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on February 19, 2015
Yngwie Malmsteen apart from having the hardest name in rock to spell is one of those 1980's rock figures in the mold of Steve Perry ...Long hair with a voice that ranges in the Multi Octaves and a guitar gimmick that I refer to as the Dwiddley sound what that actually is a hammer on or the banging down of a finger on the neck of the guitar to produce a short sharp note. When done in sharp succession you manage to get the Dwiddley, - Dwiddley effect it does take a great deal of strength to keep it up for a long time but it tends to get a little lame after a while when its the only trick that you have. A guitar artist like Eddie Van Helen, Keith Richards, Ronnie Woods, Neil Young, Steve Vai, Buckethead, and I suppose that I could fill the page with others all have a repertoire of tricks that they can fall back on YM simply only has the one, or so it seems. While it is fun to own the one Cd I do not think that I shall go out and buy a huge selection of this kind of music it does get boring quickly...Spigomars
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on May 7, 2015
Thanks to videos in the 80's I learned who this guy was and what a phenomenal guitar player he is. Had the cassette, but I found it hard to come up with his other albums. Every tune on this one is pretty damn good, which is why I finally got it on cd. Worth the money, for sure.
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on October 30, 2003
After this, it was all downhill. His albums began to get a bit "samey", containing songs of dubiously similar, commercial style, with the occasional left-field entry of a real metal epic. This album shows him wanting to try the radio-friendly thing with "You Don't Remember", which is probably his least bubble-gum flavored pop song, but overall it isn't very commercial. And it was the last one to be without one of his ultra-cheesey ballads, which gains MAJOR points for TRILOGY.
Nope, there are definitely NO songs on TRILOGY that your girlfriend would like, which is how it should be. Well, the aforementioned "You Don't Remember" might actually be a chick song, but besides that one it's all dungeons and dragons and shreddery.
Yngwie will never be called a poet, but he at least covers some fairly interesting topics with "Queen in Love" and "Dark Ages". "Liar" sees him seething at someone who backstabbed him, whilst "Crying" is a nice little acoustic solo vehicle.
Undoubtedly the final tune is the piece-de-resistance. "Trilogy Suite" is in my useless opinion his best, most interesting instrumental. It wears many more faces than the throw-away 3 minute shred-fests he tacked onto his subsequent albums, and never loses your attention. The blistering acoustic break towards the end is To DIE FOR.
Yngwie also plays bass on the album and does an amazing job at that, especially in the Trilogy Suite where he routinely does his Bach schtick on the four-string.
Apparently the singer Mark Boals has found some disfavor amongst Yngwie fans, which I can't really relate to. I find him much more interesting than any of the other singers Yngwie's had, especially the "middle-namers": Jeff Scott Soto and Joe Lynn Tuneless, rock star extraordinaire.
Yngwie's first 3 albums show him doing it his way. After that, it was Yngwie doing it the financial way. Turns out it never really paid off--he was never a radio staple--and part of me is glad that it backfired on him. Serves him right for abandoning his integrity to greed.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon September 25, 2011
In the 1980's Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was a guitar revolutionary with is neo-classical guitar playing and popularized the art of "shredding". I'm not Malmsteen's biggest fan and he was not the first guitarist who was influenced by classical music (Ritchie Blackmore was there before him) but I'll give him credit for his playing and his influences on some of the Power/Symphonic Metal bands. While his first solo album Rising Force showed his talents as a guitarist and featured a heavy dose of instrumentals his third album, 1986's Trilogy sees Yngwie going towards a more commercial direction and tends to sound more pop and radio friendly like much of the Glam bands of that era. Yet Yngwie still shreds, produces amazing solos and excellent guitars in general. This album marks another change for Yngwie as singer Mark Boals replaces departed singer Jeff Scott Sotto. Malmsteen would collaborate with many singers (Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White, Tim "Ripper" Owens just to name a few) and everyone has their favorite but it's fair to say that Mark Boals had a good voice and was a competent singer.

