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  • Audio CD (Aug. 11 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00009WKXL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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CD reissue of this 1985 album from the hard rockin' Power Pop quartet featuring one bonus track: the single version of 'Tonight It's You'. Wounded Bird. 2010.

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i dont know how Bun e Carlos let the producer get away with the sound of the drums on some of these songs. Little Sister, and Tonights its You are great songs but the drums are totallly lost in the mix. Aside from that complaint there are some great songs like Rock all Night which Rick said was "our tribute to Spinal Tap" . as usual there are some crap songs but there are a few standouts so i guess its worth it.
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Nothing great about this CD, other than if your a "Cheap Trick" fan, you may wish to buy it.It is well put together but still another "Cheap Trick" CD, without Tom Petersson on bass!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ecd660) out of 5 stars An unusual album that needs an unusual approach July 27 2005
By John D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that needs to be taken into context, with respect to the state of the band in 1985, the state of the music industry in 1985, and the common expectations of a Cheap Trick fan in 2005 raised on the early Budokan and "Surrender" type work, or for that matter any person today.

Twenty years ago Cheap Trick were in the midst of a nearly-crushing commecial slump that had been haunting them for five years, during which bassist Tom Petersson had left the band and had been replaced by Jon Brant. It was difficult to compete with the fast paced changes in popular music culture, especially when they were beginning to be seen (unfortunately and incorrectly) as a band of the past. Because of this, Standing On The Edge slipped through the cracks, allowing some really fine moments to go almost completely unnoticed, with the better known (and outstanding) track "Tonight It's You" as the only real exception.

Several songs come to mind, such as the bluesy and dancable "How About You," a tight song of perfect length, clocking in at just under three minutes. Although some criticize the use of synthesizers in this album, the synthesizers enhance rather than impede this track. There is also "This Time Around," a fresh and uplifting song which contains some of Rick Nielsen's most gorgeous guitar work. "Cover Girl" is also attractive as a fast-paced song with nice vocals by Robin Zander.

The fact that "Love Comes" never became widely known is a real tragedy. The 30 second sample on this page does not do it justice - it is one of the most inspired and outstandingly sincere songs ever written by the band (and for those who have heard the hired songwriter rumor, that person [M. Radice] is not a credited participator on this track as he is on the others). It is hard for me to deny while listening to it that it possibly could have made the top 10 if it had been promoted more as a single.

A few of the tracks are likely to come accross as flawed on the first listen (the reason I give a 4 instead of 5) - mainly the synthesizers in "This Time Around" and the title track, and the gratuitous effects (vocal and other) in "She's Got Motion," "Little Sister," "Rock All Night," and "Wild Wild Women" employed (often inappropriately) to reinforce the strong sexual themes of these songs (which may be a turn-off for some).

Despite these details, ALL of the tracks have great moments, and they all can be enjoyed, and very much so. The thing to keep in mind is that this is not an album that can be appreciated easily for most people the first time listening to it. One must hear it several times over a long period to let it ripen. Some of the songs (less so the ones mentioned in the fifth paragraph) have a very comforting kind of style and feel, a kind of peace and calm that is even reflected in the attractive cover art, but to enjoy all the tracks an unusual approach is needed based on the unusual circumstances that make this album exactly what it is.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ecdc0c) out of 5 stars Mixed Trick July 6 2010
By G. Smith - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is a lot of debate on the CT website about whether or not these Wounded Bird reissues are remastered, and while I'm not enough of an audiophile to make a definitive case one way or another, I can say that this version of "Standing On The Edge" sounds markedly better than the original CBS release: the album sounds louder, fuller, and possesses more depth all around. Also, there is no tape hiss evident on this release. Unfortunately, this is not the Trick's finest musical moment, as there is lots of gimmicky mid-80s production throughout and a few sub-par songwriting attempts to compete with then-popular hair bands and techno pop acts ("Rock All Night," "Love Comes."). However, the album includes four genuine CT classics in "Tonight It's You," "This Time Around," Cover Girl," and the title track, the latter of which has never before been avaiable in a version that sounds this good. Well worth the $12 price for completists looking to upgrade.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ed00a8) out of 5 stars Flashy, trashy fun -- with a couple brilliant ballads Feb. 9 2003
By Billucy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Mixing arena-rock flamethrowers, stunningly effective ballads and a bit of their old mischief, Cheap Trick comes up with a rockin' good record. Most folks only remember the brilliant "Tonight It's You," but the sweet and sincere "Loves Come Around" is almost as potent. Best of all are a handful of giddy rockers -- the hyperactive "How 'Bout You," "Little Sister" and the mighty title track. After watering down their bombast to suit producer Todd Rungren on "Next Position Please," Trick sounds delighted to crank up the amps once again. While "Standing..." is a far cry from the glory days of "In Color" and "Heaven Tonight," the band wouldn't sound this convincing again until the great "Cheap Trick '97."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c7775c) out of 5 stars A Hard Rockin Cd ..The essential Cd of the 1980's....... March 10 2005
By Ronald L. Longo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ok Listen up...This is a true 1980's essential Cd. It starts out with a hard pumpin song "Little sister" written by the man Rick N. it leaves no stone un-turned. We all know how great" Tonight it's you" is but if you want a hard rockin jam than "Standing on the edge" does it, Robin Zander's voice takes over you and you wonder did he ever take a breath" I get pysched up going over the lyrics in my head. This time around" is a great tuned down song with some great lyrics as is "Love comes around"..For the finisher "Cover girl" is fun and has great sing along lyrics that will make you remember why the 80's really were so much fun. This Cd needs to have more attention to it, spread the word..
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c775d0) out of 5 stars Cheap Trick is often described as a Power Pop band, so this July 25 1998
By Mark Ostendorf - Published on
Format: Audio CD
album shouldn't disappoint any buyer. It is the best power pop I've heard (tell me, who are the other bands in this genre?). All band members contributed on songwriting, and it shows. Every song has a powerful chorus that provides an excellent hook. The choruses make it a great album that you and your friends will sing along to. "Tonight It's You" is a powerful tune that builds into an exciting chorus, and "How About You" delivers the same effect. "Love Comes" and "This Time Around" are great, original sounding ballads. A few songs have risque lyrics that may offend some, and "Rock All Night" is plodding, but this is an excellent album from start to finish.