Cheap Trick ‎– In Color

Epic ‎– PE 34884, Epic ‎– 34884
Vinyl, LP, Album, Terre Haute Press


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℗ © 1977 CBS Inc.

Terre Haute Pressing variant of Santa Maria press by same catalog #.

Gatefold with inverted rear, so album could be flipped up and down to reveal additional title..."And In Black And White."

Recorded at Kendun Recorders, Los Angeles

1st catalog #: labels; 2nd: rear cover

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): AL 34884
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): BL 34884
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Etch exc º, Sterling stamps): º T \ AL-34884-1E sᴛᴇʀʟɪɴɢ
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Etch exc º, Sterling stamps): º T I BL-34884-1E sᴛᴇʀʟɪɴɢ
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 55) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AEK 65573, AEK 65573-S1 Cheap Trick "In Color" Expanded Edition(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Epic, Legacy, Epic AEK 65573, AEK 65573-S1 US 1998 Sell This Version
PEA 34884 Cheap Trick In Color(8-Trk) Epic PEA 34884 US 1977 Sell This Version
PE 34884 Cheap Trick In Color(LP, Album, RE, Ter) Epic PE 34884 US Unknown Sell This Version
144237 Cheap Trick In Color(LP, Album) Epic 144237 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
PE 34884 Cheap Trick In Color(LP, Album, RE, Pit) Epic PE 34884 US Unknown Sell This Version


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October 30, 2017

Of all things, Cheap Trick bring savage accessibility to the table, though there is no precise formula for what they’ve done here on In Color, [with the flip side of the jacket being called And In Black And White], in much the same manner as it’s nearly impossible to describe the essence of say Steely Dan or early Who. The band was a mix match of talent and presentation, a recipe that once blended, cooked into something amazingly adventurous, and certainly held the attention of collective up-turned faces during the late 70’s and early 80’s, though as said in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” while attempting to sell Cheap Trick tickets, ”Have you forgotten the magnetism of Robin Zander or the charisma of Rick Nielson?”, the band made a quick but nevertheless lasting impression, nearly vanishing by 1982, and hearing the songs today certainly brings back half forgotten half baked smiles, though there’s little that would have you returning again and again to any of their albums, other than this.

If anything, Cheap Trick rose at a time when the genre of punk was fighting against all that Cheap Trick was and represented, and for a brief moment Cheap Trick won that battle, though their sound would forever live in the background of post-punk bands who then gave way to grunge, leaving Cheap Trick and their sonically driven songs laced self deprecating wit and proclamations of joy to languish as has-beens almost before they ever had a chance to plant their flag.

The band was incredibly tight, even to the extent that their vocal harmonies were used instrumentally rather than as vocals, while Nielson inexhaustibly lays out a series of guitar chords that staggered listeners. Yet as so often overlooked, was the drumming of Bun E. Carlos, drumming that was beyond anything I’ve personally ever experienced, and while talking about Bun E with War On Drugs’ drummer Charlie Hall, I watched his face light up as he showed me pictures of he and Bun together, admitting there were but two drummers who needed to be visited, Ringo and The Bun-man … though I would now add Charlie Hall to that list.

Cheap Trick managed single handedly to carry the pop single attitudes of The Beatles to a new level, adding a bit of sophistication and turning these values into full blown ‘come together’ ferocious rockers with a tightness that relegate The Beatles as mono only artists, while Cheap Trick challenged even stereo.

There was not a song on this endearing album that was not ‘single’ worthy, and laughing, that leads me to consider what lesser material they might have chosen for their B-Sides. Though perhaps they could have included the original totally far too risqué version of “Surrender.” Cheap Trick rose during a time when it was frowned upon to embrace being mainstream as uncool, even though everyone wanted their own hits, Cheap Trick wrapped their arms around their mainstream-ism and rocked the world for all they were worth.

In Color was just what the world needed when it hit the shelves, two handsome men, a odd Sydney Greenstreet on drums looking like he’d just returned from holiday in Panama chain-smoking cigarettes, and of course Mr. Rick, who could not possibly have bee from this planet.

Review by Jenell Kesler


February 19, 2017
I have just got a copy with a blank white label - written on the label (cheap trick in color)
Run out EPC-S-82214-A-7 tim tom -- any help with this thanks