Cheap Trick – Heaven Tonight

ARTIST: Cheap Trick                   220px-Cheap_Trick_Heaven_Tonight

TITLE:  Heaven Tonight

YEAR RELEASED: 1978

CHART ACTION: #48

SINGLES: Surrender (#62), California Man

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: High Roller, Auf Wiedersehen

LINEUP: Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, Bun E Carlos. Jai Winding played keyboards

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Third album from power pop / album rock group sustains the momentum from their first two albums, getting a little more US traction while keeping Japan fervently in their camp.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This record kicks of with “Surrender”, and after that most everything will be a bit of a letdown. Not too much of one, though. Cheap Trick’s third album is a bit more adventurous in arrangements and instrumentation (utilizing keyboards to a greater degree).

Track for track, it’s not as supremely awesome as In Color, but there’s plenty to love for the deep cuts and they also show their taste by covering “California Man” by the Move.

The second side isn’t as strong, with a couple of filler cuts even with “Stiff Competition” and the title track. Yet, it’s still a great album to blast out and relive those memories of, well, whenever.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Petersson invented a 12-string bass guitar and played it on this album.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a couple of outtakes.

GRADE: A-: The filler on side two is greatly offset by “Surrender”.

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