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At Budokan: The Complete Concert (Bonus Tracks)

At Budokan: The Complete Concert by Cheap Trick
Released: Feb 1979
Label: Epic/Legacy
Do we need a three-CD retrospective of Cheap Trick's 1978 concert at Budokan, plus alternate performances? Probably not. We don't need Shakespeare either, but it sure is nice to have him. When At Budokan came out, it offered a fierce and joyful alternative to bloated arena rock on the one hand and punk's nihilism on the other; songs like "Surrender" earned Cheap Trick a permanent spot in the rock pantheon. Now hear the full live recordings, and marvel at the group's brilliant distillation of what was in fact a sprawling -- and not always totally riveting -- live show.
Sarah Bardeen
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