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Triumph: Classics (remaster)

I have always loved the music that Triumph brought to the table because it was not only extremely powerful in terms of the overall drive that it possessed, but it was highly melodic stuff that was very rich in its musicianship. Clearly, Canada had more than one three piece superpower under their belts for Rock fans to enjoy. This compilation release is the perfect way to remember the larger majesty that Triumph possessed as a band for it presents you with a healthy dose of their most memorable compositions. It is a great place for the music fan who only remembers the stories that older friends might have mentioned about them in the past because when it comes down to it this was a truly incredible band. Formed in 1975 by members Gil Moore (drums, vocals), Rik Emmett (guitar, vocals) and Mike Levine (bass, vocals) they were an arena rock band in every sense of the word with a big sound and an even bigger production for their audience in the live setting. If you were already a fan then this is a nice little compilation to have for the car or in the office as all of the staples are included on it. We get the sweet sounds of "Hold On", the promise of keeping hopes alive in "Magic Power" and "Follow Your Heart", a tune whose message is lined out right in the title. I've also always had a place in my Metal heart for the resounding power of "Fight The Good Fight" and to my knowledge this was also the first Triumph tune that I was ever exposed to by some friends back in my High School days. The songs cover a large number of Gil Moore and Rik Emmet vocal tracks and it seems rather equally distributed. Emmet was always the one in charge of the need to break some glass notes while Moore seemed to handle the bands heavier numbers. The great thing about the sharing of the vocal duties in Triumph was that neither member seemed to slow down on their instrument while they did so. Its great inspiration to any musician who also needs to double up on this aspect of band life and proves that it can be done well if you practice hard enough at it.

As far as a compilation goes it does miss out on some other key tracks but these eleven should really prompt you in picking up more of the bands catalog at least. All of these classic albums have been remastered over the past couple of years and are easily found via a number of online mediums and some of the remaining brick and mortar retailers. Recommendations lie in Allied Forces and Thunder Seven as must haves for your music library in my humble opinion. There are even a couple of DVD films to enjoy and with today's high definition televisions with super stereo surround sound you can relive these shows and feel as though you are in the audience watching them. Bring a lighter if you think it helps you fight the good fight but above all remember to follow your heart. Life's much better when you do. Is this compilation a Triumph? Well, how about you check it out and decide for yourself.

Track Listing
1. Tears In The Rain
2. Hold On
3. I Live For The Weekend
4. Magic Power
5. Follow Your Heart
6. A World Of Fantasy
7. Fight The Good Fight
8. Spellbound
9. Somebody's Out There
10. Lay It On The Line
11. Rock & Roll Machine

Added: March 11th 2008
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Triumph Website
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Language: english

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