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Cheap Trick - 1985 Standing On The Edge

ARTIST: Cheap Trick
ALBUM: Standing On The Edge
SERIAL: EPC 39592 (LP), EK 39592 (CD)
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2003, Epic (Japan), MHCP 2019


LINEUP: Robin Zander - vocals, guitars * Rick Neilson - guitars * Jon Brant - bass * Bun E Carlos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Little Sister * 02 She's Got Motion * 03 Tonight It's You * 04 Love Comes * 05 How About You * 06 Standing On The Edge * 07 This Time Around * 08 Cover Girl * 09 Wild Wild Women


Cheap Trick have encountered two dramatic commercial peaks in their colourful career, first with the 4 million selling 'Live At Budokan' live record in 1979, and then 1988's double platinum studio smash 'Lap Of Luxury' - complete with #1 single 'The Flame'. 'Standing On The Edge' was something of a beacon in the dark as well, returning Cheap Trick to the top 40 album charts after the commercially disasterous (but very good) 'Next Position Please' album. Epic Records decided it was time to bring in a collaborator, so enter Mark Radice - songwriter and keyboardist extraordinaire, although 707's Tod Howarth would take up that role in the live setting.

The Songs
One side one we're faced with a pair of raunchy yet melodic high tech rockers in the form of 'Little Sister' and 'She's Got Motion', but it's the 'Beatles gone AOR' power ballad 'Tonight It's You' that steals the show, along with the lilting, even ethereal midtempo AOR of 'Love Comes'. 'How About You' is an energetic rocker which improves with repeated listening. Side two kicks off with the title track, very big on tempo changes this one, but those sweeping melodies will melt your heart. 'This Time Around' could easily define the phrase 'haunting mid tempo AOR'. Robin Zander shows off his vocal versatility on this one, carrying the chorus alone and with style. Rick's classy acoustic picking adds something special to make this track's case for classic status very strong indeed. 'Cover Girl' brings on the infectious layered vocals, a very rewarding listen, while the album closer 'Wild Wild Women' sounds something like a more melodic AC/DC with a superior singer.

In Summary
While pro grunge journalists would have you believe that their first three albums are the good oil, don't be fooled. There's a wealth of melodic AOR of the highest calibre to enjoy from these guys, especially if you stick to the 80's material. Having said that, 1994's 'Woke Up With A Monster' has some great AOR moments as well. There are other Trick albums that deserve a review, and we'll certainly get to them. All of their albums are available on CD, most through Epic/Sony.

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#1 | Eric on May 17 2007 21:58:42
I remember buying this the week it came out, just based on hearing 'Tonight It's You' on local radio, but beyond this cut and 'Little Sister', the album didn't offer much for me and I found it a little too bland, like most of thier 80's work. It was nice to know they were on the road again playing the big halls with Ratt, John Waite and Motley Crue supporting the record and let's face it- they were one of the best live bands around, but unfortunatly we had to wait until 2006 to get an album worthy of thier legend.
#2 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 07:01:59
Ok album
#3 | sabace on July 26 2008 14:16:46
you can't beat there first three records, especially IN COLOR!
#4 | Jez on July 07 2009 18:08:09
After the slightly disappointing 'Next Position Please' album, this was a somewhat return to form. Probably the last great cd they really did (up until Rockford) without having to get loads of outside writers on board (the following 'The Doctor', although a good album, was pretty patchy). I also saw them on this tour and the blew the Motley Crue boys off stage at Hammersmith Odeon, which doesn't really surprise me, as they were (and still are) an absolutely killer live band. Anyways, this is a good, consistent, disc and a good addition to their catologue, with 'Little Sister' and 'Tonight It's You' being absolute belting tracks.
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