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Greatest Hits Remixed (CD + DVD)
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2010
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The packaging is great
- the dedication to Rik Emmett's late brother a very nice touch.

The CD - can be re-named Triumph-The Drum remixes.
-These songs were re-mixed over the years when the drummer and
guitarist were not speaking to each other, and they were re-done
at the studios owned by the drummer.

So while the clarity of the tracks seems better, on many songs the
drums are annoyingly amped up and the guitar pushed to the back.

The DVD - I was first introduced to this band by MTV back in the 80's.

The band is apparently too embarrassed by those videos, so they replaced
them with cuts from their other releases; Live at the US Festival, and
Night of Triumph live, and other live footage.

I've hoped for years they would release a video package and was
very disappointed to find out the videos that made me a fan were
not included.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Love this band, always have and I've seen them live and they always put on a great show despite the Spandex. Rik Emmett is one the finest guitarists ever.
But damn, what is up with this debacle? The drums are mixed beyond enjoyment. They are painful, horrid and gated and sound like giant turds being beaten.
Hard to believe this was OK'd by the band but apparantly it was. Richard Chycki should be ashamed. Was this to make the band sound hip and modern? Please.
Also, some tracks are missing that are no-brainers and same for the videos-so many are missing.
The packaging is very nice and the overall presentation is too, but man, the remixes are atrocious, especially the drums.
2 stars for the missing songs, videos and the poopy drums. Otherwise it would've been 5 stars easily.
I'd also add the DVD is very disappointing. Missing videos are: "Movin' On", "American Girls", "Magic Power" (both versions), "Say Goodbye", "Allied Forces", "Fight The Good Fight", "A World Of Fantasy" and "Mind Games". We get inferior live versions of "Magic Power" from 1987, and a 3 minute shortened clip of "Allied Forces" from the US Festival '83-very lame and pretty insulting.
Who knows what they were thinking-they said some videos were too cheesy? They're all cheesy! Who cares?
Bottom line-they really screwed this up-but it still has some things that any fan would want. Just nowhere near enough. And man, "Love Hurts" is wretched-worse than a Bea Arthur nude poster.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2010
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Obviously, different people have different opinions on what they're looking for in a greatest hits package. For some, this is perfect. For others, despite the great job they did on it and the great quality, it's a little lacking. I fall in the latter category.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great cd/dvd set and full of great music, re-mastered superbly. Triumph were always pioneers in the studio, and still are to this day. What they did with the music is great. Sure, you'll never get every song you think should be on there, that just seems to be the way. One pet peeve I have is it always seems to be the one song you bought the cd for, they put the live version of it on the cd. I totally prefer the studio tracks when it comes to a best of collection. For the live tracks, I'll buy the live album. Again, that's me. Thankfully, they didn't do that here!!!

So far, so good. Where's the problem? I'm a completist. I was very excited when I learned this package was going to be released. Finally, all those MTV videos you couldn't find and hadn't seen in years, would be on one convenient disc. Not quite so. Missing are "Movin' On", "Say Goodbye", "A World Of Fantasy", "Allied Forces" (original MTV video), and if memory serves, there was a different (original) version of Magic Power. This version included is from the US Festival dvd, which I already have. I didn't want some of their videos or alternates, I wanted all of them. Yeah, some of these are on Youtube, but it's not the same thing.

So, while it's a great package of great quality, which I'd give 4.5 stars for the cd, I feel the dvd falls a bit short. I still recommend it, there's some rare stuff on the dvd that makes it totally worth it. But, I wanted the other videos as well. I guess I have to go back to hoping they'll be released on some other Triumph cd/dvd release.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
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I am happy that Triumph released a remixed Greatest Hits package. In addition to the remastering and improved engineering, the remixing brought the vocals out front and each track now has a cleaner sound. Particularly on "Follow Your Heart" and "Somebody's Out There". Both songs sound like fresh new recordings.

I had purchased the "Triumph Classics" collection earlier and was disappointed with the sound quality. When this package was released I was happy they included a DVD of their MTV-era videos however the only reason I did not give this 5 stars is that the collection did not include all of the original tracks off of "The Classics" compilation, most obviously "Tears In the Rain" off of the "Sport of Kings" LP. Instead we have Triumph's cover of "Love Hurts".

