TRIUMPH - Sport of Kings 12" LP VINYL Album

"The Sport of Kings" is the eighth album by Canadian hard rock band Triumph, released in 1986. It was recorded at the band's home studio of Metalworks Studios from May to August 1986.

 

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"The Sport of Kings" Album Description:

Released in 1986, Triumph's "The Sport of Kings" marked a significant departure from their earlier hard rock sound. This transitional album arrived at a crossroads in the music industry, with hair metal and pop-infused rock gaining momentum.

Historical Context

The mid-1980s saw a shift in popular music tastes, with a greater emphasis on polished production and commercially viable sounds. MTV's influence was undeniable, shaping the visual and sonic landscape of the era. Triumph, known for their raw power and guitar-driven anthems, faced the challenge of adapting to these changing trends.

Musical Exploration

"The Sport of Kings" showcased a more polished and radio-friendly sound compared to Triumph's previous albums. Synthesizers and keyboards were more prominent, and the overall production leaned towards a pop-rock aesthetic. While some longtime fans lamented this change, others embraced the band's willingness to experiment and evolve.

Controversies

The album's shift in sound divided the fan base. Some criticized the band for abandoning their hard rock roots in favor of a more commercial direction. Others argued that Triumph was merely adapting to the changing musical landscape, much like other bands of the era.

Recording Venue

"The Sport of Kings" was recorded at the band's home studio of Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, from May to August 1986.

Best Song: "Somebody's Out There"

While the entire album offers a diverse range of tracks, "Somebody's Out There" stands out as a highlight. This power ballad showcases Rik Emmett's emotive vocals and the band's ability to craft a memorable melody. Its message of hope and perseverance resonated with listeners and became one of the album's most enduring tracks.

Music Genre:

 Canadian Hard Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "TRIUMPH - Sport of Kings" was produced and engineered by: Mike Glink

Executive Producer: Thom Trumbo

Mastered at Masterdisk, Los Angeles, California by Mike Reese

Record Label & Catalognr:

MCA Records 254 258

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1988 Made in Germany
Complete Track-listing of the album "TRIUMPH - Sport of Kings"

The detailed tracklist of this record "TRIUMPH - Sport of Kings" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. Tears in the Rain
  2. What Rules my Heart
  3. Hooked on You
  4. Embrujo (Instrumental)
  5. Play with the Fire
  6. Just One Night
  7. Somebody's Out There
  8. Dont Love Anybody Else but Me
  9. In the Middle of the Night
  10. If Only
  11. Take a Stand

 

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"Sport of Kings" Record Label Details: MCA Records 254 258 ℗ MCA Records Sound Copyright

"Sport of Kings" Record Label Details: MCA Records 254 258 ℗ MCA Records Sound Copyright
 
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