Christmas Christmas

Christmas Christmas

by Cheap TrickCheap Trick


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It's hard to say just what was hampering Cheap Trick's productivity in the first decade of the new millennium, but ever since they signed with Big Machine Records, they've become surprisingly prolific. Released in 2017, Christmas Christmas, the veteran band's first seasonal album, is their third full-length release in a span of just 18 months, and while many acts toss off Christmas albums with the care and enthusiasm that six-year-olds display when cleaning their rooms, Cheap Trick have offered up a full-bodied set of Yuletide rock & roll that doesn't spare the volume or the muscle. Christmas Christmas only features three original songs, but Cheap Trick have avoided many of the clichéd seasonal numbers that usually fill up these releases, instead opting for Yuletide numbers from for-real rockers. The Pride of Rockville, Illinois tear through Roy Wood and Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day," Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody," the Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)," and the Kinks' "Father Christmas," and they embolden each one with the big guitars and swaggering beat they deserve. The group turns down the tempo for more measured but still passionate takes on Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas" and Harry Nilsson's "Remember Christmas"; Robin Zander's performance on the latter works the number for all its tear-inducing emotional power. And if "Our Father of Life" suggests that serious songs of faith are not Cheap Trick's strongest suit, the other two originals, "Merry Christmas Darlings" and the title cut, show they can rock around the Christmas tree with the best of 'em. If you want some no-fooling rock & roll with big guitars and plentiful melodic hooks for your holiday get-together, give Christmas Christmas a try; it's a Cheap Trick album first and a seasonal souvenir second, which means you might even be tempted to spin it well into the New Year.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2017
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930032792
catalogNumber: 0275
Rank: 30681

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheap Trick   Primary Artist
Robin Zander   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Horn
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Rick Nielsen   Electric Guitar
Julian Raymond   Background Vocals
Tom Petersson   Bass
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Robin Taylor Zander   Background Vocals
Daxx Nielsen   Drums
Cal Campbell   Background Vocals
Lilah Petersson   Background Vocals
Dash Breaux   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Cheap Trick   Producer
Roy Wood   Composer
Robin Zander   Composer
Jim Lea   Composer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
Julian Raymond   Producer
Gene Redd   Composer
Howard Willing   Engineer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
Tom Petersson   Composer
Jimmy Fallon   Composer
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer
Neville Holder   Composer
Becky Reiser   Art Direction
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Art Direction
Horatio Sanz   Composer
Adam Chagnon   Engineer
Harry Wilson   Composer
Bryana Anderle   Graphic Design

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