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Sex America Cheap Trick
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Cheap Trick may no longer be playing the stadiums that the group's monumental talent surely warrants, but they do have one of the most loyal cult followings in all rock & roll. Thus, when Epic Records decided to release a ... more »
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Cheap Trick may no longer be playing the stadiums that the group's monumental talent surely warrants, but they do have one of the most loyal cult followings in all rock & roll. Thus, when Epic Records decided to release a four-disc box set celebrating the quartet's 20th anniversary with the label, someone there was smart enough to let the band put together a collection for the collectors. Which means 32 of the 64 tracks here are previously unreleased, including many live cover tunes (Beatles, Velvet Underground), demo takes, and a few things only a fan would want. Some hits are here (including "Surrender"), but, as a good example, there's no "He's a Whore," which Cheap Trick probably figured their fans should already own. --Bill Holdship
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Great box set!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't go anywhere without taking this with me. I like all the alternate versions of their old stand-by songs, like I Want You to Want Me. If there were anything I would change, it would be to add Don't Be Cruel and the alternate version of Surrender. The book that comes along with it is a great bonus in my opinion."
Good, but maybe a bit too much for a casual fan..
R. Josef | New Haven, CT United States | 05/07/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Back in those ancient, pre-MP3 days, I was looking for an anthology that had my a couple of my favorite Cheap Trick songs, "If You Want My Love" and "World's Greatest Lover". At that time, this was the only one that included both of these, so I went for it. It was a bit pricey.
I enjoy the band's music, but, personally, in the end, I feel that the band didn't have quite enough diversity in its sound over the years. So, it feels like overkill for someone who might like the music, but isn't a hardcore fan. There are lots of outtakes, B-sides, obscure soundtrack numbers, and demos. However, almost of the band's most popular singles and best album tracks are here, too. Just some random thoughts on a few:
An interesting find is the very earliest version of "I Want You to Want Me", an outtake from the first album. Since the live "Budokan" version is here, too, I suppose it would have been overdoing it to include the "Heaven Tonight" version, too, but I wouldn't have minded.
There are actually two versions of "World's Greatest Lover" here -- the final version from "All Shook Up" and the original demo, with Rick Nielsen on the lead vocal. I was surprised to hear that he can actually sing, with a voice that isn't too dissimliar from Robin Zander's.
The version of "If You Want My Love" is not the final single, but a longer take with no synthesizers. I like both versions, so it's a mixed bag.
Big minuses: "California Man" and "Magical Mystery Tour" are missing; and "The Flame" is here. It was a #1 single, so I guess it had to be here, but it's a terrible song that was forced upon the group. Speaking of which, the original boxed set has an extensive history of the band written by Ira Robbins. It does an excellent job of covering the ups and downs of the group, especially battles with Epic Records which resulted in crap like "The Flame". Fortunately, this is the only example of such tripe on this collection.
However, since you don't get the essay with a download, this entire collection is only for die-hard Cheap Trick fans. For other people, I'd suggest cherry-picking your favorite Cheap Trick songs (many of them will probably be here, but not all of them) and creating your own personalized anthhology, instead."