I really like this record. The sound quality is pretty good for mid 80’s production. The studio albums are more crisp but this record is raw and you can feel the electricity. Having seen Triumph in 1986, I can say this is very close to being there. The song selection is good, the playing is tight and it seems like the boys are having a good time. Listen to the crowd interaction on “Laying it on the line”, wow, that is what a live album is all about. This is a must have for a true 80’s rock/metal fan.
Digitally remasterd reissue of this 1985 live album by one of Canada’s most famous hard rock bands. 13 tracks including ’Never Surrender’, ’Lay It On The Line’ ’Magic Power’, ’When The Lights Go Down’ and more. Features sleeve notes by Classic Rock Magazine’s Jerry Ewing. Sanctuary.
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This CD blew me away. I wasn’t a real Triumph fan before, but after hearing this, I’m wishing they were still around and on tour. Forget the crybabies who pooh-pooh this CD. It rocks from start to finish, and I’m one picky S.O.B.!!!
Thank you, A music fan from Brasilia, Brazil. I am glad to know my feelings about the sound quality of this recording are shared. When I first purchased it, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It sounded like is was recorded with a microphone lying next to one of the monitors on the stage. It has taken me a while to get past it, and enjoy the performance itself.And once you can do that, the CD holds one true gem on it, worth the price of admission alone. It is ‘Magic Power’. Now, the original is just fine. The harmony, sound structure and overall ‘quiet’ feel to it melds well with the, okay, I’ll say it, **corny** lyrics. But my, oh my. This live version doubles the length, and pumps it full of steroids. Gil’s drum work on this song is absolutely incredible. His ‘rolling thunder’ goes right in line with Rik’s rolls on the guitar during the bridges. And Rik’s solo displays how pumped he can get when the song is soaring. And I occasionally have to remind myself that, with all the exceptional voice range Rik has to do on the song, he’s also playing that guitar at the same time. And we must mention the ‘forgotten’ third member, Mike Levine, doing a great job of the bass and programmed keyboards.The entire mixture makes for a great shining moment on an otherwise muddled recording. The two studio tracks are clearer numbers, but ‘Mind Games’ is the only good one.
I wanted to give it 4.5 stars but it didnt give me the option. I am buying this CD because I bought the tape when it was released in ‘85 and it is now worn out. Seeing Triumph on tour many times in my youth – I can say this album typifies their fantastic musicianship, tightness, vocal range, guitar playing/soloing, live performance energy ……you get the picture. This is the type of album you have to crank when your driving in your car, and that is when I discovered my tape doesnt work anymore. Anyhow, when it was released, it was almost like a greatest hits – only better due to it being live and professionally mixed. Although I have to admit my musical tastes have broadened since I bought my 1st Triumph album on vinyl, I can not stand the thought of not having this album (CD) in my collection. Every tune on it is good. You will not be disappointed. If you like adrenaline rock – you have to have this. And – if I didnt have any Triumph albums, and could only get one, this one would be it, followed by Allied Forces. This album is at the height of their career and ROCKS. I plan on checking out some of Rik’s solo stuff, including a new Jazz album I heard he came out with. Incredible musician ……………. I will say no more…….get it!!
I’ve been a big fan of Triumph after seeing them several times. Some have criticized the sound quality, but I find nothing wrong with it. (Of course I was listening to their bootlegs before this was released.} The only problem I have with it is for some reason the didn’t include Allied Forces & The Drum Solo that was on the original vinal & tape release which would have fit on the cd. It would have been nice if they put The Blinding Light Show on as well. If you want to get the full live Triumph experiance I recommend this one & the King Biscuit Four Hour show.