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At Budokan

Cheap Trick

1979

At Budokan

Album Summary

Cheap Trick at Budokan is a live album released by Cheap Trick in 1978 and their best-selling recording. After several years of constant touring but only middling exposure for the band, At Budokan steadily grew off radio play and word-of-mouth to become a high-selling success, kickstarting the band's popularity and becoming acclaimed as one of the greatest live rock albums of all time and a classic of the power pop genre. It was ranked number 426 in the 2003 edition of Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". An album featuring leftover tracks from the band's 1978 Budokan set, plus additional material from their 1979 tour of Japan, was released in 1994 as Budokan II, and a two-disc reconstruction of the complete original Budokan performances, titled At Budokan: The Complete Concert, was released to commemorate its twentieth anniversary in 1998.

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Rating

3.1

Votes

4645

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Rock
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I really hate this fucking album. Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph I hate this album. Might I enumerate those ways in which thine sweet serenade doth fuckin piss me off? Listen close. First off, the singer has no soul. Like this nigga sounds like he isn't allowed to reveal that he's trapped in this band as a cosmic punishment for some heinous crime. Garbarge. that's one. Second off, this shit is literally - and I mean actually literally - not even partially artistic. Every song is boring. Every song is 100% predictable. Every song sounds like it was fabricated for the collective wet-dream of of the characters in that 70's show. wtf? This is fucking crazy. Bland as fuck, its like feeding my ears straight white rice cooked in distilled water. There's literally nothing here. And if you wanna get into the weeds, we can talk about specifics - incessant 4/4 shit-drumming; solos that sound 100% lackluster due to an unbelievable lack of tension, plus guitar solos that actually mimic real sounds in the world that are boring (the clock solo at the end is the ultimate example of this); The horribly awkward talking in the middle of most of the music: the 'i need some love' part was so bad it actually made a permanent change on my mood; How about that bass player? Talk about bullshit! He'snot doing anything. Take his ass out and replace him with a machine why don't you? And they shouted out that shitty drummer one too many times. That's two things. Now lets talk about the album as a whole. First off its live. Why? its worse this way. They are not exciting. They are not fun. They are not inspiring live. Their lyrics are harder to hear, which for me is a plus, but can’t be a plus for the crowd of 'women' - aka dads in drag or daughters who went to this concert to honor their dads or women who were looking for a hookup and 500 bucks and cocaine backstage. I genuinely can't believe that any of the women I heard in this crowd were there of their own free will, even if they think they were. I won't believe it, it'd be an insult to women. Classic Rock Dad, sure he's there. But wtf? In fact I'd like to see a phenomenological investigation of the aesthetic judgement of these women. The music was the equivalent of a 15 year old highschool mini-himbo (has-slept-with-4-young-women-and-thinks-hes-on-top-of-the-fucking-world-because-he-buys-ditch-weed-and-cries-to-cheap-trick-in-his-basement-while-his-single-mom-is-taking-out-the-trash-alone-...-again). That means it was also a work in neu-virility - you know? The whole 'Oh baby I need you so much and all my vulberable emotions are actually just expressed through my need to have a slam piece near me who doesn't hate my music' type shit. For women, its insidious self hate. For men, its right on the god damn mark. Either way, its lame af. That's three. Lyrically its about as mature as 5glo 10 years ago and sounds just as young on the ears. How can anyone justify basically talking about nothing interesting? Isn't tgis part of the rock corpus that old white guys point to to say music now is dying? How did these lyrics pre-empt the awkward, wan, inconsequentiality of modern lyricism, except without the very obvious cultural impetus for such a switch. Only song I had heard before was Surrender and they even made my hate that in this listen. Its actually almost artistic how trite the lyrics are. Sadly, they are clearly artless. 1/5, but really more like .9/10, the requiste score for 'music' in the broad sense. Harumph

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The point of a live album is to take everything that makes the studio album great and amp it up with the energy of a live show. Unfortunately, Cheap Trick is just a sloppy mess live, apparently. The hits are still good but everything is just... loose. And the recording isn't even hight quality. It's just not worth it, really.

