March 22, 2011 by esarsea
Triumvirat was a 3-piece prog-rock band from Germany, active in the 1970’s and 80’s. Triumvirat was very similar to Emerson, Lake and Palmer not only in sound but in band structure as well, with each group featuring only a keyboardist, a drummer, and a guitarist/bassist/vocalist. In fact, according to Wiki, Triumvirat was often referred to as, “The German ELP” during their heyday.
In 1975 Triumvirat released their masterpiece concept album Spartacus. The record was based on the Roman Gladiator Spartacus, who lead an army of slaves in an uprising against the Roman Empire known as The Third Servile War.
Track Listing (of the original release):
1. The Capital of Power – 3:13
2. The School of Instant Pain – 6:22
The Gladiator’s Song
3. The Walls of Doom – 3:57
4. The Deadly Dream of Freedom – 3:54
5. The Hazy Shades of Dawn – 3:09
6. The Burning Sword of Capua – 2:41
7. The Sweetest Sound of Liberty – 2:35
8. The March to the Eternal City – 8:46
9. Spartacus – 7:39
The Superior Force of Rome
A Broken Dream
A subsequent release of this CD suffered from the all-too-common compulsion of record companies to include “Bonus Tracks” to otherwise classic recordings, adding a live version of The Capitol of Power and a studio recording of Showstopper. In my opinion they detract from the overall listening experience. I deleted these 2 tracks when I uploaded this CD to my iPod (I had previously only owned this recording on vinyl).
It’s a stunning piece of work, and I highly recommend it for fans of Prog Rock and/or concept albums. I especially recommend for fans Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Below are a few tracks from the album. You might recognize March to the Enternal City which did receive some FM airplay back in the day. Enjoy, and Turn It Up!
It should be noted that there is a significant loss of fidelity with these youtube clips. The actual CD sounds great…very crisp, very clean. Plus, it’s best listened to from start to finish. You can pick up a copy of Spartacus here…