Saturday, November 08, 2008

All Shook Up

Originally released in 1980, this 2006 remastered and expanded release of All Shook Up with bonus tracks including the 4 song ep Found All the Parts previously unavailable on CD is astounding. High Priest of Rhythmic Noise was and is still one of my favorite Cheap Trick tunes and sounds amazingly awesome here. The remastering job is excellent (please, please remaster the rest of the catalog) All Shook Up was even quirkier than he previous, platinum-selling Dream Police. Many of its songs were less radio friendly and more experimental, and the cover art led many to question what the band was trying to accomplish. However, at the time, Cheap Trick was fighting for musical independence and took the opportunity on the heels of Dream Police to take their sound in a different direction. This album holds up great today and don't let the word experimental fool you because there are some balls to the wall rockers on this one. In fact if this was the first time you ever listened to this album right now, you would be rocked on your ass and say this is a 100 times better than the bullshit out there now. The bonus tracks on this reissue were all previously released. "Everything Works If You Let It" was on the soundtrack to Roadie, and the other four tracks were from the EP Found All The Parts.

Some interesting facts about this album that may interest someone. There were several homages to The Beatles on this album. "Stop This Game" opens and closes with a droning piano note similar to the one that ends "A Day in the Life." The bridge to "Baby Loves to Rock" features the line "Not in Russia!" with the sound of an airplane in the background, a subtle reference to "Back in the U.S.S.R." "World's Greatest Lover" has vocals reminiscent of John Lennon.

Since AC/DC is big right now you might be interested to know that Rick Nielsen wrote "Love Comes A-Tumblin' Down" for the then recently departed Bon Scott. Another AC/DC homage comes in the form of "World's Greatest Lover" which cops the intro to "Big Balls." Killer, killer album from my number 1 band of all time. Cheap Trick make Zeppelin sound like amateurs. Listen to these 2 tunes and try to imagine them being released in 1980 when in fact they sound better than anything out there today. Way ahead of the times eh. Wow, 2006 reissue already out of print. So sad, and should be against the law.

High Priest of Rhythmic Noise
Baby Loves to Rock
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