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Sport Of Kings Review:

I remember when I came across this album back in ’86 and I was 15 and I had no idea who Triumph even was but a good friend of mine lent this album to me. Well let me tell you, I never have been able to put it down since; I still have it and still listen to it and from beginning to end. I never skip one song on this album. I think it was aged well too, still stands up well today, actually I would be thrilled if someone tried to release something like this today, it would be very refreshing to hear something like this instead of all that crap I have been hearing for the last 15 years. Excellent guitar licks through out, I especially like them on “Take a Stand.” Very good singing, everything is crisp and sounds great, a very clean sound. I never really knew what happened to Triumph after this but man this one did a lot for me. I must have worn out four cassettes before I got the CD and every time I ever played this album for anyone they always had the same response, “Who is this?” and they would also be as very impressed with the music as I was.

Date Reviewed: 04/19/06
Reviewer: Scott H
Location: Blakely, PA

Surveillance Review:

This was the last of the albums to be released by the ”classic” Triumph line-up of Gil Moore, Mike Levine and Rik Emmett. After their flirtation with pop, with 1986’s  The Sport of Kings , Triumph come back with guitar-driven rock on this disc. Punch, melodies and hooks dominate the tracks.

What is missing though is the cohesiveness between the players. Earlier albums, including the aformentioned Kings , included a more organic lush production. Background vocals used to be easily discernable as members of the band. On Surveillance, many people contribute to the supporting vocals leading to a more muddled sound.

While the guitars are placed back at the forefront, the album suffers from an uneven production quality. Some highlites on the album are: ”Never Say Never”, ”Carry on the Flame” and ”On and On.” Due to this being Rik”s last with the band, this disc is somewhat sentimental to most fans.

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

Thunder Seven Review:

Triumphant and energetic, with very little dross in their brand of metal! Thunder Seven presents the high tide mark for Triumph, and it”s the album that should have broken them into American primetime.

Where producers used The Sport of Kings to make-over the band, (with detrimental results) Thunder Seven presents the last great collaboration between Rik Emmett and Gil Moore. Gil”s anthems and Rik”s social commentary were never better before or after! Mike”s bass was never punchier! One can only blame MCA Records for dropping the ball, because Triumph certainly did not — in the studio or on the road.

Whereas I am selective about listening to my Triumph collection, everything works on Thunder Seven , except for maybe “Cool Down,” which sounds a tad like the band”s Led Zeppelin roots coming back to haunt them. Apart from that glitch, Thunder Seven showed us that Van Halen had some extreme competition from the Great White North! I especially loved the second side! It took almost 20 years for the album to achieve Gold status, but that just shows how loyal Triumph fans have remained to this masterwork.

Date Reviewed: 08/25/05
Reviewer: Jan Thielking
Location: Frankfurt, Germany