Wednesday, January 23, 2013
"Just a Game" by Triumph (1978)
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Filed Between: Randy Travis and The Troggs
"We wait and watch and wonder just which puppet they'll select... It's just a game and all I can do is play."
Movin' On, Just a Game, Hold On
My Overall Rating of the Tracks Separately:
HIGHLY Recommended (3.5/4 stars)
Every time I find music I haven't heard by Triumph, I really enjoy. It's always big and ballsy and a good bit smarter than most of its peers. They are a lost jewel in the crown of classic rock.
So, why didn't they make it into the canon? I think it comes down to four letters: R - U - S - H. Let me describe a band to you - they're a Canadian power trio who sometimes use keyboards and sometimes address philosophical and/or political subject matter. They also happen to have a great song about the music business. Sound familiar? Just so you know, I was actually talking about Triumph. On paper, they look like long lost man-in-the-iron-mask twin brothers, but they're really not all that close at all. Triumph is more like... well, nobody. They are always their own band.
I happened across them when a late night DJ on our local Clear Channel classic rock station went on a tirade about how good and underappreciated they are and then he spun one of their songs (which I assume resulted in a flailing because it wasn't The Black Crowes). I had to check them out. So when I got into vinyl they were high on my radar. I was not disappointed.
Do yourself a favor, go check out Triumph.
So, is it an album? Yes. There's a clear vision and definitely a hand guiding everything here.
Up next, sweeeeeeeeeeet! We get to check out my vote for the best guitarist of all time!