Cheap Trick notes

A new Cheap Trick studio album titled Rockford (named after the band's Illinois hometown) is going to be released on June 6th. Here is the press release from Big 3 Records:

If I'm not mistaken, producer Linda Perry is the former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes ("What's Up"), and it seems she also had a hand in the songwriting. CT bassist Tom Petersson is hailing this album as "by far our best work yet". Maybe he shouldn't build hopes up too much; it's hard to imagine an album being better "by far" than their late-'70's albums. I have heard three of the tracks: "Welcome To The World", the single "Perfect Stranger", and "Come On Come On Come On". They do sound promising. Very pleasant retro-'80's power pop.

FYI, "Come On Come On Come On" is not a remake of their early song "Come On Come On". I wish they'd give it a different title. Also, there is a track called "O Claire", which I assume is not a remake of the short Heaven Tonight track of the same name. I wish they wouldn't recycle these titles.

In other Cheap Trick news, newly remastered editions of two CT albums were released on March 7th. Those were Dream Police (1979) and the underrated All Shook Up (1980), which were the last two albums from the band's best period. Both of them contain bonus tracks. The five bonus tracks on All Shook Up consist of the Roadie theme song "Everything Works If You Let It" (which, like the All Shook Up album, was produced by George Martin) and all four tracks from the 1980 EP Found All The Parts. It's good to finally have all five of those songs available on a U.S. CD.

It came to my attention recently that the band's 1983 album Next Position Please (produced by Todd Rundgren) is out of print in the States. However, a new "authorized" edition of the album is now available for download. Here is the MSN Music page for it:

The original LP version of Next Position Please contained 12 tracks; the cassette and CD contained 14, adding "You Talk Too Much" and "Don't Make Our Love A Crime". This "authorized" version contains two more tracks, totalling 16 in all. "Don't Hit Me With Love" was on the album's original demo, but was not originally included on the album; "Twisted Heart" has previously only been available on the box set Sex America Cheap Trick.

The release date is listed as March 7th -- the same date as the two aforementioned reissues -- but there's no CD available at this time. Could it be that this album will only be available for download? This would seem like a strange way to go for a 1983 catalogue title, but it's not out of the question. Maybe it's cheaper for Epic Records if they don't have to manufacture the hardware.