. "I'll be with you tonight" and "Writing on the wall" show this band's talent for writing memorable tunes, and the ballad "Voices" is just beautiful. "Gonna raise hell" is a groovy number but it is far too long, and you actual get a bit bored at the end. The rest of the material is alright and "Dream police" is an album of rather high standard. The proper rating should be somewhere between 3 strong and 4 weaker stars. I believe this album together with "All shook up" is the best ever from Cheap Trick, and I advise you to get them both - you'll never know how long they will be available, since this most likely isn't considered to be cool among kids of today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good hard rock album May 7 2004
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Many people consider this album to be below par compared to their earlier albums, I don't really think that it's the case and I happen to think that this is a very good rock album but not quite in the classic mode, the band does sound like their starting to go through the motions a bit cause the songwriting isn't as good as their earlier releases but don't let that get to you too much.
Dream Police: The first single off of the album hitting the Top 30 in the fall of 1979 and this is a great song, one of the album's best songs. 10/10
Way of the World: Nothing too special but it's quite a decent song. 8/10
The House is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems): One of the heaviest songs and this song could've been easily penned by a 80's metal band and I don't take that as a bad thing. 9/10
Gonna Raise Hell: This is my favorite Cheap Trick song off of the album and clocking in at over 9 minutes, this song never gets boring although some people say that it's one of the most overrated songs but I consider it being the other way around. 10/10
I'll be Without You Tonight: This is a forgettable song by them but it's better than most of the post Next Position Please songs. 7/10
Voices: This is a wonderful ballad and this song fell short of making the Top 30 and this song deserves more airplay and it could've been easily penned by the Beatles or John Lennon. 10/10
Writing on the Wall: Most people consider this song to be the filler song but I don't think that it's the case and this is a pretty good song. 8/10
I Know What I Want: Tom Petersson takes the vocal duties on this song and he did quite a good job. 9/10
Need Your Love: I'm not really a fond of this song cause it goes on for too long clocking in at over 7 and a half minutes, I would've trim it down to 6 minutes. 6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars all day all night every day and every night..... Oct. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
the house is rockin'! this is a guilty pleasure. cheap trick in their heyday. one of the best album covers ever... this and "at Budokan" are all you'll ever need from Cheap Trick...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Superheroes Save Rock and Roll ( Again) June 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
So I saw these dudes, like 30 times right? So one time I leave the concert in Philadelphia and run into Kenny. Now Kenny swears he's on the wagon, but maybe just one drink, okay? So we start drinking and he tells me he knows Nielson and Bun E from the post Nazz days when they lived in Philly and played with that Stookey guy in Sick Man of Europe which became Fuse ( I think , I'd had a few "scotchies"myself if you know what I mean)which mutated into Cheap Trick after Stooky, and after Xeno. Said they were and are great and learned men. Kenny tells a great story, and this one is true.
Oh, the recording? Well it's all about the Dream Police, now innit? They live inside Nielson's head. And nobody describes them better than Robin Zander, who sings as though Paul McCartney were sitting in the front row giving him two thumbs-diddly-up like a benevolent British Fonzarello. Voices is the Beatles ballad that Jeff Lynne would have loved to write. The title track is essential. Come on, admit it. This is the great American band of the past 20 years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underated Feb. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
The surprise success of "At Budokan" bumped this album, which was already complete, to the back burner while the hits ran their course. Likely because of a budding backlash from the post Budokan overexposure and increased expectations, "Dream Police" took an unjust drubbing at the time. But it was really the sound of the band evolving. The almost disco thump of "Gonna Raise Hell" and the nightmare vision of the title track proved Cheap Trick still had the brains, "Way Of The World" and "Need Your Love" provided the brawn.
It was just that the band had become so competent that some of the edgy charm had slipped away. "Voices" was the kind of ballad that Cheap Trick might not have been able to pull off prior to this, and there were a few who viewed this kind of open balladeering as selling out. They missed the point.
Cheap Trick was exploring their range on "Dream Police." Be that in Robin Zander's polished vocal on "Voices" or in that Tom Petersen took to the mike for the stunning "I Know What I Want," "Dream Police" became a showcase for the boys from Rockford IL. If you compare the Tricksters' sound here to new wave acts like Blondie and the Cars that were now in the same arena (Blondie's "Eat To The Beat" arrived roughly the same time as "Dream Police" and covers a lot of the same ground), you'll see how "Dream Police" remains an excellent album from a band in their prime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing some of the Madness -- But Still Magic
Dream police may have come to Cheap Trick in their beds, but clearly visions of astronomical success were what really occupied their heads. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2002 by "billyward"
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Published on Aug. 4 2002 by Bud Sturguess
5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks right up there!!!!
Yeah, this CD rocks.
I have the original album from 1979. I remember buying it my frosh year. It still sounds as relevant now as it did then. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by Hilow
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star album, 2 star cd
I believe that it is unanimous with the reviewers here that this cd sounds flat. The music is great, and I remember its release well. Read more
Published on April 3 2001 by S. C. Smith
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