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Day 36 of Albums You Must Hear.. At Budokan (Live) is the album that put Cheap Trick on the international map, having gained early popularity in Japan, the Rockford, Illionois band that had been playing and recording since 1973 made this live album in 1978. When copies of this record that was meant to be exclusive to the Japanese market made their way to the US, Epic Records was forced to release an American version in 1979, and would go on to be Cheap Trick’s most successful album. I Want You to Want Me is probably the most recognizable song to the average listener and is dripping with sex and desire. Surrender has been one of my favorites from Cheap Trick ever since it was featured in a film I saw once about the Son of Sam serial killer of the 70’s. Ain’t That a Shame, a cover of the great Fats Domino song from 1956 is my officially my favorite song. The closing track, Clock Strikes Ten, is a great song that anyone can rock out to! Hearing the fans go ape shit on every song made listening to this record even more exciting! Cheap Trick rode a wave that was departing the Disco era, when most bands were transitioning to Soft Rock. These guys turned up the heat and brought some heaviness back to Rock music. This was a great listen and an album you must hear before you die. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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De manière générale, j'aime bien les albums live. Pourtant, celui-ci manque cruellement de transitions entre les chansons, ce qui a tendance à me déplaire. Les Cheap Trick devraient en la matière prendre exemple sur le Nimmerland-Tour de RIN. Voici comment les concerts en question étaient structurés : - La première partie était assurée par le chanteur James Arthur, qui devait le plus souvent abréger sa prestation en raison du mécontentement de la salle. - RIN arrivait ensuite en tyrolienne en chantant justement des chants tyroliens avant d'enchaîner huit fois le morceau Dizzee Rascal type beat. - À mi-concert, l'incident des "deux merdes" donnait lieu à de longues minutes de négociations entre le rappeur et la frange costumée du public. - Juste avant le dernier morceau, RIN dévoilait sa carte maîtresse en invitant la voix française de Shark à le rejoindre sur scène devant des fans qui n'en croyaient pas leurs yeux. - RIN regagnait enfin sa loge où l'attendait Bausa et sa terrible influence.

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Listening through this, I was confused at first. Then I hit "I Want You to Want Me" and realized oh, this is home to probably one of the most famous live rock songs I know. I'm still not a fan of live albums in general, but I understand including this one now. That doesn't mean I like it, though. I wouldn't return to it aside from the two hits. Favorite tracks: I Want You to Want Me, Surrender. Album cover: Honestly not that bad. It's just a band/stage photo but they look like they're having fun and the colors are pretty nice. 2.5/5

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Rather uninspring lyrics and boring. I just don't want to spend time listening to this. No magic in terms of crowd interaction. Nothing that made me want to stop and focus. Why is this on here?

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2.5/10 Boring. You're always simultaneously hoping for a good song to come and for the album to end. "Surrender" is the best one. 1- 2- 3- 4- 5-- 6=- 7=- 8+ 9= 10=

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There was a certain consumerism magic about Japan in the mid to late 70s. All the trinkets sold in dollar stores said "made in Japan" rather than "made in China'', the energy crisis had people turning away from the North American gas guzzlers and buying  Honda Civics, and the most sought after Beatles bootleg was called "Five Nights in a Judo arena"  which was also recorded at Budokan.  Cheap Trick's live album was perfectly timed to benefit from the thirst for all things from Japan. Too bad the album sucks.

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5

Classic. High quality. Great crowd. Goodnight was awesome. Need your love was killer. "That" version of i want you to want me.

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es como escuchar a los bicles con distor No muchas bandas tienen ese power cuando tocan en vivo y este es un disco que sin duda voy a volver a escuchar seguido Need your love, i want you to want me, surrender, goodnight y clock strikes ten

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5

ARE YOU READY TO ROOOOOOCK!?!

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5

Really damn good

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5

I’ve never given cheap trick the time of day. This album is legitimately great.

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5

Great album. Songs sound even better live

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5

What an amazing rock n roll experience! I loved every aspect of it!

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5

This is probably the best, ballsiest sounding live record around. Big Eyes has huge energy on a weird guitar part that takes over the room like a big animal. turns out the audio is from Osaka and not at the Budokan, the recording there was a failure. FABULOUS ALBUM

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5

ILKAYYYYYYY!

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5

De los mejores discos en vivo de la historia.

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5

Just some amazing live 70s rock. Easily relistenable. I actually didn’t know that much about Cheap Trick besides their singles and I really like everything on this album.

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5

Best live album EVER!!! Cheap Trick RULES

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5

Cheap Trick wouldn't be at the top of my list of favourite bands, to be honest I hadn't heard much of their work. But they really won me over with this album. This is a great live album. The band's performance & the crowd's energy really gets you going when listening to it. One of the biggest surprises I've had so far listening to all these albums.

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5

This album made me buy Spotify Premium. A solid 5/5.

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5

This made me happy. The end 5/5

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5

Good album, lots of Classic songs

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5

Just so great. I think in most cases a live recording in which the listener can hear the screaming fans during the actual songs might get old really fast, but I would argue that in the case of "At Budokan," the fans are what make this such a fun, energy-filled live album. They make "I Want You to Want Me" better, that's for sure. This version of "Surrender" is so much better than the studio version that they might as well be different songs. This is the high water mark for Cheap Trick.

