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VINE VOICEon 14 April 2014
I've bought this one, as it wasn't too expensive and to keep the collection up.
I have the same full 74 minute concert from the net anyway on mp3's.

1. Hello There 2.17
2. Come on Come On 3.32
3. Stiff Competition 5.16
4. On Top of the World 5.19
5. Guitar Solo 4.35
6. Big Eyes 4.13
7. Aint That a Shame 5.04
8. Southern Girls 4.16
9. Need Your Love 9.30
10. I Want You to Want Me 3.29
11. California Man 5.17
12. Surrender 4.26
13. Goodnight Now 2.49
14. Heaven Tonight 6.54
15. Auf Wiedersehen 3.52
16. Clock Strikes Ten 3.14

It's a good FM broadcast with a setlist not far from the Budokan shows. The CD is boosted to be much louder than the mp3's. Tom's bass is generally quite low in the mix. Robin makes a hilarious vocal mistake by starting On top of the world slightly early. It makes me think the band wouldn't ever have sanctioned this release. There is a very slight hint of audio dropout in some places, especially between a couple of the tracks. It is however a cracking, spirited performance from the band. The sleeve notes are fairly generic. and only two photos are used. One is the band photo on the front cover and the other is a side shot of Rick with a Hamer Explorer.

The label is Smokin' Records and the catalogue number is SMCD927. Smokin' Records info can be found at [...] There is nothing in the packaging to suggest royalties have been paid on this CD. There are a whole host of these releases on Amazon, including Rush, Journey and Tom Petty. I can see someone going after them. If you're a completist, I'd get it while you can, as I can see a strongly worded letter heading their way.
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on 24 April 2016
Far more tricks than a Pony!


Rob Jones

Cheap Trick has toured and recorded since a 1973 birth. A catalogue of studio albums has given the band kudos and a tally of over 5000 gigs confirms a wondrous work ethic and obvious love of playing; plus, their April 2016 entrance in to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame shows that they are of the then and now.
So what about this act as a stage entity? The proposition of the famed four-piece of Robin Zander (guitar/lead vocals), Rick Neilsen (guitar/vocals), Ton Petersson (bass/vocals) and Bun E. Carlos (drums) is perfectly represented via the On top of the World: 1978 Live Broadcast. This recent release is taken from a concert in front of a 3,000 capacity Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ on December 8, 1978. The set kicks off with some fast and furious hard rock with a cutting punk edge. As the programme moves along we also head in to the classic realms of the monster as a nine and a half minutes Need your Love and near seven minutes Heaven Tonight being indicative of the early section of that decade. These beasts aim for the Child in Time, Stairway to Heaven, Free Bird market and the Guitar Solo interlude where Rick Neilsen displays his sonic skills is also very much of that era. During this episode he bellows the quip that he’s ‘100,000 times better that Fred Nugent will ever be’ (obviously at the expense of Ted not Fred!)-and, the crowd lap it up.
The lads in their prime with power pop products such as Hello There, Come on Come Come on, Stiff Competition and Goodnight Now with the backdrop of these TNT tunes being more of a souped up Stooges style i.e. in your face pristine punchy pomp.
There are certain bands that can be remembered for one song and if that was their only contribution to the aural annuls it would be an immense input. For these US guys-I want you to want Me is the tune which will ensure that their legacy stands tall in the musical museum; and, its presence here is essential. The same could be said about the inclusion of Surrender which although not quite as famed as the aforementioned it is in the same bracket as a significant and supreme signature song. Other band favourites and more metal edged motor such as the title track and Big Eyes are also given their time; and, it is definitely the more radio friendly fire that makes the most impact. Cheap Trick has definitely got more in their locker than a pony with just one piece of magic!
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on 24 April 2016
This is a great CD of Cheap Trick at their absolute finest - by far the best of the live recordings recently made avaialable, with excellent sound and a nive overall feel.
Highly Recommended
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on 6 August 2014
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on 2 July 2014
The sound quality is a bit rough (it is an FM broadcast tape from 1978) and while it may be mastered a bit too loud, the ferociousness of Cheap Trick's 1978 performance overrides both those gripes. If you're a CT fan, you must get this!
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