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'Trick's sophomore release is augmented with an instrumental B-side version of Oh Boy ; unreleased demos of Southern Girls and Come On, Come On , and unreleased live versions of You're All Talk and Goodnight !
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony special product
  • ASIN: B0012GMV2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cheap Trick has been branded as "too sugary" to be considered true rock'n'roll and to heavy to be pop, so what do you say about "In Color" perhaps the best power-pop release of the 70's? This LP was blasting from every cassette and 8-track player on the beaches of Southern California in the late 70's so all you need to say is "Rock On"!
Rick Nielson wrote crunchy "pop" music, that was often incorrectly labeled as hard rock, and the band suffered for it with a too-short appearance at the top of the rock world. Robin Zander's voice may have been ripe with Beatles affectation (perhaps leading to a "wannabe" label) but there can be no denying it as a terrific pop instrument. Songs like "Big Eyes", "Downed", "I Want You to Want Me", "Oh Caroline" and "Southern Girls" are testaments to Nielson's rock'n'pop sensibilities and to Zander's perfect delivery.
Cheap Trick is a band that should've been stars for decades, so grab onto "In Color" and "Heaven Tonight" and wrap yourself around some free-wheelin' power-pop tunes before sombody shames you out of it!
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Cheap Trick is a band that never took itself too seriously, with a hard rock sound, but a fun attitude. It all works, and "in Color" hits it right on. The album cover plays the "pretty boy" toughness of singer Robin Zander and Bassist Tom Pettersson versus the bad-boy-geek of guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos perfectly, with Zaner & Petersson looking cool (in color) astride Choppers, and Carlos and Nielsen (in black and white) on scooters. Packaging aside, the music is great. Cheap Trick rocks, but never looses their pop sensibilities. Fully half of this disc would end up on the megahit live set "At the Budokan" ("I Want You To Want Me","Hello There", "Come On, Come On", "Big Eyes" and "Clock Strike Ten"), and these original versions have all the energy of the live set. The rest of the songs are every bit as good, especially "Southern Girls", "Oh Caroline" and "Downed", which is one of my all time favorite songs.
I've had this record since it's release on vinyl, it was one of the first records I bought on CD.
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My first introduction to Cheap Trick was a 45 rpm single of "Dream Police," in 1979, which my cheap Soundesign turntable with Radio Shack needle ate to dust within a year. Anyways, I went to an audiophile store and plunked down beaucoup bucks for a Thorens with an Ortofon cartridge in 1981, and then began my Cheap Trick album buying spree. First I bought their best album, "Live at Budokan," which is without a doubt the greatest live album recorded by any band, period. Then I got "Dream Police," which features the title track and my favourite all-time song, "I Need Your Love." But my favourite studio album is this one, "In Color."
What can I say, all the songs on this one fit together like a watch, just like "Live at Budokan" does, and opens with the same opening band (what we used to call tracks in the days of 33-1/3 rpm records), "Hello There." "In Color" contains no less than 5 out of its 10 tunes which ended up on "Budokan," and the best thing I can say about this album is that the studio versions are (with the exception of "I Want You to Want Me," which has a little too bubble-gum a flavour on this record) just as good as the live versions (yes, like Kiss, Cheap Trick was a band that sounded *better* on stage).
But, the best tunes are "Downed," "Oh, Caroline" and "Southern Girls," and for years I went around saying how these examples of 1960s and Beatles-influenced songs ought to have been on "Budokan." Of course, my wish came true in 1993 when Epic released the follow-up "Budokan II," and whatya know? Their live versions are just as solid (on "Southern Girls," even more so) than this studio album.
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In Color by CHEAP TRICK, has always been my favorite album by CT ever. The best power pop/ rock& roll album from start to finish. One of the few cds I never skip a track on. When my cd collection was stolen last year and I was faced with having to replace thirty years worth of collecting I was stunned. Thank God for Amazon I got this cd for under $7, and it has bonus tracks my original didn't.The extra tracks are nothing great, if anything they make me glad for the way the album sounds as the demos are nowhere near the quality of the finished album sonically
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The band's second album is a very good one. It's good to play loud when driving or at the computer (like right now...) The songs itself are great. "Big Eyes," "Downed," "You're All Talk," and "Clock Strikes Ten" show that the band didn't lose their edge despite an almost-too-clean production. Indeed, the liner notes state that "the band has since grumbled about the pristine production." The weakest song on here is "Come On Come On," which was done better on 'Live At Budokan' and as a bonus track demo. I also have to be in the right mood to hear "Oh Caroline." Some people complain about "I Want You To Want Me" on this album and how different it is from the big live hit version. All I can say is that it's different, but in a good way. The honky-tonk piano part makes it sound like it came straight from Vaudeville. As for love ballads, they're kinda nonexistent this time around, which is a shame. The album clocks in at just around 30 minutes, so there's no real bad song on the album. Did I mention "Southern Girls" and "So Good To See You" are excellent songs? The bonus tracks are neat too: "Oh Boy" is a good song, but I personally think that a vocalized version could have been included. The demos ("Southern Girls" and "Come On Come On") show how the album would have sounded sans the super-clean production job. (Tom Werman mustn't have been to bad-he went on to do the next two albums!) The live version of "You're All Talk" is a bit of a throwaway, and the live version on 'Sex America Cheap Trick' is a lot better. That song was meant to go fast. And the live version of "Goodnight Now" is better than the one on 'Budokan.' It's a great album, just be sure to get it before you get 'Heaven Tonight' or 'Dream Police' or their debut. This album really can't compete with those three. All in all though it's just fun harmless rock, and that's all that really matters, right?
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