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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: In Concert

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Track List: Surveillance

1. Prolouge: Into The Forever

2. Never Say Never

3. Headed For Nowhere

4. All The King's Horses

5. Carry On The Flame

6. Let The Light (Shine On Me)

7. Long Time Gone

8. Rock You Down

9. Prelude: The Waking Dream

10. On And On

11. All Over Again

12. Running In The Night

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Track List: The Sport Of Kings

1. Tears In The Rain

2. Somebody's Out There

3. What Rules My Heart

4. If Only

5. Hooked On You

6. Take A Stand

7. Just One Night

8. Embrujo (Instrumental)

9. Play With The Fire

10. Don't Love Anybody Else But Me

11. In The Middle Of The Night

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Track List: Stages Live

1. When The Lights Go Down

2. Never Surrender

3. Hold On

4. Magic Power

5. Rock And Roll Machine

6. Lay It On The Line

7. A World Of Fantasy

9. Spellbound

10. Follow Your Heart

11. Fight The Good Fight

12. Mind Games

13. Empty Inside

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Track List: Thunder Seven

1. Spellbound

2. Rock Out, Roll On

3. Cool Down

4. Follow Your Heart

5. Time Goes By

6. Midsummer's Daydream

7. Time Canon

8. Killing Time

9. Stranger In A Strange Land

10. Little Boy Blues

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Track List: Never Surrender

1. Too Much Thinking

2. A World Of Fantasy

3. A Minor Prelude

4. All The Way

5. Battle Cry

6. Overture (Professional)

7. Never Surrender

8. When The Lights Go Down

9. Writing On The Wall

10. Epilogue (Resolution)

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Track List: Allied Forces

1. Fool For Your Love

2. Magic Power

3. Air Raid

4. Allied Forces

5. Hot Time

6. Fight The Good Fight

7. Ordinary Man

8. Petite Etude

9. Say Goodbye

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Track List: Progressions Of Power

1. I Live For The Weekend

2. I Can Survive

3. In The Night

4. Nature's Child

5. Woman In Love

6. Take My Heart

7. Tear The Roof Off

8. Fingertalkin'

9. Hard Road

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Track List: Just A Game

1. Movin' On

2. Lay It On The Line

3. Young Enough To Cry

4. American Girls

5. Just A Game

6. Fantasy Serenade

7. Hold On

8. Suitcase Blues

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Track List: In The Beginning...

1. 24 Hours A Day

2. Be My Lover

3. Don't Take My Life

4. Street Fighter

5. Street Fighter (Reprise)

6. What's Another Day Of Rock And Roll

7. Easy Life

8. Let Me Get Next To You

9. Blinding Light Show / Moon Child

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Track List: Rock & Roll Machine

