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  • Cheap Trick were major stars in Japan when they recorded this album at the Budokan. You can tell they inspired Beatlesque hysteria as evidenced by the screaming of the fans on the album. They add an energy to the album and the band responds to it by firing out a set of pure power pop. “Hello There”, “Come On, Come On”, “Need Your Love”, “Goodnight” & “Clock Strikes Ten” all bristle with catchy chorus and power guitar riffs, while the top ten hit “I Want You To Want Me” slinks along with lecherous glee. The true star of the album is “Surrender”. The song leaps out of your speakers with Robin Zander’s forceful vocals, Rik Nielsen’s meaty guitar licks, Bun E. Carlos’ steady drumming and Tom Petersen’s harmony vocals and pumping bass. It is as close to a pure pop song as you can get and the triumph of their careers. The album went platinum and into the top ten and secured Cheap Trick a place in many fellow musicians hall of fame

    Posted on November 15, 2009