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Makes up for the post Bachman era (and then some)

Heavy, raw, jammy, even a little fast and thrashy... who would have ever applied any of these adjectives to Trooper? Anybody familiar with the Hot Shots compilation will probably not even recognize the band: mike bleed everywhere, unmitigated crunch tone on Smitty's guitar, driving, pulsing four-on-the-floor rhythm, Ra's voice almost distorting like an overdriven Gretsch, and no keyboards, disco attempts, or filler tracks to be found. What makes this album stand out among Trooper's later (and occasionally overblown) catalogue, though, is not so much the above details, which, to some listeners (maybe even Randy Bachman as he preproduced Two for the Show), might be indicative of a freshly graduated bar band in need of some spit and polish. No, what makes this album work as a snapshot of state-of-the-art mid-70's hard-arena-rock, is the swing. These guys could swing like MF'ers, and their riffs at one time, were _heavy_. At some points they sound almost ready to start a pit live. Other highlights include the blistering multi-act leads by both Smitty and Randy, the charging motion of the brilliantly written (but unfortunately themed) "Roller Rink", the almost punk speed of "All of the Time" (which is now my favorite song after "Round Round"), and the verging-on-tritone-cowbell-evil heaviness of "I'm in Trouble Again". And of course, there are the hits here, mastered somewhat more comprehensibley than in the form in which most know them, that is, on the Hot Shots compilation. That this album has yet to be fully remastered and issued (let alone reissued) on CD is a crime.

Crunchy Canucklehead rock

This debut release has been lost for ever ...until now! Randy Bachman produced this pancake and also played some lead guitar on a track or two. Trooper is a Canadian westcoast band which evolved out of a band called Applejack. A few of these songs were Canadian radio staples and minor hits in the mid 70's (General Hand Grenade, Baby Woncha Please Come Home). This is as close to hard rock as Trooper ever got and the music is recorded with a "live off the floor" studio sound. If you like BTO's 'Not Fragile' then you can't help but enjoy this album. OTT drums, proud vocals and good riffs all make this a great summer cottage party album Thanks iTunes for finding this long lost classic of classic 70's Canadian rock.

Classic Canadian

Classic Canadian band. Some good songs but the band gets better with every album.

Biography

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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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock
  • Released: 1980

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