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5

Awesome, great vibe, and I even recognized a few tracks! I want you to want me is legendary

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5

Bob in Nippon dess

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5

Epic

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5

If you look up rock music in a dictionary, it just says this album.

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5

Amazing live album from an awesome band. No wonder they took off after this.

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5

Sonzao massa

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5

One of the all-time great live albums. The set is perfect, and there's a reason this is the prime version of I Want You To Want Me!

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5

This album rules!

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5

10/10, super fun rock

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5

This could be the definition of the right thing at the right time, from 1978, the era of this kind of rock, this album, even if you don't know this band, will give you the feeling of that era. I don't like much albums recorded from concerts, however this one it's just the right choice.

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Över förväntan

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4

awesome

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4

I have always had a soft spot for Cheap Trick, one of my first concerts. An awesome live album to make you feel right in the arm-waving crowd with great pop rock anthems. The 8 min Need Your Love take has great riffs and the live I Want You to Want me can't get any more sing-along-able.

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4

Always tough starting with a live album, but liked this one. "I want you to want me" and "Surrender" are probably the two biggest hits on this one!

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не люблю альбомы з концертов, качество записи чуть хуже.. но даже так - 4 стабильно

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4

Good fun 70's rock. I bet this show was a blast.

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4

Peppy fun stuff

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Me llama la atención que hayan agregado un álbum que no es "de estudio" a esta lista. Fue un cambio de estilo bienvenido después de la última racha. Confieso que no ubicaba al grupo; sólo reconocí la canción de "I want you to want me", pero como que es la más diferente del álbum. ¿A qué se deberá que este grupo no tiene tanto renombre como Kiss, AC/DC o Metallica? Me gustó la canción "Need Your Love" y ya la agregué a mi lista.

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4

Good time jams, solid classic rock, good atmosphere

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Quite liked this, they've got some classics too

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Hard rock writ large, replete with screaming female fans reminiscent of Beatlemania. One of the better live rock albums I've heard.

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Honestamente sólo había escuchado Sur render (gran rola) y no tenía ni idea de quienes eran. El disco me parece bueno, con 3 o 4 rolas (me gustó Big Eyes en el juego de voces) que ya agregué y cuando haya tiempo entrarle más. Iba a darle 3 por ser disco en vivo, pero merece la pena volver a dárselo.

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4

Awesome quality for a live album that old, plus Cheap Trick is a great band

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4

nice ol rock

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Pues sí divertido, gran energía, momentos chidos, pero no gracias, no me quedan ganas de escucharlo de nuevo, salvo por Need Your Love que me suenan muy familiares los riffs y tiene un gran final. Mood: Chido para drogarse en un festival.

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4

Never heard of Cheap Trick before and have no idea what they sound like on a studio record, but this live album has great energy and seems to really capture the performance. A very engaging and enjoyable listen despite not knowing any of the songs. I do like the catchy rock songs, but am not really motivated to seek out the studio versions. I usually find live albums fall a bit flat, but I couldn't fault this recording or performance at all.

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4

very good album but not a big fan of the last song or the fact that it is all live. very good though

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4

A lot of fun and some surprises at the songs I knew. Solid 4!

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4

Was a little surprised to see a live album, especially as there doesn't seem to be anything particularly unique about the performance, but I get it was an important release for the band and I did really enjoy it. Great energy and good songs! Sound like a fun live band. 8/10

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Hieman haastava arvioitava sinänsä, että Cheap Trick ei ole nimenä minulle millään tavalla tuttu, eikä biisitkään kuulostaneet ennestään tutuilta. Näiden live-esityksiä pitäisi sitten arvioida. Mielestäni levy kuitenkin oli hyvä, soitto kuulosti energiseltä ja yleisön laulamista ja huuteluakin oli vähän saatu mukaan nauhoitukseen. Biiseistä jäi mieleen Need Your Love, Surrender ja Clock Strikes Ten.

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4

Really enjoyed this. Sounds of so many bands I like and more proof that Oasis were rip off merchants.

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4

Great fun. V pleased to have discovered these guys

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4

It’s some classic pop-rock and it’s damn good. They are also all good musicians especially the lead guitarist as showcased on Ain’t That a Shame. The solos are good and the band is really tight. It’s not deep or anything but it’s full of exciting upbeat bangers and that’s sometimes just what you need. Favorite songs: Come On, Come On; Big Eyes, Need Your Love, Ain’t That a Shame, I Want You to Want Me, Surrender Decent 8/10

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Good things: Loved that they had a "Hello" opener song and a closer "Goodbye" song. Good crowd interaction having people clap on "I Want You To Want Me", which is a really good song. Rocking out to Big Ben is a sick encore. Good rock n roll sound like Peter Frampton but a bit less sappy and a little more edgy. Still quite radio-friendly music to be honest, but it all sounds balanced. Bad things: "Lookout" and "Need Your Love" are quite forgettable songs (ignoring the savage guitar solos). Very close to giving it a 5.

