Cheap Trick at Budokan

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Cheap Trick at Budokan
Live album by Cheap Trick
Released October 1978 (Japan)
February 1979 (U.S.)
Recorded Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
April 28 & 30, 1978
Genre Rock, hard rock, power pop
Length 42:27
Label Epic
Producer Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick chronology
Heaven Tonight
(1978)
Cheap Trick at Budokan
(1979)
Dream Police
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

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".[4]

Overview[edit]

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.[5] The album also introduced two previously unreleased original songs, "Lookout" and "Need Your Love".

In the U.S., the album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200[6] and became the group's best selling album with over three million copies sold. It also ranked number 13 on Billboard's Top Pop Albums of 1979 year-end chart. The single "I Want You to Want Me" reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The second single, a cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" also charted, reaching number 35.[7] Cheap Trick at Budokan was certified triple Platinum in 1986 by the RIAA.[8]

In Canada, it went to number one, hitting the top of the RPM 100 Albums chart on August 11 of the same year.[9] By November 1979, it had achieved quintuple platinum status (500,000 units) in that country.[10]

An unusual aspect of the album release in the UK was the use of coloured vinyl, then primarily restricted to singles and EP's, and soon replaced as a marketing gimmick by so-called "picture discs". A prominently displayed sticker on the sleeve of "Live at Budokan" announced that it had been released on "kamikaze yellow vinyl", and, unlike most coloured discs, which were usually as opaque as the conventional black vinyl records, the two discs in the album were actually translucent.

When Cheap Trick at Budokan was first released on compact disc in the U.S., first pressing contained a slightly different, possibly unpolished mix of the concert. Notably the guitar trade offs of "Ain't That A Shame" were obviously different from the vinyl release.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  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" (Nielsen, Tom Petersson) – 9:07

Side two[edit]

  1. "Ain't That a Shame" (Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew) – 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

Credits[edit]

Band members[edit]

Production[edit]

Sequel and re-issues[edit]

Budokan II
Live album by Cheap Trick
Released February 1994
Recorded Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, 1978 and 1979
Genre Rock, hard rock, power pop
Length 54:14
Label Epic / Sony Music
Producer Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick chronology
Voices (Int'l Marketing Grp)
(1992)
Budokan II
(1994)
Woke Up with a Monster
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[11]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[12]

Budokan II was released in February 1994 as a sequel of the first album, consisting of the remaining tracks from the concert not included on the original album and the tracks "Stiff Competition", "On Top of the World", and "How Are You?", recorded in 1979 during their follow-up tour.

An expanded version of the original album was released in 1998 as At Budokan: The Complete Concert, remastered and fully restored to include all the concert tracks left off the original album. This version of the album was performed in full at the Metro in Chicago on April 30, 1998, to coincide with the Complete Concert CD release.

A 30th Anniversary Edition, 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 30, 1978. The filmed concert had originally been shown on Japanese TV, and was not previously commercially available. The original vinyl album is also to be reissued in conjunction with the 30th anniversary.[13]

Budokan II track listing[edit]

  1. "ELO Kiddies" (Nielsen) - 5:41
  2. "High Roller" (Nielsen, Petersson, Robin Zander) - 5:58
  3. "Southern Girls" (Nielsen, Petersson) - 5:35
  4. "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" (Terry Reid) - 4:34
  5. "California Man" (Roy Wood) - 5:45
  6. "Downed" (Nielsen) - 6:51
  7. "Stiff Competition" (Nielsen) - 4:02 (from 1979 tour)
  8. "How Are You?" (Nielsen, Petersson) - 4:14 (from 1979 tour)
  9. "On Top of the World" (Nielsen) - 4:02 (from 1979 tour)
  10. "Can't Hold On" (Nielsen) - 5:55
  11. "Oh Caroline" (Nielsen) - 2:59
  12. "Auf Wiedersehen" (Nielsen, Petersson) - 3:41

The Complete Concert track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Hello There"
  2. "Come On, Come On"
  3. "ELO Kiddies"
  4. "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace"
  5. "Big Eyes"
  6. "Lookout"
  7. "Downed"
  8. "Can't Hold On"
  9. "Oh Caroline"
  10. "Surrender"
  11. "Auf Wiedersehen"

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Need Your Love"
  2. "High Roller"
  3. "Southern Girls"
  4. "I Want You to Want Me"
  5. "California Man"
  6. "Goodnight"
  7. "Ain't That a Shame"
  8. "Clock Strikes Ten"

30th Anniversary Edition track listing[edit]

DVD[edit]

  1. "Hello There"
  2. "ELO Kiddies"
  3. "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace"
  4. "Look Out"
  5. "Downed"
  6. "Can't Hold On"
  7. "Oh Caroline"
  8. "Surrender"
  9. "Auf Wiedersehen"
  10. "Southern Girls"
  11. "I Want You to Want Me"
  12. "California Man"
  13. "Goodnight"
  14. "Ain't That a Shame"
  15. "Clock Strikes Ten"

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Come On, Come On" (1978 performance)
  2. "Voices" (2008 performance)"
  3. "If You Want My Love" (2008 performance)
  4. "Looking Back" - 2008 interviews

CD[edit]

  1. "Hello There"
  2. "Come On, Come On"
  3. "ELO Kiddies"
  4. "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace"
  5. "Big Eyes"
  6. "Look Out"
  7. "Downed"
  8. "Can't Hold On"
  9. "Oh Caroline"
  10. "Surrender"
  11. "Auf Wiedersehen"
  12. "Need Your Love"
  13. "High Roller"
  14. "Southern Girls"
  15. "I Want You to Want Me"
  16. "California Man"
  17. "Goodnight"
  18. "Ain't That a Shame"
  19. "Clock Strikes Ten"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Total
weeks
US Billboard 200[6] 4 53
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 1 44
UK Albums Chart[14] 29 9
New Zealand Albums Chart[15] 10 31
Swedish Albums Chart[16] 26 2
Dutch Albums Chart[17] 2 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "At Budokan - Cheap Trick". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Cheap Trick". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 157. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "426: Cheap Trick, 'At Budokan'". Rolling Stone. Published November 1, 2003. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Kozak, Roman. "Now Cheap Trick Eyes Europe" Billboard August 25, 1979: 68
  6. ^ a b "At Budokan Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  7. ^ "At Budokan Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  8. ^ "RIAA Database Search for Cheap Trick". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 31, No. 20, August 11, 1979". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Gold Platinum Database : Cheap Trick". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Budokan II - Cheap Trick". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  12. ^ Kot, Greg (1994-05-19). "Cheap Trick Woke Up With a Monster (Warner); Budokan II (Epic)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  13. ^ Cheap Trick Live at Budokan 30th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD. Cheap Trick Online Store. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  14. ^ "Cheap Trick At Budokan". Chart Stats.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  15. ^ "Cheap Trick - At Budokan (album)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  16. ^ "Cheap Trick - At Budokan (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  17. ^ "Cheap Trick - At Budokan (album)". Gfk Dutch Charts. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

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Preceded by
Bad Girls by Donna Summer
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
August 11, 1979 (one week)
Succeeded by
Breakfast in America
by Supertramp
(re-entry at number one)