Cheap Trick

Voices

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Another corralling of choice Cheap Trick tracks, Voices actually spins most excellently. Surprisingly (maybe not if you know Trick), the budget collections not authorized by the quartet actually contain more memorable and intrinsically unique cuts than the official album packages that dutifully gather the latter-period high charters. You know the drill: "Voices" (natch) and "Ain't That a Shame" (yawn) set it off. But then, suddenly, everything works: "Tonight It's You" shines like the pearl "The Flame" should have been. "She's Tight" gets all wound up and goes completely wild. One of Trick's forgotten best, the wistful "Takin' Me Back," is only otherwise available on Heaven Tonight. (You might want to consider picking up this 1978 studio classic, possibly Trick's finest vinyl.) "You're All Talk" is another surprise inclusion and one cool summer stunner. Trick's take on the Motors' super "Dancing the Night Away" shows where things started to go wrong for the Rockford four, but it's listenable and likable. Closer "Taxman, Mr. Thief," a bellowing Beatles twisty tie, hardly represents the best of the debut record, but Voices gives a fine first-phase overview. You won't pay double digits if you run across Voices, and you must open yourself to the world of Cheap Trick.

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