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Weekly Vinyl – Cheap Trick

6 Mar

at Budokan
Cheap Trick
(1978)
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No one that I know of had ever heard of the band Cheap Trick before this album appeared (shall I be on trend and say “dropped”) at some point in 1978.
Wow, we thought, the fans really dig this. They must be good. The enthusiasm of the Japanese crowds was kind of like a laugh on a mildly funny sitcom. But is this statement fair to Cheap Trick?
This album has the taste of 70s music but is a little more aggressive. The album came out in the waning days of disco, the appearance of punk, new wave and big hair heavy metal. It had the cleanliness of disco, and the energy of good time rock ’n roll. This album is power pop – mildly danceable, with a decent groove that will get your foot tappin’ or your head waggin’.
There are great hooks and catchy songs on this album– this is why this record was such a big hit and established Cheap Trick as a major band.
It’s funny though, all the hits from this album are congregated on side two – and they are in order. “Ain’t That A Shame”, “I want You To Want Me” and “Surrender”.
The song “Surrender” (the third song, on the second side, of the first album most people ever heard from Cheap Trick) has the classic intro that put a massive smile on my face, “This is the first song on our new album, it just came out this week.”

Weekly Vinyl – Genesis Bootleg

5 Apr

White Mountain U.K. Tour 1976
Genesis
(1976)
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This is my brother’s album that has been sitting in my collection for a while. He was the big Genesis fan and I’m sure that he shelled out a relatively fair amount for this recording. The record is a Danish bootleg of a UK tour. If you are a Genesis fan then you will be interested to know that Peter Gabriel is not here but Steve Hackett still is. Bill Bruford is on drums and Phil Collins does the vocals. Unlike a lot of bootlegs from the 70s, the quality of the audio recording is actually quite good. It was undoubtabley recorded directly from the mixing board. The music is not as crisp as their live Second’s Out LP, which came out in 1977, but the album is not murky in any way. This is a good quality bootleg with amazing music. This is a progressive rock dinosaur showcasing its technical music as all around, punk rock is breaking out and making prog-rock virtually extinct.