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In the Beginning Review:

Due to repacking in the US, songs from Rock & Roll Machine and In the Beginning were combined to form what became the American release of Rock & Roll Machine . Therefore, many fans below the border had no chance to hear many good cuts that were left off. 24 Hours A Day kicks off the album and the drive doesn’t stop until the thunder storm that closes Blinding Light Show/Moonchild.

The early style of Triumph is laced throughout the entire album, mixing elements of progressive rock with straightforward 70s hard rock. High points on the album are: 24 Hours A Day, Be My Lover, Street Fighter, What’s Another Day of Rock ‘n’Roll and Blinding Light Show/Moonchild.

It can be said of first albums that bands are reaching for what is to come while reaching back into what they know. This album screams Led Zeppelin while it searches ahead for what is to come.

Date Reviewed: 06/27/05
Reviewer: Jim Smith
Location: Midland, MI