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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Trick! (Part Deux)

It's spring, so that means I'm smack dab in the middle of my high school tennis season. I have been ridiculously busy since last I posted. I promised this companion Cheap Trick volume almost a month ago. Well here it is.

A few comments:

I split the version of "Everything Works" from the box set into two tracks. I think the acoustic version plays well by itself, but in the end, I just had to hear the rest of the song. When you put it on on a disc with no gap, it sounds just like it does on the box set. If you don't like the acoustic intro, then you can just uncheck the box in your iTunes library.

"Reach Out" is generally not a fan favorite. It was left off the Box set, ostensibly because it was written by Pete Comita (the guy who replaced Tom Petterson for a spell). I didn't know that when I bought the Heavy Metal Soundtrack back in seventh grade. I loved it then, and it's definitely a time-and-place kind of song for me. I think Cheap Trick were at their worst when they were trying to be too gimmicky/new wave-y [see "I Want Be Man" from 1982's otherwise excellent One On One], and "Reach Out" definitely has some of that, but Zander's vocal on this is pretty cool and holds up for me.

"Ohm Sweet Ohm" is a song I never would have paid much attention to if I hadn't been putting together a compilation like this one. Having heard it several times over the last few weeks, it almost makes me weep. It's the only song I can think of where the Trick comes off sounding like the Faces. I wish someone would have steered them in this direction during the mid 80s.

"Walk Away" from another lackluster Cheap Trick album, Busted (1990), makes me wish Chrissie Hynde would have hired Cheap Trick as her backing band to do an album after James Honeymoon-Scott died.

I can't believe Borack didn't pick "Say Goodbye" from 1997's self-titled album for his compilation. His loss is my gain-- it makes for a nice closer.

Happy listening!

20 More Cheap Tricks To Die For!

01. Everything Works If You Let It (Acoustic Intro)
02. Everything Works if You Let It
03. I'll Be With You Tonight
04. Taxman, Mr. Thief
05. I Want You
06. Oh Caroline
07. Walk Away (Feat. Chrissie Hynde)
08. Reach Out
09. Way of the World
10. Borderline
11. On Top of the World
12. So Good to See You
13. All I really Want
14. Auf Widersehen
15. Tell Me Everything
16. Oh, Candy
17. Such a Good Girl
18. Ohm Sweet Ohm
19. One On One
20. Stop this Game
21. Say Goodbye

Total Time: 1:09:58

Download it here: 20 More Cheap Tricks To Die For!

1 comment:

Feck said...

Thanks for the comp. This has two of my all time faves, Way of the World, and Stop This Game.