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4

De sfeer heeft wel iets, maar geen fan van livealbums. Surrender is echt wel een topnummer. Ook de andere nummers brengen direct sfeer.

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4

Another classic. It was nice to do a deep dive into some of the lesser known tracks on here. I realized I tend to only listen to 3 or 4 tracks when I put this on. I will have to let it ride out now

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4

Generous for a live album of Glammy prog but need your love is intriguing

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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, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was At Budokan that captured the band in all of its power.

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4

I want you to want me Surrender Cooles Album, wusste nicht, dass die beiden Songs von Cheap Trick sind

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4

Excellent.

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4

Decent old school rock

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Yes!! After two days of dark albums, I really needed the generator to send me something joyful. What can I say, hello there, welcome to the best live album ever! At Budokan captures Cheap Trick in a way that eludes their studio albums. Top notch '70s rock with sweet hooky melodies, rough edges and all. It's an album that fully rocks, still with all the brightness and warmth of the best power pop. "I Want You to Want Me" is the obvious star here, but all of the songs are a blast to listen to. Fave songs: Come On, Come On; I Want You to Want Me; Ain't That a Shame.

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4

On opening, this sounds like a by-the-numbers hard rock album with nothing to offer. But by the end, you really get caught up in the infectious enthusiasm, the reaction of the crowd and the sheer unabashed joy the band spark as they do what they do best - we are here to rock. No pretence, no artifice, no hidden meaning - just enjoy.

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4

Good ol' fashioned straight forward American Rock n' Roll. I've always been a off handed fan of Cheap Trick. Liked their radio hits. Never owned an album. Also, never been a fan of live recordings. The amazing thing about this is I only know two songs on this album but I could listen to it. A lot. I'm not blown away by the songs so much as the performance. They know how to put on a concert. They know how to drive it. It's all straight forward and fairly elementary but they do it on an expert level. Would love to see them live. As they say, they use every cheap trick in the book, but it works. It just works.

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4

Отличный альбом

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4

Great album, great energy, fun to listen to. 4 stars.

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I liked "Surrender" and "Clock Strikes Ten".

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"Hello There" and "Goodnight" are kind of genius intro/outro songs -"Come On, Come On" gets into a nice fast groove -"Ain't That A Shame" has some great guitar stuff in it. I quite like the very fast paced call-and-response section -The drummer is great throughout the album -I've definitely heard "I Want You To Want Me" and "Surrender" before like on the radio or something -Very solid live album

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4

I’ve never been a huge fan of live albums, with some exceptions, but this was a perfectly fine one. My favorite song of cheap tricks was on here and there were a couple other good ones. Fav songs: ain’t that a shame, I want you to want me, surrender

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4

I don't really need a ton of this kind of music in my life but I have to give this extra points for being such an iconic live album. I think it's rare to really capture that exceptional live show magic, particularly for a big arena show.

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4

This was not bad at all… didn’t know what to expect, but there were some decent tunes. May explore further.

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4

Hard rock live album. I usually stick to studio albums but Cheap Trick have great energy live and the crowd is rocking. Some classic tracks in this album that I've heard of before. I enjoyed the second half more. Favorite tracks: Big Eyes, Ain't That A Shame, I Want You To Want Me, Surrender

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4

I am a believer that music is meant to be heard live, but live albums rarely capture the experience. This album really takes off during Need Your Love and maintains that energy. 4/5

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4

Classic rook album,was a good shout

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Have you ever bothered listening to the original studio version of "I Want You To Want Me"? It's completely different than the one on this album, which thankfully for all of our sakes became the gold standard. But that original version shot all the way to number one in Japan (it didn't even chart in America) and was the reason for this album's existence. But again, it's awful, capturing none of the magic that's evident on the live version that became a classic rock staple. The live version is such an improvement on the studio version that it was released as a single in America and immediately became Cheap Trick's biggest hit, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. That shit seemingly happened all the time in the '70's (see: Kiss with "Rock & Roll All Nite", Peter Frampton and a number of his songs). Apparently the studio just stifled too many bands back then. Or maybe the old saying is true: Recording in the studio is masturbation, and playing live is having sex. Of course now "I Want You To Want Me" has become so ubiquitous to the point where I never want to hear it again. But "Surrender", on the other hand, is a jam I can't get enough of. The live version here is similar to the studio version that was released around the same time. "Surrender" is a piece of power pop perfection no matter how you slice it (although I prefer the studio version over the live one, but maybe that's because the Budokan crowd didn't sound very excited at the thought of Robin Zander's parents making out with Kiss records on the turntable). I can't help but be disappointed that Tim Burton didn't use "Big Eyes" as the theme song for his movie of the same name. A montage of Christoph Waltz selling paintings of people with big eyes to the sounds of Cheap Trick sounds like a missed opportunity if there ever was one.

