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Triumph - 1987 Surveillance

ARTIST: Triumph
ALBUM: Surveillance
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2005, Universal (Canada), TML 78010


LINEUP: Rik Emmett - vocals, guitars Gil Moore - vocals, drums Mike Levine - bass, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Prologue: Into The Forever * 02 Never Say Never * 03 Headed For Nowhere * 04 All The Kings Horses * 05 Carry On The Flame * 06 Let The Light (Shine On Me) * 07 Long Time Gone * 08 Rock You Down * 09 Prelude: The Waking Dream * 10 On And On * 11 All Over Again * 12 Running In The Night


By this stage of Triumph's career, the band had arrived at the crossroads of dysfunctionality. Though 'Surveillance' is my favourite album, it's certainly one that the band themselves don't rate, for the reason that it wasn't a cohesive or 'band' album. The divisive situation ended up being Emmett, versus Moore and Levine. Without question the 'rot' had set in, with the band acknowledging issues like 'creative differences' and 'incompatibility' getting in the way. It wasn't long after this effort that Emmett left the band.

The Songs
For what it's worth, there are still some wonderfully melodic moments on 'Surveillance', despite the negative environment in which it was constructed. 'Never Say Never', 'On And On' and the piece de resistance 'All Over Again' all demonstrate that on their day, these guys were unmatched. 'Running In The Night' is a Mark Baker co-write, which ended up being rebadged by Signal on their 'Loud And Clear' album as the track 'Go'. Other erstwhile highlights include the close pairing of 'All The Kings Horses' and 'Carry On The Flame'. Steve Morse puts an appearance in too, on the high velocity tune 'Headed For Nowhere'.

In Summary
A great album, but tarnished by the band's circumstances at the time. Triumph did not return until 1992 with the 'Edge Of Excess' album, resorting to an HM style. They had added Phil X (ex Frozen Ghost) as their replacement for Rik Emmett, but I suppose without him being there to temper the sound, the band let loose the shackles to play in the style that Moore and Levine wanted. Despite the problems of the past, the orignal trio put their past behind them to focus on the future, with a reunion for 2008, which saw the band return to the stage for 2008's Sweden Rock Festival. Ah, miracles do happen!

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#1 | george_the_jack on May 31 2008 12:48:16
This album and the previous (sport of kings) are the highlights of triumph. If you've never heard of this Canadian power trio start with these two, Surveillance and Sport Of Kings. You will not be disappointed. Pure Melodic Hard Rock - AOR tunes with power vocals and solid production. Jewels of the 80's
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 16:01:20
Their best release (although the other 80's albums 'Allied Forces, 'Never Surrender' 'Sport Of Kings, and 'Thunder Seven' all come highly recommended).I can honestly say i love all the tracks on this one, but the highlights would have to be 'Prologue', 'Never Say Never'and the awesome pairing of 'The Waking Dream/ On And On'. SUPERB STUFF nuff said
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 15 2010 15:32:42
Another great one from Triumph. To me, this one starts off strong, lets down a little in the middle, then finishes with a flourish. Many of my favorite Triumph songs are not the typical 'hits' you hear on radio, and this album has its share.
#4 | gdazegod on March 15 2015 09:48:26
Triumph - 1987 Never Say Never
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#5 | AOR Lee on April 16 2016 07:00:14
One of the better AOR albums ever released. This band had everything, the songs, the virtuosity, the vocals ... and enough crunch under the hood. Terrific career catalogue of AOR and this is probably their pinnacle

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