"You Don't Remember" opens the album with crunchy guitars and accompanying keyboards in the background. This song indicates a more radio friendly sound but is still a hard rocking song, even though it hints at commercialism it's still a good catchy song. "Liar" is much more aggressive and is more guitar oriented, a heavier track and one of the best on Trilogy. "Queen In Love" has been described as "cheesy" by other reviewers but I think it's a good 80's pop-flavored song that's undeniably catchy. What can I say? I do enjoy some cheese now and then. "Crying" to me is a personal highlight of Trilogy. It's really as if Yngwie is crying through his guitar, its powerful instrumental music. Yngwie shows his classical guitar skills and also demonstrates that he's not all about speed. "Fury" is one of the heavier tracks on Trilogy and it is also one of the songs on which Boals is most effective. "Fire" is suffers from having a bad, cheesy chorus that brings the song down when it had potential. "Dark Ages" is a good slow, heavy song with interesting lyrics and story. "Magic Mirror" sees Mark Boals going for the high notes but it doesn't really go anywhere unfortunately. Album closer "Trilogy Suit Op: 5" is very much the equivalent classical music on guitar, it sounds incredible and it shows just how much of a virtuoso Malmsteen is. It's not surprising considering Malmsteen's love of classical music. This one is epic; it has many time changes and it's the Yngwie show. Of course he's backed up by solid music. This is for those who are into displays of over the top soloing and represents Malmsteen doing what he does best, those who aren't will find little of interest in this song.

Overall Trilogy is not Yngwie Malmsteen's best or even his most popular album and while it goes in more of a commercial direction than his two previous effort Rising Star (1984) and Marching Out (1985). Yngwie is still true to himself and on Trilogy he's still an impressive guitarist. The songs are more mainstream and there were some radio tracks such as "You Don't Remember" and "Queen In Love" but he remains true to himself. I have a soft spot for Trilogy because while it's not my favorite Yngwie Malmsteen record it was my first. I remember thinking the cover with Yngwie fighting a dragon was a cool image. Trilogy features some excellent guitar work, good new singer and a mix of catchy/heavy/instrumental songs. 3.5 stars/5.
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on July 21, 2003
Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the best guitarists on the planet. I once heard someone say he's one of most "over-rated, under-rated" guitar players and I suppose that's true, you either like him or you don't. This album has great production and yes it sounds a little dated, but Mark Boals is a great singer and this album has some of Yngwie's most accessible and well written songs. Unlike a lot of Steve Vai, some Joe Satriani, and even some Eric Johnson songs Yngwie's songs rarely wander and have good structure and feel to them. If you want esoteric nonsense listen to Steve Vai, but if you like well written, played, and produced neo-classical metal and all around talent check out Yngwie J. Malmsteen. Nice cover art too by the way. Either this album or Rising Force is an excellent introduction to his music.
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on November 22, 2005
Very good playing here, with "Crying" and "Fire" being the most memorable moment. Cheesy songs/lrics like "Queen is in love", and a big filler in "Dark Ages" made this album lack. Marc Boals softened up the Viking metal way too much, as did the song writing, and was the wrong guy for the glam swing.
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on January 28, 2003
The only other gripe I ever had with this recording (besides Mark Boals on vocals) was the song 'fire.' It comes off sounding like Yngwie wanted a radio-friendly song that wasn't too 'metal' sounding or something. Every other song on here is classic Malmsteen and I would tell any fan to get it. Magic Mirror, The haunting riffs of Dark Ages, and the two outstanding instrumentals on this release: Crying, and Trilogy Suite. Trilogy Suite is the gem of this 40 minute CD. The beginning is amazing: with Yngwie making it sound like he's having a guitar duel with himself, and the rest just amazing solos on his part, make it the centerpiece of the LP, even if it's the last track. I'd love to hear a remastered copy though: the drums drown out a lot of Yngwie's basic riffs, but don't sweat it, his solos on this are (as always) loud as hell. Replace the Fire track and either get a different singer, or Yngwie should have told Mark Boals to make his voice soar a bit more, and it's a 5 star rating. Essential though for ANY Malmsteen listener. **** 4 STAR RATING FROM SCRAGGY'S TOMB. Cheers!