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4

It's great fun. That's all the summary you need. Getting into a little more depth, here we have a live album showcasing a band about to break through (in America; Japan caught onto the Cheap Trick gambit early on), and here we have a band relishing a moment of glory they'd assumed was fleeting. Also, the best of these songs are essentially indestructible, so we have a warm, melodic, upbeat band enjoying playing warm, melodic, upbeat rock. The middle sags slightly, presumably the time when you went to the bar or for a piss, but otherwise this album is pretty irresistible.

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4

This was a fun live album, particularly a great run of tunes from the 9 minute jam then ain't it a shame, want you to want me, and what sounded like their first time playing Surrender as they announced it was going to be on their new album. That was a great rendition of that tune, and the concert as a whole had great energy to it. I had a big classic rock phase and still enjoy it, but Cheap Trick wasn't a band I ever paid much attention to, but this makes it evident they were a fantastic live band.

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4

Tracks 7 & 8 are close to legend status.

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4

Pure power pop. Only a handful of songs are that memorable or engaging. The screaming crowd is half the story ... almost like an instrument ... Robin Z seems to address it slowly and loudly, like a bad, monolingual tourist. So tight and energetic, but oh so bubble-gummy.

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4

Classic!!

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4

This roolz way harder than it should

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4

Rrrrrrrrrrrrock! \m/

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4

Pounding drums, huge guitars. Power pop in all its glory. A classic.

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4

Surprised they put a live album on here, but after listening I know why. These guys are very good live, and I loved the whole set.

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4

The best and most iconic recording of “I Want You to Want Me” ever. I could do without the screaming fan girls but Cheap Trick live is a treasure.

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4

A band that can sound better live than on the albums is a rare treat. Cheap Trick is one of those bands. Great songs but it was even better hearing them live.

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4

So many memories!

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4

It wasnt my vibe. But I do appreciate the soul in it.

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4

There are some classic live renditions on here.

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4

A tight rock and roll set played in front of a jubilant Japanese audience. The break between each track reveals an almost beatlemania-esqe fervor amongst the crowd, which had to have been a thrill for the band as well! I feel like the energy just exploded on 'Come On, Come On', relented a bit during 'Need Your Love', and then just hard charged all the way through to the 'Clock Strikes Ten' encore. Also, the 'Hello There' and 'Goodnight' bookend tracks on the performance were a nice touch of showmanship. All told, this had to have been an epic show and is translated fantastically to recording, which is saying a lot for a live performance. Bonus points for 'Surrender' starting off with a sound bite that was sampled by the Beastie Boys.

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4

Good fun, actually. I'm sure there are other albums that need hearing more, though.

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4

Enjoyed it. Probably a bit better than most so 4*

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I want you to want to listen to this album because it kicks ass. Love the live vibe of At Budokan, screaming fans and loud music. This album seems to bridge the gap between classic rock and 80's hair bands. Some great stuff on this that often gets overlooked. For everyone that doesn't think there's anything worth listening to between Zeppelin and Halen, please check out this album.

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4

Nice

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4

Love a good live album. Another group I was aware of through their hits with radio play but hadn't heard any of their other music until now

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4

I mean, Want You to Want Me and Surrender are in fact, both bangers.

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4

It rocks along just nicely and sounds a lot of fun

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4

Great live album. Fun to listen to and has the huge hit, "I Want You to Want Me" + "Surrender". 8/10

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4

I don't particularly care for live albums; however, Cheap Trick has some really well known songs and they are on this album. It was relatively short. I would prefer the non-live album versions but still was good.

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4

Great cover of Ain’t that a Shame. I Want You To Want Me is a super classic. Great live album overall

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4

I was a bit skeptical when I saw that this was a live album, but this was pretty great! Good sound quality, and literally every single song was a banger. Definitely the most fun listening experience I've had so far!

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4

The only way to listen to "I want you to want me", a great live album and one of my favourite Cheap Trick tunes of all time Surrender...but I still prefer the record version of that one.

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4

Nothing against Cheap Trick, but 38 live tracks is a lot of Cheap Trick.

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4

Awesome show, the fans were hot for it

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One of the cleanest and vibrant live recordings…this band is perfectly balanced with the roar of the crowd.

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That was a pretty fun album overall. Saved a few songs.

