TRIUMPH - STAGES Gatefold Cover 2LP 12" Vinyl LIVE ALBUM

: This album "TRIUMPH - Stages Double Live Album" is a live album by Canadian hard rock band Triumph, released in 1985. The tracks were recorded from various performances over the prior three years 1981–1984 although two new studio tracks were added: "Mind Games" and "Empty Inside". 


TRIUMPH - Stages Gatefold Cover 2LP 12" Vinyl LIVE ALBUM
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Album Description & Collectors information:

Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Music Genre:

Canadian Hard Rock 
Album Production information:

The album: "TRIUMPH - Stages Double Live Album Foc Gatefold" was produced by: Triumph

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Ed Stone, Hugh Cooper , Noel Golden, David Runstedler

Ed Stone is a highly respected figure in the world of music production and sound engineering, particularly within the realm of Heavy Metal. Born and raised in the 1960s, Stone's passion for music ignited at an early age, eventually leading him to make a significant impact on the metal scene during the 1980s.

Stone's journey into the music industry began when he developed a keen interest in sound engineering. As he honed his skills, he quickly realized his affinity for the hard-hitting, raw energy of Heavy Metal music. He set out to work with bands that shared his passion for this genre, and it wasn't long before he made a name for himself in the industry.


Throughout the 1980s, Stone's expertise was sought after by several prominent Heavy Metal bands. One of his early collaborations was with the Canadian thrash metal band Razor. Stone's production and engineering skills helped shape the band's sound, contributing to their success and earning him recognition within the metal community.

Following his work with Razor, Stone continued to forge strong partnerships with other notable bands of the era. He lent his talents to Kick Axe, a Canadian heavy metal band known for their powerful vocals and anthemic sound. Stone's contributions helped bring out the band's intensity and added depth to their recordings.

Stone's reputation as a skilled producer and sound engineer continued to grow, and his services were soon in high demand. He worked with the Canadian heavy metal band Warriors, ensuring their recordings captured the band's aggressive and dynamic live performances. Stone's meticulous attention to detail and technical expertise were evident in the band's albums, establishing him as a trusted collaborator.

In addition to his work with Razor, Kick Axe, and Warriors, Stone also made significant contributions to the careers of other bands during the 1980s Heavy Metal scene. His production and engineering work enhanced the sound of bands such as Deaf Dealer, Exciter, Hanover Fist, and Reckless, elevating their music and helping them gain recognition.

Stone's impact on the Heavy Metal genre during the 1980s cannot be overstated. His expertise and dedication to capturing the essence of the bands he worked with were crucial in shaping their sound and cementing their place in music history. His contributions were highly regarded, and his name became synonymous with high-quality production within the metal community.

Beyond the 1980s, Ed Stone's career continued to flourish. He expanded his portfolio, working with a diverse range of artists across different genres. His versatility and ability to adapt to changing musical landscapes made him a sought-after producer and sound engineer.

Ed Stone's passion for music, particularly Heavy Metal, and his dedication to his craft have left an indelible mark on the industry. His work with bands such as Razor, Kick Axe, Warriors, Deaf Dealer, Exciter, Hanover Fist, and Reckless showcased his exceptional talent and solidified his reputation as a master of his trade.


This album was mixed at: Metalworks Studios, Ontario, Canada , June-August 1985. Mastered at Masterdisk, New Yoork, by Bob Ludwig

  Bob Ludwig Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer and record producer. He is widely regarded as one of the best mastering engineers in the music industry, and has worked with a diverse range of artists across various genres, including classical, rock, pop, and jazz.

Ludwig has been active in the music industry since the 1970s and has worked on numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including records by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and many others. He has also been recognized for his contributions to the industry and has won several Grammy Awards for his work.

Throughout his career, Ludwig has been known for his technical expertise, attention to detail, and his ability to bring out the best in recordings. He has also been a strong advocate for the preservation of audio quality and has worked to promote the use of high-quality analog and digital technologies in the recording and mastering process.

Overall, Bob Ludwig is a highly respected and accomplished mastering engineer who has made a significant impact on the music industry through his work with many of the biggest and most influential artists of our time.

