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Allied Forces
     

Allied Forces

by Triumph
 

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With 1981's suitably named Allied Forces -- their fourth worldwide release and fifth overall -- the three members of Triumph put aside their differences and collaborated more seamlessly than ever before, fittingly delivering what is arguably the best album of their long career. Like the previous year's particularly intense

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With 1981's suitably named Allied Forces -- their fourth worldwide release and fifth overall -- the three members of Triumph put aside their differences and collaborated more seamlessly than ever before, fittingly delivering what is arguably the best album of their long career. Like the previous year's particularly intense Progressions of Power, and with the possible exception of a rather forgettable new track, "Ordinary Man," the pedestrian mid-paced rockers that had sometimes derailed previous Triumph albums were conspicuously absent here, replaced by snaggletoothed heavy metal carnivores courtesy of singing drummer Gil Moore, such as the opening "Fool for Your Love" and the unrelenting title track -- both of them as thrilling as they were catchy. Not to be outdone, vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett recovered the top melodic hard rock form that had abandoned him on Progressions, and countered Moore's best serves with several winning volleys of his own, including the instantly classic single "Magic Power," the amped-up blues-rocker "Hot Time (In This City Tonight)," the commanding semi-progger "Fight the Good Fight," and the summery acoustic strum-along "Say Goodbye." Meanwhile, bassist Mike Levine enacted his usual role as producer and dependable middleman, while simultaneously experimenting with discreet keyboard backdrops that never threatened to corrupt the music's hard rock heart. Even a pair of interludes -- the special effect intro "Air Raid" and the mandatory Emmett solo showcase "Petite Etude" -- managed to aid, instead of interrupt, the album's creatively inspired flow, proving that Triumph really were at the top of their game on Allied Forces.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2004
Label:
Tml Entertainment
UPC:
0713137800527
catalogNumber:
78005
Rank:
10917

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Performance Credits

Triumph   Primary Artist
Rik Emmett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
G.L. Moore   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Elaine Overholt   Background Vocals,Group Member
Gil Moore   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mike Levine   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Bass Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Triumph   Producer
Rick Capreol   Engineer
Bob Carson   Guitar Techician
Eddie Kramer   Producer
David Thoener   Producer
Mark Woods   Stage Technician
Peter Woods   Engineer
Ed Stone   Engineer
Joe Owens   Director,Direction
Mike Jones   Engineer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Brian Zick   Artwork,Illustrations

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