Editors’ Notes A yeasty mix of glam-boys and goofballs, Cheap Trick turned their eccentricities into big success in the late ‘70s. The extremes of the quartet were defined by guitar geek Rick Nielsen and hunky vocalist Robin Zander. Authorized Greatest Hits improves upon earlier best-of packages by combining familiar singles with live cuts and the band’s theme song for That ‘70s Show. At their finest, these Tricksters toss off hard-pop confections that mix sweetness with a sarcastic aftertaste. “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “Southern Girls” haven’t lost their snap and sizzle with time. The band’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s output gets a bit dicey, with New Wave keyboard influences blunting the guitar attack on “Dream Police,” “Tonight It’s You” and other tracks. Even so, Zander retains his brash, insinuating edge on “She’s Tight” and “Can’t Stop Fallin’ in Love,” prodded on by Bun E. Carlos’ deadpan drumming. “The Flame” — included here as a live track — is a credible power ballad that’s either a creative stretch or a blatant sellout (depending upon your taste). Cheap Trick couldn’t quite sustain the impact of their early releases, but as this collection shows, they never lost their lovable, zany charm.

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I Want You to Want Me (Live)
1
3:44
 
Ain't That a Shame (Live)
2
5:16
 
Southern Girls (Single Version)
3
3:35
 
Surrender
4
4:13
 
Stop This Game
5
3:57
 
Dream Police
6
3:52
 
If You Want My Love (Alternate Version)
7
4:25
 
Tonight It's You
8
4:47
 
Everything Works If You Let It (Alternate Version)
9
3:55
 
Mandocello
10
4:46
 
I Can't Take It (Live)
11
3:31
 
She's Tight
12
2:58
 
That 70's Song (Based On "In the Street")
13
2:50
 
Walk Away
14
3:41
 
Can't Stop Falling Into Love
15
3:49
 
The Flame (Live)
16
6:48
 

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