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I had no idea Cheap Trick were good. The guitar tone is the hero of this album. I'm not sure what I would think about the rest of it with that component missing, but I don't have to, because it's there, and it's spectacular.

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Excellent live album. Really great energy all throughout.

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Rock.

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I used to say that Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me is the only song whose live recorded version is better than the studio version. Still love that live version (the crowd chants ebb and flow with the music), don't know if the rest of this live album always captures the same essence. It's not just about screaming fans, it's about fans being in rhythm with a band that is in full control of its delivery. The back half of the album approaches that - Clock Strikes Ten is a great encore performance (fully on fire by then) and the whole sequence from I Want You to Want Me to Surrender to Goodnight is humming. But you can hear the difference between that closer and its opener companion Hello There, where the latter is just a bit fuzzy and off (the recorded version of Hello There really rocks). I think it improves with each song but even by the time they hit Big Eyes it's still a bit labored. They nail it at Need Your Love - the fans are barely noticeable until two-thirds through but their quality of play for almost 9 minutes is awesome. They hit the pinnacle there and hold it for the rest of the concert/album. Impressive. So all in all a pretty darn good (live) album, and cool that its energy launched their career worldwide.

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I don’t know why I never got big into Cheap Trick. They consistently bring it live. I will say I like the whole and outro being songs. That is not done much anymore. Maybe it’s that the only song people know by them is “I Want You To Want Me.” And the crowd sounds like it was just a bunch of teenage girls, which is… creepy. Were they sex symbols back in the day? I really don’t know. “Surrender” keeps getting stuck in my head. Still a good song. Now it’s stuck in yours. You’re welcome.

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Don't love live albums but this was good inspite of that

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Fun and enjoyable album that feels more like pop-rock than anything else. It does lack a bit of energy for a live performance but it was a nice listen.

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Good rock not hard rock tho just fun rock.

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The mastering made it hard to enjoy properly.

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This is pretty cool, just good rockin' tunes. I've never really bothered with cheap trick, and I dunno if I'd listen to this again, but I kinda like it. 3/5.

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3

Hits hard and has some good moments.

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Live album? still very cool

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japanese audience poggers

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I listened to some non-live Cheap Trick tracks instead. Cheap Trick had some bangers

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3

Decent but ultimately slightly disappointed

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Good rock n roll album but not a fan of live albums

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Surrender

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I hate live albums, but this one made me do research on Budokan--which I found interesting. You also gotta love some of Cheap Trick's songs.

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Not my style

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Pensé que no habría discos en vivo, es un truco muy barato… 😜 De ellos conocía el tema de That 70's Show, Surrender y la que tocan de Fats Domino, pero como buen en vivo, el resto está agradable pero tampoco súper memorable.

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Not really a fan of live albums

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even though it was live it still coulda been harder and louder. I found the first half stronger which for a live performance isn’t great but it was still good classic rock :D

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3.5 - need your love , surrender

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I feel like having this album live wasn’t as good. The audio quality wasn’t that good and you couldn’t hear the singing as times.

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couple good singles with some ok songs around them

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Solid

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So far this is not my favorite kind of music. Will have to see what the rest of the tracks bring. Okay, I found that to be okay. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t end up hating it.

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No esperaba encontrarme discos en vivo. Estuvo bien. Creo que comienza fuerte y termina bien a secas. Tracks: Come on, come on. Surrender

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I want you to want me and Surrender are both classics. Everything else is pretty meh.

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Eh, I've never been a fan of Cheap Trick, let alone live albums. this one was good, but not my thing.

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It was fine

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(No notes since I'm playing catch up)

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I'm not a huge fan of live albums but this one was pretty good.

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Pues rock bien hechecito y ya, no me parece tan emocionante, aunque suenan muy bien en vivo. Justo la que más disfruté fue la larguísima, "Need Your Love". He de admitir que pienso que nunca había escuchado de Cheap Trick y entonces aunque sabía que "I Want You To Want Me" era un cover que le escuché a Lindsay Lohan, nunca había buscado la original, jajaja, es una canción divertida. El cierre me gustó igual, "Clock Strikes Ten", por lo demás, pues se me hace algo poco impresionante, pero ese soy yo que no aprecia el rock como debe ser, supongo. 7/10

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Alright. Mix could have been a bit cleaner, but at least it sounds like a live album.

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Gets better as it goes on, some recognisable tunes in there such as want you to want me and surrender

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5

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I quite liked it, at least as live albums go it sounded fun to be there unlike Emerson Lake and Palmer

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Fun album.

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Great oldie…” I Want you to Want Me” and I loved the drummer in all the songs. Pretty lasting on the list of great rock n roll album. Also loved Surrender💿then and now. Mommy’s alright Daddy’s alright!

