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Dream Police Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 23 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000EDWM90
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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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
6. Voices
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

Product Description

Product Description

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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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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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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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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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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Dream police may have come to Cheap Trick in their beds, but clearly visions of astronomical success were what really occupied their heads. In the wake of the fabulous "Live at Budakon," the band goes for more mainstream adulation here, though this time with a glossy, in some cases tricked up, studio sound. And about half the songs are glorious, including the title track, Robin Zander's ace "Way of the World" and the hard-riffing "Writing on the Wall."
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.
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