CHEAP TRICK X 2: In Color (1977) & In Color – The Unreleased Steve Albini Sessions (1997)

In Color (1977)
In Color – The Unreleased Steve Albini Sessions (1997)
A Tale Of Two Versions

When Cheap Trick entered the studio with producer Steve Albini to record 1997’s Cheap Trick (Red Ant Records), the band decided – for whatever reason – to also re-record their 1977 pop rock classic, In Colorlive in the studio. It’s been said the band wanted to update the original’s radio friendly sheen with a harder, meatier edge, Albini’s stock in trade. Whether that’s true, it’s certainly a fact that playing the material live for two decades before entering the studio with Albini had its benefits. The tapes, as good as they are, were never released. Hear “Downed” from the Steve Albini sessions, below. NOTE: Both downloads have bonus tracks, track listings are in comments. Amazon.

Hello There
Big Eyes
I Want You To Want Me
You’re All Talk
Oh Caroline
Clock Strikes Ten
Southern Girls
Come On, Come On
So Good To See You



  • 1
    March 8, 2009 - 21:26 | Permalink

    go on then if we must…good to get you back again ….more fine tunes Thank you Sir

  • 2
    March 8, 2009 - 22:43 | Permalink

    Nice one, W!

  • 3
    Dofang Birdcell
    March 9, 2009 - 23:02 | Permalink

    You. Rule. Been re-living my Cheap Trick -loving early days with the re-re-re-issue of "Budokan," but this re-tooled "In Color" is a stunner. Thank you for making my day…

  • 4
    March 22, 2009 - 19:40 | Permalink

    Great Post…your blog rules bigtime…Best Danny.

  • 5
    March 29, 2009 - 22:48 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!

  • 6
    June 23, 2009 - 16:59 | Permalink

    The first time I listened to them was in Rock & Rule.
    I don't know much of them. I hope it's a good starting point.
    THANKS :)

    PS: Rock & Rule… masterpiece

  • 7
    Capt. Willard
    June 23, 2009 - 17:13 | Permalink

    As good a place as any. Thanks for commenting

  • 8
    August 26, 2009 - 03:16 | Permalink

    Thank you very much…Sonically, the newer sessions certainly proves CT's point that they weren't/aren't 'wimpy'.

  • 9
    Capt. Willard
    November 8, 2009 - 15:24 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

  • 10
    Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2009 - 20:08 | Permalink

    IN COLOR (1977)
    Hello There
    Big Eyes
    I Want You To Want Me
    You're All Talk
    Oh Caroline
    Clock Strikes Ten
    Southern Girls
    Come On, Come On
    So Good To See You
    Oh Boy
    Southern Girls (Demo)
    Come On, Come On (Demo)
    You're All Talk (Live)
    Goodnight (Live)

    Hello There
    Big Eyes
    I Want You To Want Me
    You're All Talk
    Oh Caroline
    Clock Strikes Ten
    Southern Girls
    Come On, Come On
    So Good To See You
    Fan Club (Outtake)
    I Want You to Want Me (Alternate Version)
    Can't Hold On (Outtake)
    I'm Losing You (Outtake)
    Oh Caroline (Alternate Version)
    Radio Lover (Red Ant Session)
    Baby No More (Red Ant Demo – Tom vocals)
    Heart on the Line (Red Ant Session) [Bonus Track]
    Rosie (Red Ant Session) [Bonus Track]

  • 11
    November 30, 2009 - 02:52 | Permalink

    Thank you Capt. W.–I've wondered what this must have sounded like but up to now never knew! Muchos gracias for this and the Bob Dylan as well! happy holidays!

  • 12
    January 18, 2010 - 20:12 | Permalink

    very cool… I had heard that they had done this, but had not hoped to actually hear it


  • 13
    Capt. Willard
    January 18, 2010 - 20:28 | Permalink

    Why… you're not caustic at all, Sir Caustic. Thanks for commenting.

  • 14
    Howie Dewitt.
    February 10, 2010 - 07:05 | Permalink

    The Albini Sessions are a boon. Thanks for the enlightenment, good sir.

  • 15
    February 21, 2010 - 22:47 | Permalink

    Really dig the Albini/Trick "In Color"…Love the harder edge…good stuff as usual, sir…

    Keep up the good work.

  • 16
    March 21, 2010 - 13:51 | Permalink

    Thanks W!

  • 17
    April 12, 2010 - 00:34 | Permalink

    wicked awesome, capt. willard, thanks & thanks again!

  • 18
    December 18, 2010 - 01:59 | Permalink

    I saw these guys in a bar in Madison WI way before their first lp was released — I never would have guessed that they'd be successful, not to mention good. This is still their best lp.

  • 19
    October 8, 2011 - 10:29 | Permalink

    I never understood why CT was so down on the Tom Werman produced original…it is one of my Top 10 albums of all time. nearly perfect.

    • 20
      October 8, 2011 - 11:17 | Permalink

      Apparently they weren’t completely happy with the new version either, as it’s not officially released. Maybe they’re just hard to please.

  • 21
    buzz baby jesus
    October 9, 2011 - 20:38 | Permalink

    I volunteered at my college radio station (SDSU 1977). They gave me a pile of records to review that no one else wanted to listen to. In it was Cheap Trick’s first. I raved about it.
    As a result I got tickets to see them at the Starwood in Hollywood. They were amazing, and I still have my Rick NIelsen pick.
    I’ve often thought about creating a list of most disappointing sophomore efforts, which would include Televisions “Adventure”, and The Clash’s “Give’em Enough Rope”.
    I can’t begin to describe my disappointment of “In Color”. The songs were good but the production was lame. I understand why they Albini’d it. Which is definitely an improvement.

  • 22
    buzz baby jesus
    October 9, 2011 - 22:20 | Permalink

    Listening to this makes me want to go out and buy some weed. Gleefully and guilt free.

    • 23
      October 10, 2011 - 12:39 | Permalink

      Aw… you were going to anyway.

  • 24
    September 4, 2014 - 15:29 | Permalink

    Thank you so much Willard. Revisiting my CT collection, and was able to acoustically jam with Xeno (Randall Hogan) last night in honor of the Beatles playing in Milwaukee 50 years ago today – 9/4/64..

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