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on November 26, 2000
By 1986, Yngwie had definently deserved the acclaim he was receiving from the guitar community. With 2 classics firmly under his belt and a growing reputation as the premier rock guitarist, Yngwie had truly re-invented the wheel! TRILOGY follows mostly the same pattern as the previous MARCHING OUT with the glaring exception being the overall "pop-ness" of the disc, possibly to widen his audience. And, to his benefit, he did with the now standard "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget" featuring quite a fine solo and the great vocal stylings of Mr. Mark Boals. Quite befitting Yngwie's ever present Dungeons And Dragons vibe, Boals' thin, high, shrill seems right at home with the minor key madness of such uptempo shredders as "Liar", "Fury", and "Magic Mirror". Anders and Jens Johannson return while Yngwie grabs the bass on this one. We are treated to the emotionally charged instrumental "Crying" as well as the vocal tinged mid-tempo "Queen In Love" and "Fire". The trudging "Dark Ages" is also quite a gem on an album that really saw Yngwie lean with the glam moving times of the mid to late 1980's (possibly the only time Yngwie leaned with the times in his whole career! He truly stands by his invented neo-classical style, but it is obvious that this record was a slight departure from the raw satan-esque vintage metal of his earlier recordings). The true classic on this record, and what really sends it home with a four star rating instead of a 3 or 3 1/2 is the epic majesty of the title track, "Trilogy Suite Opus 5". A true high point in Yngwie's career, this instrumental reminds us of why we listen to this guy in the first place and totally is on par with "Black Star" or "Far Beyond The Sun" from his first record. Yngwie had truly solidified himself as the master of his art and with TRILOGY, he reached a broader audience while still staying true to his artistic muse. Quite a feat! A true guitar classic as well as being a metal masterpiece.
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on October 19, 2000
This is the 3rd Yngwie CD I bought, and at first I disliked it because, unlike Rising Force, there were only two instrumentals on it. But I eventually came to accept the lyrical masterpieces like "Magic Mirror" and "Liar." But back to the instrumentals. They are two of Yngwie's best songs ever. "Crying" takes you through about 3-4 minutes of passionate acoustic playing, followed by a screaming electric guitar response. And in his trademark epic, "Trilogy Suite Opus 5," you hear a wide variety of skills and sounds, including a lightning-fast guitar opening (some parts of the riff are even accompanied note-for-note by the bass), a heavy post-intro, and Yng's usual freestyle shredding. But as the song fades out, and you think it's over, an acoustic riff takes you by surprise, and then the guitar and bass come back in with another metal mashing session. By the end of the long piece, you'll want to go back and listen to it again and again!
As usual, the singing pieces in the songs are very hair-band oriented. But the highlight of many of the songs are the amazing guitar solos. I had a bunch of transcribed Yngwie arpeggio and sweep picking excercises that I'd been practicing, and I was very excited to hear them played (faster than I ever could, obviously) in "Magic Mirror" all in rapid succession. The cover of this CD pretty much tells it all: the lyrics and feel of the album are very fantasy/medieval inspired, and Yng takes on the world with nothing but his Fender Strat.
Buy this CD!
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on May 21, 2000
I remember getting my first copy of Trilogy on cassette several years ago. I used to listen to it all the time. I still listen to it occasionally--it's a cool hard rock album. The addition of Mark Boals on vocals was a good idea--he's a capable singer. Yngwie's guitar playing is very good throughout. Jens Johansson also does a skilled job with the keyboard playing. Trilogy's musicianship is really tight--the production sounds nice too. There are a couple of very good instrumentals on here ("Crying" and "Trilogy Suite Op:5"). My favorite songs are "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget" and "Fire." Yngwie's guitar solo on "Fire" is fantastic. I've always been very impressed with it--it's very memorable and is my favorite solo from him. The only song I don't really like is "Fury." It just has never interested me. The rest of the material on the album is pretty good. Trilogy is a respectable release. Worth a listen.
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