Cheap Trick

The Music of Cheap Trick

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Sony’s budget-priced 2010 box Music of Cheap Trick offers three discs and 40 tracks of highlights from the band’s Epic recordings, balancing hits with alternate takes and album tracks. Since this isn’t exactly targeted at collectors, the variety comes across as a bit scattershot -- it’s unclear just exactly why an alternate live version of “Ballad of TV Violence” is here, or the extra bridge version of “If You Want My Love” -- and it errs a little bit toward the side of being even-handed, so there are more mid-‘80s cuts than perhaps there should be, but as a reasonably priced sampler, Music of Cheap Trick certainly does offer up quite a bit of good music.

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