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Editors’ Notes

With the success of Kiss Alive and Frampton Comes Alive, live albums became an essential staple of every notable ‘70s rock act. You hadn’t arrived until you issued a collection of your best-known work swallowed up in the abundant cheers of your rabid fan base. Hard rock bands routinely had problems capturing the adrenaline and raw power of their best work in the sterile confines of the recording studio. Live albums enabled them to loosen up and let nature guide its course. Nowhere is that more evident than with Cheap Trick, a group who had recorded three powerful studio albums (Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight) without completely capturing their fun-loving essence. At Budokan immediately corrects the problem. From the opening rave-up of “Hello There” to the manic pummel of “Clock Strikes Ten,” this mischievous quartet never misfire. Guitarist Rick Nielsen’s guitar leads are quick and to the point and his songs never sounded more urgent. The band’s ultimate anthem, “Surrender,” goes over the top, while Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” and Nielsen’s “I Want You to Want Me” are unusually intimate considering the public atmosphere. A great place to start.

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

Surrender to this album

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


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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