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Real Gone Music to Issue The Epic Archive, Vol. 2 (1980-1983) With Cheap Trick Rarities

A year ago, Real Gone Music collected Cheap Trick rarities into a volume called The Epic Archives, Vol 1 (1975-1979) (here). Needless to say, it was a hot issue and copies sold through. No surprise there. But as a ‘volume x’ inclusion will hint, there has to be a follow-up.

On June 1, the folks at Real Gone Music will revisit Cheap Trick with a second volume of The Epic Archive. The previous volume represented the band from periods 1975-1979. This second volume will represent the band from periods 1980-1983. There will be sixteen tracks doing the heavy lifting in The Epic Archive, Vol 2 (1980-1983). In those sixteen tracks, there will be three from the 1980 Found All The Parts EP, and gifting a collection of live performance tracks, demos, singles, a B-side, pulls from soundtracks, a remix, and others (see list below). One of the songs, “Loser”, recorded in 1980 but written in 1976, is included here in its previously released form as is “If You Want My Love”.

This collection is newly remastered and will include a booklet with rare photos, track by track commentaries, and notes by Carlos, Nielsen, and Petersson. Ken Sharp will add notes as well.

The Epic Archive, Vol 2 (1980-1983) will slot nicely next to the first RGM-issued Volume 1 of the continuing series.

The Epic Archive Vol 2 (1980-1983)Cheap Trick

01. Day Tripper (Live) (EP Version)
02. Such a Good Girl (EP Version)
03. Take Me I’m Yours (EP Version)
04. Oh Boy (Vocal Version)
05. Loser (Demo)
06. The House Is Rockin’ (With
Domestic Problems) (Live at the LA Forum)
07. Way of the World (Live at the LA Forum)
08. World’s Greatest Lover (Single Version)
09. Everything Works If You Let It (Single Version)
10. Reach Out (From Heavy Metal Music from the Motion Picture)
11. I Must Be Dreamin’ (From Heavy Metal Music from the Motion
12. If You Want My Love (Demo)
13. Saturday at Midnight (Super New Dance Re-Mix)
14. Dancing the Night Away (Short Version)
15. Spring Break (From Spring Break Original Soundtrack)
16. Get Ready (B-side)


First Holiday Album From Cheap Trick – Christmas Christmas

The holidays always brings forth a swaddle of new Christmas music from many established artists. But none of them can surprise with an upcoming holiday album much like Cheap Trick could. But why not! In the decades following their high career marks, and the fact that they have consistently delivered new albums, it’s actually kind of refreshing to see the boys take on a new thing. And so…

On October 20, Cheap Trick will release their first ever Christmas album. The new album is being called Christmas Christmas. It will feature twelve tunes in all.

Christmas ChristmasCheap Trick

01. Merry Christmas Darlings
02. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
03. I Wish It Was Christmas Today
04. Merry Xmas Everybody
05. Please Come Home For Christmas
06. Remember Christmas
07. Run Rudolph Run
08. Father Christmas
09. Silent Night
10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
11. Our Father Of Life
12. Christmas Christmas


New Cheap Trick Album, We’re All Alright, To Be Released In June

Cheap Trick has never been one to rest musically. They are relentless in their dedication to their original intent. Make the best music, put on the best shows, and enjoy the best effects. And they’re still doing it all these years later. I will admit to only being super fond of their debut album, with the rest interesting. But it is the debut I always replay. Nevertheless…

Cheap Trick, like many artists these days, have gone to Pledge Music as the monetizing means to produce and release new albums. They have a brand new album coming down the road. The album is called We’re All Alright. It follows up last year’s Bang Zoom Crazy Hello (released early April, 2016). We’re All Alright will be distributed via Big Machine Records.

We’re All Alright will offer ten tracks, but throw in three bonus tunes on the Deluxe Edition CD. If you hit the PledgeMusic website (here), you can get in on a lot of various bundles for this new album including vinyl mats. tees, and other assorted goodies. You can preview a track of the new album below.

There will be an LP edition that will be delayed until August 18. The CD and DD Editions (all of ’em) will be released on June 16.


The Epic Archives Vol. 1 (1975-1979) With Cheap Trick Rarities Expected In April

In the late ’70s, Rock produced a quartet of unusual rockers in Cheap Trick. By the time of their second album, the band had appealed to a fast growing fanbase, which would  get exponentially larger by their live release of At Budokan. In fact, their rise to popularity was world-wide rather than the usual one country fixation that happens to many bands regardless of their country of origin. Also, in a nice twist to the usual stories of premature dismantling, Cheap Trick is STILL touring, STILL recording.

Over the years, Bun E Carlos (currently the one element of the original band that is at odds with the entire unit) had accumulated a treasure chest of recordings and live tapes. Much of the recordings he has archived include outtakes, live tracks, alternate versions of well-known songs, and a collection of demos, all of which show up in an upcoming volume of Cheap Trick essentials.

