While any of the first three Cheap Trick studio albums are must-haves in any music collection, Heaven Tonight has always been my personal favorite. I was introduced to it driving home from bowling one Saturday in high school. The Bear had a $75 Plymouth that he had outfitted with a stereo that consisted of an 8-track and a set of house speakers that sat on the back seat. ("Don't step on my speaker wires, man!") As we pulled away from Walt's, Bear popped an 8-track into the player and made a comment about my lack of taste in music. For the rest of the ride I sat back and marvelled at the fact that he was right. Whatever we were listening to was way better than what I had at home. It turned out to be Cheap Trick's - Heaven Tonight and as soon as I had saved up enough I went to the Records, Tapes and Posters shop in the Newport Shopping Center and bought myself a copy. Since then I've owned it on everything except cassette, but I made up for that by owing the cd twice. (The original and the remaster.) Like Cheap Trick and In Color, it's a great listen from front to back, but it strikes a happy medium between the straight ahead rock of the debut and the poppier rock of In Color. In my opinion it's a medium that they should never have gotten away from, but the success of Budokan changed people's perceptions of the band forever. Too bad. It's a formula I could listen to even today.