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April 29, 2017

Cheap Trick – At Budokan (1979) – Lp

by Record Facts

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band currently consists of official members Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass, backing vocals), and touring member Daxx Nielsen (drums).












Artist:  Cheap Trick
Title:  At Budokan
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 86083

Cheap Trick at Budokan is a live album released by Cheap Trick in 1978 and their best-selling recording. It was ranked number 426 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time“.

While their records were entertaining and full of skillful pop, it wasn’t until At Budokan that Cheap Trick‘s vision truly gelled. Many of these songs, like “I Want You to Want Me” and “Big Eyes,” were pleasant in their original form, but seemed more like sketches compared to the roaring versions on this album. With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade.

Cheap Trick found early success in Japan, and capitalized on this popularity by recording Cheap Trick at Budokan in Tokyo on April 28 and 30, 1978, with an audience of 12,000 screaming Japanese fans nearly drowning out the band at times. The album was intended for release only in Japan but with strong airplay of the promotional album From Tokyo to You, an estimated 30,000 import copies were sold in the United States and the album was released domestically in February 1979. The album also introduced two previously unreleased original songs, “Lookout” and “Need Your Love”.


Side one
1.  Hello There  (2:27)
2.  Come On, Come On  (3:03)
3.  Lookout  (3:15)
4.  Big Eyes  (3:47)
5.  Need Your Love  (9:07)

Side two
1.  Ain’t That a Shame  (5:10)
2.  I Want You to Want Me  (3:38)
3.  Surrender  (4:40)
4.  Goodnight Now  (2:42)
5.  Clock Strikes Ten  (4:11)

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