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Trooper - 1979 Hot Shots: Best Of

ARTIST: Trooper
ALBUM: Hot Shots (Best Of)
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1990, MCA, MCAD 31218


LINEUP: Ra(mon) Maguire - vocals * Brian Smith - guitars * Harry Kalinksy, Doni Underhill - bass * Frank Ludwig - keyboards * Tommy Stewart - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Boys In The Bright White Sports Car * 02 Baby Woncha Please Come Home * 03 General Hand Grenade * 04 Two For The Show * 05 Ready * 06 Santa Maria * 07 We're Here For A Good Time * 08 Oh Pretty Lady * 09 It's Been A Long Time * 10 Round Round We Go * 11 Moment That it Takes * 12 Raise A Little Hell


I guess every middle aged Canadian will have a Trooper album somewhere in their record collection. There is a 90% chance that it will be this one 'Hot Shots', considering it is a compilation of their material up to this point in time (1979). The album was released when the band were going through some inner turmoil. Relations with producer Randy Bachman (the band were also signed to his Legend record label at the time) made things quite awkward for them. As a band, Trooper have acquired an endearing relationship with Canadian audiences for years. Their mix of straight ahead hard rock and at times aggressive edge sees this band on the fringe of AOR.

The Songs
These songs are culled from their first four albums: 'Trooper', 'Two For The Show', 'Knock Em Dead Kid' and 'Thick As Thieves'. For most Canucks, most of these tunes are very well known. 'The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car' is a Trooper staple (better known due to its unusual songtitle) as is 'We're Here For A Good Time', with it's nautical flavour (like a rockier Jimmy Buffet). The ballad 'Pretty Lady' is a very laid back piano-laced ballad, while 'Round And Round We Go' takes a shot at the crossover AOR/West Coast style prevalent during that timeframe. Some of you trainspotters out there will recognise a Trooper staple 'Raise A Little Hell' being covered by the fantastic AOR indie band Under Fire. The same guys who put out that superb track 'Too Close To Paradise'..

In Summary
The band are still around in some shape or form with the mainstay duo of Maguire and Smith carrying the flag. A selective discography, but worth checking out their material spanning nearly thirty years of existence. You will find some gems here. Take a trawl through Filestube and you'll be bound to find a heap of tunes.

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#1 | sabace on April 07 2006 18:49:14
get their eponymous first lp its a greatlp. knock 'em dead kid is their best track from lp of same name
#2 | Eric on April 11 2007 22:05:56
These guys were just a great band in their heyday. For many years I thought 'Thick As Thieves' was the band's best, but recently I am partial to 'Flying Colours' which came after this greatest hits package. Also one of the best logos of the rock era!

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