This CD captures Cheap Trick perfectly. The songwriting, playing, and production came together here to create a music set that withstands the test of time extremely well.
Unlike "In Color", which showcased Cheap Trick's pop sensibilities, "Heaven Tonight" is a raving rock CD. From the opening riff of 'Surrender', this CD is a great collection of hooks, melodies, and rhythms for people who think too much of today's popular stuff is awful.
Unlike so many contemporary CD's, there is no 'filler' or 'throwaway' material here: it's all very good, and every song leaves you wanting to hear the next one.
Cheap Trick released several CD's after this one, and while most had at least one great song, none of them measured up to "heaven Tonight" for consistent excellence from start to finish. While Cheap Trick is a band best known for their own music, The Move's "California Man" is covered here, and Cheap Trick's remake is actually more forceful than the original.
Note to Audiophiles: The Cheap Trick remasters show some of the greatest degree of improvement of any set of remasters, in part because the original CD releases were so bad. The engineering here is extremely good, and the mix is really clear. Even if you have the old CD's, this one's well worth the few extra dollars for the improved sound quality.