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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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Lay It On The Line,, one of there best.. ROCK ON Everyone
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one of the most underrated bands of alltime,
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They definitely deserve more radio play on classic rock stations.
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Timing is everything!
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Man Rik is an absolute master!!! Its a shame no one plays like this anymore..... . . that was the best time ty o be young & discovering music!!! Rock on! ✊
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I remember really good magic powder during magic power
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Triumph were trully badass players,...L a y it on the line baby!!!...th e music nowadays just has no heart and soul...
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What's to say, when music like this comes on! I say it speaks for its self. . .u know it's a great band when it triggers all those Awesome n not so Awesome Memories. :)
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Always a diehard fan love ya
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Blinding Light Show.....tak e s me back, what a sweet summer that was !!
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Yes, Rush does kinda sound like these guys, but not as good. ( this is what the critics should be saying instead of the other way around.)
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This is for my friend and her son! Fight the good fight!
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As always fight the good fight for my friend Josh!
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Nice concert!!!!! barycki. Memories forever!!!!!
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My first big concert was in 1980 when I moved to Dallas Texas. Triumph and UFO at the Moody Coliseum in the 10th row on the floor. It changed my life, what an experience!!
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Triumphs/Lay i n it on the Line and Movin On are only a few of the songs l can name among the many they did that were a**-kicken. Then came nickleback pearljam The Cult. CREED. and many other groups that. Well if you listened to 2 or 3 songs they all sounded the same and so called P.C. came about. Then whites could only make songs that said O'Babe O'Baby. Blacks could only make songs that said N**GA O You N**GA B**CH. MARTIANS Could only say O YOU GREEN TEETHED B**CH I got it in My Hand so �� It O
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Of course fight the good fight goes to Josh!
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muckc
Sreetcher!
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victoms of changes
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alabastervil l i s 0
but then the mid 80s appeared and lets be honest, triumph tried to change with the times and lost their magic and added too much keyboards and the music suffered. lesson to all artists, dont turn your back on your base, you may want to grow but grow for the right reasons. 95% of the world is idiots so why try to impress them?
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One of the best and most undefeated bands of all time. Rik Emmett takes a backseat to no body both vocally as well as his guitar playing. It's a shame that such garbage gets played on the radio and bands like this go unnoticed
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My first concert!!!
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True rock
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Good times
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Man what a great group and one the best of all time
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like
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underated,.. p e r i o d
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edkomasara
I think Rik Emmett sonds like a cross between Geddy and Jon Anderson
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Hold On, good tune. Triumph was a big part of my music in the 80s good memories an awesome music. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Triumph truly is one, whom I regard as Rush's rougher more out of control younger brother
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Heavier the. Rush , Emmett f**kin rocks on guitar ,. And singing that's the s**t when you can do both ., he's been anx will always be one of my favorite guitarists and one if my favorite all around bands .,
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sue038
Hah! I used to go with Gil Moore back in 1977 before I moved out west.
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Lay It On The Line, F*cking Love that song.
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Rik Emmit is a GAWD! How the hell he place this s**t and sings live is beyond me.
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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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