Album Details

RELEASE
1978
LABEL
Epic/Legacy
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Punk/New Wave, Hard Rock, New Wave, Power Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

Heaven Tonight, like In Color, was produced by Tom Werman, but the difference between the two records is substantial. Where In Color often sounded emasculated, Heaven Tonight regains the powerful, arena-ready punch of Cheap Trick, but crosses it with a clever radio-friendly production that relies both on synthesizers and studio effects. Even with the fairly slick production, Cheap Trick sound ferocious throughout the album, slamming heavy metal, power pop, and hard rock together in a humongous sound. "Surrender," the definitive Cheap Trick song, opens the album with a tale about a kid whose parents are hipper than himself, and the remainder of the record is a roller coaster ride, peaking with the sneering "Auf Wiedersehen," the dreamily psychedelic title track, the roaring rocker "On Top of the World," the high-stepping, tongue-in-cheek "How Are You," and the pulverizing cover of the Move's "California Man." Heaven Tonight is the culmination of the group's dizzying early career, summing up the strengths of their first two albums, their live show, and their talent for inverting pop conventions. They were never quite as consistently thrilling on record ever again. [Epic/Legacy's 1998 reissue adds outtakes of "Stiff Competition" and "Surrender."]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Surrenderhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/surrender/id323454234?i=323454238&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. On Top of the Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/on-top-of-the-world/id323454234?i=323454240&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. California Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/california-man/id323454234?i=323454242&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. High Rollerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/high-roller/id323454234?i=323454246&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Auf Wiedersehenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/auf-wiedersehen/id323454234?i=323454250&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Takin' Me Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/takin-me-back/id323454234?i=323454253&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. On the Radiohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/on-the-radio/id323454234?i=323454275&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Heaven Tonighthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/heaven-tonight/id203267125?i=203267378&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Stiff Competitionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stiff-competition/id323454234?i=323454297&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. How Are You?http://itunes.apple.com/album/how-are-you/id323454234?i=323454318&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Oh Clairehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/oh-claire/id323454234?i=323454321&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Stiff Competition [outtake][#][*][Outtake]http://itunes.apple.com/album/stiff-competition/id323454234?i=323454331&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Surrender [outtake][#][*][Outtake]http://itunes.apple.com/album/surrender/id323454234?i=323454340&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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