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Great Rock Albums of 1979: Cheap Trick- At Budokan

Posted in 1979, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2012 by 80smetalman

I thought I’d begin the tour through 1979 with albums that were actually released in 1978. Cheap Trick’s “At Budokan” was officially released in Japan in 1978 and then in the US in 79. This has been called by many as one of the greatest live albums of all time and I can’t really disagree. It was one of the first albums I purchased on cassette and the intensity of the live album blew my young mind.

The first few songs come as a whirlwind, one song after another speedy procession that once you’re caught up in it, there’s no way you can escape. It slows down a little bit with “Need Your Love,” but that only acts as a nice little breather before launching into the three best tracks on the album. “Ain’t That a Shame,” the world famous “I Want You to Want Me” and completing the trio is “Surrender.” By the end of that, you’re in league with those in Tokyo who were lucky enough to see this live, you don’t want Cheap Trick to leave the stage either.

Track Listing:

1. Hello There

2. Come On Come On

3. Look Out

4. Big Eyes

5. Need Your Love

6. Ain’t That a Shame

7. I Want You to Want Me

8. Surrender

9. Goodnight Now

10. Clock Strikes Ten

Cheap Trick

Robin Zander- lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Rick Neilsen- lead guitar, backing vocals

Tom Petersen- bass, backing vocals

Bun E Carlos- drums

There is no better way to start something new than Cheap Trick, “At Budokan.” This is a classic hard rock album and the fact that it’s live, only makes it that much better.

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Great Rock Albums of 1978: Cheap Trick- Heaven Tonight

Posted in 1978, Heavy Metal, Music with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2012 by 80smetalman

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.

Track Lisitng:

1. Surrender

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)

Cheap Trick

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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