Cheap Trick's first live album came out in 1978 and was called Cheap Trick At Budokan. Originally the album was never intended for American audiences as it was only released in Japan where Cheap Trick were almost bigger than the Beatles. When the album started selling well as an import in North America, the record company took notice and released it several months later in 1979. They didn't change much for the American release, as the booklet that was included was mostly written in Japanese. Widely regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded it has also been recognized in Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time. The album came from two shows recorded April 28,30 from the Budokan arena. In 1998 At Budokan: The Complete Concert was released, remastered and fully restored to include all the concert tracks left off the original 79 album. A 30th Anniversary Edition of this historic show, Budokan!, was released on November 11, 2008, as a four-disc set. In addition to the two-disc "Complete Concert", it includes a DVD and CD version of the concert from April 28, 1978. The filmed concert had originally been shown on Japanese TV, and was not previously commercially available until now. It may seem as either exploitation or overindulgence for an album that was a model of efficiency in its original humble ten-track form, but this triple-CD DVD box provides plenty of thrills for those inclined to venture once more into familiar territory.
My very first concert ever was Cheap Trick from the North American leg of that same tour. So This set was an absolute thrill for me. Watching the DVD was mesmerizing and took me back to my first concert all those years ago, it gave me chillbumps and I felt like I was sixteen again. Cheap Trick's forte has always been their live shows. The energy, the antics, musicianship and the raw rock n roll sound has never been adequately captured in studio form. The screaming fans, the killer vocals of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen's screaming guitars, Tom Petersson's crashing bass lines, and the thunderous drums of Bun E. Carlos. My experience of that first Cheap Trick concert is the standard to which I compare all other live experiences. So if you're a Trick fan, this is the definitive volume of this classic album. I'm putting up a couple tracks from the April 28th show that was shown on television that is only available in this set. A true classic that there should be a law stating that if you listen to rock n roll you must legally own this album.
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