CHEAP TRICK The Essential Cheap Trick (2004)

The Essential Cheap Trick (2004)
The Best Of The Many Best Of’s

Following up from last week… I’ve only got a few of Sony’s Essential series of ‘best of’ releases, but they’re all good. Boasting solid hindsight picks and a smattering of rarities or single edits, they seem to be generous, well-considered collections that might be the ones to own – that is, if we didn’t already have the originals, remasters w/bonus tracks, deluxe editions, box sets or previous best of compilations. Personally, I prefer this 2CD gathering to the better known 4CD box, Sex, America Cheap Trick, which had a curious spate of live tracks tossed smack in the middle of disc one. Essential isn’t perfect either, pulling the same trick by substituting a few unnecessary live tracks (and violating my collection’s long-standing No Billy Corgan rule), while leaving off a few favorites (“Oh Caroline,” being one). Still, it’s Cheap Trick, a band generally credited with being a band for the right reasons. It’s @ Amazon.

ELO Kiddies (Single Version) (3:43)
Hot Love (2:32)
He’s A Whore (2:44)
Mandocello (Live, w/ Billy Corgan) (5:12)
Clock Strikes Ten (3:00)
Southern Girls (Single Version) (3:36)
Downed (4:11)
Hello There (1:42)
Surrender (4:16)
California Man (3:45)
High Roller (3:58)
Auf Wiederseh’n (3:42)
I Want You To Want Me (Live) (3:44)
Ain’t That A Shame (Live) (5:18)
Takin‘ Me Back (4:53)
Dream Police (3:51)
Voices (4:23)
Gonna Raise Hell (Live) (9:06)

Way Of The World
Stop This Game (3:58)
World’s Greatest Lover (4:52)
Everything Works If You Let It (Full Version) (3:56)
She’s Tight (2:59)
If You Want My Love (Alternate, Extra Bridge Version) (4:27)
I Can’t Take It (3:28)
Tonight It’s You (4:48)
This Time Around (4:35)
The Flame (5:39)
Had To Make You Mine (3:16)
I Can’t Understand It (3:30)
Can’t Stop Falling Into Love (3:49)
Walk Away (Previously Unissued Outtake) (3:42)
Woke Up With A Monster (4:54)
Hard To Tell (Live) (3:46)
Say Goodbye (3:29)
Scent Of A Woman (4:49)



  • Capt. Willard
    April 15, 2010 - 15:10 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Neon Serpent
    April 16, 2010 - 01:52 | Permalink

    Thanks for this! Navigating through the 10,000 Cheap Trick collections/ best ofs/greatest hits/essentials to try and find the right one is an Olympian chore and this is a godsend!

  • Art Ducko
    April 16, 2010 - 23:28 | Permalink

    More ear candy! My brain's already got cavities so this can't hurt.

  • FlashG
    September 19, 2012 - 16:48 | Permalink

    I’ve got a copy of 1997’s Cheap Trick on Red Ant. One of my buddies has a version with a bonus disk that has a version of The Move’s Brontosaurus. What was up with this? Are there anymore rarities out there from the 90’s/2000’s? just curious.

  • FlashG
    September 19, 2012 - 18:28 | Permalink

    I just spoke with my friend and the bonus CD has 2 tracks; Brontosaurus and a tune called Baby Talk. FYI

    • Willard
      September 19, 2012 - 18:52 | Permalink

      Interesting. Didn’t know about that.

  • FlashG
    September 20, 2012 - 02:21 | Permalink

    I just looked and found out that Baby Talk/Brontosaurus was a 1997 single

  • May 8, 2014 - 06:05 | Permalink

    I agree; the box set didn’t really hold together for me as well, and left off “He’s A Whore”, which for all of their great songs over the years still might be my favorite….
    Still combing your archives when I have a little time. Thanks so much for all the great stuff.

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