Lap of Luxury

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Lap of Luxury
Cheap Trick Lap of Luxury Let Go 1988.jpg
Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released April 12, 1988 (1988-04-12)
Recorded 1987–88
Studio One On One Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Sound Castle Studios, Hollywood, CA
A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Rock, hard rock, power pop
Length 41:55
Label Epic
Producer Richie Zito
Cheap Trick chronology
The Doctor
(1986)The Doctor1986
Lap of Luxury
(1988)
Busted
(1990)Busted1990
Singles from Lap of Luxury
  1. "The Flame"
    Released: March 1988
  2. "Don't Be Cruel"
    Released: July 1988
  3. "Ghost Town"
    Released: October 1988
  4. "Let Go"
    Released: 1988 (Australia only)
  5. "Never Had a Lot to Lose"
    Released: January 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC[3]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[4]

Lap of Luxury is the tenth studio album by American band Cheap Trick. It was released on April 12, 1988, and it is the band's second-most commercially successful studio album, going to number 16 on the Billboard 200[5] (trailing only 1979's Dream Police which went to number 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 number 11.[6]

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 No. 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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let Go"Rick Nielsen, Todd Cerney4:25
2."No Mercy"Jon Lind, Jim Scott3:54
3."The Flame"Bob Mitchell, Nick Graham5:37
4."Space" (Originally recorded by Charlie Sexton)Mike Chapman, Holly Knight4:16
5."Never Had a Lot to Lose"Robin Zander, Tom Petersson3:22
6."Don't Be Cruel" (Originally recorded by Elvis Presley)Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley3:06
7."Wrong Side of Love"Nielsen, Cerney3:59
8."All We Need Is a Dream"Nielsen, Zander, Gregg Giuffria4:20
9."Ghost Town"Nielsen, Diane Warren4:11
10."All Wound Up"Zander, Petersson, Janna Allen4:45

B-sides and outtakes[edit]

  • "Through the Night" (R. Zander, T, Petersson, R. Nielsen,) – 4:19 (available on the Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set)
  • "You Want It" (R. Zander, R. Nielsen) – 3:41 (available on the Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set, and the soundtrack to Say Anything...)
  • "Magical Mystery Tour" (J. Lennon, P. McCartney) – 4:10 (available on The Greatest Hits)
  • "Money (That's What I Want)" (J. Bradford, B. Gordy, Jr.) – 3:15 (available on the out-of-print Caddyshack II soundtrack)
  • "If Only My Girl Was a Little More Like You" (unreleased)
  • "A Long Way from Memphis" (unreleased)
  • "Ready for the Sun" (unreleased)
  • "Right Between the Eyes" (unreleased)
  • "A Taste of Love" (unreleased)
  • "We'll Still Be Hanging On" (unreleased)
  • "Women Never Forget" (unreleased)

Personnel[edit]

Cheap Trick[edit]

Technical[edit]


Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Billboard Hot 100[9] UK Official Charts[10] Australia Single Charts[11]
1988 "The Flame" 1 77 3
1988 "Don't Be Cruel" 4 77 13
1988 "Ghost Town" 33 - -
1989 "Never Had a Lot to Lose" 75 - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ a b "Billboard 200 - Cheap Trick". Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ a b "RPM Charts - Cheap Trick". Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Australian Charts - Cheap Trick". Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ "New Zealand Charts - Cheap Trick". Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Cheap Trick". Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Official Charts - Cheap Trick". Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Australian Singles Chart - Cheap Trick". Retrieved November 20, 2017.