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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMX9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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I orig. bought this RECORD in December 1979. I rate Cheap Trick's debut album w/ 5 Stars. I would like to offer my reviews & opinions, of each song:

1. "ELO Kiddies"...I like this song quite well, it's pretty good.

2. "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School"...Was I ever recently SHOCKED to discover that "Daddy" was about a pedophile. I always thought that the lyrics were always a little HARD to understand @ times. So therefore, I NEVER really picked up on this song's TRUE meaning. However, I love the music & the slower beat to this otherwise, decent song.

3. "Taxman, Mr. Thief"...This is one hell of a great song, I think. Powerful vocals & music.

4. "Cry, Cry"...I like this song.

5. "Oh, Candy...This song is passable, only.

6. "Hot Love"...I love this song, very much. It has a great beat to it.

7. "Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace"...Cheap Trick DIDN'T write this song. I love this song a GREAT deal & I esp. love the drumming. Just like the song "Daddy", the lyrics are a little HARD for me to understand, @ times. The song title "Speak Now...." is NEVER mentioned throughout the song.

8. "He's A Whore"...I always wondered why this song wasn't titled as "Anytime @ All", as it's mentioned a lot MORE than "He's A Whore". This song always seemed SO familiar, when I first bought this album. Maybe, just maybe, it was a brief hit on the radio. Just like "Hot Love", I love the beat on this song, along w/ everything else.

9. "Mandocello"...This song is so much DIFFERENT from the rest. It is real enjoyable & nice to listen to. I like this song, quite well.

10. "The Ballad Of TV Violence (I'm Not The Only Boy)"...This song has it's moments.
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