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Cheap Trick

Cheap TrickAudio CD
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Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Led by guitarist Rick Nielsen, the band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatles, the sonic assault of the Who, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Cheap Trick Store

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMX9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ELO Kiddies
2. Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School
3. Taxman, Mr. Thief
4. Cry, Cry
5. Oh, Candy
6. Hot Love
7. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
8. He's a Whore
9. Mandocello
10. The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
11. Lovin' Money [#][*][Outtake]
12. I Want You to Want Me [Early Version][#][*]
13. Lookout [Previously Unreleased Studio Version][#][*]
14. You're All Talk [Studio Version][#][*]
15. I Dig Go-Go Girls [#][*]

Editorial Reviews

Their 1977 debut album, plus outtakes of I Want You to Want Me and Lovin' Money . AND-*never-before-released* outtakes of Lookout; You're All Talk , and Go Go Girls !

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Got a Face That Could Stop a Clock June 6, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Just about any Cheap Trick fan, obsessive or not, would be quick to agree that for better or worse, their prime came right during their first releases in the late '70s. The general consesus, of course, is that "at Budokan" is the best live album and "Heaven Tonight" is the best studio album. However, I'm going to be frank and admit that although "In Color," "Heaven Tonight," and "Dream Police" are classic power pop, I really don't listen to them all that much these days. I heared "Heaven Tonight" and "Dream Police" first, but once I heared "In Color," that became my favorite. Then I heared the first album, and I knew my mind was made up. No offense to the band, but the first album proves that subsequent studio albums didn't really need all that polished production. Some bands just sound better with all their raw,rough edges intact and Cheap Trick proved they were one of those bands with "at Budokan." No offense intended to those who disagree, but the next time any Trick fanatic finds the sugar-coated gloss of the other early albums hindering the enjoyment of the songs, they should return to the debut, which will always be the studio album that rocked the hardest. The standout tracks for me are "Elo Kiddies," "Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School," "Taxman, Mr. Thief," and "He's a Whore." The other tracks are great too and have grown on me with time. The only track I have a minor qualm with is "Mondecello," which, while a decent song by itself, breaks up the flow of the album and doesn't really fit in with the rest of the rockers. So pick it up; surely it's one of the more underrated debuts of '77.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars is not enough for one of the best albums recorded December 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a great, Great, GREAT CD!!! The music can stack up against ANY album. It is the "Abbey Road" of Cheap Trick. It starts with the powerful "ELO Kiddies" and the alarm clock ringing at the beginning of the song lets you know that this is a band you should wake up and pay attention to. It then changes gears with Tom's bass into the sickly twisted "Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School." It then transitions smoothly with the sound of kids playing (shades of the Beatles) into "Taxman, Mr. Thief," where they directly tip their hats off to the Beatles by using the name Mr. Heath. "Cry Cry" changes up the pace with a slip-sliding slow chunker, then "Oh Candy" spotlights the band's ability to create hard hitting up beat rock songs. Another change up into the slamming steamroller "Hot Love." This song rips is like a sports car at full throttle. Robin's beautiful voice is show cased in the haunting ballad "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace." Another smooth transition with Bun E's sharp drum beat: "He's a Whore" kicks in, with Rick soloing like a deranged punk rocker. The soothing "Mandocello," named after the instrument it is played on (double strings tuned like a cello), can make you float away on a cloud of dreams. The last song from the original album, "Ballad or TV Violence," ends the original recording with a portrait of a mental murderer. When Cheap Trick played this song live, Rick used to open up his sweater to reveal a picture of the real life killer the song is about, crazy! This is a CD of a recording of when albums were albums, not just a collection of hit tunes. The songs move and support each other. This CD is made to be listened to in one sitting. Read more ›
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere to go but down from here . . . July 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Boy, whatever happened to Jack Douglas? Within the space of one year in the mid-70s he coaxed career performances out of *two* hard rock legends -- Aerosmith (their never-equaled 4th album, *Rocks*), and Cheap Trick, whose debut is also their finest hour. The Tricksters had enough left in the tank to make their subsequent trajectory through *In Color* and *Heaven Tonight* (to say nothing of the essential, revelatory live album, *At Budokan*) look like a steady rise, but (apparent) goofball guitarist/songwriter Rick Nielsen really shot his wad here: sad, but spectacular to witness. This has no filler, just endless smarts, a masterful sense of dynamics, deep hooks, and a gritty, hot-wired guitar sound. (It also has the *sui generis* ballad "Mandocello," five powerful, intoxicating minutes that resemble nothing that this band or any other ever comitted to tape, before or after.) Would that there had been more where this came from. At least this edition rescues some rarities, principally "Lovin' Money," which is so fine one wonders how it got left off the original album. All the tuneless New Metal kids flooding the market these days could do much worse than spend some quality time with "The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)" -- it's a truly frightening, ferocious document, and its power is virtually independent of the band's tremendous performance, the feeling being all there in Nielsen's ominous guitar figure. That kind of writing can't be taught, faked, or bludgeoned into being; the early Cheap Trick had it in spades, never more so than here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is da poop! July 14, 2001
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Conventional critical wisdom suggests that Cheap Trick's first 3 1/2 records (that's "Cheap Trick", "In Color", "Heaven Tonight", and half of "Dream Police") were the good ones. I would add that I think each album was slightly less successful than its predecessor, which puts their debut album at the top of the heap. This album is raw, catchy, and utterly unprecedented. Two pretty boy rock stars, one cartoon character, and one fat throwback from the 50's. It's too delicious to ignore! Highlights from the original album include "Taxman, Mr Thief" and "Elo Kiddies", but this reissue adds previously unreleased material (much of which is top notch). "Lovin' Money" and "Lookout" are brilliant!
I was introduced to Cheap Trick through Kiss in 1976. At the time, they were just the opening band for my make-up clad heroes (okay...I was just 10 years old), but Cheap Trick have truly stood up to the test of time better than almost any other rock band of the 70's (especially Kiss...ha!). This CD is a beauty. If you could only own 30 rock CDs, this would need to be one of them.
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Published 2 months ago by royce g mcguire jr
2.0 out of 5 stars DIRTY TRICK
I hate to say it, but my husband and I did not care for this CD at all. What can we say other than we wanted to send it back, but I guess that isn't possible since we already... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Stratton
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album
I am glad I bought this album. Love every song on the album. Good jams from a top grade band.
Published 9 months ago by Donald J. Koller
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you NOT enjoy the boys rom Rockford?
This is the work that put Cheap Trick on my permanent radar back in the day and I've been a fan ever since. Classic, pure and simple rock and roll with nothing fancy or glamorous. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Barry in Nebraska
5.0 out of 5 stars A Debut That Delivers
Some artists or bands hit their stride right on the very first try, while others need an album or two before getting their chops together. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Ambrosio
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good And Very Strange Album
I Love this Album but, man, is it creepy. The subject matter is as horrific as anything on some Death Metal record and the Sound is frightfully noisy and rambunctious. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Saleeby
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