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4 stars Funny, my LP/CD collection is over 4000. And thats just the "good stuff" that I've kept. The reason I say "funny" is that Triumph is hardly a favorite band of mine. So why am I bothering to review this album when I've only reviewed like 5 other albums? Well I just happened across them in Prog Archives and notices what a low review this album is getting. I just felt like defending the little bugger is all, since its being unfairly attacks. Things like calling their music "generic party rockers" is just unfair. You could use that line on 90% of 70s/80s hard rock. The real question is, are they good or bad party rockers? And these are very good.

Does the band deserve to be considered Prog? No. They had a few extended songs that sort of qualify, but they're not Prog. But as hard rock goes, they were kick ass. In the late 70s we had a real dry spell with a lot of early 70s hard rock bands dying off, and the metal 80s were still to come. Bands like Triumph sort of tightened up the blooze of early 70s hard rock into a very modern sound for people like me that liked hard/metal Rock n Roll. This stuff "swings" more than Rush, and made a lot of Zep and Deep Purple fans like my pretty happy. I always Progressions of Power was their best; where the songwriting and performances came together to make for a real solid hard rock album. It deserves better than the low reviews its getting here.

(now I need to get around to reviewing some PFM, Can, Faust, Gong, Caravan, etc)

akajazzman | 4/5 |


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