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Album Review

Dishing out playful songs with freewheeling lyrics, all built around slapdash guitar were Trooper, one of Canada's biggest bands from the mid- to late '70s. Hot Shots is a splendid 12-song assortment of this groups best offerings, bar none. Taking off with the chugga-chugga guitar pulse of "Boys in the Bright White Sports Car," this best-of epitomizes a band that really knew how to have fun. "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" reveals some startling harmonica playing, while "Two for the Show" proves that they can do just as well singing ballads. The synthesizer plays a keen role on "Round Round We Go" while a pounding drum beat accentuates "Raise a Little Hell." This album is a great overview, and would even satisfy anyone who isn't in the know. One of the best-selling compilations in Canadian music history, Hot Shots is extremely pleasing, and is a solid reminder of how amusing rock & roll can be.

Customer Reviews

Great songs - bad sound

I've always enjoyed this album, but after I downloaded the songs, the poor quality on my ipod makes me just skip all the songs. Somehow the volume is extremely low, so I have to turn it up very high to listen to the songs. If I forget to turn the volume down when the next song (not a Trooper song) comes on, my ears are completely blasted. Would not recommend.

It's Been a Long Time

since I've heard Trooper... sadly NONE of their lps are available anywhere but itunes Canada (same with Harlequin..The Walktons..Northern Pikes...). Luckily though, I was able to work out something with a Canadian friend. GREAT MEMORIES... and nice to have them on my Yankee ipod. ;-)

Hot Rock

There aren't many albums out there where I like all of the tracks. Classify these as volume 11 worthy. :)


Formed: 1972

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Vocalist Ramon McGuire formed Trooper (originally Applejack and later Winters Green) in 1972. By 1974 they had added drummer Tommy Stewart and bassist Harry Kalinsky. After hearing Trooper play, Randy Bachman signed the band for his Legend label and released "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" in 1975. The group's self-titled debut appeared the same year; it was followed by Two for the Show (1976). Soon after, Frank Ludwig became Trooper's piano player and Kalinsky was replaced by Doni Underhill. Ludwig...
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