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© MCA Records
Year of Release: 1980
Don't Feel Like Dancin'
If I Never See
Your Face Again
Are You Still My Baby
Dump That Creep
I Don't Wanna Be Here
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We're at the Cutouts section of your local record store again.... You
travel through the "T" section... A CD by the band Trooper appears... The
album cover looks kinda cool, your first dog's name was Trooper, you find out
the band Trooper was from Canada, thinking of other good artists from there
(April Wine, Triumph, Bryan Adams, to name a few)... And the pricing of cutouts
are very affordable (like $8 or less)... SOLD!
Triumph was formed in Vancouver, Canada, the lineup for their self-titled
album consisted of Ra McGuire (lead vocals), Brian Smith (guitar, vocals),
Tommy Stewart (drums), Doni Underhill (bass), and Rob Deans (keyboards).
The band recorded 10 albums from 1975 to 1991. Trooper (S/T) was
originally released as their debut album in 1975.
There are some good rockers on this album, as it has the common rock sound
heard in many of the late 1970s bands, likewise the hard rock bands of the 1980s:
"Don't Feel Like Dancin'" the album's opening number, starts out the album
in a positive way, as the next song, "If I Never See Your Face Again" has
the late '70s rock sound. Another good rocker, blending the many bands of the
late '70s and '80s, is "Real Canadians".
Songs with a more harder rock edge, are "Laura" and "Dump That
Creep." Songs that would easily fit the styles of bands from the 1980s
(reminder: this album was originally released BEFORE the 1980s, in 1975),
"I Don't Wanna Be Here" definitely has a good hard rock sound as heard
in future popular bands as Night Ranger and Damn Yankees, likewise "Volunteer
Victims." Also passing as a song that when first heard, a common music fan
would guess it was recorded in the 1980s with the popularity of power ballads,
"Are You Still My Baby" is a very good ballad/rock song.
Trooper has some very good rock songs, easily fitting the late 1970s
hard rock scene, (compared to fellow Canadian band April Wine), they would
easily blend in with the rock bands of the 1980s. They may not have been
popular as their fellow Canadian rock acts, but considering alot of great talent
has come from there, their self-titled album is a very entertaining album for the
common hard rock fan.
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