TITLE: Triumph (a/k/a In the Beginning)
YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: No, not even in Canada
SINGLES: 24 Hours a Day, What’s Another Day of Rock N Roll.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not unless you had an 8-track of this while driving through Saskatchewan.
LINEUP: Gil Moore, Rik Emmett, Michael Levine.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Canadian power trio’s debut is rather forgettable and generic.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Triumph’s debut album (first only released in Canada) finds the trio all over the place stylistically. They don’t seem to know if they want to be proggy or hard-rockin’.
To compound the identity crisis, the collection of songs is just meh. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done better, or done before, whether they’re aping Peter Frampton, or Grand Funk, or Budgie, or even their fellow countrymen, Rush. Only Don’t Take My Life made me raise my head up and go, hmmm. The rest is either just generic rockin’ or pretentious prog. Pass.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: When RCA started to release Triumph records internationally, four cuts from his album combined with four from their second to create one record.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. Basically when everything was re-released on CD they un-combined the first two albums. Yay?
GRADE: C-: They would get better, or at least memorable.