FE 35773 Dream Police
Produced by Tom Werman
Released on October 1979
US CHART POSITION #6 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
Find it at GEMM
FE 35773 cover
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I n the spare seconds that masquerade as free time in my life I apparently write eulogies to Cheap Trick since there are none of us free from carrying the lodestone of death around our necks or looking at the sagging eyes and, tsking slightly, seeing that time is a thieving magpie who likes to steal the shiniest bits and baubles. Tonight, for a change, I think I’ll sit on the fence and sing. Dream Police is the last classic Cheap Trick album, the first step in a march to mediocrity, a sham, inspired and invincible, la la la. It all depends on whether you see the glass as half full or half empty, Cheap Trick as a passing fancy or present future. “Dream Police” and “Voices” can sustain us, “I Know What I Want” as well, but what does it bode for the future when the victories seem hard won where they once came easy? The melodies behind “Way of the World” and “I’ll Be With You Tonight,” for example, seem too contrived. Didn’t “So Good To See You” and “He’s a Whore” flow from a natural place like the beauty of youth? Dream Police is prettied up to cover the crow’s feet and pinch the paunch, but it’s not a natural beauty. Lest I lose my balance on the fence, Dream Police has an allure that later albums lack. The longer tracks (“Need Your Love,” “Gonna Raise Hell”) may not bespeak the easy genius of the past, but as a deliberate and calculated risk they rock.

FE 35773 inner gatefold FE 35773 back cover
FE 35773 inner gatefold FE 35773 back cover
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TRACK LISTING

  1. DREAM POLICE    (Rick Nielsen)    3:49
  2. WAY OF THE WORLD    (Robin Zander/Rick Nielsen)    3:41
  3. THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN' (WITH DOMESTIC PROBLEMS)    (Tom Petersson/Rick Nielsen)    5:17
  4. GONNA RAISE HELL    (Rick Nielsen)    9:18
  5. I'LL BE WITH YOU TONIGHT    (Rick Nielsen/Bun E. Carlos/Tom Petersson/Robin Zander)    3:51
  6. VOICES    (Rick Nielsen)    4:29
  7. WRITING ON THE WALL    (Rick Nielsen)    3:26
  8. I KNOW WHAT I WANT    (Rick Nielsen)    4:28
  9. NEED YOUR LOVE    (Rick Nielsen/Tom Petersson)    7:35

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN’ (WITH DOMESTIC PROBLEMS) (LIVE)
  11. WAY OF THE WORLD (LIVE)
  12. DREAM POLICE (NO STRINGS VERSION)
  13. I KNOW WHAT I WANT (LIVE)

CREDITS

BUN E. CARLOS -- drum kit
RICK NIELSEN -- guitars, mandocello, vocals
TOM PETERSSON -- bass, 8 & 12 string bass, vocals
ROBIN ZANDER -- vocals and rhythm guitar
Jai Winding -- piano and organ
Gary Ladinsky -- engineer
Reid Miles -- photography
Paula Scher and Steve Dessau -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN October 1979 Epic LP/CS FE 35773 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
UK/ITA/NET October 1979 Epic LP/CS EPC-83522 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
AUSL/NZ 1979 Epic LP ELPS-3975 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
JPN 1979 Epic LP 25-3P-50 gatefold w. bonus flexi disc feat. “Oh Boy”
US   Epic CD EK-35773  
US March 7, 2006 Columbia Legacy CDX 94485 w. bonus tracks
JPN 2006 Sony CDX MHCP-1078 w. bonus tracks

 

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