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Trooper - 1978 Thick As Thieves

ARTIST: Trooper
ALBUM: Thick As Thieves
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1995, MCA (Canada), MCBBD 2377


LINEUP: Ra McGuire - lead vocals, harp * Frank Ludwig - keyboards, vocals * Brian Smith - guitars, vocals * Doni Underhill - bass, vocals * Tommy Stewart - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Live From The Moon * 02 No Fun Being Alone * 03 Round Round We Go * 04 Drivin' Crazy * 05 Roll With It * 06 Say Goodnight * 07 Moment That It Takes * 08 One Good Reason * 09 Gambler * 10 Raise A Little Hell


You can't argue with Trooper's success on their home turf, but in the States, Canada's pop heroes had a tougher time winning over rock fans. Tours with BTO, Styx, Spirit and in support of this record - Triumph, didn't send record buyers to stores in droves, but eventually the single and classic rock anthem 'Raise A Little Hell' drew enough attention from radio programmers to at least give the band 'one hit wonder' status south of the border. While America never fully 'got it', Trooper can claim with pride to be one of the most successful bands in Canada and didn't need the Yanks to fill their pockets. 'Thick as Thieves' Trooper's fourth album is arguably the band at the peak of their powers. Platinum two times over with three hit singles to hang on the mantle as well as a major SRO arena tour supported by Zon and One Horse Blue; Trooper had become an unstoppable force.

The Songs
Opening pomp stormer 'Live From The Moon' sets the albums tone and the fun part about Trooper is the music is always upbeat, never down and depressing. This is Car music, made for good times and great memories. With that said, the star of the show in my ever so humble opinion is Frank Ludwig who sings on two of the albums hits, the self penned and absolutely brilliant 'Round, Round We Go' and the lovely 'The Moment That It Takes' which is nothing short of stunning. Trooper would eventually lose Ludwig to producer Randy Bachman's Ironhorse project and the music clearly suffered for it on their 80's material. The remaining tunes are all classic Trooper, nothing you hadn't heard on previous albums and its all good with 'Say Goodnight', the funky 'One Good Reason' and the Sweet-ish 'Gambler' showcasing the band at their very best. Of course the records closer 'Raise A Little Hell' is the best of the lot, but we already know that don't we!

In Summary
Many of us have this album in our collection already and those who don't need to step it up and secure a copy as soon as possible. From here pick up 1979's 'Flying Colors' working your way back to 'Knock 'em Dead Kid' and '76s 'Two For The Show' for Trooper's best work.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 06 2009 03:23:16
There will be a few more Trooper reviews to be added to the site. It won't stop at just these two..
#2 | sabace on December 08 2009 14:33:59
their eponymously entitled debut is great!
#3 | super80boy on January 11 2014 21:36:25
Both this album and their previous effort 'Knock'Em Dead Kid' are in my humble opinion their best outings. This album is a lively listen all the way through, with some gems along the way, 'Live From The Moon', 'Round Round We Go' and 'Raise A Little Hell'.
#4 | gdazegod on January 12 2014 01:07:50
I saw an episode on Canadian TV show 'Arctic Air' where they were doing a karaoke of Trooper's 'Raise A Little Hell' and BTO's 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'. A couple of Canadian national anthem songs if you ask me.. lol!
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