Tuesday, March 27, 2012


You're probably scratching your head, wondering why Cheap Trick is being posted, and no, they're not a band I generally listen to. Their schtick always seemed to bother me. The two goofy looking members and two heartthrob member combination threw me for a loop from day one. I've always wondered what their level of fame would be if they all looked like a regular rock band. For whatever reason, while I had no doubt about their talent, the unfortunate timing of their ascent (coinciding with the rise of punk rock) meant they were one of those bands I couldn't really identify with.

That all said, I had to post a link to this, because it's a completely re-recorded version of their second album, In Color, originally released in 1977. This version, which has never been officially released, was recorded in 1998 and produced by Steve Albini. Yes, Steve Albini. If you don't recognize the name, you better start reading your liner notes. Besides his own bands (Shellac, Rapeman, etc.), he's engineered or produced over a thousand albums, including works by Nirvana, the Breeders, Helmet, the Stooges, Pixies, the Fleshtones, Jawbreaker, Superchunk, and Veruca Salt. So, yeah, he's done some stuff with considerable punch. He likes to record bands playing together live in the studio, rather than cut and paste separate tracks later. And one of the things that he does right, that most rock 'n' roll producers fuck up, is to keep vocals low in the mix. For that alone, he's A-OK in my book.

About the reason for re-recording the whole album, here's a blurb from guitarist Rick Nielsen (from a site called Brave Words): "We haven't made any plans for it, but we didn't record it for a joke. We didn't go at it trying to come up with crazy new arrangements, but sonically we never liked In Color. The songs were good, but sonically it's wimpy and we're not wimpy. We left before it got mixed and were told 'We'll fix it in the mix' by our record company (back then) and our ex-manager. Well, they went the other way." Get it while you can, because there's no doubt that it won't be posted for long.

Cheap Trick - In Color at Xtrmntr The whole thing, posted as individual mp3s. Go there to get them. I'm too chickenshit to post links to the songs here.
Steve Albini at Wikipedia

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