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brings back memories of high school. ugh!?! good tunes though

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in concierto lleno de energía con el que se puede pasar un buen rato si estás in the right mood. si no, meh.

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I think I would have enjoyed a studio album more.

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This rocked, liked it more than any cheap trick studio i've heard. Surrender and I Want You rocked on here, great energy and crowd and setlist. Cheap Trick could shred behind their more pop faces

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Apparently at the start of Cheap Trick's Career, they put out 5 albums in only 3 years and this was the height of it all. You can tell, because the fans are totally fucking into it and their playing is full of energy. The songs are good enough that they perform well on a live stage, probably even better than the studio albums. But if we're talking live albums, I've heard plenty better performances so it doesn't blow me away by any means. File this one under "Good".

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Dat je publiek hoort bij een live-album, oké. Maar hier is dit net dat tikkeltje te veel. Wel goeie nummers, en dat 1 hitje natuurlijk!

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Easy enough listening but nothing stand out which would bring me back to it.

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Takes a while to warm up. Second half is top notch

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Great fun, even though joyless people hate it.

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Like this band but not a fan of LIVE albums

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Never listened to this before. It's pretty good.

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Hab's nicht ganz geschafft und Deezer hatte nur eine 35-Songs-Version. Aber: Das ist ja live! Min Menschen! Vielen Menschen! Was für eine Energie und welcher Spaß auf Seiten der Band und Freude im Publikum! Gute Rockbretter, teilweise könnte es Oasis sein (bzw. wohl eher umgekehrt).

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Malgré une haine irrémédiable contractée a la vision d'un enième album de rock à se coltiner en ce lundi matin, je dois bien admettre que cet album etait de très bonne qualité. Je ne mets pas 4 parce qu'il faudrait voir à pas trop se foutre de ma gueule non plus, si l'album etait si bien ils auraient probablement pris la peine de l'enregistrer en studio ces feignants, ça nous aurait évité d'écouter les groupies hurler a chaque fin de son.

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Meh

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7/10. Not something I would listen to regularly, but I'm happy that I have heard it. Some of these jams were really great. Especially liked the jam out in Need Your Love toward the end of the track.

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sokay but it takes a real good live album, yafeel

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Well, I am not a fan of live albums and I am afraid this is another one of those. The fan noise was way too much. But I did like the songs, I know right!!!! Won’t listen too again but 3 stars

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Great live album. The production is really good. It really busts open at Ain't that a shame.

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3of5

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Insane riffs. // Favs: Need Your Love / Surrender / Clock Strikes Ten Score: Decent to Strong 3

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Never really knew what to do with or where to put this band. However, this live album does keep the toe tapping. Flip-flopping between 2, 3 & 4.

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Again, it's a live concert, so it's not my favorite. I mean, I like Cheap Trick, but the screaming of fans and the crapshoot audio quality just knock it down.

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A good album, I’m not a fan of live stuff though. Cheap Trick is good for their hits, but I don’t love much more than that.

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not a huge fan of live albums, decent enough though

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Ah yeah can't say this was offensive in any way. Good buzz, nothing remarkable. Never heard of the band, until of course I came to "I want you to want me". But even that sounded a bit lacklustre and lacking enthusiasm (at least compared to 10 things I hate about you). Also really enjoyed "Big Eyes". I do wonder what the criteria are for things making it onto a list of the most unmissable 1001 albums ever made. Never heard of this band, one massive hit, live album, kinda forgettable heavy rock/protopunk/protogrunge - was it influential? was it especially commercially successful? or a cult hit? Who knows, but they never made it onto my radar.

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Good live album. Good memories from some of their hits but feel there's a bunch of better live albums out there.

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I liked it, it has good energy. I don't love that it's a live album (although I get why this particular album is on the list, given it is the band's most sold album). There is just never a moment in my life that I want my music listening experience to be paired with loud audience screaming.

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Pretty decent album. Liked Surrender and a few more songs.

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Decent yeah, not mad on live albums so 3 may be a bit harsh.

