CHEAP TRICK – At Budokan

Cheap Trick – At Budokan (1979, Epic Records)

1. “Hello There” … 2:27
2. “Come On, Come On” … 3:17
3. “Lookout” … 3:01
4. “Big Eye” … 3:55
5. “Need Your Love” … 8:46
6. “Ain’t That A Shame” … 5:09
7. “I Want You To Want Me” … 3:45
8. “Surrender” … 4:25
9. “Goodnight” … 3:08
10. “Clock Strikes Ten” … 4:01

Robin Zander – Vocals, Guitar
Rick Nielsen – Guitar
Tom Petersson – Bass
Bun E. Carlos – Drums

Produced by: Cheap Trick

Another live album where it just happened to be my first exposure to the band. Of course, I was already familiar with most of Cheap Trick’s biggest singles. I was interested in hearing an album from them so I went with their most legendary release, which had done wonders for the band’s popularity (much like Alive! did for KISS) upon its release.

This album didn’t convert me into a huge Cheap Trick fan or convince me to pick up any of their other releases, but it’s still a fine release and I suppose every rock fan should at least listen to this album once just to form their own opinion on one of rock’s most famous albums. It’s hard to argue with catchy energetic songs like “Big Eye”, “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender”.

“Need Your Love” is my favorite track from this album. Sounds like an obvious influence for some of the trippy poppy stuff Stone Temple Pilots would do in the 90s.

Highlights: “Big Eye”, “Need Your Love”, “Ain’t That A Shame”, “I Want You To Want Me”, “Surrender”

Posted on July 24, 2009, in Cheap Trick and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Your “live album” theme idea is pretty cool.

    You should do a theme of reviews of “Live At The Budokan” albums.
    There’s a ton of them (Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Ozzy, Mr. Big, etc, etc).

    I live not too far from the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. It’s beautiful.

    Did you know that the Beatles were the first pop band to play there (there was no Tokyo Dome at that time, and no other venue in Tokyo back then was big enough for all the ticketholders). Traditionalists in Japan protested the idea of a pop band performing at the revered Budokan.

    Regardless, the Beatles played four sold-out nights at the Budokan, which was a record…until KISS sold-out five consecutive nights at the Budokan in the ’70s.

    KISS‘s record still hasn’t been broken.

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