Album cover photography: Raja Rama

Record Label Information:

MCA Records 252 519

Media Format:

Double 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1985 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: TRIUMPH - Stages Double Live Album Foc Gatefold
    Triump's Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Rik Emmett – guitars, vocals
  • Gil Moore – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Michael Levine – bass, keyboards
  • Gary McCracken – drums on "Mind Games" due to Gil Moore's arm injury
  • Rob Yale – keyboards
Complete Track-listing of the album "TRIUMPH - Stages Double Live Album Foc Gatefold"

The detailed tracklist of this record "TRIUMPH - Stages Double Live Album Foc Gatefold" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. "When the Lights Go Down" (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 6:00
  2. "Never Surrender" (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 6:43
  3. "Allied Forces" (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 5:07
  4. "Hold On" (Rik Emmett) – 4:21
  5. "Magic Power" (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 6:12
  6. "Rock & Roll Machine" (Gil Moore) – 10:20
  7. "Lay it on the Line" (Rik Emmett) – 5:03
  8. "A World of Fantasy" (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore, Tam Patrick) – 4:18
  9. "Druh Mer Selbo" (Gil Moore) – 4:12
  10. "Midsummer's Daydream" (Rik Emmett) – 2:42
  11. "Spellbound" (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 3:56
  12. "Follow Your Heart" (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 3:37
  13. "Fight the Good Fight" (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 7:36
  14. "Mind Games" (Gil Moore, Michael Levine, Rik Emmett) – 4:49
  15. "Empty Inside" (Rik Emmett, Michael Levine, Gil Moore) – 4:04


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"Stages" Record Label Details: MCA Records 252 519 © Copyright ℗ Sound Copyright

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TRIUMPH: The Canadian Rock Band that Conquered the 80s and Beyond

TRIUMPH Band Description:

The TRIUMPH band is a Canadian rock band that has been active since 1975. The band was formed in Mississauga, Ontario, by three high school friends; Gil Moore, Mike Levine, and Rik Emmett. The band's name "TRIUMPH" signifies their passion, dedication, and determination towards music. TRIUMPH was one of the most successful Canadian rock bands of the 1980s, with hits like "Lay it on the Line," "Magic Power," and "Fight the Good Fight."

The band's sound is a mix of hard rock and heavy metal, with a progressive edge. They were known for their high-energy live performances, and their music has been influenced by bands like Rush, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. TRIUMPH's music features catchy guitar riffs, powerful drumming, and soaring vocals, which helped them to become one of the most popular rock bands of the 1980s.

TRIUMPH's first album, "Triumph," was released in 1976 and was followed by a string of successful albums, including "Just a Game" (1979), "Progressions of Power" (1980), "Allied Forces" (1981), "Never Surrender" (1982), "Thunder Seven" (1984), "Stages" (1985), "The Sport of Kings" (1986), and "Surveillance" (1987). The band's album "Allied Forces" was their biggest commercial success, reaching No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.

One of TRIUMPH's strengths was their ability to connect with their audience through their music. The band's lyrics often touched on themes of empowerment, freedom, and individuality, which resonated with their fans. Their hit song "Lay it on the Line" became an anthem for the band and was often played at their live shows. The band's music videos, which were produced in the 1980s, showcased their high-energy performances and helped to further cement their popularity.

TRIUMPH's live shows were legendary, and the band was known for their elaborate stage setups, which included pyrotechnics, laser shows, and other special effects. The band's stage shows were a visual spectacle, and their live performances became a must-see for rock fans in the 1980s.

Despite their success, the band faced some challenges in the 1980s. The rise of MTV and the music video era meant that bands that were visually appealing often received more attention than bands that focused on their music. TRIUMPH struggled to adapt to this new era and found it difficult to compete with bands that had more visually appealing music videos.

In 1988, after the release of their album "Surveillance," the band decided to take a hiatus. The members of the band pursued solo projects, and it seemed like the end of the road for TRIUMPH. However, the band reformed in 2008 for a reunion tour, which was a huge success. The band continued to perform sporadically over the years, and in 2019, they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.