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Cheap Trick (first album)

Cheap Trick is the first studio album released in 1977 by Cheap Trick. It was their debut album for Epic Records, produced by Jack Douglas.

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Track listing

All songs written by Rick Nielsen except where noted.

Side A
1.“Hot Love” 2:30
2.“Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace”Terry Reid4:35
3.“He’s a Whore” 2:43
4.“Mandocello” 4:47
5.“The Ballad of TV Violence (I’m Not the Only Boy)” 5:15
Side 1
1.“Elo Kiddies” 3:41
2.“Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School” 4:44
3.“Taxman, Mr. Thief” 4:16
4.“Cry, Cry”Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson4:22
5.“Oh, Candy” 3:07

The original vinyl record had “Side A” printed on the label on one side and “Side 1” printed on the other, a humorous touch reflecting the band’s conviction that they didn’t have any “B” material, although the placement of the track listing on the jacket seemed to indicate “Hot Love” was the first track on the album. Indeed, the matrix numbers on the record show the “Hot Love” side was designated side A and the “Elo Kiddies” side as side B. When the album was released on compact disc in the mid-1980s, it followed the same sequence. However, when the album was re-issued on CD in 1998, the band’s preferred sequence was used, with “Elo Kiddies” being the first track.

1998 reissue bonus tracks
11.“Lovin’ Money” 4:09
12.“I Want You to Want Me” 2:43
13.“Lookout” 3:30
14.“You’re All Talk”Nielsen, Petersson3:31
15.“I Dig Go-Go Girls” 3:06


Cheap Trick
  • Robin Zander – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Rick Nielsen – lead guitar, mandocello, vocals
  • Tom Petersson – bass guitar, vocals
  • Bun E. Carlos – drums
  • Jack Douglas – producer
  • Jay Messina – engineer
  • Sam Ginsberg – assistant engineer
  • Paula Scher – cover design
  • Jim Houghton – photography


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