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TRIUMPH Live At The US Festival DVD
(TML Entertainment 2003)

A triumph of quality in 1983 festival gig ...

Canada is a very rich country and it's biggest and most reliable export is(and hopefully will always be) music. Many legendary Rock/Metal bands like Rush, Razor, Annihilator, Voivod and Anvil came from this country and regardless of the fact that they "serve" different branches of our beloved music, they all have one thing in common: Quality! Speaking of quality, there is another representative of Canada which definitely deserves a place in the pantheon of the biggest bands ever, and that band listens to the name Triumph. If the question troubling your minds is "Why?" the answer lies within "Live at the music festival" DVD.

The Canadians justifiably belong in the category of the hard-working bands. Their first studio release called "Triumph", was released in 1976 and until the summer of 1983 when "Live At The US Festival" was recorded the band counted almost six releases - quite a decent figure I would say. The band consisted of Rick Emmet (Guitars/Vocals), Gil Moore (Drums/Vocals) and Mike Levine (Bass/Keyboards). With this line-up they appeared in front of 500.000 people in the US Festival in the summer of 1983 and recorded this DVD.

I was amazed with the band's performance on this festival. Even though they were a trio playing in a stage big enough to host Lynyrd Skynyrd (hope you understand what I mean), they managed to fill every square inch of that stage with their amazing performance. Rick Emmett's performance (on vocals and guitar) was beyond criticism. Of course he had the support of a great rhythm section consisting of Gil Moore on the drums (he also provided the lead vocals in some of the songs) and Mike Levine on the Bass and Keyboards.

The band performed eight songs with "Lay It On The Line" and "When The Lights Go Down" being my favourites. It's not a surprise that they managed to make 500,000 scream their lungs out. After the last notes of "Fight the Good Fight" I felt the urge to watch their performance all the way from the start.

This DVD also contains a 2003 interview with Mike Levine & Gill Moore, two bonus videos: "Spellbound" & "Follow Your Heart" and "Inside the Rock and Roll Machine" - a 40 minute documentary on the band's performance on and off the stage, during the US Festival.

This DVD made me understand what being a decent musician is all about, and for that I have Triumph to thank! Keep the flame burning!


Review by John Stefanis

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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