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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2001
The latest release from "the pride of Rockford" demonstrates (once again) what fans have known all along--Cheap Trick is the world's greatest live rock and roll band. This generous collection reflects the scope of the band's songwriting talent, ability to choose covers that fit, and absolute ownership of the stage. The sound is clean and more "hi-fi" than the group's "Music for Hangovers," which is one of the best live rock albums ever, but the sense of celebration that permeates "Silver" is infectious and makes this release seem like an event. That's appropriate, given the nature of the show documented here--a "homecoming" replete with special guests, additional instrumentation and orchestration, and the inclusion of talented friends and family members. From Bun E. Carlos's thunderous opening on "Ain't That A Shame" to Tom Petersson's wall-of-sound 12-string bass (his work on "I'm Losing You" hits your ears like a ton of bricks. Extra heavy bricks), from Robin Zander's peerless voice ("Time Will Let You Know," "The Flame," or "Voices" will stand as proof that there's no one better) to ringleader Rick Nielsen's great guitar work and undeniable rapport with the audience, this 2-disc set is loaded with elements that draw the listener into this very special show. One other note--as cool as it is that Slash, Billy Corgan, and Art Alexakis dropped by to take part in the festivities, none of these guests contributes anything that makes it a "better Cheap Trick performance." Billy Corgan's words of appreciation serve as the best guest moment, and it's cool to note the "age means nothing" aspect of how this band rocks after 25 years, especially in the presence of the aforementioned contemporary stars. Cheap Trick plans to release a DVD of the "Silver" show, and since we can't turn back time and head to Rockford, this is the next best thing. For now, however, this EXCELLENT CD will more than suffice. "Who D' King"? That's easy--Cheap Trick!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2004
I've seen Cheap Trick three times, once in 1979, again in 1986, and a couple of years ago. Each time I was treated to a great show, with awesome performances. Fans of the band will enjoy this double CD alot. It features A song from each of their albums to date. Highlights include great versions of old nuggets like OH,CANDY, STOP THIS GAME, SURRENDER and DREAM POLICE. Acoustic treatments of I Cant Take It & Tonight's It's You work well too. Buy this and realize this band is taken for granted, but they still rock out with a bevy of good songs in their collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2001
The lastest "CHEAP TRICK", titled 'Silver', Was from a concert, in there hometown of Rockford, Il., last Summer of 2000. The first time I saw the boys was in a bar, in Aurora Il.,in 1975. My friends and I first noticed Rick with his bowling shirt, shoes, and ballbag. Then the music started. We all took a liking to them from the get go, noticing, at the time, that we liked the music a lot, but hadn't ever heard any of the songs before, until they started playing "Ain't that a Shame".
On this new release, that, and many more of the songs, that the guys have preformed through the years, are here, as well as guest preformers on many of the other tracks. This well rehearsed concert certainly showed everyone, who had seen it, that it was a night to remember. 20 plus songs, done with the intial care that they had in mind, When they were writing them. A rare preformance of 'The Flame', in which Rick even seemed to enjoy playing for once, fully backed with beautiful strings, put a joyus conclusion, to a power pop set of timeless ballads that included a touching duet with Robin and his Daughter. Thats not to say that there wasn't any 'Rockin', that night! These boys have always stayed as close to there, first records vision, of playing music with kick ass backbone. No going through the motions, as many before them and after have done. They have always givin you and I our moneys worth, as you will find this most recent offering, will do also. You can catch this concert, on Direct TV; Ch. 103, Weekends for the month of FEB.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2001
Made in USA in 2000, Serial# CTU-2001-1, Playing Time 129:45
