Miss Miriam's Mirror

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.

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On this day in music history: September 21, 1979 - “Dream Police”, the fourth album by Cheap Trick is released. Produced by Tom Werman, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1978 - Early 1979. Issued as the follow up to their breakthrough album “Cheap Trick At Budokan”, its release will be held back for several months by CBS Records when previously Japanese only “Budokan” album becomes a huge hit as an import, forcing the label to release it in the US in early 1979. “Police” features more complex songs with several tracks featuring orchestration, departing from the more stripped down power pop/rock sound of their previous efforts. It will spin off two singles including the title track (#26 Pop) and Voices (#32 Pop). In 2010, Cheap Trick will play the album in its entirety during a limited series of live shows, accompanied by the Rhythmic Noise Philharmonic Orchestra & Mind Choir. “Dream Police” will peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.