On April 28, Real Gone Music will release the first volume of collected rarities in The Epic Archives Vol. 1 (1975-1979) for Cheap Trick. And with the track list, it’s readily apparent that it is an essential for Cheap Trick fans. There’s a lot on here, folks. And with a potential following volume, more that we’d be delighted to have.

The album will feature 18 rarities. These include three demos before their Epic Records deal (“Come On, Come On”, “Southern Girls”, and “Taxman, Mr Thief”), two live Whisky performance tracks (“You’re All Talk”, “Goodnight”), and a wealth of excellent treasure pieces (see track-list). The booklet will feature rare photos from the period, while the music found on this Epic Archives set will be newly remastered (Vic Anesini). This will be issued on CD.

Thanks, Real Gone Music!

The Epic Archives Vol. 1 (1975-1979) – Cheap Trick

01. Come On, Come On (Ardent Studios Demo)
02. Southern Girls (Ardent Studios Demo)
03. Taxman, Mr. Thief (Ardent Studios Demo)
04. You’re All Talk (Early Studio Version)
05. I Want You to Want Me (Early Studio Version)
06. Lookout (Studio Version)
07. I Dig Go-Go Girls (Outtake)
08. Oh Boy (Instrumental Version)
09. You’re All Talk (Live at The Whiskey)
10. Goodnight (Live at The Whiskey)
11. Stiff Competition (Alternate Version)
12. Surrender (Alternate Version)
13. Ain’t That a Shame (Live Single Edit)
14. Lookout (previously unreleased alternate version)
15. Dream Police (No Strings Version)
16. Stiff Competition (Live at Budokan
17. How Are You (Live at Budokan
18. Top of the World (Live at Budokan)


TAPSheet: More Vinyl Titles Emerging – 05/17/2016

More and more desirable titles are emerging on vinyl LP these days. And they’re doing so at a faster clip. Here’s a brief list of upcoming LP reissues coming over the next month or so:

At Budokan: The Complete Concert by Cheap Trick album is actually already out there (due to Record Store Day), but Legacy will be re-releasing for mass consumption on June 10. It will be a 2LP set.

Cheap Trick The Complete Concert LP

Three vinyl LPs from the Peter Gabriel camp will be forthcoming on July 15. Those albums include So, US, and UP, all half-speed remasters, cut at 45RPM. All of the albums are multi-discs, with gatefold sleeves that have newly scanned artwork to brighten up the cover displays. Each album are offered individually, with options for bundles. The albums join Melt, Scratch, Car, and Security on the vinyl reissue availability platform. So will be released as a 2LP set, with US, and UP scheduled as 3LP sets. All of these are Limited Edition sets so do not delay if you want a copy!

Peter Gabriel So, UP, US LPs

Columbia Records have The Essential Bob Dylan on 2LP planned for June 10.

The Essential Bob Dylan 2LP

The RSD Edition of Smash Hits by The Jimi Hendrix Experience is being made widely available as a vinyl LP set on June 10 via Legacy Recordings. This set will feature the Old West alternate cover, and new remastering from the analog tapes.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Smash Hits LP

Rhino Records will reissue the Ramones‘s debut set on a 40th Anniversary 180g LP set (but included with 3CD in the title’s Deluxe Edition). The set is scheduled for July 29.Ramones Ramones

Epic Records have The North Corridor coming on vinyl LP from Chevelle. It’s scheduled for July 8.

Chevelle The North Corridor


XL Recordings (via Warner Brothers Music) will release the new album by Radiohead, A Moon-Shaped Pool. It will feature as a 180g-weight 2LP set with included download rights of the songs. It’s scheduled for June 17.

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Legacy Recordings will offer No Code with Pearl Jam on vinyl LP on August 5. The remastering was handled by Bob Ludwig.

Pearl Jam - No Code

Verve Records will reissue The Visit (1991) by Lorenna McKennitt on vinyl LP on June 24.

Loreena McKennitt The Visit

Green by R.E.M. have a vinyl LP reissue date of July 1 attached to it.

REM Green

Sugar Hill has the newest album by NYC’s Sarah Jarosz planned for June 17. The new album is called Undercurrent.

Sarah Jarosz - Undercurrent

And finally, Capitol Records will reissue Dreamboat Annie, the 1975 Mushroom Records debut by Heart. The re-release is planned for June 17.

Heart Dreamboat Annie

Honestly, I could go on and on…! But to keep your sanity…and mine, we’ll pause here.


New Cheap Trick Album, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, Planned For April

Cheap Trick Bang Zoom Crazy HelloBack in December, Robin Zander let loose that the new Cheap Trick album would be a throwback to the early and classic Cheap Trick sound. That new album is called Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello. For Cheap Trick fans, this could be exciting news. The best part is that the new Cheap Trick album now has a release date.

Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello is on the calendar for April 1 via Big Machine Records.