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1st Avenue - 1992 Tears And Triumph




ARTIST: 1st Avenue
ALBUM: Tears And Triumph
LABEL: Indisc
SERIAL: DICD 3764
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 1994, Zero Corporation (Japan), XRCN-1099

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peter Strykes - vocals * Gil Lopez - guitars * Joby Bosboom - keyboards * Arko Bommer - bass * Nop Ton - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Introduction/Going For The Gold * 02 Heaven In Your Arms * 03 When The Night Is Gone * 04 Out Of Reach * 05 Once In A Million Years * 06 Never Too Late To Live * 07 Hurt Before * 08 You Forsake Me * 09 Help Me Out * 10 Tears And Triumph


Background
I first read a review of this album in Kerrang during 1992, written by our illustrious regular Dave Reynolds (reyno-roxx). Anyway, I think Dave ballsed up big time, as history will tell this is a genuine pomp gem. 'Sorry Dave .. I reckon you got it wrong mate!'.. lol Anyway, I've had my dig. One of the best Dutch albums around, and certainly the AOR fans took notice as it made it's way into the years best albums in various publications and charts throughout Europe. 1st Avenue came from that formative period of Dutch melodic rock during the late eighties, spinning off the success of Vandenberg. In fact Peter Strykes sang with that lot, though no recorded material eventuated. In it's original incarnation, 1st Avenue featured another keyboard wunderkind in Robby Valentine (real name Robert Kempe), who later left to join Zinatra before striking out on his own. But it was left to another keyboard maestro in Joby Bosboom to fulfil the playing duties, and what a job he did too, emulating Magnum's Mark Stanway to the hilt.


The Songs
A varied album throughout, and certainly high on power and energy, while grandiose streaks of piano and synths literally pepper itself all the way through. In the main, there is a definite Europe and Magnum influence, and an overall European feel rather than American. Air keyboardists need to listen to songs like 'Going For The Gold', 'When The Night Is Gone', and the fabulous 'Out Of Reach/Out Of Touch', featuring the wonderful piano/synth introduction which takes all of 3 minutes! The more harder rockin' songs stand out too. 'Never Too Late To Live' is an all time classic piece of melodic rock where the keyboard and guitar interplay merge to maximum effect, while 'Help Me Out' and 'Tears And Triumph' drive home hard. The subtler moments such as 'Heaven In Your Arms' and 'Once In A Million Years' also show how the band can change comfortably from the slow build of a ballad into powerful rockin' choruses and eventual solo's.


In Summary
1st Avenue followed this up with the 'Daily Battle' album, though not as dynamic as this one. However, 'Tears And Triumph' is great stuff, and certainly not the write off some critics wrote it up to be.


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Comments

#1 | KurtmanJP on March 20 2008 23:35:21
Great album! My favorite songs would have to be 'Once In A Million Years' 'Tears And Triumph' and 'Go For The Gold'. The only song I don't like on this album is 'Hurt Before'.
#2 | gerard on October 20 2009 23:19:55
Before he joined Vandenberg, singer Peter Struyck/Peter Strykes was part of a Dutch band called Horizon, with whom he recorded a demo tape. After Vandenberg, Struyck/Strykes joined Avalon.
#3 | george_the_jack on February 05 2012 23:59:08
Quality album but I've always had an issue with the vocals.
#4 | reyno-roxx on February 06 2012 08:19:41
I don't remember the 'Kerrang!' review now, but I suspect that I couldn't get past the vocals much either.
#5 | gerard on December 13 2014 00:52:21
Dutch classic! Producer Okkie Huysdens (ex-The President) passed away last September. RIP.

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