TRIUMPH Reissues Castle (2005)
Sanctuary begin the complete reissue of the Triumph catalogue with In The Beginning, (Castle CMRCD1206(39:55) their 1976 debut.
This Canadian power-trio produced some decent hard rock, some driving rhythms, and the vocals are consistent considering the band shared duties.
Strong hard rock with heavy rhythms, and only occasional prog rock nods in the direction of fellow Canadians Rush.
Be My Lover is a decent rocker, and 24 Hours A Day has a more party rockíníroll sound. ***
The second set RockíníRoll Machine (Castle CMRCD1207 (40:20), saw a more direct and in-your-face approach, the guitar leading with a harder sound. Rik Emmettís guitar mixed well with Mike Levineís bass and keyboards. Drummer Gil Moore also provided lead vocals, and does a fine job.
New York City Streets is an amazing workout, while the epic City features a foray into Holstís The Planet Suite. ****
By 1979ís Just A Game (Castle CMRCD1208 (36:25), the power, fireworks and songwriting were continuing in fine form and to much acclaim. ****
The reissues here restore the original (Canadian) artwork and track running order, bolstered by sleevenotes, pictures and lyrics. A triumph indeed.
Review by Joe Geesin