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Studio releases never fully conveyed Cheap Trick’s muscle, but the band harnessed the raw energy of their live show with 1978’s At Budokan (Live). Recorded in Tokyo before 12,000 feverish fans, “Hello There” and “Lookout” are the dictionary definition of how live rock ’n’ roll should sound. A cover of “Ain’t That a Shame” highlights the band’s connection to a timeless tradition of teen-rock abandon, but “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” are the gold coins that secured them their own space in the rock canon.

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One of If not the Best Live Album Ever

Cheap Trick's At Budokan is one of the greatest live albums ever. For one, it proved that they were very very talented, especially their lead singer. He sounds better here then in some of their studio album and thats definately more than you can say for half of the acts today *cough* James Blunt *cough* The quality is amazing, and many songs stand out better here than on albums. Even if you aren't going for the whole album (you should), make sure to at least get I Want You to Want Me. Most don't even realize that this is the popular version. The last thing to say is thank you Japan. If you guys hadn't sold out Budokan and made Cheap Trick super stars, this album might not have existed and Cheap Trick could have been lost in obscurity.

Surrender to this album

One of those rare exceptions were the live version is completely better

This is one of rocks great Live Albums

Cheap Trick is one of rocks most underated bands, and this live album holds up well over the years. Yes, even the screaming little girls still sound good (Robin!!!). AHHH the late 70's/early 80's.


Formed: 1975 in Rockford, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Led by guitarist Rick Nielsen, the band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatles, the sonic assault of the Who, and the tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism and humor of the Move. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and...
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