Great Rock Albums of 1978: Cheap Trick- Heaven Tonight
Like Reo Speedwagon, AC/DC and Journey, Cheap Trick were one of those bands where I heard their later albums and then went back through the archives to listen to the earlier stuff. I found that “Heaven Tonight” typifies everything I liked about Cheap Trick. They are definitely one band who seems to have a lot of fun when they make music as there seems to be an element of this in each of their songs. However, this doesn’t stop them from being a good hard rock band who has put out some great stuff, some of which will be reviewed at later dates. As for this album, the opening track “Surrender” is a clear example of this.
Let me add Rick Neilson to my ever growing list of underrated guitarists from the 70s. When I first saw him, I had to admit that he did not look like someone who could manipulate a six string so well. His image of the baseball cap and checkerboard trousers made me not want to take him seriously at first, then I heard what he could do with a guitar and my opinion changed rather drastically. Cheap Trick can also be recognised as the band who helped my younger sister get off disco and into hard rock, although I probably think this was down to the effect that Robin Zander and Tom Petersson had on her then fourteen year old hormones.
2. On Top of the World
3. California Man
4. High Roller
5. Auf Wiedersehen
6. Take Me Back
7. On the Radio
8. Heave Tonight
9. Stiff Competition
10. How Are You
11. Oh Claire (Not listed on album cover)
Robin Zander- lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Rick Neilsen- lead guitar, backing vocals
Tom Petersson- bass, backing vocals
Bun E Carlos- drums
“Heaven Tonight” is an album that is typical of Cheap Trick. It’s fun lyrics combined with a cool rock sound make it a good listen. It proved to be a stepping stone to their more successful later albums.
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