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Triumph

Late-'70s/early-'80s prog metallists Triumph endured countless comparisons to Rush throughout their career, and with good reason; they were both quite similar musically and lyrically, comprised of three members each, and hailed from Canada (although it must be said that Rush were the originator, and were much more commercially successful). Formed in Toronto during 1975, the trio consisted of guitarist/singer Rik Emmett, drummer/singer Gil Moore, and bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and issued its self-titled debut a year later via the independent Attic label. Although the album was largely ignored, it became a favorite of a radio DJ in San Antonio, Texas, which led to a regional following solidified by a tour of the state.

The exposure also gave way to a deal with RCA Records, which reissued the debut as well as Triumph's sophomore effort, 1977's Rock & Roll Machine, which spawned the group's first semi-hit single, a cover of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way." It was also around this time that the group became known for its concerts, which relied heavily on pyrotechnics and an intricate light show (just in case their following couldn't figure this out themselves, the trio penned a track called "Blinding Light Show").

With their stock rising among hard rock fans, Triumph inked a new recording contract with MCA, which led to their most successful period both artistically and commercially. Such resulting albums as 1979's Just a Game and 1980's Progressions of Power inched the group closer to breakthrough success, which was obtained by a pair of back-to-back gold-certified albums: 1981's Allied Forces (often considered the group's best album, which spawned the hit anthem "Fight the Good Fight") and 1982's Never Surrender. Such further albums as 1984's Thunder Seven, 1985's Stages, 1985's The Sport of Kings, and 1987's Surveillance failed to meet the expectations set by Triumph's earlier releases, yet the group was able to retain its following. Come 1988, Emmett opted to leave the group to pursue a solo career, but instead of calling it a day, Moore and Levine decided to carry on with a new frontman/guitarist, while an 11-track best-of set, Classics, was issued a year after Emmett's exit.

Their first choice, ex-Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake member John Sykes, was too busy getting his project Blue Murder off the ground at the time, so the gig ultimately went to former Frozen Ghost/Aldo Nova associate Phil X (it was also around this time that the group built its own recording studio in Mississauga, Ontario, called Metalworks). The Phil X-led version of the group only managed to issue a single release, however, 1993's Edge of Excess, before Triumph split up for good. In the wake of their breakup, several archival releases popped up in record stores, such as 1995's In the Beginning and 1996's King Biscuit Flower Hour (the latter of which chronicled a 1981 concert), while Rik Emmett continued on with his solo career, issuing albums on a regular basis throughout the '90s.

In 2007, it was announced that Triumph were to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Subsequently, the original lineup of Emmett, Levine, and Moore reunited for several high-profile live shows leading up to their induction into the Hall of Fame during the 2008 Juno Awards. In 2012, the band released the DVD/CD set Live at Sweden Rock Festival, which documents Triumph's reunion concert from 2008. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Joe Anthony R.I.P.
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I'm with ya rogerblocke.
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Rogerblocke I'm sorry that's retarded lol
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The sound system at the 1983 US festival was one of the finest and most massive put together at the time. It was designed by Clair Brothers and Showco.
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rogerblocke
I always thought Triumph was a much better sounding band than Rush and often wondered why they were compared to a band that wasn't even as good were/are..
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WOW
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Awesome band ...
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48 an still young wild n free Got that magic power.
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Brings back good memories. I love all Canadian bands.
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Triumph aka The Poor Man's Rush.
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Triumph is defintely under Rated. GREAT MUSIC. GREAT BAND
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This song started my never ending love affair with rock and roll. Thank you DJ's for saving me with this magic when I was young and really messed up.
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Not comparing butt awesome bands seen triumph in S.A. Tx. Boom
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Tour tour tour mofos. Play LA
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lasiter803
Fight the Good Fight
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Best triumph song! Lyrics a recipe for triumph.
(Not better than Rush tho FYI)
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I know it chick that digsthis band but I'm not gonna name names but her name starts with a T
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Magic power. Favorite triumph. Song
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conesta70
Better than RUSH !
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Nothing like hearing Triumph on the Mighty Q107 out of Toronto!

Get me a Blue Light and turn it up, eh?!
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Saw them in philly in the early 80s AWESOME show always like triumph better then rush!!!
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Say your name 10 times
Say your moms name 5 times
Say your crushes name 3 times
Post this on 4 other songs
You will be kissed Friday
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" ordinary man"!!!
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Saw them several times throughout the 80's including the US Festival. Such a powerful performance! Was less than 50 ft. from the stage! Too bad they couldn't find their way to stay together. Rik is an absolute wizard on the guitar and never got the recognition he deserved. Unfortunatel y , his ego and superiority over the other band members ultimately ate away at their unity and broke them up.
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Far better vocals and guitar playing than Rush.
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Never understood the Rush comparison. Triumph was a pure rock n roll band with better vocals where rush had a more new wave synthesizer sound. To each their own but I myself prefer Triumph all day over Rush.
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One of if not the most underrated bands ever.Have seen them mutiple times all over the US, their best concert was 1983 US festival damn near right up front w/ 350,000 others look it up kids it's what rock festivals looked like
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One of my favorites!!! Love them...still favorite LIVE group! So good in concert..so much better than Rush
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leswright700
One of my very favorite bands, love Thunder Seven as well.
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Love The Thunder Seven cd
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Hold On belongs in the Pantheon of Rock Anthems
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I see no comparrison between Rush Limbaugh an Triumph
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Who is this Rush they comparing Triumph to?
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Best band ever!!
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one my favorite. still is...
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hurricanerc
Joe anthony and Lou Roney of KMAC/KISS back in the 70's
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Saw this band in 1983 at the US festival in Devore, California. What a great show, these guys really rocked. Best concert in my life.
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floden3
Definitely one of the best live bands that I havw ever seen!!!
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Triumph Rocks!!!
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bhuler
rush/triumph . . . c a n a d i a n music at it's best
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davedeilkes
Triumph was one of my favorite bands back in the day liked them better than rush.
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Triumph is better
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pojcat
Don't see the comparison with Rush...but I really like both bands!
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Triumph was a great Rock n' Roll band with numerous great jam songs. Straightforw a r d Rock!
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jvukic
They're definitely a good band, R&R Hall of Fame (whatever that means) material, I don't know, but a great band. I don't think bands/people need any sort of plaque to be well regarded.
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jserra83
I don't understand why people compare Rush and Triumph. Perhaps it is because they both are trios from Canada. To me, the comparison stops there. I enjoy both bands as well as Boston, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Kansas, The Eagles, etc.
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I don't understand why people prefer Rush. I've only listened to 2 Triumph songs and I already like them more than Rush. I think Rush is overrated.
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Triumph was much more Pop-oriented than Rush before Rush went that way in the latter part of the 80s. Girls in High School could relate to Triumph (She had a rotten day so she hopes the DJ will play her favorite song). Rush was a stoner band that only dudes could really dig.
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Of course Rush is better. They're better than anyone. But Triumph was damn good.
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I wrote this on my heavy bag, Fight The Good Fight. It took me awhile, but I did, and do...<><
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