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Next Position Please

Cheap Trick Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. I Can't Take It
2. Borderline
3. I Don't Love Here Anymore
4. Next Position Please
5. Younger Girls
6. Dancing The Night Away
7. You Talk Too Much
8. 3-D
9. You Say Jump
10. Y.O.Y.O.Y.
11. Won't Take No For An Answer
12. Heaven's Falling
13. Invaders Of The Heart
14. Don't Make Our Love A Crime

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--This text refers to the LP Record edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The pleasant early 80's surprise April 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the liner notes to the box set, Rick mentioned that I Can't Take It was a number one hit down under and advised the American public to wake up. It's a sentiment that I wholly agree with on one hand, but also one that worries me on the other hand. After hitting the top 40 with the Dream Police and Voices from the Dream Police album, the band suddenly found themselves in a top 40 slump that lasted until the Lap Of Luxury vomit-fest. Despite four singles that seemed like sure fire hits in the 1980-83 time period (Everything Works If You Let It, Stop This Game, If You Want My Love, and I Can't Take It,) the band couldn't break a song into the top 40. While this doesn't say much for the musical tastes of the top 40 audience, it isn't really a bad thing considering that the next Cheap Trick song to have a chart impact was The Flame. Given the choice between the bowl-swirling nausea of Lap Of Luxury and Busted, I'll take the early 80's near misses in a heartbeat. Next Position Please and Heaven's Falling are two other songs from this album that have made every compilation I've ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album For Anyone Who Hated "Lap of Luxury" April 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
On VH1's countdown of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock (Cheap Trick landed at #25), respected sound engineer and recent CT producer Rob Albini described the group's music as having "moments of rage and ugliness and power...but there are also things about it that are genuinely very pretty and elegant." This album is their "elegant" side (or as elegant as a blistering power-pop band can get anyway).
Like all of their string of commercially-failed 80s albums, "Next Position Please" is a real gem, and a worthwhile reward for anyone who gives panned albums a chance. Renowned pop producing expert Todd Rundgren was brought on board to man the switches, a move that many say is to be given credit for the album's accessibility. On Cheap Trick's previous "failed" album, "One On One," there were subtle hints that their commercial slide was interfering with the confidence in their music, but that's certainly not the case with "Next Position Please." Cheap Trick sounds determined and focused, despite what shows up in many CT bios. The title track sounds like it was written during the band's glory days of the late 70s, and Rundgren's glossy production actually works on 'Y.O.Y.O.Y.', 'I Can't Take It' (Trick at their most sincere), and the album's best track, 'I Don't Love Here Anymore' (which is complete with Beatles-like backing vocals). It's also obvious that the group were trying to regain a younger, modern audience with songs like 'You Talk To Much' and 'Heaven's Falling.' A wildly left-center version of 'Dancing the Night Away' meanwhile, can be seen as only Cheap Trick being their erratic, oddball selves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been a Lot Better March 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
After doing "One On One" (a powerful album both in sound and nature), I expected an even greater CHEAP TRICK album. While not a monumental failure, "Next Position Please" tones down everything "One On One" had achieved. The guitar sound is inexplicably mellow and even hard oriented rockers like "Invaders From The Heart" sound tame. Although CHEAP TRICK was never an all-out Heavy Metal band, they always had that "edge" that made them relevent among the hard rock crowd. Producer Todd Rundgren might be the one to blame here, as he tried to make a sixties sounding album in the eighties. The overall feel of "Next Position Please" is subdued, but that's not to say it lacks memorable moments. "I Can't Take It" opens the album with the memorable and catchy hooks the band is best known for as well as the title track. "Won't Get No For An Answer" has that typical "Beatle-esque" melody that makes the song a winner but these good spots are few and far in between. Apparently CHEAP TRICK realized this and came back the chunky sounding "Standing On The Edge".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Next Position....... Please? Nov. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, you would think that this was a match made in musical heaven. On hindsight, given the excellent production that Rundgren afforded such pop/metal exports as The Purssuit of Happiness the question mark grows even larger. Being a big fan of Rockford's best export, upon release I was hoping for the best. However, there was much trepidation since the band had released the woefully compromised affairs since their departure with producer Tom Werman; George Martin (The Beatles)and Roy Thomas Baker (Queen). Who knows who's to blame here, but Next Position Please sounds like a warm up to the real affair. "I Can't Take It" jumps off the record with warmth, but lacks the punch that Cheap Trick is known for. From there the band grinds through some fine tunes, none of which really ever seem to get going. Fortunately, the band does leap off the album for one very fine, penned by Todd song, "Heaven's Falling". Even though the chord structures are atypical of Nielsen, the Cheap Trick sound makes the song among one of the best they ever committed to tape (What happened on the box set...that is another story). Go buy it if you have everything Cheap Trick recorded up to Dream Police, and may have stumbled on their last two studio relases, Cheap Trick and Special One.
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