- KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
- Both sides here are clean, clear, full-bodied and spacious with a huge bottom end and lots of big rock energy
- “Underneath the gloss, there are a number of songs that rank among Cheap Trick’s finest, particularly the paranoid title track… … it would later feel like one of the group’s last high-water marks.” – All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
- You’ll find STUNNING sound on this true classic from Cheap Trick, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sonic grades or close to them – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- This one is doing everything right, with deeper bass, less distortion, grungier guitars, and the kind of LIVE ROCK and ROLL ENERGY that Cheap Trick is known for
- One of only two Cheap Trick albums that cuts it for us sonically and musically (the other being Dream Police)
- 5 stars: “With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was At Budokan that captured the band in all of its power.”
The first pressings of this record come with an OBI strip and a Japanese style lyric and photo booklet, giving the impression that this is a Japanese pressing. But it’s clearly domestic, so kudos have to go to Epic Records for doing a wonderful imitation that would practically fool any record collector.
Most of the copies we have to offer will come with the booklet, while the OBI strips are long gone.
This is probably the only Cheap Trick record most casual fans will ever need. The live versions of ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ and ‘I Want You To Want Me’ are AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Where would Classic Rock Radio be without catchy pop like this? Nowhere man! (more…)