FE 36498 All Shook Up
Produced by George Martin
Released on 1980
US CHART POSITION #24 . . . GOLD RECORD
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FE 36498 cover
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G eorge Martin and Cheap Trick: a marriage made in Heaven. Only, for a marriage to be successful, you’ve got to love yourself first, and Cheap Trick didn’t love themselves when they recorded All Shook Up. They were frustrated, angry, agitated. They didn’t want to be The Beatles anymore. As Tom Petersson’s departure showed, they didn’t even want to be a band anymore. And so this is where the magic spell ended, where the illusion was shattered, where Cheap Trick started to live down to their name in every treacly chorus. George Martin is a very talented producer but he’s also a very audible one. As a result, All Shook Up is overproduced and underinspired at the same time. The music, like the album artwork, is all over the place: from winsome (“I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends”) to wicked (“Go For The Throat”) to weird (“High Priest of Rhythmic Noise”). The pairing of Martin and Cheap Trick does deliver the great melodies you’d expect, but they’re buried in short choruses and last for less than fifteen seconds. With time, I could see where All Shook Up might have its champions; after all, it’s no worse than Aerosmith’s Night in the Ruts. But it’s a tease and, worse, it’s not at all what fans were expecting. Every album prior to this could be counted on for some great hooks. All Shook Up is wrapped in barbed wire. It’s an identity crisis at a time when the band’s identity was being frozen in carbon with the blessing of The Beatles’ producer. Ironically, comparisons to The Beatles are least applicable on All Shook Up. Instead, Cheap Trick sounds like an evil ELO (“Stop This Game,” “World’s Greatest Lover”) or Aerosmith (“Can’t Stop It But I’m Gonna Try”). I admire the band for refusing to be pigeonholed by Epic, but a turkey is still a turkey.

TRACK LISTING

  1. STOP THIS GAME    (Robin Zander/Rick Nielsen)    3:54
  2. JUST GOT BACK    2:04
  3. BABY LOVES TO ROCK    3:17
  4. CAN'T STOP IT BUT I'M GONNA TRY    3:30
  5. WORLD'S GREATEST LOVER    4:50
  6. HIGH PRIEST OF RHYTHMIC NOISE    4:10
  7. LOVE COMES A-TUMBLIN' DOWN    3:06
  8. I LOVE YOU HONEY BUT I HATE YOUR FRIENDS    3:49
  9. GO FOR THE THROAT (USE YOUR IMAGINATION)    3:01
  10. WHO D'KING    (Bun E. Carlos/Rick Nielsen)    2:16

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. EVERYTHING WORKS IF YOU LET IT
  12. DAY TRIPPER (LIVE)
  13. CAN'T HOLD ON (LIVE)
  14. SUCH A GOOD GIRL (LIVE)
  15. TAKE ME I'M YOURS (LIVE)

    Tracks 1-10 written by Rick Nielsen unless noted. All songs arranged by Cheap Trick except (1) by Cheap Trick/George Martin and (5) George Martin.

CREDITS

BUN E. CARLOS -- percussion
RICK NIELSEN -- guitars, microphones, ivories, art direction and design
TOM PETERSON (sic) -- basses
ROBIN ZANDER -- singers
Geoff Emerick -- engineer
Ria Lewerke-Shapiro -- art direction and design
Moshe Brakha -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1980 Epic LP/CS FE/FET 36498 picture sleeve
UK 1980 Epic LP EPC-86124 picture sleeve
NET 1980 Epic LP 84345  
NZ 1980 Epic LP ELPS-4068 picture sleeve
YUG 1980 Suzy LP EPC-84345  
US   Epic CD 36498  
US 2006 Sony CDX 94484 w. bonus tracks
JPN 2006 Epic CDX MHCP-1079 w. bonus tracks

 

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