My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Cheap Trick at Budokan is the first live album by the band. The album was recorded in Tokyo in April of 1978 and released in Japan in October of that year. It was originally only intended to be released there as the band had a huge following. Imports coming back to the US started to sell well and the album was released here in February of 1979. In that strange 70’s fashion, this live album broke the band to a mainstream audience and remains their bestselling over all with more 3 million albums sold.
What I think: Here we have one of the most celebrated live albums of all time and like many of the live albums in this book that came before, I’m really disappointed. I have, of course, heard the live versions of “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender” before and they really made me excited to hear the album. Unfortunately, everything else seems really flat by comparison. The band just doesn’t match the energy of those two tracks and the album just comes into my ears without creating any emotion and for that I just feel it’s really mediocre. Ain’t That a Shame…
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m disappointed, let’s skip it and move on.
Rating (Out of 5): 2.5/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (350/457)
Amount that are new to me: 77%