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Shortly after forming in 1975, the Canadian power trio Triumph released their eponymous debut on the Toronto indie label Attic. The 1976 album was subsequently reissued under its present title, In the Beginning. With their piercing but melodramatic riffs, the band showed they were ahead of the curve in setting the blueprint for heavy metal in the '80s. More importantly, they were a rock band for rock fans, as evidenced by songs like “24 Hours a Day” and “What’s Another Day of Rock & Roll,” both of which portray hard rock music as both a lifestyle and a form of escapism, which is exactly how Triumph’s fans viewed it. There are echoes of their Canadian brethren Rush in the skittering riffs of “Street Fighter” and “Be My Life,” shades of Jimi Hendrix in “Don’t Take My Life,” and a venom to match AC/DC in the propulsive “Let Me Get Next to You.” But the definitive song is unquestionably the medley of “Blinding Light Show/Moonchild.” It's a song written for the stage, where the band’s innovative lighting rig would soon become part and parcel of a soaring hard rock spectacle.

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The Ultimate Triumph LP

The Blinding Light Show the ultimate Triumph tune, this alone is worth the price of admission but the other 8 tunes are also kick butt. Highly recommended.

A good start

"24 hours a day" is a good song that started this band toward new popularity. The real gem here is "Blinding Light Show". It's a big mystery why this song wasn't easily available for download on othere services. Anyone that has seen this song performed in concert would want a recording of it.

mr fisher

great CD recommended listining on some great headphones the whole album is top notch what took so long for them to put out blinding light show I was listening to thin song late 70's still have the LP waited forever for the cd but it was well worth it !!! any triumph song is a rare gem but the concert is great HIGHLY RECOMMEND STAGES best live album ever!!!!


Formed: 1975 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

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

Late-'70s/early-'80s prog metallists Triumph endured countless comparisons to Rush throughout their career, and with good reason; they were both quite similar musically and lyrically, comprised of three members each, and hailed from Canada (although it must be said that Rush were the originator, and were much more commercially successful). Formed in Toronto during 1975, the trio consisted of guitarist/singer Rik Emmett, drummer/singer Gil Moore, and bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and issued its...
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