For the first time, the DVD premieres the previously unseen historic 1978 Tokyo concert, aired only once on Japanese TV. Bonus features include a new interview with the band plus two songs taped at 2008 Budokan Anniversar... more »y Show. Two CDs feature At Budokan: The Complete Concert, newly remastered, while an additional disc includes the audio counterpart to the DVD plus four bonus songs not included in the original film.« less
For the first time, the DVD premieres the previously unseen historic 1978 Tokyo concert, aired only once on Japanese TV. Bonus features include a new interview with the band plus two songs taped at 2008 Budokan Anniversary Show. Two CDs feature At Budokan: The Complete Concert, newly remastered, while an additional disc includes the audio counterpart to the DVD plus four bonus songs not included in the original film.
"This set has appalling packaging that damages the discs.
The 3 cds and dvd are simply slammed into 4 tight cardboard "notches" in a fold out pack with zero cushioning or protection. Each disc has a straight scratch that runs through the lower third of the respective discs. Its also impossible to remove the discs without pulling them slightly below the edge and thereby risking fingerprints.
On top of that, the dvd in my set was scuffed to hell and looks like a badly used dvd. One of the discs looks almost perfect - except for that ugly single scratch which corresponds to the top of the "notch".
Why the hell were Legacy too cheap to simply put the discs on pop-it hubs like almost every other box set I've seen has? Unbelievable.
I'll be returning this, but have a sinking feeling that finding a "clean" set will be impossible. I'm also going to lodge a complaint at Legacy. The material and the rest of the packaging is stellar - but the way they stored the discs in this set is garbage. "
FINALLY!!! THANK YOU!
TW Stewart | Poptopia | 11/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW! If you had told me when I was 9 years old in early 1979 while I was lying on my bed listening to this album(on the yellow vinyl import, thank you LOL)that 30 years later, I would be lying on my bed as a 39 year old WATCHING the concert on a wide screen high-def TV with a whole concert from the other night on CD to boot.....INCREDIBLE. It's amazing when I think about it. Between the bootlegs, internet, on demand TV...we are SOOOO spoiled these days....it's almost like another universe when I think back to my childhood in the 70s and how amazing it is that we have access to this stuff. Anyway, the packaging does damage the discs, unfortunately, but I just put them in some cd slipcases and keep them in the box that way. It's a drag, but the content is so great, it's like Paul Stanley once said..."it's like winning the lottery, being set for life, and complaining about paying the taxes" LOL My only gripe is that the video of the 1978 show flips back and forth, for no apparent reason, from video to film. The original broadcast was shot on video, and they put a film process on it to make it look like a movie....which I'm not a fan of...it seems to lose that "live" look to it. But that's my personal preference...it doesn't hamper the experience, but I don't know why it's in video for a few seconds usually at the start of a song, then switches over to film. Whatever. They also cut off the whole beginning of the TV special where they show the stage being set up, soundcheck clips, etc. If you have the boot of this, maybe keep it just for those snipets. The restored picture and sound are stunning...really. Kudos to Jack Douglas for whatever magic he weaved on the audio...sounds like Bun E's snare has been treated a bit on the bonus CD in some spots, my guess is that they found the master multi-tracks of that night and had some issues with the snare. It doesn't sound fake, but I'm a drummer so I notice stupid stuff like that. The video brings back so many memories of why this KISS fan was so infatuated with Cheap Trick....the songs obviously, but the manic stage antics of Rick Nielsen, the overall presentation and energy....just captured me and I see why watching this again. I saw them live about 8 months after this was filmed...one of the best concerts ever. The bonus CD sounds awesome...full, crisp, heavy...better than the official Budokan release in my opinion. And I haven't a/b compared the 'new' remaster of the full concert to the one released a few years ago yet, but upon 1st listen, it's sounds like it's a bit better...more full. Kudos also to my good bud Ken Sharp on the liner notes...I know he's thrilled to have been part of it. I'd like to have seen longer interview segments, but I guess it's hard to talk about one album/gig for an hour LOL In closing, why the heck can't KISS do something this cool for Alive?? There's footage from Cobo Hall in May 1975, along with rehearsal footage from the day before doing dress rehearsals, the Alive cover shoot, etc...they could add a bonus CD of unused performances from the other gigs recorded for the album, etc. Guys...are you listening? ENJOY IT! And thanks to Cheap Trick and Sony Legacy for finally GETTING IT DONE!"
