Standing on the Edge (Cheap Trick album)

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Standing On The Edge
Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released October 1985
Recorded 1984-85
Genre Rock
Length 39:44
Label Epic
Producer Jack Douglas
Cheap Trick chronology
Next Position Please
(1983)
Standing On The Edge
(1985)
The Doctor
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (positive)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Standing on the Edge is an album by the American rock group Cheap Trick, released in 1985. Jack Douglas, the producer of Cheap Trick's debut album Cheap Trick, made a return for this release.

Overview[edit]

Cheap Trick's LP Standing on the Edge, which peaked at number #35 on Billboard's Hot 100 LP chart in 1985, saw the band return to their standard hard-rocking sound with this album. The album was produced by Jack Douglas, who produced the band's eponymous debut album as well as the Found All The Parts EP. The original plans for the album called for band to return to the rough sound of their first album. However, Douglas backed out of mixing process due to legal issues he was having with Yoko Ono. Mixer Tony Platt was called in, and as a result, the album's production featured keyboards and electronic drums more prominently than the band and Douglas had intended.

The album's most successful single "Tonight It's You", is the most well-known track from the album and also appears on numerous greatest hits compilations. Two promotional music videos were made for the song and both clips received much airplay on MTV.

The song "Love Comes" was re-recorded for Zander's solo album "Countryside Blvd.". This album was due for release in 2010 but has been held back, remaining unreleased to date, although various download sites did legally offer the album but only for a few hours before the album was removed and made unavailable again.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Little Sister" (R. Nielsen) – 3:55
  2. "Tonight It's You" (J.Brant/M. Radice/R. Nielsen/R. Zander) – 4:47
  3. "She's Got Motion" (R. Nielsen/M. Radice) – 3:17
  4. "Love Comes" (R. Zander/R. Nielsen) – 4:40
  5. "How About You" (R. Zander/R. Nielsen/M. Radice) – 3:00
  6. "Standing on the Edge" (R. Nielsen/R. Zander/M. Radice) – 4:44
  7. "This Time Around" (J. Brant/M. Radice/R. Zander/R. Nielsen) – 4:33
  8. "Rock All Night" (R. Nielsen/R. Zander/B. Carlos/M. Radice) – 2:51
  9. "Cover Girl" (R. Nielsen/M. Radice) – 3:41
  10. "Wild Wild Women" (R. Nielsen/R. Zander/B. Carlos/M. Radice) – 4:16

2010 Reissue[edit]

11. "Tonight It's You" (Single Version) – 3:31

Singles[edit]

Outtakes[edit]

  • "A Place In France" (Available on the Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set)
  • "Don't Ever Let Me Go" (Unreleased)
  • "Lesson In Love" (Unreleased)
  • "X-Rated" (Unreleased)

The unreleased tracks are making their rounds on the bootleg circuit along with several other regular album tracks that are slightly different from the final album versions. These tracks may represent the way the band had intended them to sound.

Background information[edit]

Bun E. Carlos insisted on being credited with "acoustic drums" because mixer Tony Platt added the electronic drums that were used on much of the album during post-production.

Song doctor Mark Radice was brought in to help the band with the songwriting process. He played keyboards and co-wrote 8 of the album's 10 tracks. He claims that the majority of "Tonight It's You" was written by himself and Bassist Jon Brant, who was the primary co-writer of "This Time Around".

Guitarist Rick Nielsen's name is misspelled on the back cover of the original pressing as "Rick Nelson." The Japanese import version has Nielsen's name spelled correctly.

Physical copies of the album were out of print for several years (with the exception of Japan), making the original pressing of the CD somewhat of a collectors' item.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Total
weeks
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 35 19

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mark Radice - Additional keyboards, vocals
  • Jack Douglas - Producer
  • Paul Klingberg - Recording engineer, keyboards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 157. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/