Rock History

Rebecca’s Picks – Album’s You Should Own: Cheap Trick’s “Heaven Tonight”


Track List

1. Surrender (Nielsen)

2. On Top Of The World (Nielsen)

3. California Man (Roy Wood)

4. High Roller (Nielsen, Petersson, Zander)

5. Auf Wiedersehen (Nielsen, Petersson)

6. Takin Me Back (Nielsen)

7. On The Radio (Nielsen)

8. Heaven Tonight (Nielsen, Petersson)

9. Stiff Competition (Nielsen)

10. How Are You? (Nielsen, Petersson)

11. Oh Claire (Carlos, Nielsen, Petersson, Zander)

Released January 1978 on Epic Records

Produced by Tom Werman

Band Members:
Bun E. Carlos-drums Rick Nielsen-guitars, vocals Tom Petersson-bass, vocals Robin Zander- guitar, vocals

Cheap Trick has always been difficult to catagorize. Are they alternative rock? Are they pop? Are they punk? Maybe a mixture of all three. One thing for sure-they have always been underrated. This is their third album, and their best. More pop than their first, harder than their second. Robin Zander’s remarkable voice is front and center, Rick Nielsen is all over the place, and Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos hold everything together. This is one of the best rythym sections in rock. Listen closely-Nielsen is one of the cleverest songwriters ever. The bands’ influences are clearly displayed on this album, and it’s easy to see why Cheap Trick became such an influence themselves.

By Rebecca