Be Careful With the Packaging
Steve Feldman | New York | 11/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the late 70's I always wondered if there was video available of the Cheap Trick At Budokan concerts. So, for me, there was no decision at all when this 30th Anniversary set was released that I was going to buy it. I already owned the Complete Concert on CD, but this is Cheap Trick at their best, so a back up set is no big deal. It is good to see and hear alternate versions of the songs we have known for so long.
As to the packaging, THANKS to all the prior reviewers for the warning. I used extra care when removing the discs and no scratches resulted. I just pushed down on the sleeves a little to give the discs some wiggle room and they just rolled out with only a little effort.
No real Cheap Trick Fan will want to be without this set. It is all that I expected and more. "
Cheap Trick is alright, Sony is not
Lifesamystery | Los Angeles, CA USA | 11/19/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First, let me echo some of the complaints about the packaging. Seems like whoever was in charge does not own a car with a CD player in it since the loose-flying CD's do not make the audio recordings easy or safe to carry in your car. I suggest you get your own jewel cases. The packaging is literally a cheap (and insulting) trick on consumers.
Second, given the audio of these concerts has been previously released several different ways, not to mention a lot of the songs being available on "Budokan II," recorded at shows there a year or so later, it seems being able to charge a price higher than $19.99 is the only reason Sony included the double CD "Complete Concert" with absolutely zero difference between this and 20th anniversary 1998 release. Seems to me, the DVD of the concert and the "soundtrack" of it would have made this is an extremely sensible and fairly priced way to celebrate this historic concert, especially with the song selection being the same between the audio of the show and the "Complete Concert." Again, not only cheap and insulting, but greedy as well.
Third, at least the DVD is entertaining, including the new interviews which are given a boost by including a couple of Japanese men who had a hand in setting up the show(though it is unclear what their "job titles" were). I found the Japanese perspective more interesting than the band rehashing the stories many fans have heard before. The filmed concert, though not capturing the crowd and being less than technically thrilling partly due to budget and the fact this was only a tv show, shows a band not only at their creative peak(from which they would fall rapidly less than two years after this show) but having a ton of fun while performing. Though the inclusion of a couple of songs from the 2008 return to Budokan concert is nice, they pale in comparison to anything included in the 1978 filmed portion.
Oh, by the way, you get a poster with a photo of the band and the word Budokan on it. I don't know if this was the poster used back then or if it was just created for this release. I just figure if Sony wanted to throw in a "gift" to fans, it would have been much more classy to give us a replica of something actually printed back then, even if it was in Japanese, or a real photo from the concert itself.
I do say that having seen the band live both shortly before and right after the "Live at Budokan" album shot them to worldwide fame, the viewing was more interesting than exciting. In summary, this is an okay addition to a fan's collection. I guess a large company like Sony putting their greed on display is not surprising these days. But a conscious decision not to reward fans with the option to pay a little less for only the new material and not throwing in a more creative trinket to make the set a bit more of a collectible is certainly disappointing."
All Four Disc's Are Badly Scratched!
POP-ROCK | Whittier, Ca United States | 11/13/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"What a disappointment the packaging of this product is, it's so bad it actually takes away from the joy of the actual product itself. Brand New right out of the box and every disc was scratched and unfortunatly the main DVD concert was in the worst shape of all. I plan on returning this back to the store where I bought it but as another reviewer said it might be impossible to find a clean copy anywhere. Unbelievable!! and by the way, Cheap Trick is one of my all time favorite bands, this review is not against the band just the way the product was packaged."