Let me start by saying I'm not an un-conditional CT fan; I bought their first album when it came out because I was going to a KISS concert, and the opening act was CT.
I like many of their songs (I bought their albums ever since...), but many of their songs also leave me indifferent. I bought their previous live album, "Music For Hangovers", as a japanese import, before it got released in America (actually, I thought it wouldn't be released over here, even though the show was recorded in Chicago!)
While "MFH" only included tracks up to "Dream Police", this curret 2-disc set covers a much broader repertoire, which allows us to hear some material never recorded for posterity on a live album. The recording quality is fair, but the performances are fairly uneven, with or without the numerous guests.
I wouldn't recommend this to the CT un-initiated; to those of us that followed their roller-coaster career, it's an enjoyable experience: I'm sure you'll join in the "bula-bula"-fest of the drum-pounding "Who D'King" which closes this album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2001
"Silver" is a collection of 29 songs from Cheap Trick's 25th Anniversary concert, held in Rockford, Illinois in 1999. For long time fans of the band, it stands alongside "Cheap Trick at Budokan-The Complete Concert" as a must have.
The collection includes most of Cheap Trick's better known songs and includes one song from each of the band's albums. The band receives some very capable assistance from a number of family members and friends, including Robin Zander's daughter Holland assisting her dad with vocals on a very touching rendition of "Time Will Let You Know" (including the Harlem High School choir). Rick Nielsen's son Daxx assists with percussion, and other Zander and Nielsen siblings play on various songs. A string section from the Rockford Symphony Orchestra adds to the punch of songs like "Dream Police" and my personal favorite, "Stop This Game". Guest stars include Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins on "Just Got Back" (featuring the Bun E. Carlos Drum Choir), Slash on "You're All Talk", Everclear's Art Alexakis on a version of the Beatles' "Day Tripper", and former bassist Jon Brant on "If You Want My Love".
Without exception, each song in this collection packs a whallop, even Cheap Trick's only chart topper "The Flame" (which has never been one of my favorites). Simply put...these guys were smokin', and they pulled out all the stops to put on a great show for the hometown crowd!
"Budokan" showed the world why Cheap Trick was one of the greatest live bands of all time. "Silver" shows the world that a quarter of a century later, they still are. Long live Cheap Trick!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2001
I am a huge Cheap Trick fan of many years but have never really dug either of their other live LP's "Budokan" or "Hangovers". But this is the live album worthy of the band. Absolutely cracking stuff. Much better selection of songs and the added orchestration gives it some extra oomph.
The highlights are the wicked version of "Stop This Game", the awesome "World's Greatest Lover" and the beautiful "Time Will Let You Know". Not forgeting wonderful surprises like the superb "The Flame", nasty "Woke Up With a Monster" and delicate acoustic flavoured version of "I Can't Take It".
This album is exceptionally good. Do yourself a favour and buy it now ! Forget Budokan...I never understood why that was such a hit.....Silver has a bit of everything great about Cheap Trick...their wild rockers, their dramatic Beatlesque productions and their subtle ballads.
Oh yeah...and great silver cardboard gatefold sleeve !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love so called "Power Pop" because it can still be fairly hard rock, albeit with unusually strong melodies and hooks. That said, I think it's a very hard niche in which to make vital and meaningful music. Run-Of-The-Mill power pop can sound trite and childish with more marginal attempts sounding downright laughable. Even when a band does something classic, think Big Star, fans can still be indifferent. Apparently it helps to be on some unreal plain, such as the Beatles, where you get the rare combination of accolades and huge sales. Yet even The Beatles imploded under the weight of their baggage...Robbing us of potentially many more years of great music.

