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Cheap Trick- Essential pt1- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

On a maximum scale of five stars, the 1977 debut by Cheap Trick  receives AllMusic.com's highest rating, and the even more melodic, better sounding  sophomore effort "In Color" in the same year earns 4 1/2 stars. Then Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson, and Bun E. Carlos wrote and recorded the  masterpiece "Heaven Tonight" in May 1978, yet again scoring a critics' perfect five star rating. So in hindsight it would appear that recording the Rockford IL quartet's set while performing the strongest material from these three killer studio albums, in front of an adoring audience in one of the world's premiere venues, would be as obvious as a sumo wrestler in your shower stall.

David Gilmour- On an Island 15th Anniversary

David Gilmour joins Redbeard In the Studio on the 15th anniversary of Gilmour's 2006 solo album "On an Island".

Alan Parsons Project- Turn of a Friendly Card 40th Anniversary

Due to the hit sales of their 1976 second album, "I Robot" , in order to escape a 93% income tax bracket (!),for the Alan Parsons Project's million-seller album "Turn of a Friendly Card" , released in November 1980, producer/ engineer Alan Parsons and songwriter Eric Woolfson had found themselves tax exiles from their native England, emigrating to the Mediterranean country of Monaco with its world-famous casinos.

Rory Gallagher- Tattoo’d Lady- New York City 11-78

Rory Gallagher and the Irishman's trio in New York City club The Bottom Line in November 1978 performing "Tattoo'd Lady", unfortunately still struggling to get a sizable fanbase in America after almost a decade of constant recording and touring, requiring them to play two complete shows in one night.

Peter Gabriel- Mother of Violence- New York City 10-4-78

Fear, she's the mother of violence, Making me tense to watch the way she feed The only way you know she's there Is the subtle flavor in the air Getting HARD TO BREATHE Hard to believe in anything at all, but fear.- “Mother of Violence” (Peter Gabriel

Cheap Trick- Need Your Love- Passaic NJ 12/78

Cheap Trick actually delayed their studio follow-up to the brilliant 1978 third album Heaven Tonight , not because of a lack of strong songs  written, but because their fluke live in-Japan- only release At Budokan  virtually blew up over…

Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band- Factory- Cleveland 8-78

With the release of the album Darkness on the Edge of Town in 1978, Bruce Springsteen went from the Cinemascope sweep of Born to Run three years earlier to the Rock Generation's defacto Secretary of Labor.
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Cheap Trick- Live at Budokan- Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander

Cheap Trick live "At Budokan"   has just been added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Hear the story In the Studio from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen.

The Police- Outlandos d’Amour- Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland

"Outlandos d'Amour'   has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it," Sting confesses in this interview about the Police debut,"but 'Regatta de Blanc'  was infinitely a much better record."

Toto- Rosanna- Dallas 1993

The band Toto led by guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist David Paich accomplished a remarkable feat since that memorable 1978 debut, with combined sales going platinum every year since then featuring their international hits "Hold the…