Lap of Luxury

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Lap of Luxury
Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released April 12, 1988 (1988-04-12)
Recorded 1987-88
Genre Rock, hard rock, power pop
Length 41:55
Label Epic
Producer Richie Zito
Cheap Trick chronology
The Doctor
(1986)
Lap of Luxury
(1988)
Busted
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]

Lap of Luxury is the tenth studio album by American band Cheap Trick. It was released on April 12, 1988, it is the band's second most commercially successful studio album, going to #16 on the Billboard 200 (trailing only 1979's Dream Police which went to #6) and has been certified platinum in sales.

The album was certified Platinum in Canada for the 100,000 sales in September 1988, where the album peaked at #11.

Overview[edit]

Although considered a comeback album for Cheap Trick, it was actually another record created in the midst of much turmoil with their label at the time, Epic Records. Before its recording, original bassist Tom Petersson rejoined the group and Epic had determined that it was going to help with some of the songwriting, and the band acquiesced only to save their contract. The mainstream ballad "The Flame" became a #1 hit single, and the album went platinum. However, the band still points to this album as the one that restricted their range and boxed them into a sound that would eventually stall their recording career for most of the 1990s.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let Go"   Rick Nielsen, Todd Cerney 4:25
2. "No Mercy"   Jon Lind, Jim Scott 3:54
3. "The Flame"   Bob Mitchell, Nick Graham 5:37
4. "Space"   Mike Chapman, Holly Knight 4:16
5. "Never Had a Lot to Lose"   Robin Zander, Tom Petersson 3:22
6. "Don't Be Cruel" (Originally recorded by Elvis Presley) Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley 3:06
7. "Wrong Side of Love"   Nielsen, Cerney 3:59
8. "All We Need Is a Dream"   Nielsen, Zander, Gregg Giuffria 4:20
9. "Ghost Town"   Nielsen, Diane Warren 4:11
10. "All Wound Up"   Zander, Petersson, Janna Allen 4:45

Singles (side A/side B)[edit]

  • (1988) "The Flame/Through the Night" - #1 US, #77 UK. #2 Aus, #3 BB Mainstream Rock
  • (1988) "Don't Be Cruel/I Know What I Want" (live) - #4 US, #77 UK, #8 BB Mainstream Rock, #13 Aus
  • (1988) "Ghost Town/Wrong Side of Love" - #33 US
  • (1988) "Let Go/No Mercy"
  • (1989) "Never Had a Lot to Lose/All We Need is a Dream" - #75 US

B-sides and outtakes[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Australian Album Charts[5] 14 24
Canadian Album Charts[6] 11 22
New Zealand Album Charts[7] 44 2
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 16 45

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Richie Zito
  • Engineered and mixed by Phil Kaffel
  • Second engineers: Jim Champagne, Bernard Frings, Mike Tacci, Bob Vogt, Toby Wright

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website | Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2011-01-27.