Some great songs on here. Yes it was the 80’s and there was alot of cheeze around, but Rik Emmetts songs still shine thru. Rik was Triumph, and the talent, the voice, the great guitar player. The other guys were stiffs. They shouldve let Rik take the band where he wanted to take them. Take A Stand is one of the best Triumph songs, there are some other gems on here. Long live Rik Emmett, great guy too.
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Yes, this is one of the very best TRIUMPH albums. I have listened to all of the releases by TRIUMPH, and “The Sport Of Kings” is strong both lyrically, as well as in the overall strength of the music. This album has some of the best drum tracks and guitar licks that TRIUMPH has ever recorded. As for the reviewers who want to try and defile the quality and character of this album, I think they should have another toke, and put on their Good Charlotte & Nickleback songs. Then they can fill their ears with something more liken to their own intellect, because the music of TRIUMPH is just too intelligent for their limited comprehension. For all other Rock music lovers & fans of TRIUMPH, this is an album that is definately worth your time. I think it is worth your money, to add it to your music collection. 5 stars & much respect to TRIUMPH.
Boy did the Triumph records need a remastering? The old CD releases suffered from poor sound quality but this is truly a lift!
So what about the music then..
This is the ultimate Triumph disc for me! This one together with “Thunder Seven” and “Surveillance” really does the trick!
The talented Rik Emmett sings his ass off on “Somebody’s out there” and the material is so strong throughout the whole record it’s stunning!
“Sport of Kings” is great music from a band that had an odd mix of members…Solid Rock to classically trained. Triumph ventured into some new stuff with this CD (album at the time)but it’s still them at their best!
While Triumph is often underrated because they were so borderline generic, they really knew how to put together some great rock riffs and to moderate their cheesiness on several of their great albums, such as Just A Game, and Allied Forces. Rik Emmett definitely was a source of redemption throughout the band’s journey with his virtuoso guitar work. On this album they forget about all of that and try to join the arena rock sound of Journey/Foreigner/Boston by really laying on the keyboard and writing lyrics for the masses. Most of the album is so sweet, it is sickening. However, there are a few gems:
– Somebody’s Out There – While heavy on the keyboards, the singing is fantastic and the lyrics are warm hearted without being over the top.
– If Only – Nice mix of soaring guitars, keyboards, and more genuine lyrics.
– Play with the Fire – The only good rocker on here…classic Emmett guitar work.
– Runner ups: Tears in the Rain and Embrujo (instrumental)
If you don’t enjoy keyboards and 80’s Arena sound at all, don’t buy this. If it is more your thing, you may enjoy this album more than I did. If you can tolerate some of it, and are a Triumph fan, you may check it out for fun.