Loved when it was released as a single album, the expanded 'Budokan' album is a must have for anyone who knows the original. It's a perfect marriage of pop and hard rock, exciting but never turgid. It helps that all the material comes from their first three albums, with the exception of 'Need Your Love'. I always felt that this was an overlong track on the otherwise superb Dream Police
and it's arguably the one out of place item here for the same reason. Nevertheless, this is almost like listening to a roll call of hit singles except that only the Beatlesque 'I Want You To Want Me' fits that description. I suppose you could pick out other highlights, such as 'Hello There', 'Surrender' or 'Clock Strikes Ten', but there are no real lows. Infinitely better than another live Budokan album recorded by a certain Mr Dylan, Cheap Trick's version is superb value.