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I kolejny live albumik, tym razem prosto z nippona, chociaz banda jak najbardziej hamerykanska, o ktorej dodatkowo pierwsze slysze, a tym koncertem z japonii zyskali tam taka slawe jakby byli nowym wcieleniem beatlesowym, co zreszta slychac dobrze na tej plycie, bo jest to wyjatkowo surowe nagranie, jesli chodzi o redukcje przeglosow z widowni i nipponki piszczacy jakby mialby byc zaraz zmaglowane przez potezne brzmienie cheap trickow, za brzmieniem tym stoi 4 osobowa banda w skladzie, Rick Nielsen glowna gitarka, a dodatkowo autor wszystkich kompozycji tutaj zagranych, Tom Petersson na basie, za drumy odpowiedzialny byl Bun E. Carlos, natomiast role wokalisty odgrywa Robin Zander, ktory dodatkowo rytmiczna gitarka wspiera bande, slysze zespol pierwszy raz, a jednak robia wrazenie, ze gdzies juz podobne motywy byly grane, najblizej wokalnie tutaj do pana Planta z zeppelinow, samo brzmienie jest rownie harde jak ledowe, ale mniej tutaj zmian tempa i solowych wokali, a wiecej grania stadionowego, czyli mocna napierdalanka, ten efekt napierdalanki wzmagaja jeszcze bardziej te okrzyki trybunowe wscieklych nipponek, cheap tricki daja takze queenowe viby, ale to moze tez kolejny efekt tych wrzaskow widowniowych, na nagraniu znalazly sie songi z poprzednich wydan bandy, a takze z albumu ktory wychodzil podczas tej trasy, znalazl sie takze jeden cover aint that a shame, kontent liryczny stoi na bardzo popowym poziomie, wiec grane jest to co najlepiej sie spiewa, albo raczej najlatwiej, bo przeciez muzyka ma trafic do mas zebranych na tak poteznej arenie jak budokan, jako ze jest to live od kawalka do kawalka przerwy miedzy trakami sa jakos zbridzowane i nie czuc przerw miedzy nastepujacymi po sobie piosenkami, ale za to trzeba sluchac zwrotow do publiki i lapania kontaktu wolnym ingliszem, zeby japonice moglby choc sprobowac ogarnac co tam sie odrokowuje, dobra plytka jesli ktos chce posluchac czegos z livowym feelingiem i nie ma przeciwskazan do popowego rokowania, natomiast muzycznie jest mocno srednio, bo mimo swej hardosci koncertowej, to czuc mialkosc materialu zrodlowego, bo niestety sprawdzilem kilka trakow w studyjnych wersjach i brzmia one jeszcze bardziej popowo niz tutaj, juz nie gitarka jest dominujacym brzmieniem, ale chocby klawisze, jak na surrenderze, ktory tutaj leci na plejke, a w wersji studyjnej traci synthowymi klikaczami i potwornymi overdubami harmonijkowych wokali, traki sa jakos pomyslanie ulozone, bo plyta zaczyna sie od hello there, a konczy na goodbye i clock strikes ten, co jest chyba dosc dobrym motywem na zakonczenie, live at budokan to 11 trakow i 48 minut, ktore zdecydowanie wpisuja sie w gatunek arenowego rocka, jak i sama konwencje livowych nagran, bo chyba najbardziej chodzi o to, aby oddac feeling bycia blisko muzyki gdy jest tworzona na zywca

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Its a live album...

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Decent not a huge fan of live

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A little underwhelmed with the album as a whole - wanted to like it more as I've always thought Cheap Trick was great. Surrender is a 20 top song of all time for me.

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That song is alright. That song is alright. They just seem overplayed

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That song is alright. That song is alright. They just seem overplayed

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Meh. It's decent, but nothing special. Cheap Trick. Has the live version of "I want you to want me" that is the best version

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classic rock, fav songs Need Your Love and Goodnight

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3/5 goodish, but in the end no.

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3.8 - Wow, I never would've guessed I'd enjoy listening to this live album of 70s arena rock given "I Want You To Want Me" is its most significant track! Seriously, these guys slayed, as evidenced by the screaming adulations (undulations?) of their Japanese fans. It's not anything mind bending but it does rock hard.

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The album might be more impressive had I been more familiar with Cheap Trick's catalogue. "I want you to want me" and "Surrender" hold up and the latter half of the album has stronger energy than the front end.

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Some nice guitar solos, not my cup of tea though.

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A good version of what you might hear in a redneck bar

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Good.

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This music doesn't translate well to a live album. Give me production or GTFO.

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I’ve seen cheap trick live, this left me with about the same impression as that show did: meh. 2 stars until I found myself unable to resist singing and rocking out to surrender….fine, 3 stars.

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It's OK I guess - of it's time. Can't help but think of Spinal Tap at some point

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Can hear their influence in loads

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Live albums are garbage. Why would I want screaming nonsense on top of my music?!?!? 3 stars because the music was good. Would have been higher if it weren’t live.

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I wanted to like this album, but like most live albums, this one falls a bit flat for me. I think the sound quality is better than a lot of live albums from preceding eras. However, a lot of the songs sound the same, and they have a very generic approach to rock. Outside of the two hit songs that Cheap Trick produced, every song on this album could be on a compilation called Generic Cock Rock. I'm glad Japan liked this band, because I sure as hell don't give a shit about them 3/5

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