Cheap Trick - 'Budokan 2'
When Cheap Trick made the original At Budokan, they sifted through the tapes from two shows at the historic Japanese venue and released the 10 greatest songs, including "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and their cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame." These versions made their studio counterparts seem limp by comparison, and the album finally broke Cheap Trick as a huge band. Fourteen years later, at a time when Cheap Trick's commercial appeal had drastically diminished, they returned to the 1978 Budokan tapes and crafted Budokan 2. The 12 songs on the new LP, including "Elo Kiddies" and "Southern Girls," are by no means bad, but there's a reason they didn't make the original cut. They finally released the whole thing in 1998, leaving Budokan 2 as a forgotten footnote.