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A yeasty mix of glam-boys and goofballs, Cheap Trick turned their eccentricities into big success in the late ‘70s. The extremes of the quartet were defined by guitar geek Rick Nielsen and hunky vocalist Robin Zander. Authorized Greatest Hits improves upon earlier best-of packages by combining familiar singles with live cuts and the band’s theme song for That ‘70s Show. At their finest, these Tricksters toss off hard-pop confections that mix sweetness with a sarcastic aftertaste. “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “Southern Girls” haven’t lost their snap and sizzle with time. The band’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s output gets a bit dicey, with New Wave keyboard influences blunting the guitar attack on “Dream Police,” “Tonight It’s You” and other tracks. Even so, Zander retains his brash, insinuating edge on “She’s Tight” and “Can’t Stop Fallin’ in Love,” prodded on by Bun E. Carlos’ deadpan drumming. “The Flame” — included here as a live track — is a credible power ballad that’s either a creative stretch or a blatant sellout (depending upon your taste). Cheap Trick couldn’t quite sustain the impact of their early releases, but as this collection shows, they never lost their lovable, zany charm.

Customer Reviews

Cheap Trick is one of the most underrated and influential bands

I never understood why Cheap Trick doesn't get more credit. They are a very solid band with incredible musicians especially Rick Nielson (lead guitar) and Bun E. Carlos (drums). If you listen to a lot of today's rock sound, they are clearly influenced by Cheap Trick. This album is a good jumping off point (although Live at Budokon is a true classic). Surrender is one of my all time favorite songs.

great album

i was ten when i bought this album and the only song i knew was surrender. know i have 216 ct songs on my i-pod. dont listen to the other review. the flame is a great song, live and studio version. the live version i think is better.

I am a fan

This album has alot of great songs that you can listen to not like some albums in which three songs are great and the rest is filler. I recommend tracks 1-4 6,7,9 and 13.


Formed: 1975 in Rockford, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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