When you think of great Canadian rock bands, who do you think of? I know the new schoolers will probably mention either Nickelback or Theory of a Deadman, and the old school guys will shout out uncontrollably - Rush! If you think back to the 70's and early 80's, there were just a handful of bands to break out of Canada, and make a major impact on the music scene, and the one's to have the most sucess were power trios; Rush of course, with the other being the mighty Triumph. Triumph ruled the airwaves in the late 70's through a better part of the 80's, before finally calling it quits in the early 90's. Triumph delivered a hard rock punch and sound that was unmatched. The band had a period in the 80's, where they were on top of the world, by releasing such geat albums as Allied Forces, Never Surrender and Thunder Seven. Unfortunately in the late 80's, the wheels started to fall off the wagon, and one major piece of the puzzle left (The departure of Rik Emmett), and then the band never really recovered from there.
Well time heals all wounds, right? Well in some cases at least. After the band's induction in the Canadian Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the guys put their differences aside and apeared on stage together for the first time in over 20 years. 2010 brings hope to Triumph fans for a full blown re-union, that this reviewer can not wait for, but to keep us at bay, the band has just released a really cool greatest hits package. This isn't your standard package because it is all of the hits plus it includes a DVD of all of the tunes. The DVD contains the classic videos from Mtv as well as some fairly rare live footage. Really a cool package. *Sam Dunn if you are reading this review, their is another Canadian band that could use the star treatement, if you know what I'm saying.. Again this is a nice package including 14 tracks on the audio CD as well as on the DVD. Cool stuff.
Bottom Line: The perfect release to pre-empt a reunion tour. Hopefully this is what will get the boys back on stage together again rocking our world. This is a great package and the remixed versions come out fuller and punchier.
- Ragman will grow a mullet, if Triumph tours again.