Let Go (Cheap Trick song)

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"Let Go"
Cheap Trick Let Go single cover.jpg
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Lap of Luxury
B-side "I Know What I Want (Live)"
Released August 1988[1]
Genre Rock, power pop
Length 4:27
Label Epic Records
Songwriter(s) Rick Nielsen, Todd Cerney
Producer(s) Richie Zito
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Ghost Town"
"Let Go"
"Never Had a Lot to Lose"

"Ghost Town"
"Let Go"
"Never Had a Lot to Lose"

"Let Go" is a song by the American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1988 as the fourth single from their tenth studio album Lap of Luxury. It was written by guitarist Rick Nielsen and Todd Cerney, and produced by Richie Zito.[2]

As a single, "Let Go" was released on 7" vinyl in Australia only. The B-side, "I Know What I Want", is a live recording, recorded during 1979 at Daytona Beach, Florida.[1] In the US, the song reached No. 35 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Ira Robbins of Rolling Stone called the song "first-rate, a tough-talking put-down with a honking horn bridge and a guitar hook that is reminiscent of the Beatles' 'If I Needed Someone.'"[4] Robbins also wrote for Trouser Press that "Let Go" gets Lap of Luxury off to a "fine start."[5] Music writers Mike Hayes and Ken Sharp compare the song's riff to another Beatles' song, saying that "Let Go"'s riff combines that of "Day Tripper" with the riff of Cheap Trick's own song "I Don't Love Here Anymore."[6] Hayes and Sharp credit the song with "a catchy chorus, understated piano work and an unexpected sax break."[6]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Let Go" - 4:27
  2. "I Know What I Want (Live)" -

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[3] 35


Cheap Trick

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Richie Zito - producer
  • Phil Kaffel - engineer, mixer
  • Jim Champagne, Bernard Frings, Mike Tacci, Bob Vogt, Toby Wright - second engineers


  1. ^ a b "Cheap Trick - Let Go / I Know What I Want (Live) - Epic - Australia - 652954 7". 45cat. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Cheap Trick - Woke Up With A Monster (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Cheap Trick Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira (1988-06-02). "Lap Of Luxury | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  5. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Cheap Trick". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  6. ^ a b Hayes, M.; Sharp, K. (1998). Reputation Is a Fragile Thing. Poptastic. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-9662081-0-8. 

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