Category: ROBIN ZANDER

CHEAP TRICK – Lap Of Luxury +8 [Japan BluSpec CD2 remastered miniLP] (2017)

With the very good new CHEAP TRICK album – a band which never fails in delivering quality material, many of you asked for some of their other records. 1988’s “Lap Of Luxury” was some kind of a ‘comeback’ album for CHEAP TRICK, and what a way to do it: the LP was a smash hit and scored three Top-40 singles, one of them, ‘The Flame’, #1.
This Japanese edition pressed on high quality BluSpec CD2 is the definitive, remastered version of this stupendous ’80s album including no less than 8 bonus tracks. Produced by the unique Richie Zito, there’s as well songwriting contributions by the likes of Diane Warren, Holly Knight and Gregg Giuffria.

CHEAP TRICK – Woke Up With A Monster [Rare Japanese Edition +1]

With the very good new CHEAP TRICK album – a band that never fails in delivering quality material, many of you asked for some of their other, lesser known records. We think their 1994’s “Woke Up With A Monster” is a criminally underrated platter, appeared in a time when Cheap Trick’s melodic feel-good vibe wasn’t in the music industry focus.
Amidst competing with the grunge movement of its time, ”Woke Up With A Monster” pulsated then, and radiates still, in 2021. With songs that beat down the door of stagnant Rock Music and kicks it’s weak ass from sunrise to sundown, this is a Cheap Trick album that sets an example of just how to rock steady in the face of pop-cultural ignorance of the day.
With songwriting contributions from the likes of Jim Peterik, Mark Spiro & Terry Reid and a bright production by Ted Templeman, ”Woke Up With A Monster” is a kickin’ album that glows bright amongst the glut of mid 1990’s Rock and Hard Rock album releases, which many seemed to stray away from having any semblance of Classic Rock influence all together.
This is the rare Japanese Edition never reissued, featuring a bonus track never included into any compilation released after…

CHEAP TRICK – The Epic Archive Vol. 3 (1984-1992)

Sony Music / Epic Records released three CHEAP TRICK rarities compilations entitled “Cheap Trick The Epic Archive” something that had been rumored to be in the works for years.
The track listing on “The Epic Archive Vol. 3 (1984-1992)” is a must for fans and collectors comprising the group’s 1984-1992 period (my favorite), featuring many songs previously unavailable and most of Cheap Trick’s hardest to find soundtrack contribution material.
Among the pearls, you have here ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ from “Caddyshack II” Original Soundtrack, ‘You Want It’ from “Say Anything”, ‘I Will Survive’ from “Gladiator”, or the awesome ‘Mighty Wings’ from “Top Gun”, but also very rare alternate / single versions of ‘The Flame’, ‘She’s Got Motion’, ‘It’s Only Love’, etc.
Additionally, it’s really interesting the inclusion of ‘Big Bang’ (Japanese version of ‘Busted’, hard to find) and lovely different mixes..

CHEAP TRICK – The Epic Archive, Vol. 2 [1980-1983]

Sony Music / Epic released three CHEAP TRICK rarities compilations entitled “Cheap Trick The Epic Archive” something that had been rumored to be in the works for years. The track listing in all volumes is a must for fans and collectors, with this “Cheap Trick The Epic Archive Vol.2” covering perhaps Cheap Trick’s more creative period (1980-1983) featuring many songs previously unavailable on digital format and most of Cheap Trick’s hardest to find soundtrack material.
In fact, a track in this “Cheap Trick The Epic Archive Vol.2” – the band’s contribution to Spring Break Original Soundtrack – is not available as digital download / streaming due to licensing troubles.
… don’t worry, we have it 🙂
These ‘Spring Break OST’ tracks alone worth the purchase as always were almost impossible to find. But there’s much more to enjoy here, such as..

