Triumph - A Night Of Triumph [DVD]

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edited July 18 in year-2004

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ARTIST: Triumph
ALBUM: A Night Of Triumph
LABEL: Sanctuary Music
YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: image
LINEUP: Rik Emmett - lead vocals, lead guitar * Gil Moore - lead vocals, drums * Mike Levine - bass, keyboards, backing vocals * Rick Santers - keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tears In The Rain * 02 Somebody's Out There * 03 Allied Forces * 04 Lay It On The Line * 05 Midsummers Daydream * 06 Follow Your Heart * 07 Take A Stand * 08 Magic Power * 09 Rock And Roll Machine * 10 Spellbound * 11 Rocky Mountain Way * 12 Fight The Good Fight * 13 Just One Night (bonus) * 14 When The Lights Go Down (bonus)

Background

Live At The Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1987) during 'The Sport of Kings' Tour. Rick Santers as 4th member of Triumph.

In 1986 Triumph had just scored their biggest Billboard hit 'Somebody's Out There' reaching the top 30, although sadly the corresponding album 'Sport Of Kings' was not setting the album charts on fire despite being their best effort (only 1987's Surveillance would top it).

The tour seemed to be doing good business though, as witnessed by the sold out arena in Halifax (Nova Scotia) featured here, and to be fair it was not Zon, but fellow Canadian AOR legends Triumph who really 'put on the show', taking over where Kiss left off in the 70's, this is just pure spectacle including smoke bombs, laser displays, fire columns, levitating drum kit lit up like a spaceship, fireworks etc. All this goes on throughout the concert, and you can't help wondering how they could afford all this night after night? The question is, can the music compete with all the eye candy? Of course it can..

The Songs

Blasting off with a giant blue face (lasers one suspects) issuing a warm rock & roll welcome to the assembled masses, Triumph then open the show with 'Tears In The Rain', delivered with energy, style and power. Not a note is missed, and the vocals are right on the mark, Gil Moore singing lead while smashing the drums is something to behold. Special mention must also be made of their stage presence, not always easy to project with so much pyro going on.

'Somebody's Out There' follows and is more of the same, just a little different from the album version, here the backing vocals are barely heard, with Rik Emmett carrying it off pretty much alone. You can imagine the crowd response, 'Allied Forces' goes over well despite being weaker in the melody department, but 'Lay It On The Line' really does the business : building from the familiar sedate intro, the end result is a truly crunching version soaring all over the place.

At this point Rik is left alone on the stage to perform his acoustic piece 'Midsummer's Daydream', showcasing not only his virtuosity and classical leanings, but a mischievous streak and self effacing sense of humour in his facial expressions and general delivery, great fun.

The giant lasers are back indicating a green pulse (similar to Survivor's 'Vital Signs' cover), and you just know they're going to do 'Follow Your Heart', and it's exquisite, that hook is sharp enough to separate a dictator from power and both Gil and Rik pour everything into the lead vocals, with Mike Levine and Rick Santers giving generously to the backing vocals.

The 'Sport Of Kings' album is revisited for 'Take A Stand', every bit as anthemic as the title suggests, delivered with conviction and lashings of AOR melody, paving the way for Triumph's all time classic 'Magic Power' - a very big highlight for me and perfectly nailed, it goes down like an emotional storm, serving up some blistering instrumentation from all concerned along the way.

'Rock 'n Roll Machine' goes right back to the early days, and although their melodic style wasn't fully developed yet, it's a powerful monster: musicianship is really showcased and the pyro is pretty over the top. 'Spellbound' ends the set in a flurry of 1984 styled AOR hooks and melodies, compelling from beginning to end.

They're welcomed back for the encore like conquering heroes and fly straight into their cover of Joe Walsh's 'Rocky Mountain Way', both bluesy and satisfying, not to mention a perfect vehicle to usher in the evening's final song 'Fight The Good Fight', possibly one of AOR's more dominant anthems, Triumph deliver it here with style and grace, not to mention considerable power. More important, their love of performing, evident throughout the show, reaches a peak right here.

In Summary

Also included are two videos, a kind of short interview/documentary segment on Triumph's approach to touring, and a photo gallery to boot. You also have your choice of 5.1 DTS or 5.1 Dolby Digital sound, the clarity and power are startling.

Nobody delivered a live AOR spectacle in the 80's like Triumph and this is the perfect document to capture and celebrate their classic songs and legacy. I got my copy from Georg Siegl's shop www.aorheaven.com.


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