I would love to see Rik, Mike & Gil do one more world tour, perhaps to back up a new album, however it doesn't look like it will happen. In the meantime, enjoy this compilation and the 80s era DVD. It brings back great memories!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2011
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I just reviewed a Hinder record (a gift) which certainly gives light to what I'm about to say. They just don't make music like they used to. Triumph is one of those greatly underated bands from the 70's and 80's. Rik Emmett is a masterful guitar player and one big reason why a good handful of these songs make you want to go buy a 79 Trans Am and peel out of your driveway on a road trip to Florida (run-on-sentence time: with 4 cases of beer in your trunk, a swim suit and flops - no need for sunscreen or a job for at least a weeks' stay in some cheap sea-side motel with some hot college girls and your bro's).. Oh, back to reality.. Anyway, the re-mixing is certainly evident on this compilation and is a touch over-kill in places, but outstanding in others. It's a wash, I guess, but I'd still rather have the original versions of every song. Remixing/re-mastering is a good idea if the changes are subtle and improve sound quality and bring volume to newer standards - Not when forcing instruments in front, or along-side of others. Guitar and lead vocals, for example, are a dominant sound in rock music and thats the point which should resonate among those who wish to re-mix. So, why mess with that unless it's done properly? When listeing to this I have to adjust my volume for certain songs.. (annoying)

As for the music, not all Triumph songs kick-azz and some are a bit cheesy 80's style stuff, but there are many good tunes which I consider to be classics: Allied Forces, Never Surrender, Lay it on the Line, Fight the Good Fight etc... (just like any band, you've got to sort through some of the songs you don't favor). I recommend this album, but would rather tell you to buy Triumph Classics, Allied Forces and Never Surrender piece meal - sort through them and make a playlist out of all the songs you put in there. If you don't want to do that, this is still very worthy for only a $9.99 download cost. Enjoy -
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2010
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I like Triumph. I would classify myself as a casual fan. I appreciate their music and their message, so I had to get this Greatest Hits Remixed CD + DVD. I like all the classic songs on the CD, but I am not so into the couple of new(er) songs on here. I thought the DVD would be great, but I believe for the most part it is studio (audio) songs played over concert video footage with the exception of the couple of MTV style videos that are included. So I was disappointed with the DVD song videos. I can see dubbing live audio over live video, but using studio audio over live video does not work for me. I would prefer the complete live experience (audio and video for those songs). So I thought the music video's from the DVD were kind of loosely put together. Some of it may be due to the fact that back in the day that is how music videos were done. On the other hand I thought the the bonus DVD footage from the award ceremonies rocked! The guys really deserved those awards and their emotional speeches were awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2011
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Usually I'm at least cautious when it comes to remixes. Cleaning it up is one thing, but messing with what fans are thoroughly familiar treads on dangerous ground. ZZ Top's Six Pack comes to mind... In this case the effort is an unqualified success, for this fan anyway. The remixed versions bring to life that full-bodied muscle I could always hear but not quite feel, even in digital format. They also add some interesting flourishes here and there, arguable improvements that will have the faithful drawing swords for a little while at least. Compared to the original recordings, there is to my ears a subtle three dimensional quality in the remixes that really gives the music some space to breathe, which it does throughout. Aside from the closing track, a thoroughly superfluous cover of Nazareth's Love Hurts, it's a solid selection of material, similar to Classics but with some good padding to entice the suspicious. All in all, a long overdue shot in the arm for some great music from an energetic and innovative band.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2010
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I wanted to give this 5 stars because Triumph is one of my favorite all time bands. Their music appeals to the better angels of our nature. The mixing on the CD is not all that good on some songs. Too much re-verb on some songs and the drums could have been mixed to have more attack and crispness on others. The DVD has too many songs that are MTV type videos. Some may like that but I was hoping for more live performances without a lot of overdubbing. Don't get me wrong this CD/DVD is worth owning but it could have been so much better. I am not sorry I bought it but was a little bit disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
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I bought this as a gift and he loved it. It had all of the songs he wanted and had him dancing around the living room.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
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Actually, Triumph: Classics is a better best of compilation, however the sound quality of that one is inexcusably bad. I bought this album and added the other two songs from their original remastered albums. The ones that are missing are "World of Fantasy" (much more of a classic than the dribbling ballads they included on this album) and "Tears in the Rain". With the re inclusion of these songs, this is a quality "best of" album.
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