Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Triumph announce Allied Forces 40th anniversary box set

Triumph will release a box set marking the 40th anniversary of their 1980 album, “Allied Forces”, during Record Store Day on June 12.

Led by the singles "Magic Power" and "Fight The Good Fight", the band’s fifth studio set delivered a career-high US chart ranking of No. 23 while going on to become their only platinum record in the region.

The “Allied Forces” box set will include the following:

* Vinyl #1: Picture disc of original "Allied Forces" studio album
* Vinyl #2: 2xLP live in Cleveland 1981
* Vinyl #3: 7" single - Tribute 2021
* Version of "Allied Forces" + "Magic Power" live from Ottawa 1982 (never before released)
* 11x17 Maple Leaf Gardens Poster (Canada exclusive)
* 24-page booklet featuring rare photos and behind the scenes + "Allied Forces" essay
* 40th-anniversary "Allied Forces" retro tour book
* 40th-anniversary "Allied Forces" retro tour poster
* 40th-anniversary "Allied Forces" retro tour pass
* Rik pics (three hand-drawn cartoons)
* Handwritten lyrics ("Magic Power", "Allied Forces" and "Fight The Good Fight")

"We're extremely proud of 'Allied Forces'," says bassist Mike Levine. "It was the record that started the global rocket ride for us. And we're also excited to share with our fans some really great moments from our archives with this box set."

In sync with the release, Triumph have been named Canadian Ambassadors for Record Store Day, which takes place June 12 and July 17.

"We're really proud to be this year's ambassadors," raves drummer Gil Moore in a new video. "When I got interested in music, my buddies and I in the neighborhood, we had a pilgrimage pretty much every weekend. On Saturday morning, we'd all get to the bus station and get ourselves downtown. And here in Toronto, we had Sam The Record Man on Yonge Street, which was the record store that was the 'be all, end all' of vinyl… That's what got me started playing drums.

"So make your way over to your local record store and parse through those beautiful vinyl records, find some music that you wanna fall in love with, and turn it up loud."

The annual Record Store Day event is a celebration of the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

For details on Record Store Day Canada, visit recordstoredaycanada.ca, with more information on the worldwide event at recordstoreday.com.

Formed in Mississauga, ON as a four-piece outfit in 1975, it was the addition of guitarist Rik Emmett to the lineup a few months later that led to Triumph re-launching as a trio that would see the release of a self-titled debut album in 1976 before 1977’s follow-up, “Rock & Roll Machine”, began to gain some attention from US radio.

Triumph would go on to release 9 studio albums ahead of Emmett’s departure in 1988; a tenth record, 1992’s “Edge Of Excess”, rounded out the catalogue before the group essentially disbanded the following year.

The trio reunited for an appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2008, and regrouped again for a song on Emmett’s 2016 record, “RES9”.

See also:

Triumph consider recording new music
Rik Emmett previews Triumph documentary Lay It On The Line
Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett reissues solo albums
Rock News Story Of The Year No. 8: TRIUMPH
Search Triumph at hennemusic