Triumph's last great album
Singahdude | Florida, USA | 02/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was a fan of the band ever since I first heard Lay it on the Line, back when I was in junior high school in 1980. I saw the band live 3 times, the last of which was on the tour for Thunder Seven. I must admit that I almost cried when I heard of the band's demise, when I was at a guitar clinic starring "Formerly of Trimuph-RIK EMMETT!!!".
I have since become an even bigger fan of Rik's solo work and have seen him perform live 5 times. I will continue to see his live shows, which I must travel for now that I live in Florida, as long as he continues to do them . I higly recommend his solo CD's, which I believe now outnumber the count on the Triumph efforts. Some of them may seem a bit lame if you're still into the heavy rock. But the first two, Abosolutely and Ipso Facto, sound the most like the old Triumph stuff. The rest follow a different path. If you were paying attention when you listened to the old Triumph albums, you probably remember the one or two jazzy/bluezy acoustic tracks that he would slip in on each record. These were clues as to where his heart truely lay, which was pretty much the cause for Triumph's demise. He wanted to branch out from hard, arena style rock, but the others did not. I also quote Rik from that guitar clinic I mentioned when he said that "Triumph was a democracy. I wanted more of a totalitarian arrangement". Nevertheless, probably my favorite of his solo CD's is "Ten Invitations from the Mistress of Mr. E"."
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David J. Carney | point pleasant,nj usa | 08/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album!What a way for Rik to leave the group on a high note.This was the right thing to do on account of the band getting into mixing etc.From the opening track until the last its pure rock and roll Triumph style.The only track I had to skip was rock you down.I felt it was weak and unappealing.I don't care for mixing it sounds too phony.Anyway if you liked Never Surrender you'll love this album just close your ears when RYD comes on.lol just kidding!"