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Heaven Tonight [Import, Limited Edition]

Cheap Trick Audio CD
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Japanese reissue of 1978 album, packaged in a limited edition miniature LP sleeve. Features 13 tracks including the 2 bonus tracks that were originally released on the 1998 reissue, 'Stiff Competition' (Previously Unreleased Outtake) & 'Surrender' (Previously Unreleased Outtake). CBS. 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THEIR BEST!!!! Jan. 8 2010
Format:Audio CD
Being a "Cheap Trick" fan, I think this was their first CDs I bought! The music is great! Don't miss out on the music on this "Cheap Trick" CD. Cheers!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album that put it all together March 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best party rock ever Oct. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is party rock at its wonderful best.
Unfortunately, this album has one of the worst cover art of all times for a rock band. The single image of those two dudes (Zander and Nielsen) in the front must have put away a lot of potential customers away from the records...
As for the songs, they are pop / rock, crystal clear sounding, overproduced, bombastic. It's a really enjoyable album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing on All Cylinders June 15 2003
By RobS
Format:Audio CD
Cheap Trick's "Live at Budokan" has been considered by some folks to be one of the best live Pop/Rock albums of all time. It took a moment in time and a moment in music and put it on Vinyl. That album put CT on the musical map, not only because of the way it captured the band's live energy, but also because of the great songs from their first 4 albums (although Dream Police wasn't actually released until after Budokan). Out of those first four albums, I think "Heaven Tonight" is their best. There isn't a throw away track on it. It is able to cohesively bring together lighter Pop and harder edged Rock in a way that works. In my opinion it's more musical than their debut album, rocks harder than "In Color", and comes off more straightfoward and honest than "Dream Police". Everything on "Heaven Tonight" just clicks. Too bad that, except for the slightly overplayed "Surrender", this album seems all but ignored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On Top Of The World and You Can't Get Any Higher Feb. 2 2003
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Rick Nielsen once said he had a big enough stash of songs written in the early days to have cut a dozen albums. If that was a true statement, he was saving up the best for "Heaven Tonight." Absolutely everything here clicks. From the cryptic fun of "Surrender" to the kiss-off of "Auf Weidersen," there isn't a lame cut in the bunch. They also take a stronger stance in the production department, peeling the gloss of "In Color" back just enough to give the rocker instinct some bite, but leaving enough pop polish to make the album sparkle.
Nielsen had become a guitar maniac by now, throwing off inventive riffs like he'd just invented the six-string. The rolling thunder of "Stiff Competition" and "Auf Weidersen" out new-wave many of the bands sporting skinny ties at the time, and their cover of the Move's "California Man" make Cheap Trick sound as brilliant as any British Invasion band of the sixties. "Surrender" is also quite possibly the most subversive rock song to brush the lower regions of the pop charts. Bubbly keyboards, Pete Townshend-ish guitar banging and a lyric about sneaking in on your parents while they make out to your KISS records...if that isn't your idea of a rock anthem for the post baby-boom generation, you're probably reading this review by accident.
Equal parts funny and deviant, yet 100% tuneful, "Heaven Tonight" is Cheap Trick's high water mark in the studio. If you get any Trick album other than "At Budokan," this is the one you must have.
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