Monday, May 15, 2006

CHEAP TRICK - The Greatest Hits (1991) (by REQ)

"We sound just like Cheap Trick only the guitars are louder," - Kurt Cobain, Rolling Stone

Pop Rock
Tracks 6 & 8 were recorded live at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan in April 1978


01 Magical Mystery Tour (4:08)
02 Dream Police (3:50)
03 Don't Be Cruel (3:07)
04 Tonight It's You (4:45)
05 She's Tight (2:58)
06 I Want You To Want Me (Live) (3:38)
07 If You Want My Love (3:34)
08 Ain't That A Shame (Live) (5:10)
09 Surrender (4:12)
10 The Flame (5:36)
11 I Can't Take It (3:25)
12 Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love (3:45)
13 Voices (4:18)

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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 tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism and humor of the Move. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and arena rock; it also had a surprisingly long-lived effect on both alternative and heavy metal bands of the '80s and '90s, who also relied on the combination of loud riffs and catchy melodies.
Cheap Trick's roots lie in Fuse, a late-'60s Rockford, IL, band formed by Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson, who released an unsuccessful album on Epic in 1969. After the record failed to gain any attention, the band relocated to Philadelphia and changed their name to Sick Man of Europe. The group toured Europe unsuccessfully in 1972, returning to Illinois in 1973. Not long after their return to Rockford, Nielsen and Petersson changed their band's name to Cheap Trick, adding drummer Bun E. Carlos and vocalist Randy "Xeno" Hogan. Hogan was fired the following year and ex-folksinger Robin Zander joined the group. Between 1975 and the band's first album in 1977, Cheap Trick toured constantly, playing over 200 concerts a year, including opening slots for the Kinks, Kiss, Santana, AC/DC, and Queen. During this time, the band built up a solid catalog of original songs that would eventually comprise their first three albums; they also perfected their kinetic live show.

Their debut Lp released in 1977.Later that year, the band released their second album, In Color.
Due to their constant touring, the record made it into the U.S. charts, peaking at number 73; in Japan it became another gold-seller. The band realized that they were virtual superstars in Japan when they toured the country in early 1978.
Cheap Trick's concerts at Budokan Arena were recorded for release -- the record appeared after their third album, 1978's Heaven Tonight. That third album captured both the loud, raucous energy of their debut and the hook-laden songcraft of In Color, leading to their first Top 100 single, "Surrender," which peaked at number 62. However, the live performances on At Budokan (1979) captured the band's energetic, infectious live show, resulting in their commercial breakthrough in the U.S. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, peaking at number four and eventually selling over three million copies; a live version of "I Want You to Want Me" became their first Top Ten hit. 1980 : "All Shook Up" Lp going gold,1982 :"Stop This Game" going platinum.From about 1985 the group was slowly losing its creative spark and didnt released too succesfull albums,but with constantly touring could manage to retain their reputation.Their new album comes soon...

* 1977 Cheap Trick (debut) aka: Cheap Trick (1977)
* 1977 In Color
* 1978 Heaven Tonight
* 1978 Live at Budokan
* 1979 Dream Police
* 1980 All Shook Up
* 1982 One on One
* 1983 Next Position Please
* 1985 Standing on the Edge
* 1986 The Doctor
* 1988 Lap of Luxury
* 1990 Busted
* 1991 Greatest Hits (1976-1991)
* 1994 Woke Up With a Monster
* 1997 Cheap Trick aka: Cheap Trick (1997)
* 2003 Special One

"Cheap Trick always seemed like three bands rolled up into one, and most of their career has been spent trying to find a balance between the different styles. You have your Beatlesque power pop tunes, which brought the band deserved hits in the 70's and a place in the heart of indie rockers from Nirvana to Guided by Voices. You have the 80's AOR years, filled with ballads that are musically pleasing with great choruses but artistically less interesting, and often heavily produced. And finally, you have the side of the band that was capable of cranking out menacing rockers with dark lyrics such as "Auf Wiedersehen" and "I'm Not The Only Boy". While the third side of Cheap Trick is pretty much ignored here, the first two are covered pretty well. There's a decent cover of "Magical Mystery Tour" here, though it seems like the boys are rocking by rote rather than adding anything new to the song. All of the big hits are here, including the two songs that guaranteed Cheap Trick their place in the classic rock pantheon - "Surrender" and "I Want You To Want Me". If you're looking for a disc that captures Cheap Trick as you heard them on the radio, this is a good single-disc encapsulation of their biggest hits. But if you really want to find out what Cheap Trick was all about, and still get most of their big hits, splurge for all five of their first records - Cheap Trick (self-titled), In Color, Heaven Tonight, At Budokan, and Dream Police. While Dream Police is the weakest of the bunch, all of these albums are absolute classics and really cover ALL sides of Cheap Trick - one of the most misunderstood bands of all time."

ok,its not their best released Cd ever,the regular albums are probably sequenced better but its a good start to explore them.Later i will post more for you

more info: the official site unofficial tribute page