When Was The Last Time You Played This Album?

Cheap Trick “Cheap Trick”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#123 in the Series ) is the debut album by “Cheap Trick.”

Yeah, I know Cheap Trick’s “In Color” was a spectacular grouping of music, but I don’t want to hear how it’s better than they’re debut simply titled “Cheap Trick.”

“In Color” had some wonderful tracks, memorable ones indeed.  But it didn’t have the edge and rawness that the first album had.

They were released just a short time apart.  Seven months apart to be more precise.

Highlights from “Cheap Trick” include ‘Hot Love, He’s a Whore, Oh, Candy, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece.’ A great ballad in ‘Mandocello’ plus ‘ELO Kiddies’ and my favorite ‘Taxman, Mr.Thief.’

I’ve long said that Robin Zander is one of the best pure rock singers I’ve ever heard.  If you want to hear a great example of that, listen to ‘Taxman.’

Guitarist Rick Nielson was the main songwriter here. Drums were handled by the great Bun E. Carlos, bass, Tom Petersson.

“Cheap Trick” was recorded at the Record Plant in NY and was produced by Jack Douglas.

On May 1st 1998 Cheap Trick performed this album in it’s entirety at Metro in Chicago. Yup, Ahhhhh, I was there!


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2 responses

  1. Anne Marie Thomas

    “Mandocello” is one of my favorite songs of all time. It soothed me through college days and haunts me still. Great song from a great album.

    August 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

  2. You have good taste Ms. Thomas.

    August 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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