Classic Triumph! This CD is a great example of the early days of the band!
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The original Triumph went out with a bang.Of course they tried without Emmett but this was their very last album together.I am a firm believer that if a band is gonna leave they should leave with a bang,like The Beatles’ Abbey Road. Now if they were to get back together we would be anticipating that type of quality.Great bands should leave great music not try to force out an album ,thus leaving everything on a bitter note.
This cd is exceptioanally good.Unlike A Sport of Kings which lacked flavor.This one really puts Triumph up there.These guys were really great and under-rated and also forgotten. The world needs to recognize that Canada gave us Rush and Triumph as two great rock and roll power trios.
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In my opinion this was the best Triumph CD. They took a different direction & went heavy. They went into the Dokken/Motley Crue arena & did it very well. The guitars shread on this CD & do not let up. The songs are very memorable and the musicianship is top notch. If you do not have this CD you need to get it. This is the reason that I became a Triumph fan. If you like this CD check out Sport Of Kings & Edge Of Excess, they are of similar style. But this on is the best. The only song I don’t care for is “All The King’s Horses”. The rest are excellent.
I love this album!What a way for Rik to leave the group on a high note.This was the right thing to do on account of the band getting into mixing etc.From the opening track until the last its pure rock and roll Triumph style.The only track I had to skip was rock you down.I felt it was weak and unappealing.I don’t care for mixing it sounds too phony.Anyway if you liked Never Surrender you’ll love this album just close your ears when RYD comes on.lol just kidding!
This album is definitely a departure from some of the heavier, simpler all-out rock we heard on Allied Forces (probably Triumph’s best ever). Here we see more keyboards and a second guitarist on some of the tracks.
“Never Say Never” is almost a power-pop with a cool intro in the form of “Prologue: Into the Forever”. One of my favorite Triumph songs in “Carry On The Flame” (that, along with All The Kings Horses, are really the same song). I like the intricate acoustic guitar work on the intro and the fade out. Those songs alone warrant the 5-star rating I gave this.
“All Over Again” is a ballad. I’ve long felt like hard rock groups record some of the best ballads to be heard, and this one is pretty memorable.
“Prelude: The Waking Dream” and “On And On” are also really the same song. There is some interesting synthesizer and keyboard work here, and Rik Emmett’s guitar work is as good as ever.
This was the last recording Rik Emmett did with Triumph – what a way to go out.