1. Takes Time

2. Bringing It On Home

3. Little Texas Shaker

4. New York City Streets - Part 1

5. New York City Streets - Part 2

6. The City: Part 1 - War March / Part 2 - El Duende Agonizante / Part 3 - Minstrel's Lament

7. Rocky Mountain Way

8. Rock & Roll Machine

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Will ALWAYS love these guys!!! One of the best concerts I've ever seen!
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I was at the US festival 1983. Glen Helen California. Triumph rocked over 300,000 rock and roll fans with all their classic hits. I can say first hand they didnt dissapoint anyone. Very few 3 member bands could produce the sound that Triumph puts out. With their positive lyrics and uplifting messages they remain one of my all-time favorite bands.
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Don't waste My Time......La y it On the Line........ . . . X x x x x x O o o o o
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I've always known of Triumph but with Pandora I've been reintroduced to them and really love thus band. Good tune and good message can't be beat.
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uneekpenny
LOVE, LOVE, GREAT WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE♡♡♡♡♡♡
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gaetno
Triumph was one of the best bands in the 70's and 80's. They don't make them like that anymore. Saw them in Dallas with my buddy Ken. Best show ever!!
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❤❤❤❤❤
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Absolutely love this band and Lay it on the line.
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One of my favorite bands ever! Amazing singing, songwriting, guitar playing, and I love the drumming. VERY underrated. And the Allied Forces Album was incredible! Sad that I never got to see them. I am 45 now, and they never came to Boise in their heyday. Wish they would come now...
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Triumph is a awesome and very remember buy those who loved them and there music... Seen therm back in the 85-86!!! They put on one bad a** show.... The light show was awesome..... .
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Fight the GOOD FIGHT....... . L U V . . . U . . . . T R I U M P H ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Saw their first US concert...in c r e d i b l e !
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Love them! Great voice! Please come back to Dallas.
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LOVE TRIUMPH!
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Wow! What voice.! ! ! ! ��
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VERY under rated band!
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Good band!! But a bit over- rated.
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LOVE Triumph!
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uneekpenny
ALL TIME FAVORITE ♡ GREAT WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE♡
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Good song writing will always stand the test of time!
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milosdad
Saw them several times in San Antonio, once opening for UFO in 1980. Blinding Light Show!
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I Triumph....e v e r y d a y I awake....... . X X X X X X O O O O O O O O O
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Music does The Talking..... . . . I m Young ImWild & I'm....Free. . . . X X X X O O O O O O O O O
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Magic Power is a song that can lift you out of anything
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mikestachowi a k
Saw them on SPI TX with Rock Santers saw them several times in Buffalo they were always great
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It's cold as heck but still pumping triumph in Whittier! !!!!! Get down
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My favorite band. Never played f ed up. Always on point!!!
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pbgranma
one of the most under-rated bands of all time.Saw them 5 times-always kicked a**
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Well I'm glad I talked and bought my brother James a ticket to the show at the LA sports arena .....it rocked. ..f**ker should have bought my tix I was 17
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Under rated to say the least...saw them several times and always loved them...alway s will...posit i v e energy, good lyrics and great guitar/vocal s
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Allied forces by far there best album!
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Prog? Ok, but how about just bad a** rocking? Triumph so different from Rush, so American is so many aspects, let them escape from Rush's shadow
They're really Rush's more aggressive younger brother
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Young wild and free!
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im in that shot good times
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LOVE this band!
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doggone..emm e t t can wail!!!!!!!
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T, this ones all you!!!
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One of the most underrated and underapprici a t e d bands out there, have seen them at least 5 or 6 times always kicks a**. Of course for us there at the US festival in 1983 they almost stole the show
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Awesome band and very nice down to earth guy's
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my brother michael as a d.j at mr. k.s bar in aggieville manhattan, ks. introduced triumph to a young crowd. this band is and will always be one of my favorites... . o h h h ! that was! 1982
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I wish Rik had stayed with the group, he still could have done solo stuff as well. Still one of my favorite groups.
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I love reading these posts. They make me feel part of the family of Triumph fans who 'get it'... Who understand the music that makes up the sound track of my soul. (I stole that phrase from Rik Emmet.) Speaking of Rik, Never has there been a better musician... the combination of song writer, singer, guitarist is true ridiculousne s s .
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milosdad
I thought this band was great. At the end it got too poppy for me but it was still great musicianship . Saw them several times but one of the better shows had the Godz opening for them in San Antonio.
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I thank God I grew up and lived in the best era of music. The bands were made up of musicians who were passionate about their craft and it showed. They wrote the songs they played and they played the instruments that created the sound. And the music mattered. Triumph isn't RUSH and they never tried to be. They were a melodic band that used harmonies and brilliant guitar work to create outstanding songs that have stood the test of time and still make you feel just as good today as they did then.
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Awesome
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Noticed how their 1979 album cover for Just a Game is similar to Boston's first album cover (from 1976).
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They're good....but no one is better than RUSH!
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bkirk469
Best 3 man band to ever come out of Canada.
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