Cheap Trick Rarities CD Coming

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Cheap Trick’s Epic Records output will be the subject of a third and final package of rarities, via Real Gone. The Epic Archive Vol. 3 (1984-1992), arriving April 26, features rare single versions of several songs including the band’s sole #1 hit, “The Flame,” many soundtrack-only songs, as well as the band’s sensational version of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour.”

Among the “sonic catnip” for Cheap Trick collectors: “Mighty Wings” from Top Gun, “Money (That’s What I Want)” from Caddyshack II, “You Want It” from Say Anything, and “I Will Survive” from Gladiator, none of which have appeared on any of the band’s studio albums.

The release also includes rare single versions of “It’s Only Love,” “Tonight It’s You,” and “Don’t Be Cruel” (labeled as the “Big New Mix”), plus alternate mixes of “Little Sister,” “She’s Got Motion,” and “Can’t Stop Fallin’ Into Love,” and alternate versions of “How About You” and “All We Need Is a Dream.”

Listen to Trick’s cover of “Magical Mystery Tour”

The collection begins with an a cappella intro to the theme song from the 1984 movie Up the Creek.

Related: Cheap Trick’s rise – The inside story

The liner notes feature track-by-track commentary from Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander via interviews with longtime band biographer Ken Sharp and Timothy J. Smith, the Epic Archive series compilation producer. Band lensman Robert Alford has contributed photos.

Listen to the single edit of the #1 hit, “The Flame”

Vol. 1 (1975-1979) and Vol. 2 (1980-1983) were released in 2015.

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  1. Jeffrey Zandrowicz
    #1 Jeffrey Zandrowicz 24 March, 2019, 11:46

    “Up The Creek” radio staions should start playing that song, instead of the same 4 or 5 songs by cheap trick.

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