- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Original Release Date: 1979
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Live
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0000025FN
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,512 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Within months of the U.S. release of Budokan, originally intended only for the Japanese fans who'd made them superstars half a world away, tongue-in-cheek rockers Cheap Trick went from opening American arena shows to headlining them. Rather than remaining eternal could-haves, metallic pop nuggets such as "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender" instead became radio mainstays in these versions. --Rickey Wright
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But then, Cheap Trick came along with their own live album on a single disc that blew all those others out of the water, for its intensity and musical chops. I'll put Robin Zander up against any of the vocalists, Rick Nielsen up against Ace Frehley, Nugent, Michael Hampton or Joe Perry and Bun E. Carlos up against Peter Criss anyday.
Like Kiss, Cheap Trick was one of those bands that sounded better live. The song lineup is a perfect distillation of their unique hard-rock-cum-bugglegum sound: The set opens with "Hello There," a rousing crowd pleaser.
"Come On Come On" and "Lookout" really let the listener know how BIG the boys from Rockford, Ill., were in Japan. These are great songs for their mostly teenage female audience, and the screaming of their fans behind the tracks sounds like it could have been recorded at the Beatles' 1965 concert at Shea Stadium.
The best on this set are in the middle: "Big Eyes," "Need Your Love" -- which have been woven together to give Rick Nielsen a nice long guitar riff, and Robin Zander some reverberating vocals to woo the Japanese girls with -- and their remake of the Fats Domino tune, "Ain't That A Shame."
"I Want You To Want Me" has a harder edge than in the studio version, thankfully played without that tinkling piano.
But, the best in the set is "Surrender," which was recorded before the studio version was released. This is the version radio stations still play, and is full of double-entendre worthy of AC/DC.
Appropriately, it closes with "Goodnight," a reworking of "Hello There" -- nice bookend effect.
"Clock Strikes Ten" is a great last cut on this album, not quite the rock anthem "Rock and Roll All Nite" is, but a signature Cheap Trick track just the same.
Live albums just don't get any better than this. Sure, I have "Cheap Trick at Budokan II," but I prefer listening to the albums separately. Why mess with something this great?
Like it Real?
Like it Pure?
Like it Live?
Like it Loud?
Like it Energetic?
Want to feel like like you are there?
This is the album for you.
No option for 6 star. ?
This is the best live album of all time by a country mile and it showcases Rock Music for all it is and all it should be. It is about the music, the songs , the band ( and yes, these guys are a team, a band, and a real fusion of talents that total to more than the sum of the individual components). The year was 1978, a shocking year for music really (except for Blondie and others that saved the day) but Cheap Trick stands the course, not bowing to disco or quiet ballads that ruled the radiowaves.
Its an album that brings the roots of rock classics( Fats Domino Cover, Aint That a Shame) into the present and they set the course for Arena Rockers of the upcoming 80s decade.
'On the drums...Mr Ben 'E' Carlos', .. true history in the making.
[The only thing that came close was when CT played "Baby Loves to Rock" on Saturday Night Live in the very early '80s.