So what's this got to do with Cheap Trick, and more specifically "Silver"? Well, in my humble opinion, quite a bit. Perhaps, more than any other band since The Fab Four Cheap Trick embodies the very thing that has since defined the term "Beatlesque". But unlike The Beatles, these guys truly love each other. Making music for Cheap Trick is joy filled and collabrative not competitive.

First off, they have a tremendous sense of humor that has defined them and sustained their ability to remain together. Next, they have tremendous chops with each member being amoung the best at their chosen instrument. Finally, their collective love of the British Invasion and the basic rock combo (guitar driven with little or no keys) insures that while Cheap Tricks music can have gloss it won't be without grit.

Silver nicely ties all of this up. It re-introduced me to Cheap Trick several years ago. Less than a handful of live concerts deserve higher ratings. In a nutshell. it's a walk through Cheap Tricks extensive catalog. You get the sweet riffs and layers of true "pop meisters" at work. Pick this cd up if you want to see what Cheap Trick is about, I just keep going back to it because it's some of the finest "ear candy" ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2011
Like another reviewer here on Amazon, for years I was under the impression this was a greatest hits package. I avoided buying it because I already had all those songs on CD. When I found out it was actually a live album, I had to have it - what a great set list from all across the band's career, including solo albums and work with other artists.

The only problem is that the sound is not that great. The drums are really boomy and the guitar and bass just sort of blend together into a ball of sonic mush. The vocals are buried so deep that when I played disc 1 in the car my daughter complained that she couldn't make out any of the lyrics. I realize that you can't expect perfect sound from an outdoor concert, but...well, it would have been nice if the mix was a little better.

Some of the performances are a bit sloppy as well. I guess that's to be expected when the band is trying to work in a ton of guest stars and playing songs they don't normally play. But if you're going to record and release the show as a CD and DVD, maybe a little more rehersal time would have been in order.

All that said, the energy level is high, the crowd is really into it (and sings along in places), and the sense of a fun concert comes through on the CDs. So Silver is still worth buying, even if it's probably my least favorite of the band's live albums (go with At Budokan first - there's a reason it's a classic - and Music For Hangovers if you want a more recent live album).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2001
How to describe this? First, I must say that I watched this show. It was a long journey from the Canary Islands to Rockford, but well worth. Simply, one of those things you can never forget for the rest of you life. If you were there, I don't need to say anymore. If you don't.... try to imagine, the best rock band of all time, a beautiful place, 15,000 fans from all over the world, a splendid night and music, music and more music. When I listen "Silver", all this memories come to my mind again. The complete concert is here for your pleasure: Raw power ("Woke Up With A Monster", "You're All Talk", "Just Got Back", "Day Tripper"), amazing acoustic ("I Can't Take It", "Take Me To The Top", "It All Comes Back To You", "Tonight It's You"), classic Trick songs better than ever ("Dream Police", "She's Tight", "Voices", "Ain't That A Shame"), surprises ("Time Will Let You Know", "World's Greatest Lover" by Rick, "I'm Losin' You"). Who needs more? Not me.... oh, not exactly, I can hardly wait for the DVD release of "Silver". Once again, thank you Cheap Trick for a night to remember and for all those years giving this wonderful collection of songs.
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on August 22, 2012
The 1979 concert L.P. AT BUDOKAN made me a Cheap Trick fan, which I still am to this day. But while I never miss a studio album, just recently I finally obtained the band's 2001 concert C.D. SILVER, a live show before Cheap Trick's Rockford, Illinois, home town to celebrate rockin' for 25 years.

If you can't please all the people all the time, Cheap Trick comes as close as possible on SILVER. For the casual listener, the band performs almost all its best-known music. For the long-time fans, there is at least one song from every Cheap Trick album through 1997 as well as a selection from Robin Zander's solo C.D.. Guest musicians from Guns N' Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, the families of Cheap Trick's own Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander, and elsewhere join the band on certain songs. "Elsewhere" includes Jon Brant, the bass player who held the fort for Cheap Trick during bass man Tom Petersson's 1981-1987 hiatus, who performs on two songs from the ONE ON ONE album.

"There should be a D.V.D. of this show," I thought as I listened to SILVER. I did a little digging and found out SILVER is out on D.V.D.. That wasn't all. While I knew about Cheap Trick's contributions to film soundtracks such as ROADIE (have it) and UP THE CREEK (not sure a soundtrack album came out for that one), trying to catch up I realized Cheap Trick also contributed new recordings to movie soundtracks such as SPRING BREAK and HEAVY METAL; there must be several others of which I am still not aware. If it's true Rick Nielsen owns 250 guitars, I doubt many collect dust.

I'm selective about what concert albums I buy. While a Beatles fan, I don't have every live L.P. by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, for example, as too many of the same songs appear on them. And while there are Cheap Trick concert albums I still don't have, SILVER is one worth picking up.
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