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  • Canadian power trio Triumph released their long awaited followup studio album to their 1981 Platinum seller Allied Forces entitled Never Surrender in the Spring of 1983.
    Many fans were wondering when first buying this album if the album would be either as good or better than its predecessor as the massive sales of Allied Forces made the band work hard to come up with a superb followup to their Allied Forces album.
    I go with the former as did many fans who helped push the album to #26 on the Billboard album chart and Gold status here in the States.
    Never Surrender picked up where its predecessor left off.
    The album features some of the band’s best tracks like singer/guitarist Rik Emmett’s massive hit single “A World of Fantasy” and the superb six and a half minute title cut.
    Singer/drummer Gil Moore’s best vocal performance on this album is on the hard rocker “When the Lights Go Down” which (at first) sounds like an acoustic blues song at first before rocking out.
    Other standouts are the opening “Too Much Thinking” (which had samples of the late great President Ronald Reagan at the intro of the track), the rock radio hit “All the Way” and of course Moore’s hard rocker “Battle Cry”.
    The three instrumentals (the classical guitar intro “A Minor Prelude”, the powerful second half starter “Overture (Procession)” and the closing electric guitar and classical guitar solo piece “Epilogue (Resolution)”) and the rocking “Writing on the Wall” are also great songs as well.
    Despite the success of Never Surrender, the band’s US label at the time RCA wrongly picked a fight with Triumph and the band fled the label after this album and signed to MCA which was run by Eagles manager Irving Azoff at the time and switched the ownership of the band’s music from RCA to MCA (Azoff paid RCA for the band’s master tapes and bought out the band’s RCA deal and he would eventually revert the rights of the band’s music over to Triumph) and then in 1995 to Triumph’s own label TRC (now known as TML whom re-mastered the album and re-released it in 2004).
    IMHO, rock bands should not be on RCA as they had tended to be cheated and mistreated (Styx, Triumph, The Kinks and David Bowie were all shafted by that label). Aside that bit, Never Surrender STILL ROCKS!
    Highly recommended!

    Posted on February 23, 2010