Its quite bizarre that Cheap Trick's recent albums are not properly released in the UK. After all, we were the foundation of power pop in the 60's with the Beatles, Badfinger, the Kinks, the Who and so on. Cheap Trick have always tried to emulate the Fabs' rockier side with varying degress of success (Live at the Budokan was a classic, of course), and should have been absolutely huge on this side of the pond. But as many excellent powerpop bands inexplicably seem to fail (Farrah, Jellyfish, Dwight Twilley, Brad Jones, Fountains of Wayne, Marshall Crenshaw should ALL BE HOUSEHOLD NAMES) Cheap Trick have resorted to recording their heroes' most famous album to try to gain some recognition or success (the live recording was actually a benefit gig).
Its a very good attempt, and actually confirms what great musicians they are, and what an astonishing voice Robin Zander has always had. The album does veer perilously close to karaoke at times, but the sheer musicianship keeps the interest throughout. The band sealed an excellent overall album with a live version of the Abbey Road side 2 seque - and this works beautifully too (its maybe even better than the main album...).
Any Cheap Trick, powerpop or Fabs fan should own this - but at these extortionate import prices - this is never gonna change the UK's view of Cheap Trick.