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