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After switching labels, Triumph were persuaded to record 1986’s The Sport of Kings with producer Ron Nevison, who'd recently helped hard rock acts like Survivor and Ozzy Osbourne crack the American pop market. After clashing with Triumph over “creative differences,” Nevison quit the project midstream and was replaced by a young engineer named Mike Clink, who'd soon go on to record classic albums with Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. Clink’s focus on song structures and tight-knit sonics resulted in some of the best tunes of the group’s career, including “Tears in the Rain,” “Don’t Love Anybody Else but Me,” and “Hooked on You.” Clink helped restore some of the band’s rawness with “Take a Stand,” in which the drums and guitar punch their way through a veneer of synthesizer. While longtime Triumph fans weren't crazy about the band’s tilt toward AOR, you have to give them credit for their integrity. While Def Leppard and Foreigner sugarcoated their songs to get radio’s attention, songs like “Just One Night” and “If Only” retained Triumph’s essential ferocity, even if they were a little gentler.

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Are you kidding???? must be a kid 'cause when Rush was in their hey day, Triumph was blowin' up almost as big. They had an enormous fan base and sold out arena in every city throughout the 80's and early 90's. But, I'm glad you have discovered them. Extremely talented musicians and song writers and also getting ready to unite and tour again...


...great canuk rock, eh?


I thought Rush was Triumph's Predecessor


Formed: 1975 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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