Domenic Troiano | Reissues and Rarities
All of Domenic's original solo albums are out of print and have been for
quite some time. Fret Fever
was issued on CD by EMI Canada
several years ago, but it's pretty hard to find. However, most
of his solo work can be found on two separate CD anthologies, and
a career-spanning best-of was released in 2003 as part of Canada's
line of 20th Century Masters collections.
The Toronto Sound
This disc contains Domenic's first two solo efforts in their
entirety. The package includes an excellent essay
by Martin Melhuish and
photos of Dom as a little boy. The remastered music
sounds phenomenal, especially if your vinyl copies
of the original albums are getting worn. Released
only in Canada, I believe. If you haven't heard
Troiano's music, this is a perfect place to start. It is available
in limited quantities on Amazon.com. Get it, or be forever deprived.
Troiano Triple Play
I got this disc in the late '90s. Currently it is commanding high premiums on Amazon.
It offers a good overview of Domenic's
solo career with Capitol. The extended version of "We
All Need Love" is here; it just might inspire you to
hit the dance floor. This set consists mostly of the shorter,
catchier songs from Troiano's Capitol albums ("Maybe
the Next Time," "Brains on the Floor," "Savour the
Flavour," "Here Before My Time," etc.). "War Zone" is
included, but its impact is slightly diminished away
from its original source (the Side 2 suite of
The Joke's on Me
). Three important songs
missing from this compilation are "Lonely Girl,"
"Eleanora Fagan," and "I'd Rather Be Your Lover," but
you can only fit so much music on a disc (and this one
has 74 minutes and 52 seconds worth). Triple Play
include 2 excellent unreleased tracks from
the Joke's on Me
a worthwhile investment, if you can find it.
The Best of Domenic Troiano: The Millenium
One could earn a Nobel Prize if he or she released a true,
complete, comprehensive anthology highlighting the best moments
in Domenic's career. This would involve compiling tracks, many
scarce and obscure, from Domenic's numerous projects as a band
leader, band member, session player, and producer. This would
be a near-impossible task, as his recorded output was released
on many different labels. Since the world may never see a
perfect Troiano retrospective, this will do for now.
The pros: contains songs from Domenic's solo repertoire as
well as all of his major groups, save for the Guess Who. No
weak links in the track listing. Includes two gems left off
of the Triple Play
CD: "Lonely Girl" and the
incomparable "Eleanora Fagan." Stellar sound quality, beautiful
packaging. The cons: somewhat lopsided song
selection (for instance, four tracks from
and none from Tricky
you jest.). At 13 tracks, not quite long enough, as are all of
the volumes in this series.
Not a whole lot to complain about,
really. It's nice to see Domenic was included in the 20th
Century Masters series. It'll probably stay in print longer than
either of the aforementioned discs.
Live at Thunder Sound, Toronto
This show from 1977 was aired on Q-107 FM in Toronto
and bootlegged later in the year. It is currently
an endangered species, maybe even extinct. Ever the musician,
Dom says little and lets the music speak for itself.
Every cut features outstanding musicianship from Troiano
and his band: Jacek Sobatta, Keith Jones, Paul DeLong,
and Dave Tyson. The group is in top form, especially
on "War Zone" and a hot rendition of "Willpower." Once
again, if you can get your hands on it, grab it and run.
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