In Color (album)

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In Color
Cheap Trick In Color.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1977 (1977-09)
StudioKendun Recorders, Los Angeles
ProducerTom Werman
Cheap Trick chronology
Cheap Trick
In Color
Heaven Tonight
Singles from In Color
  1. "I Want You to Want Me"
    Released: September 1977
  2. "Southern Girls"
    Released: December 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Rolling Stone(positive)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]

In Color is the second studio album by Cheap Trick, released in 1977. It was produced by Tom Werman.

This album is considered a classic of the power pop genre.[according to whom?] The album was ranked No. 4 on Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide. In 2003, the album was also ranked number 443 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[5]


In Color, as opposed to the band's self-titled debut, features a more polished production in the hopes of making a commercial impact. While the bandleader Rick Nielsen felt the album may have lost some of its power due to Tom Werman's more layered production, In Color does show the band's more melodic side that was partially lost on the debut.

The album made the band superstars in Japan, where "I Want You to Want Me" and "Clock Strikes Ten" were hit singles.

Five of the ten tracks on In Color were later released in live form on Cheap Trick's classic live album Cheap Trick at Budokan ("Hello There", "Big Eyes", "I Want You to Want Me", "Clock Strikes Ten" and "Come On, Come On").

In Color's front cover has a color photo of Zander and Petersson sitting on motorcycles with the words "Cheap Trick, In Color." across the top. Its back cover has an upside-down black-and-white photo of Carlos and Nielsen sitting on mopeds with the words "And In Black and White." across the top.

The In Colour radio show which airs on Ireland's national broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann RTÉ 2XM is named after the album.[6]

Re-recorded version[edit]

In Color was re-recorded by the band in 1998 with producer Steve Albini. The band's intention was to record the album on their own terms and for the songs to sound the way that they had originally intended. It was never officially completed or released, but a rough mix of the album was leaked onto the internet along with a handful of other tracks recorded during the same sessions.

In September 2008, the re-recorded version of "Hello There" was featured as a playable song in the video game Rock Band 2, raising suspicions that the album may have been finished.

"Oh Boy," the B-side of the single "I Want You to Want Me" was re-recorded with vocals in 1980. It was released in 2003 on the "Oh Boy (Demo)/If You Want My Love (Demo)" promotional seven-inch vinyl record.

In April 2010, Rick Nielsen confirmed to the online music site Spinner that the band had in fact finished re-recording the album and planned to release the new version in "the not so distant future".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Rick Nielsen, except where indicated.

Side one
1."Hello There" 1:41
2."Big Eyes" 3:10
3."Downed" 4:12
4."I Want You to Want Me" 3:11
5."You're All Talk"Nielsen, Tom Petersson3:36
Side two
6."Oh Caroline" 2:59
7."Clock Strikes Ten" 2:59
8."Southern Girls"Nielsen, Petersson3:44
9."Come On, Come On" 2:41
10."So Good to See You" 3:37
Total length:31:50

The 1998 reissue of In Color featured five bonus tracks, including the B-side to "I Want You to Want Me" "Oh Boy" and "Goodnight", a live, show-closing variation of "Hello There."

1998 reissue bonus tracks
11."Oh Boy" (instrumental version)3:09
12."Southern Girls" (1975 demo)3:03
13."Come On, Come On" (1975 demo)2:04
14."You're All Talk" (live at Whisky a Go Go 1977)3:41
15."Goodnight" (live at Whisky a Go Go 1977)2:19

Unreleased outtake[edit]


Cheap Trick[edit]



Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA[8] Gold August 13, 1979
RIAA – USA Platinum October 17, 2001
CRIA - Canada[9] Platinum June 1, 1979


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave (22 September 1977). "In Color". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
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  7. ^ Ayers, Mike (9 April 2010). "Cheap Trick Planning to Release New Version of 'In Color'". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  8. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Cheap Trick". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database : Cheap Trick". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-11-06.