Welcome to a bonus edition of The Cheap Trick Collection Series. In my crate digging, I occasionally come upon 7″ Singles and when I find one from a band I like, I usually buy it and this was no different. The single was for the song “The Flame” from the band’s album ‘Lap of Luxury’ from 1988. It was sort of a comeback album for the band as the prior few albums didn’t do very well and they were starting to disappear from the scene. This song saved them from going the way of the Dodo. The album ended up going Platinum thanks to this song and their other singles “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Ghost Town”.
The band almost didn’t get an opportunity to sing the song as it was initially offered to blues artist, Elkie Brooks who turned it down. Which is a good thing because I doubt it would’ve had the success it ended up having with Cheap Trick. There was a story going around that Rick Nielsen really hated the song and pulled it out of the tape deck and ground it in to the floor with his foot. He has later denied disliking the song entirely and said it had its moments. The problem is Rick hated that the song was written by outside writers that were forced upon them by the label.
When I was on vacation during this past Summer, I found a ton of 45 Singles with the Picture Sleeves at a place called House of Vinyl and I ended buying 7 Van Halen 45’s. And we’ve been through a few so far as seen below…
And now we are on final Van Halen single and we are still in to the Hagar Era. This was the second single off their second album with Sammy called ‘OU812’. The song is “When It’s Love” and it was the most popular song off the album. The song was released in June 1988 and went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart as well as #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
My copy of the single is the standard U.S. version with the B-Side being “Cabo Wabo” which you wouldn’t know that from the back cover as it doesn’t say anywhere what the B-Side is. When I first saw it, I was hoping it was a promo with the same song on each side and one in mono and one in stereo, but I don’t if they actually had those still in 1988. Regardless, my copy is in pretty good shape and plays perfectly which is all that matters.
Now both tracks on the single are the LP versions and no single edits. As I’ve mentioned in the past reviews, Donn Landee’s name is on the Single write under the writers which is something Ted Templeman started back in the David Lee Roth era. Nice to see that trend continued here.
If you remember a couple months back, I bought about 21 7″ Singles and in that were a couple of Billy Idol Singles. The first one is for the single, “Cradle of Love”, which was the first single off his 1990 album, ‘Charmed Life’. The second one was “Eyes Without a Face” which was off the 1983 album ‘Rebel Yell’ and was one we did not too long ago with the 12″ Picture Disc. This time around it is the 7″ Single. The song “Eyes Without A Face” was released in 1984 and went all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 giving Billy one of his highest charting songs. It also helped boost the album to over 2,000,000 sold giving it a double platinum certification.
My Copy isn’t in the best of shape as someone scribbled a little over Billy’s face and there is the “30” written in on the back cover which explains why this one was so cheap. I went with it anyway until I can find a better copy down the road.
Welcome back to the Kiss Review Series. Today we are doing a little bonus edition. As I am going through the band’s releases, I am going to throw in different items from my collection that aren’t part of the band’s normal album releases. Singles, promos or whatever I can come up with.
Since we just talked ‘Destroyer’ in the last review, these next two posts are specifically related to that album. The first is this 45 Single of the song “Flaming Youth”. Now, I am cheating here as I wrote a review on this years ago, so I am re-doing it here so it is now a part of the Kiss Review Series. I hope you like it.
I had this big box of vinyl that I found in my attic that started my new vinyl obsession about 4 years ago. This is another 45″ Single in that big box of vinyl and it is from the Kiss album ‘Destroyer’. The song was “Flaming Youth” and it was only a promotional single and not intended for resale. How we ended up with it or where we got it, I am not sure.
The B-Side of the single is also “Flaming Youth” which I find interesting because the true B-Side of the Single released for the album was “God of Thunder”. Both sides of the disc say Side A. Maybe I have a nice collectors piece…if so, I wish it was in better shape.
I have a question for everyone out there that shops for vinyl…I am going to be in New York City in a couple weeks so what are a couple good record stores for me to visit? There has to be some special place you like to go.
I am looking for old vinyl, bootlegs, anything that is Rock from the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s. Maybe even some Punk would be good. I would even like some old 45’s and some used CDs would also be nice. I am looking for a cool place to get lost in for an hour or so, I think that is all the time my family will allow me to browse around.
I can look stuff up and see what is out there, but what I want are places people have actually been to or heard about. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, just leave me a comment. Thanks in advance.
In the continuing sage of the vinyl filled box I found another 45 single and this one was by The Police. It was for the song “Roxanne” which is one of their signature songs. Sadly, I don’t have a cover jacket for it. The sleeve it was in was for Columbia Records; however, the single was released by A&M so I know it is not the right sleeve. No matter, the single still plays regardless. Below are the Original UK cover (left) and the alternate cover in the UK (right – is Stewart picking his nose???).