A Triumph-ant return: Record Store Day with box set; new doc this fall

Toronto ’70s hard-rock trio Triumph officially went on hiatus in 1993.

But the group, whose accolades include being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2008, are back in a big way in 2021.

First up, the threesome have been named Record Store Day Canada ambassadors with the exclusive, limited edition release of a new 40th anniversary vinyl box set of their classic 1981 disc, Allied Forces, available on RSD’s first drop on Saturday (June 12). The second RSD drop is July 17.

“Record Store Day is something that’s really special,” said keyboard-bassist Mike Levine, 72, who’s in Triumph with singer-guitarist Rik Emmett, 67, and drummer-singer Gil Moore, 68.

“And we’ll do anything to help support the independent stores that are out there. It is like a worldwide event. And as a result of that we put together a box set that’s strictly available at those independent stores. I think worldwide it’s only 2,500 (copies).”

The box set for Allied Forces, their fifth and highest charting studio album and first to be recorded at their now legendary Metalworks studio, found the three musicians discussing not only hits like Magic Power, Fight the Good Fight, Say Goodbye and the title track, but their relationship in a 24-page booklet.

“It’s fascinating reading because I found out stuff that I didn’t realize was happening right around me at the time,” said Levine, more specifically that Emmett was mad at him as producer for making him sing a note he didn’t want to at the time.

“It’s a great read. Actually, from a fan point of view I can see they would go, ‘Wow, this is really cool insider information. This is what the band really thought.’”


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