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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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Stations Featuring
Triumph

    Classic Metal

    Classic Metal
    3 songs

    Deep Classic Rock

    Deep Classic Rock
    2 songs

    Hair Metal

    Hair Metal
    2 songs

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    4 songs

    Classic Hard Rock

    4 songs

Albums by
Triumph

Top Songs by
Triumph

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Fight the Good Fight
  3.   Lay It on the Line
  4.   Magic Power
  5.   Hold On
  6.   Spellbound
  7.   Never Surrender
  8.   Rock & Roll Machine
  9.   Allied Forces
  10.   I Live for the Weekend
  11.   Follow Your Heart
  12.   Somebody's Out There
  13.   Tears in the Rain
  14.   Rock Out, Rock On
  15.   When the Lights Go Down
  16.   Movin' On
  17.   Too Much Thinking
  18.   Takes Time
  19.   Little Texas Shaker
  20.   I Can Survive
  21.   Fool for Your Love
  22.   Say Goodbye
  23.   A World of Fantasy
  24.   Ordinary Man
  25.   Air Raid
  26.   Love Hurts
  27.   Fingertalkin'
  28.   Running in the Night
  29.   Fantasy Serenade
  30.   Midsummer's Daydream
  31.   In the Middle of the Night
  32.   Woman in Love
  33.   24 Hours a Day
  34.   Carry on the Flame
  35.   Headed for Nowhere
  36.   A Minor Prelude
  37.   Just a Game
  38.   Young Enough to Cry
  39.   Stranger in a Strange Land
  40.   Don't Love Anybody Else But Me
  41.   Hooked on You
  42.   Take My Heart
  43.   Petite Etude
  44.   Rocky Mountain Way
  45.   New York City Streets, Pt. 1
  46.   American Girls
  47.   All the Way
  48.   Blinding Light Show/Moonchild
  49.   Easy Life
  50.   Be My Lover
  51.   The City: War March/El Duende Agonizante/Minstrel's Lament
  52.   Don't Take My Life
  53.   Veranoski by Edu Imbernón
  54.   Mystery Inside featuring Edu Imbernón
  55.   New York City Streets, Pt. 2
  56.   On and On
  57.   The Waking Dream (Prelude)
  58.   Rock You Down
  59.   Long Time Gone
  60.   Let the Light (Shine on Me)
  61.   All the King's Horses
  62.   Never Say Never
  63.   Prologue: Into the Forever
  64.   Battle Cry
  65.   Epilogue (Resolution)
  66.   Writing on the Wall
  67.   Overture (Processional)
  68.   Empty Inside
  69.   Mind Games
  70.   Little Boy Blues
  71.   Killing Time
  72.   Time Goes By
  73.   Embrujo
  74.   Just One Night
  75.   Take a Stand
  76.   If Only
  77.   What Rules My Heart
  78.   Street Fighter
  79.   What's Another Day of Rock' N ' Roll
  80.   Let Me Get Next to You
  81.   Tear the Roof Off
  82.   Nature's Child
  83.   Bringing It on Home
  84.   Hot Time (In This City Tonight)
  85.   In the Night
  86.   Cool Down
  87.   Time Canon
  88.   Trouble
  89.   Hard Road
  90.   Trouble, Pt. 2
  91.   If I Could
  92.   All Over Again
  93.   Play with the Fire
  94.   Your Eyes
  95.   Suitcase Blues
  96.   Believe
  97.   Destiny
  98.   History
  99.   Baby
  100.   Some Care

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