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The Essential Cheap Trick is overflowing with a lively 36 tracks, starting off with the glittery stomp of “ELO Kiddies,” the first song off their 1977 self-titled debut. Following this number with the riff-rocking, fist-pumping “Hot Love” and the guitar pop gem “He’s A Whore” — also from the band’s first album — keeps the sequence running chronologically cool until the fourth track where the band made the decision to insert a 1998 live version of “Mandocello” with Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins. But the momentum immediately picks up again with the infectious “Clock Strikes Ten,” a hair-shaking rock ‘n’ roller from 1977’s In Color that recalls Ohio’s power pop pioneers Blue Ash. Add on “Hello There,” the minute-and-41-second anthem that set the tone for the essential 1979 youth rebellion film Over The Edge along with staple hits “Surrender” and “Dream Police” and it’s obvious that the first disc of this compilation is the better half. Still, with “She’s Tight” and a live version of “Hard To Tell,” the second disc rocks hard and heavy as well.

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Good Collection to have

This is a great collection of music to have for any rock fan. Cheap Trick is one of the best bands of the 70's - 80's and you probably know them by such hits as "I want you to want me" or "Surrender". This collection includes most any Cheap Trick song you'll ever want to hear. But there also might be some that you won't like, perhaps having 2 disks was a mistake. But it's not all that expensive for the ammount of songs you get, and if you buy any of their albums, I'd reccomend this one.

Probably the Best Collection.

IMHO Cheap trick were at their best in the 70s. I like "The Flame" from their 80s album but that is probably it. You get there better earlier rock and roll music here with the better singles of others.
They even included a live version of Gonna Raise Hell.
Of course their Live at Budukon album is what made them famous in the US in the 70s.
Kids in Japan were big fans before those of us in the US were listening to them.
They sold a lot of vinyl back then.

If you get a chance, check out their videotaped concert on Austin City Limits on PBS.
They can still rock even though they are in their 60s.

very underratted band

they have influenced to many bands not to be noticed..Nikki Sixxs speaks highly of them and many more do too..


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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The Essential Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock, Alternative, New Wave
  • Released: Feb 24, 2004

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