Triumph - Allied Forces
Triumph - Allied Forces

Triumph - Allied Forces

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Allied Forces is the fifth studio album by Canadian hard rock band Triumph, released in 1981. The album reached #23 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart assisted by the singles "Magic Power" and "Fight the Good Fight," which hit #8 and #18, respectively, on the Mainstream Rock chart of 1981. A remastered CD was first released in 1985 on MCA, then again in 1995 on the band's TRC label, and for a third time in 2004 on the band's label TML Entertainment (formerly TRC Records). It is considered their signature record.

AllMusic Review by  

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 Triumphalbums 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.

SIDE A

Fool For Your Love 

Magic Power

Air Raid

Allied Forces Hot Time (In This City Tonight) 

 

SIDE B

Fight The Good Fight 

Ordinary Man 

Petite Etude 

Say Goodbye