Here's a treat for you vinylheads and Canadian rock fans out there: this week saw the vinyl reissue of Allied Forces, the hit album from Northern hard-rockers Triumph.
Triumph, arguably Canada's other revered power trio, consisted of vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Michael Levine and drummer Gil Moore. By 1977, two years after their formation, they began to rack up a string of gold and platinum albums in their native country, as well as a handful of Juno nominations for Group of the Year. But with the release of Allied Forces in 1981, their success began to cross over the U.S.-Canadian border. The album went platinum in the States and spawned the band's first two singles on the Billboard rock chart: "Fight the Good Fight" (No. 18) and "Magic Power" (No. 8).
While Emmett left the group in 1988, and the band would fold in 1993, all three original members reconvened to tour in 2008 and continue to do so. This Tuesday, almost 30 years to the day of Allied Forces' original release, the band released a new 180-gram vinyl edition of the record, sourced from the original masters prepped by Bob Ludwig and featuring a thorough recreation of the original LP sleeve. A download card providing the album and some video content is also part of the package, and a merchandise bundle with some extra swag is offered through the band's official online store. The band will also be on tonight's episode of syndicated radio show Rockline to chat up the release and their reflections on the album.
Hit the jump for the track breakdown!
Triumph, Allied Forces: 30th Anniversary Edition (originally released as RCA Records AFL1-3902, 1981 - reissued TML Records, 2011)
- Fool for Your Love
- Magic Power
- Air Raid
- Allied Forces
- Hot Time (in This City Tonight)
- Fight the Good Fight
- Ordinary Man
- Petite Etude
- Say Goodbye