Cheap Trick – Next Position Please – The Authorized Version (1983/2015) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Cheap Trick – Next Position Please – The Authorized Version (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:18 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Epic – Legacy

Cheap Trick attempted to ride the new wave on 1982’s One on One, but wound up with a wipe-out, so they recovered by hiring Todd Rundgren, one of the few ‘70s album-rockers who proved that he knew how to negotiate the treacherous waters of the early ‘80s, for 1983’s Next Position Please. Rundgren wielded a heavy hand during his production, pushing Cheap Trick toward making a record that could easily be mistaken for a Utopia record — so much so, the Todd composition, “Heaven’s Falling,” slips onto the second side without calling attention to itself. The bright surfaces with the guitars and keyboards melding so tightly with the vocal harmonies they’re inseparable, produce a sound that is uncannily reminiscent of Oops! Wrong Planet, but Rundgren also helps keep an eye on quality control, letting Robin Zander’s terrific “I Can’t Take It” open the album, coaxing the band to cover the Motors’ “Dancing the Night Away,” and editing Rick Nielsen’s best set of songs since Heaven Tonight. Next Position Please is still very much a new wave-era Cheap Trick album — this is shiny surfaces, not kicks to the gut — but it’s the best of the lot, and one of their best-ever albums. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. I Can’t Take It 03:28
2. Borderline 03:35
3. I Don’t Love Her Anymore 03:52
4. Next Position Please 02:55
5. Younger Girls 03:16
6. Don’t Make Our Love a Crime 03:44
7. 3-D 03:36
8. You Talk Too Much 01:56
9. Y.O.Y.O.Y. 04:55
10. Won’t Take No for an Answer 03:14
11. Heaven’s Falling 03:48
12. Invaders of the Heart 04:00
13. Twisted Heart 04:18
14. Don’t Hit Me with Love 03:23
15. You Say Jump 03:06
16. Dancing the Night Away 04:58

Robin Zander, vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Rick Nielsen, lead guitar, backing vocals
Jon Brant, bass, backing vocals
Bun E. Carlos, drums, percussion

Recorded 1982 at Utopia Sound Studio, Woodstock, New York
Engineered by Todd Rundgren, Paul Klingberg
Produced by Todd Rundgren, Ian Taylor

Digitally remastered