this album was easily Triumph’s best work from a catalog of fine albums. this is the one album that does not sound dated in 2005, ironic with the ”time theme” of this recording. in their day, Triumph was often compared to Rush, although not at that high a level they turned in solid albums and very good concert performances. they also have the very unique use of two lead singers, giving their music variety in its sound. percular how once they left the scene they were completely forgotten, they got alot of radio play at the time. if you are not familiar with them give them a listen!
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.
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Rik Emmett had said in an iterview that ‘Thunder Seven’ was the only Truimph effort that the band actually worked together co-writing the songs. As evident here in TS, the output was absolute magic. Even Mike Levine, who always seemed content to stand in the shadows of Emmets and Moore’s flair, showed he was a master of that Thunderbird (put on ‘Stranger in a Strange Land”, crank up the bass, and enjoy the show.” If only Emmett and Moore could have push their differences aside and joined heads instead of butting them, who knows what they could have achieved.
Triumph continued their winning streak with THUNDER SEVEN, their sixth great album in a row. The first four songs- “Spellbound”, “Rock Out, Roll On”, “Cool Down”, and “Follow Your Heart”- are among the best material the group ever did, and several other songs aren’t far behind. The group would make one more very good record (THE SPORT OF KINGS), but THUNDER SEVEN was their last real masterpiece.
Triumph,Thunder Seven is a great mix of music styles.I first heard them back in the mid-’80’s.These guys have a style all their own.Incredible vocals and great songwriting,not to mention excellent hard-rockin guitar action.Each song on this album is great and unique.I highly recommend lending an ear to this and other Triumph music!!
THE BAND: Rik Emmett (guitars, lead vocals), Mike Levine (bass, keyboards), Gil Moore (drums, lead vocals). Hometown – Toronto.
THE DISC: (1984) 10 songs clocking in at approximately 41 minutes. Included with the disc is a minimal 3-page foldout with original album artwork and song titles only. This is the band’s 7th studio album. Remastered in 2004 featuring expanded liner notes, but no bonus tracks. Label – MCA Records.
COMMENTS: In my opinion, “Thunder Seven” was Triumph’s last classic studio album. It capped a three album run with the band easily at the peak of their success. Three years prior showed the band firing on all cylinders with “Allied Forces” (1981); and a strong follow-up in ‘83 with “Never Surrender”. “Thunder Seven” was followed by “The Sport Of Kings” (1986) and “Surveillance” (1987) – both simply under par albums in the eyes of fans and critics alike (not to mention the band not writing all their own material). “Thunder Seven” gave us two singles (“Spellbound” and “Follow Your Heart”) – both surprisingly sung by drummer Gil Moore. The real gems are the deep album cuts that never made it to the FM radio waves – “Rock Out, Roll On” is a solid Rik Emmett rocker; “Time Goes By” hits you in the same vein as Allied Force’s “Fight The Good Fight”; “Cool Down” sounds like it could have been written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant; “Time Canon” is a minute-and-a-half vocal (only) piece leading into the beautiful “Killing Time”; and two instrumentals – “Midsummer’s Daydream” (receiving numerous guitar composition awards) and the stunning and uncharacteristic bluesy album closer “Little Boy Blues”. For me, Triumph is/was always a guitar band first. Drums, bass and vocals were always great, but Rik Emmett’s guitar was the show-piece here. Triumph seemed to be labeled Canada’s 2nd best power trio (behind Rush), but I always thought they deserved more credit. Staying power with fans – “Thunder Seven” was certified gold in 2003, almost 20 years after its release. This is a great and often overlooked rock album (5 stars).