CHEAP TRICK – The Epic Archive, Vol. 1 [1975-1979]

Sony Music / Epic released three CHEAP TRICK rarities compilations entitled “Cheap Trick ; The Epic Archive” something that had been rumored to be in the works for years. The track listing is a must for fans and collectors, this “Cheap Trick The Epic Archive Vol.1” including lots of rare tracks from the early era of the band.
Some of these tracks were included as bonus in the reissues of Cheap Trick’s first four albums, others are unreleased, and now you have all here in one package. We find excellent sound quality of…

CHEAP TRICK – In Another World (2021)

CHEAP TRICK has been releasing albums since the year Jimmy Carter took over for Gerald Ford. Their upcoming, ”In Another World”, is their 20th. That’s four of five careers in regular band years, and their first studio effort since 2017.
It sounds like classic Cheap Trick, a band that will never voluntarily quit. The energy is still there, the dedication to the craft of writing power-pop rocking songs is still there, Zander’s vocals are intact, and the elder Nielsen’s guitar tone still sounds like it could chip rust off an old battleship.
This, their twentieth studio album, is one of their best yet. As ever the band appear to have listened to both every record ever made and nothing at all since 1977. Riffs pile upon riffs like dogs in a basket, harmonies are layered upon other harmonies, and everything sounds like polished thunder…

ROBIN ZANDER – Countryside Blvd. (201?) Unreleased

This one has been requested over and over again in comments for a long time: the second unreleased solo album from Cheap Trick’s frontman ROBIN ZANDER, entitled “Countryside Blvd.
Zander’s long-gestating solo effort has a complicated release history. It was supposed to come out in 2011 but has been stalled for reasons no one seems to know.
Apparently it was for sale on iTunes for two days before the record label spontaneously removed it.
So this is a strange case of an album released, then immediately un-released.
And let me tell you, it’s a shame, because it’s a first-rate outing from the lead singer of Cheap Trick that has had fans flummoxed by its very (non) existence since it originally surfaced… before mysteriously disappearing within a few days of its debut…

ROBIN ZANDER – Robin Zander +1 [Japan HR-HM 1000 reissue series] (2018)

Universal Music Japan has started this year a more than welcomed campaign: the reissue of long time out of print albums from their catalog titled ‘HR/HM 1000‘, that meaning Hard Rock / Heavy Metal at the price of 1000 Yen = about 9 USD.While not exactly ‘hard rock’, Cheap Trick’s vocalist ROBIN ZANDER first solo album “Robin Zander +1” is...

CHEAP TRICK – Christmas Christmas (2017)

CHEAP TRICK – Christmas Christmas (2017)

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers CHEAP TRICK will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday-themed album, “Christmas Christmas“, out October 20 on Big Machine Records.Fortunately this is not just another ‘Xmas album’ covering the usual traditional material, but songs by Slade, Chuck Berry, The Ramones, The Kinks, & more, and even better, there’s 3...

CHEAP TRICK – We’re All Alright! [Deluxe Edition] (2017)

CHEAP TRICK – We’re All Alright! [Deluxe Edition] (2017)

Classic Rock icons CHEAP TRICK are ready to release worldwide tomorrow, June 19, their brand new record “We’re All Alright!“, an album that blends past and present material: featuring brand new content written specifically for the album as well as a handful of previously unrecorded tracks penned throughout the band’s illustrious career.And it’s fabulous. It’s difficult for any band or...

CHEAP TRICK – Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello (2016)

CHEAP TRICK – Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello (2016)

Finally it has arrived; the long awaited first CHEAP TRICK album since 2009, titled “Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello” to be released tomorrow April 1st.Some classic rock bands limp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the basis of past reputation. On the other hand, Cheap Trick — the hard-charging, melodic rockers from Rockford, Ill. — is racing full speed...

V.A. – Keep Calm and Salute Queen (2015)

This is simple: “Keep Calm and Salute Queen” is a tribute to Queen compiled by the specialized label in this matter, Cleopatra Records / Deadline. One of the good news is that these classic, influential songs are performed by a slew of hard rock champions from both sides of the pond. The other, these versions / covers are excellent. You...

ROBIN ZANDER – Every Dog & She Can’t Turn Back Now (2012)

* Currently touring with Aerosmith, lead singer of Cheap Trick and solo artist ROBIN ZANDER has taken some time to help the promotion of the ’12 Million Dog March’, a live event to take place on August 5 in Los Angeles. This event is organized by The Riedel & Cody Fund to build a community of people whose strength and...