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Lap of Luxury

Cheap TrickAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026D1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let Go
2. No Mercy
3. The Flame
4. Space
5. Never Had A Lot To Lose
6. Don't Be Cruel
7. Wrong Side Of Love
8. All We Need Is A Dream
9. Ghost Town
10. All Wound Up

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
From a commercial standpoint the 80's were not kind to Cheap Trick. At the beginning of the decade they were a big arena act with platinum selling albums, but over the first 8 years of the decade the band's fortunes would take a turn for the worse. First bassist Tom Peterson left the band after the "All Shook Up" album in 1980. The band added a new bassist and soldiered on, but each successive album sold less than the one prior. By the time "The Doctor" was released in 1986 sales had declined and quality had fallen way off. "Lap Of Luxury" would find Tom Peterson back in the fold and the band's original lineup back in tact. Like Aerosmith, Heart, and other 70's era bands would do a few years later, Cheap Trick brought in outside songwriters to bolster up the creative department. How well this worked depends on your perspective. On the one hand the band had a huge hit with "The Flame" and another top 40 showing with a cover of the old Elvis chestnut "Don't Be Cruel". The album went platinum and put Cheap Trick back up to big time status on the touring circuit. On the other hand I find much of the material here to be rather bland and a few steps below what I know Cheap Trick is capable of. I do like "Never Had A Lot To Loose" which probably could have fit on any early Cheap Trick work, and "Ghost Town" is a nice balled even though it was co-written by schmaltz queen Dianne Warren. The rest of the album is overproduced, very 80's sounding and not nearly as in your face as much of the band's earlier work. I have to hand it to the guys for getting back on the sales charts in a big way, but this is far from the band's best work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rediscovery Of The Trick February 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Cheap Trick's "The Doctor" could have been the death knell for a lesser band, but this band's work ethic was made of sterner stuff than most. Tom Petersson was back in the fold, outside song writers were brought in (even if it was against the Trick's will), and for some reason, their label was back behind them. The hired gun formula worked and "The Flame" gave Cheap Trick the curse and blessing of their first number one record. The blessing in that it put their career back on track, the curse in that the band loathed that they were being puppeted.
Mindful of that backdrop, "Lap Of Luxury" is still a good Cheap Trick album. Nielsen's writing is stronger here than what was on "The Doctor" and his collaboration with hit-Meister Diane Warren yielded one of the record's best songs in "Ghost Town." "Let Go" kick starts the CD with a joyful yelp, and it just kept getting better from there on. The only real misstep is the Elvis cover "Don't Be Cruel" (oddly enough, another Top Ten single).
This is power-pop at its most workman efficient, and with Cheap Trick in fine form, it's hard not to like "Lap Of Luxury."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent album October 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
LAP OF LUXURY might not be as raw and rocking as some of the bands other efforts, that is not saying that this album is bad. It is a more radio friendly album that the band made to help them regain some of their earlier success. While alot of fans might have been turned off, they are still some great songs here: THE FLAME, DONT BE CRUEL, LET GO, GHOST TOWN, NEVER HAD A LOT TO LOSE, in my opinion are some great songs. This album was the one that helped them get back on the map so to speak, but if you are a fan like myself, they never went away. This is a good album, but I gave it 4 stars because compared to thier first 3 albums, it is a little less spectacular. Nevertheless, this is a good album to add to your collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is. June 21, 2005
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
Personally I don't think this is nearly as bad as some apparently think it is. However, there are a few lame tracks, and the album as a whole is very 1988. This is very worth it for the hits though, like the cover of "Don't Be Cruel", "Ghost Town", and the mega-ballad "The Flame". I also really like "Never Had Alot To Lose", and the dramatic "All We Need Is A Dream". The rest isn't terrible, just fair. I admit they have better albums out, but more than half of "Lap Of Luxury" still gets me "All Wound Up".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Comeback Album" December 15, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lap of Luxury would probably have to considered Cheap Trick's comeback album, in that it produced a #1 hit in "The Flame", after a period that had found them at their lowest level commercially. This album is slickly produced, and lacks the raw, rocking sound of a lot of their other albums. The songwriting and lyrics are subpar, but the playing is great. "Let Go" starts the album off well, it's a strong, energetic song with a good chorus. "Never Had A Lot To Lose", Space, and their remake of "Don't Be Cruel" are all solid efforts. However, most of the other songs are lacking for one reason or another, and I find "Ghost Town" to be a dismal, boring ballad, though the members of Cheap Trick are said to enjoy the song. "The Flame" is a rare item, a ballad that has staying power, and even sounds better live when Rick puts more edge into the guitar work. Not a rocker, but an album that should please a very wide range of buyers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lap of Luxury (1988) October 26, 2005
By Gitters
Format:Audio CD
After a decade of falling further down the charts, Cheap Trick came bouncing back towards the top with 1988's Lap of Luxury. By 1988 Cheap Trick hadn't had a hit record or single in years, but Lap of Luxury changed that. Lap of Luxury briefly brought Cheap Trick back into the spotlight. While Lap of Luxury is not Cheap Trick's best album it does have quite a bit to offer however. Lap of Luxury spawned the hit powerballad "The Flame", and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel." Other highlights include: "Ghost Town", Let Go, and Never Had a Lot to Lose.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition!
I bought this for a friend and was very pleased with the quality. There were a few very minor marks on the disk but she played the CD right away and there were no problems with the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Abrina
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello now ladies and gentleman, Hello now ladies and gentleman,
are u ready to rock? are u ready to rock?? i know this song is not on there but come on its cheap trick. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeff Haggard
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting Back Some Of Their Mojo.
1988 gave us Cheap Trick's 10th studio album "Lap Of Luxury". Tom Petersson returned to the fold after being away for 7 1/2 years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars No trick here!
This was my favorite album by Cheap Trick when it first came out and it still remains so. I can listen to this one over and over!
Published 14 months ago by consolation
3.0 out of 5 stars Radio Hits and more commercial success
New sound that is pop radio friendly which is ok, though offending the fans from the beginning. The band still delivers and evolved to meet the times.
Published on June 14, 2012 by JON WATSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Chgeap Trick LOL
Although this was the beginning of a bad spell of records for the Tricksters, you will get enjoyment from half the album.
Published on October 26, 2009 by Patrick Moynahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 80's music
I thougt this album was awesome. If you are looking for "nostalgia" rock' This is it. Thie cover of Don't Be Cruel was wonderful. Read more
Published on October 12, 2009 by B. A. Basden
1.0 out of 5 stars Hanging on by a thread
Not much to add to the reviews posted previously, especially 20 years after the fact. Oh well, here goes. Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by Timothy N. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT THERE BEST, BUT WORTHY
I ENJOYED THIS ALBUM ALOT. FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO GAVE THIS RECORD A BAD WRITE UP,YOU ARE MISTAKEN. SONGS LIKE [THE FLAME]#1 and THE ELVIS COVER [DON'T BE CRUEL]#4 WE'RE ALL OVER THE... Read more
Published on July 17, 2008 by Scott Vassiliou
3.0 out of 5 stars Without this, CT my not have survied
Without this, 'comback', CT my not have survied to still be releasing material today. Sure it has its critics (the band themselves) but it brought CT back to the top (for a time)... Read more
Published on May 1, 2006 by Juz Man
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