Dream Police Original recording remastered
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|1. Dream Police|
|2. Way Of The World|
|3. The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)|
|4. Gonna Raise Hell|
|5. I'll Be With You Tonight|
|7. Writing On The Wall|
|8. I Know What I Want|
|9. Need Your Love|
|10. The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)|
|11. Way Of The World|
|12. Dream Police|
|13. I Know What I Want|
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 !
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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
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.
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.
But a certain blandness also sneaks in. "I'll Be With You Tonight," for example, has all the hallmarks of a CT classic, but never really gets there. Some of the madness of the group's legendary first three records is missing. There's nothing as reckless as "He's a Whore" or "Stiff Competition" here. Likewise, the hook-laden soulful-ness of "In Color"'s "So Glad to See You" and "Come On, Come On" is also absent.
Instead, "Dream Police" is ear candy doled out with an eye for reaching the masses. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- this crackerjack band deserved to hook as many pop-heads as possible. And did.
Most recent customer reviews
Classic Cheap Trick, at their peak and in their absolute prime.Published 7 months ago by BowlingRon
With the CD/Album called "Dream Police" needless to say I think their biggest musical effort was on this song. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2009 by Luap Van Horn
"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. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by L. B. Ivarsson
the house is rockin'! this is a guilty pleasure. cheap trick in their heyday. one of the best album covers ever... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003 by D. Murphy
'Dream Police' was released in the fall of 1979 on the heels of Cheap Trick's landmark 'Live At Budokan' LP which launched the band into platinum level success. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by C. Hawkins
Though they never entirely kept their live edge in their studio recordings, Cheap Trick managed to loosen up enough to unleash some of their best stuff on this album. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2002 by nemoistic