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Heaven Tonight

[1978 / 1998]

Cheap Trick 

 

 

 

 

 
 The album was remastered and released with bonus tracks on Sony'sEpic/Legacy imprint in 1998. The album cover features lead singer Robin Zanderand bassist Tom Petersson.

 

Rick Nielsen once said he had a big enough stash of songs written in the early days to have cut a dozen albums. If that was a true statement, he was saving up the best for "Heaven Tonight." Absolutely everything here clicks. From the cryptic fun of "Surrender" to the kiss-off of "Auf Weidersen," there isn't a lame cut in the bunch. They also take a stronger stance in the production department, peeling the gloss of "In Color" back just enough to give the rocker instinct some bite, but leaving enough pop polish to make the album sparkle.

Nielsen had become a guitar maniac by now, throwing off inventive riffs like he'd just invented the six-string. The rolling thunder of "Stiff Competition" and "Auf Weidersen" out new-wave many of the bands sporting skinny ties at the time, and their cover of the Move's "California Man" make Cheap Trick sound as brilliant as any British Invasion band of the sixties. "Surrender" is also quite possibly the most subversive rock song to brush the lower regions of the pop charts. Bubbly keyboards, Pete Townshend-ish guitar banging and a lyric about sneaking in on your parents while they make out to your KISS records...if that isn't your idea of a rock anthem for the post baby-boom generation, you're probably reading this review by accident.

Equal parts funny and deviant, yet 100% tuneful, "Heaven Tonight" is Cheap Trick's high water mark in the studio...

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...or just post your last.fm profile link??? ;-)


I've been digging Steve Wilson's "Raven that Refused to Sing" a lot lately, more than the previous record.

Also rediscovering Pearl Jam after a 20 year hiatus, but "Vitalogy" eludes me.


Spent some time last week with the 2000s era U2. I'm glad to hear they recovered after the "Pop" album debacle.

Also just breaking into Mark Knopfler solo albums. "Sailing to Philadelphia" is excellent.

As usual, Steely Dan is always within arm's length as well. Just bought the UNremastered original CD pressing of "The Royal Scam" and all the overly EQ-ed sibilants and drum cymbals are now properly represented. :-)
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Tool - Aenima


My favorite Tool album! Forty Six & Two is one of my favorite metal songs. Good album start to finish - and WAY ahead of its time!
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I've been digging Steve Wilson's "Raven that Refused to Sing" a lot lately, more than the previous record.


As usual, Steely Dan is always within arm's length as well. Just bought the UNremastered original CD pressing of "The Royal Scam" and all the overly EQ-ed sibilants and drum cymbals are now properly represented. :-)

 

"The Raven" gets a lot more play with me than "Insurgentes." Unfortunately, I bought it on BluRay and so I can only listen to it in my home theater room. I might have to pick it up on DVD too so I can rip it to FLAC.

 

The Steely Dan and Donald Fagen solo albums have always sounded that way to me too. My biggest complaint with them - I don't know why some people think they are "reference quality audiophile recordings." They sounded impressive in the 80's when they came out and digital was new, but now they just sound too "digital."

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Holden - The Inheritors

 

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...or just post your last.fm profile link??? ;-)


I've been digging Steve Wilson's "Raven that Refused to Sing" a lot lately, more than the previous record.

Also rediscovering Pearl Jam after a 20 year hiatus, but "Vitalogy" eludes me.


Spent some time last week with the 2000s era U2. I'm glad to hear they recovered after the "Pop" album debacle.

Also just breaking into Mark Knopfler solo albums. "Sailing to Philadelphia" is excellent.

As usual, Steely Dan is always within arm's length as well. Just bought the UNremastered original CD pressing of "The Royal Scam" and all the overly EQ-ed sibilants and drum cymbals are now properly represented. :-)

Query-I own "Aja" which I consider one of the best classic rock albums I've ever heard. If I were to purchase a couple of other Steely Dan albums, what would you consider essential?

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...or just post your last.fm profile link??? ;-)


I've been digging Steve Wilson's "Raven that Refused to Sing" a lot lately, more than the previous record.

Also rediscovering Pearl Jam after a 20 year hiatus, but "Vitalogy" eludes me.


Spent some time last week with the 2000s era U2. I'm glad to hear they recovered after the "Pop" album debacle.

Also just breaking into Mark Knopfler solo albums. "Sailing to Philadelphia" is excellent.

As usual, Steely Dan is always within arm's length as well. Just bought the UNremastered original CD pressing of "The Royal Scam" and all the overly EQ-ed sibilants and drum cymbals are now properly represented. :-)

Query-I own "Aja" which I consider one of the best classic rock albums I've ever heard. If I were to purchase a couple of other Steely Dan albums, what would you consider essential?

Gaucho and Two Against Nature....Gotta have them.

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...or just post your last.fm profile link??? ;-)


I've been digging Steve Wilson's "Raven that Refused to Sing" a lot lately, more than the previous record.

Also rediscovering Pearl Jam after a 20 year hiatus, but "Vitalogy" eludes me.


Spent some time last week with the 2000s era U2. I'm glad to hear they recovered after the "Pop" album debacle.

Also just breaking into Mark Knopfler solo albums. "Sailing to Philadelphia" is excellent.

As usual, Steely Dan is always within arm's length as well. Just bought the UNremastered original CD pressing of "The Royal Scam" and all the overly EQ-ed sibilants and drum cymbals are now properly represented. :-)

Query-I own "Aja" which I consider one of the best classic rock albums I've ever heard. If I were to purchase a couple of other Steely Dan albums, what would you consider essential?

Gaucho and Two Against Nature....Gotta have them.

Absolutey concur with the above...with regard to Mark Knopfler, I would say "Golden Heart" is a must have. I am also very impressed with his newest album "Privateering."

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Query-I own "Aja" which I consider one of the best classic rock albums I've ever heard. If I were to purchase a couple of other Steely Dan albums, what would you consider essential?

Royal Scam
Gaucho
Best of - has all the great ones except Aja which I feel is THE best song. Steve Gadd on drums in that song is pure magic.
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Royal Scam
Gaucho
Best of - has all the great ones except Aja which I feel is THE best song. Steve Gadd on drums in that song is pure magic.

Cool...thanks. Other than Aja, I'm just familiar with their FM radio hits which are all pretty awesome. Do love their sound. Aja and Rush's Moving Pictures are two of my favorite classic rock releases and I never went further into those two catalogues even though I enjoy both groups quite a bit. Take that back, I streamed Rush's release from 2012 which sounds pretty good to me.

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Metallica_ Master of Puppets DCC Gold CD- Track 07 ORION

 

This is the ONLY Metallica song I still enjoy, a metal master piece as far as I am concerned! Listening to it for the first time on my $1000+ rig and it's better than I remember it :D 

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Query-I own "Aja" which I consider one of the best classic rock albums I've ever heard. If I were to purchase a couple of other Steely Dan albums, what would you consider essential?

 

Can't Buy A Thrill - gotta have their first album.

Katy Lied

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