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Triumph
Greatest Hits Remixed
June 2010
Released: 2010, Universal Music Group
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

Toronto, Ontario Canada's Triumph were a defining and influential force in the history of hard rock power trios, playing second fiddle only to fellow Canucks Rush. Throughout the late seventies and early eighties, the three-piece collectively known as Triumph, enjoyed success at mainstream rock radio and had several bona fide hits during their initial run. 1988 marked the departure of founding member Rik Emmett, and the band would continue in his absence with hired guns Phil Xenidis and Rick Sanders in tow before eventually disbanding in 1993. After being inducted into the "Canadian Music Hall Of Fame" the original trio of Emmett, Levine and Moore have reunited, with future touring activities looming on the horizon.



GREATEST HITS REMASTERED is chock full of Triumph's most well known material, beautifully housed in a deluxe digipack, complete with a bonus eleven song DVD. Hearing these classics get a well deserved sonic boost really drives home what a great band Triumph were. Take "Lay It On The Line" as a perfect example, no doubt you've heard this one on your local classic rock FM station many times in the past, but the remastering treatment sounds really polished and the end result is anything but dated sounding.



GREATEST HITS REMASTERED makes for a nice comprehensive bookend collection and further serves as an excellent introduction to the band for younger audiences who never caught the band in their heyday. For older fans, these tracks have never sounded better and should make for the definitive tailgating soundtrack as the band prepares to make the trek back into an arena near you in the near future.
Track Listing

1. Allied Forces
2. Lay It On The Line
3. Follow Your Heart
4. Magic Power
5. I Live For The Weekend
6. Hold On
7. Just One Night
8. Fight The Good Fight
9. Spellbound
10. Never Surrender
11. When The Lights Go Down
12. Somebody's Out There
13. Rock and Roll Machine
14. Love Hurts

Lineup

Rik Emmett - Guitar and Vocals
Mike Levine - Bass Guitar and Keyboards
Gil Moore - Drums and Vocals


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Triumph
Greatest Hits Remixed
June 2010
Released: 2010, Frontiers Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Long-standing, mega-successful Canadian rock institution Triumph reformed in 2008 after an acrimonious break-up way back in the early ‘90s. When guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett returned to the power-trio he helped make famous, fans were ecstatic and much touring has followed. For 2010, Frontiers Records has released yet another greatest hits album for the band, with the added bonus that all of the songs have been remixed to punch up their old recording values.



Besides the age-old debate about the worth of greatest hits albums, you cannot deny that a band like Triumph has had enough hits and classic songs to easily provide enough material to fill one. So as you’d expect, the track list is essentially flawless, containing all of the band’s well-known songs like “Lay It on the Line”, “Magic Power”, and “Fight the Good Fight”. Long-time fans might not be excited by hearing them again, but casual or new fans will get a great introduction into what Triumph is all about. As for the songs themselves, well, let’s just say I’ve never been a huge Triumph fan. I think “Lay It on the Line” is a fantastic song, forged in the still relatively new days of metal (1979) where rock and metal often mixed freely. However, I’ve never quite cottoned to the rest of the band’s discography, despite multiple tries (hey, I’m Canadian; it’s required that I at least TRY to like Triumph). Thus, smaller hits like “Just One Night”, “Hold On”, and “Lights Go Down” come off wimpy and toothless.



But whatever man, Triumph has always been a band impervious to critics, and there’s no reason for that to not continue. The band is a fantastic live experience, and in fact their albums have never done them justice when compared to their stage show. Still the songs on GREATEST HITS REMIXED do sound great, and as a collection piece or introduction to the band it certainly serves its purpose. Me, I’ll still keep this everyman’s band at arm’s length, but it’s good and somehow comforting to have Triumph back and playing.
Track Listing

1) Allied Forces
2) Lay It on the Line
3) Follow Your Heart
4) Magic Power
5) I Live for the Weekend
6) Hold On
7) Just One Night
8) Fight the Good Fight
9) Spellbound
10) Never Surrender
11) Lights Go Down
12) Somebody’s Out There
13) Rock and Roll Machine
14) Love Hurts

Lineup

Rik Emmett: Vocals, Guitar
Gil Moore: Vocals, Drums
Mike Levine: Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals


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Triumph
Greatest Hits Remixed
October 2010
Released: 2010, Universal
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Triumph are a Canadian institution. Ask any Canadian music fan or musician to name their favorite Canadian bands and Triumph will most likely be one of them. Having released albums in both the 70’s and 80’s they became one of this Country’s biggest acts.



The power trio of Emmett, Moore and Levine recorded hit after hit after hit before parting ways in the late 80’s. With songs in their repertoire like “Lay It On The Line”, “Spellbound”, “Follow Your Heart” and many, many more it comes as no surprise as to why they became so huge. Putting this disc on makes you want to kick back, crank it up and relive those wonderful times of years gone by. It isn’t just the CD that makes this release so special, it’s the DVD that is included.



Seeing the old music videos after all these years is such a treat. These were a staple of Much Music back in the day especially “Follow Your Heart” and “Somebody’s Out There” which I swear was in permanent rotation. Included here is the video for “Child Of The City” of when Gil and Mike tried to carry on without Rik. While it’s a decent song it just isn’t Triumph. It does come close but it obviously lacks that Emmett guitar sound. This is a bit heavier and more guitar oriented with too much guitar wankery that was popular at the time.



A fantastic release that gives the listener a glimpse into one of the greatest bands to ever come out of Canada. We could have done without the remixed songs and have had the original versions that we all know. However, once you listen to the CD and watch the DVD you will put into perspective just how big and great this Rock and Roll machine really was.
Track Listing

1. Allied Forces
2. Lay It On The Line
3. Follow Your Heart
4. Magic Power
5. I Live For The Weekend
6. Hold On
7. Just One Night
8. Fight The Good Fight
9. Spellbound
10. Never Surrender
11. When The Lights Go Down
12. Somebody's Out There
13. Rock and Roll Machine
14. Love Hurts

Lineup

Rik Emmett - Guitar and Vocals
Mike Levine - Bass Guitar and Keyboards
Gil Moore - Drums and Vocals


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