There’s a nice treat in this old post that has been an entry for many into the Halls of Rock. Never having been a big Cheap Trick fan, I have yet to download and listen to this treat in its entirety, but it came on during a mastering session with an engineer friend just Wednesday night, and then it came up for discussion again on Thursday, so I’ll download this bad boy myself. Finally. If you haven’t done so already, why don’t you check it out and report back to us? Thanks!
This post initially appeared 9/27/07.
This is from answers.com and seems identical to what I read awhile back on Wikipedia but is now mysteriously gone.
On the radio show “Rockline” in 2003, someone called in and asked the band for the history behind the rumored Steve Albini version of the “In Color” disc, and Bun E. Carlos gave the explanation. The “In Color” album was produced by Tom Werman, but the band always felt that Werman screwed up the album. “He made it safe for radio, but the album sounds like it was done in a cardboard box.” So in the late 1990s they were in the studio hanging around with the producer Steve Albini, and had nothing to do for a few days, so they said “Yeah, that would be fun to redo that.” So they started re-recording the songs. They Did not finish the album, not all the harmonies or instruments are on it yet, but it can be found on the internet. It includes two versions each of “I Want You to Want Me” and “Oh Caroline” as well as a cover of John Lennon’s “I’m Losing You.”
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I did find this on Wikipedia:
“I’m Losin’ You” was a song from John Lennon’s Double Fantasy album, back when Cheap Trick worked with Lennon. Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono fired the band, but the song remained intact (with Nielsen’s guitars and Carlo’s drums) The song is also available in an unreleased remake of In Color, which was produced by Steve Albini.
Am I the only one that didn’t know that Cheap Trick worked on Double Fantasy? From some dude’s site:
I questioned Bun E. about what is was like working with John Lennon on “Double Fantasy.” He said it was great playing with Lennon, but that Yoko was a “f…ing bitch.” He claimed the Lennons “stole” some of Nielsen’s riffs that he contributed to “Losing You” without compensating Nielsen for them. It’s fairly common knowledge that Yoko resented having to pay their session fees so this makes sense.
But the session that I most wanted to know about were the legendary John Lennon “Double Fantasy” sessions with Cheap Trick in 1980. Only three songs were recorded before Yoko banned Cheap Trick, citing that they were using John. I told Rick that I recently found a bootleg with the three unreleased Cheap Trick/John Lennon tracks. He asked, “so, could you tell the difference?” I sure could, the tracks seemed to rock more, with even Yoko’s song sounding inspiring. Rock comments, “that’s the only way you could handle it, have us behind her voice & you need kind of schizophrenic stuff going on.” But, why did the band do only one session with Lennon? Nielsen didn’t blast Yoko, just explained diplomatically, “we were asked to do more for vocals. What I call those John Lennon baby voices (sings a little). But & ah & by then they were finished. We didn’t get lucky enough to play on that one.” Still no real answer as to why the recordings didn’t wind up on the final record. I guess the story in Albert Goldman’s book, “The Lives of John Lennon” is the closest to getting the story correct.
Did anyone read that book? Can you shed any more light on it.