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MP3 Trooper - The Last Of The Gypsies

Classic Canadian power pop.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (37:52) !
Related styles: ROCK: Classic Rock, POP: Pop/Rock

It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, sold-out coliseums across Canada, and a Juno Award (Canada''s Grammy) for Band of the Year. The Vancouver Sun called them "Canadian rock heroes of the first order ... the best performing band in Canada." What made them what they were then is still there now: great performances and great pop songwriting.

Incredibly, more than one out of every forty Canadians owns a copy of Trooper''s 6X Platinum album; "Hot Shots", and it remains MCA''s best-selling catalog title. The band has performed thousands of shows in virtually every city and town in Canada and are the first Canadian band to successfully tour from coast to coast in their home country. In America, they''ve backed up a who''s who of Rock including; Aerosmith, BTO, AC/DC, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, REO, Styx, and many others.

When Trooper returned to the airwaves in 1990 with the album "The Last of the Gypsies", the welcome afforded them by fans, radio, and critics was unqualified. The Toronto Star''s Craig MacInnis pronounced Gypsies "a wonderful album, imbued with the humor and verve that only come from slowly digging oneself out of adversity." The album scored Gold-plus sales and new radio hits. Trooper performed 187 shows across Canada in 1990 and their "Gypsies Tour" was the most successful Canadian tour of the summer. The video for the hit "Boy With A Beat" received extensive play on Much Music as did a previously unreleased 1980 concert film.

The Edmonton Sun hailed the band''s return, saying, "They remain, after all this time, real Troopers", citing Ra McGuire''s "instantly recognizable voice that''s been heard through a million radios in this country ... Trooper demonstrates a vitality that belies its ''relic'' status."

In the nineties, Trooper’s music began turning up on TV ads for everything from Tim Horton’s Coffee to Molson’s beer. The band itself became more visible on TV, playing the Grey Cup half-time show, the West Coast Music Awards and guest-starring on This Hour Has 22 Minutes New Year''s Special. Trooper became even more deeply ingrained in Canadian pop culture, with nods coming in films, soundtracks, and television shows - such as FUBAR, The Beachcombers remake, and several episodes of ‘22 Minutes’, including a moving Christmas tribute to Canadian forces in Bosnia that featured "We’re Here for a Good Time" as its central theme. In 2001 Visionary Records released "Shot Spots", a Punk tribute to Trooper that contained 30 Trooper songs performed by 30 Canadian punk bands (D.O.A., SNFU, The Dayglo Abortions and others).

Trooper toured relentlessly, continuing to sell out shows from Victoria to St. Johns - attaining legendary status across Canada. To ensure a balance of time between the road and home, and with demand for the band showing no signs of slowing down, Trooper began limiting their touring to 100 shows a year. Some of the challenges of trying to do this, and the rewards of succeeding, were documented in a four page 2004 photo essay by Todd Korol in Macleans magazine and a two page 2005 Globe and Mail story by Peter Cheney.

In April 2006, Trooper singer and songwriter, Ra McGuire released his first book: Here For a Good Time - On the Road With Trooper, Canada''s Legendary Rock Band. The book was published by Insomniac Press and received rave reviews from fans, media, and fellow writers.

As Trooper continues to sell out shows across the country, they often encounter fans from three different generations in the audience, proving that the band remains ageless.

Trooper has become a Canadian legend. They continue to perform their huge collection of hits with the vitality and sense of humor that has served them well on their steady march through the hills and valleys of Rock and Roll.

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