Triumph (The Jacksons album)

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Triumph
Jacksons-triumph.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 18, 1980 (1980-10-18)[1]
Recorded1980[2]
StudioCapitol Records Studios
Hollywood Sound
Davien Sound
Sound City Studios
Devonshire Sound Studios
Westlake Audio
(Hollywood, California)
Length44:39
Label
ProducerThe Jacksons
The Jacksons chronology
Boogie
(1979)
Triumph
(1980)
The Jacksons Live!
(1981)
Singles from Triumph
  1. "Lovely One"
    Released: September 27, 1980
  2. "This Place Hotel"
    Released: December 5, 1980
  3. "Can You Feel It"
    Released: March 5, 1981
  4. "Walk Right Now"
    Released: June 15, 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Billboard(unrated)[4]
Village VoiceA-[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[6]
Popmatters7/10 stars[7]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[8]

Triumph is the fourteenth studio album by the Jacksons, released in 1980 on Epic Records.

It was certified platinum in the US and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The Triumph album sold three million copies in its original run. Hit singles from the album were "Lovely One", "Heartbreak Hotel" (which was renamed "This Place Hotel" to avoid confusion with the Elvis Presley song of the same name) and "Can You Feel It".

The Jacksons shared lead vocals and solo spots on some songs, but Michael Jackson, who had recently released his multi-platinum selling album, Off the Wall, handles most of the lead vocal and writing duties. Triumph was the Jacksons' first album to reach number-one on the Billboard R&B Albums chart since Maybe Tomorrow in 1971. The album sold over two million copies worldwide,[9] and the Jacksons did not release another studio LP until Victory in 1984. On December 10, 1980, the album was certified Platinum for the sales of over 1 million copies in the United States.[10]

Re-release[edit]

Triumph, with three bonus tracks of rare 7-inch and 12-inch mixes previously unavailable on CD, was re-released on January 27, 2009 on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Can You Feel It"6:00
2."Lovely One"
4:52
3."Your Ways"J. Jackson4:31
4."Everybody"
5:00
5."This Place Hotel"M. Jackson5:44
6."Time Waits for No One"
  • J. Jackson
  • R. Jackson
3:24
7."Walk Right Now"
  • M. Jackson
  • J. Jackson
  • R. Jackson
6:29
8."Give It Up"
  • M. Jackson
  • R. Jackson
4:20
9."Wondering Who"
  • J. Jackson
  • R. Jackson
4:19
2009 re-edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
10."This Place Hotel" (Single Version)4:52
11."Walk Right Now" (John Luongo Disco Mix)7:36
12."Walk Right Now" (John Luongo Instrumental Mix)6:58

Personnel[edit]

The Jacksons[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • David Williams – guitar (1-5, 7-9)
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar (5)
  • Greg Poree – guitar (6)
  • Michael Sembello – guitar (2, 5, 8)
  • Phil Upchurch – guitar (3)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (7, 9)
  • Ronnie Foster – keyboards (1, 9)
  • Webster Lewis – synthesizer (7)
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (1-9), synthesizers (7)
  • Gary Coleman – vibraphone (1, 7, 8)
  • Clay Drayton – bass (6, 8)
  • Mike McKinney – bass (4)
  • Nathan Watts – bass (1-3, 5, 7)
  • Ollie E. Brown – drums (1, 2, 4-9)
  • Lenny Castro – percussion (9)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (2, 3, 5-8)
  • Gary Herbig – flute (7)
  • Larry Hall – horns (4, 7)
  • Jerry Hey – horns (4, 5, 7)
  • Kim Hutchcroft – horns (4, 7)
  • Bill Reichenbach – horns (4, 7)
  • La Toya Jackson – voice scream (5)
  • Julia Tillman Waters, Maxine Willard Waters, Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals (track 5)
  • Audra Tillman, Brian Stilwell, Brigette Bush, Gerry Gruberth, Lita Aubrey, Peter Wade, Rhonda Gentry, Roger Kenerly II, Soloman Daniels, Yolanda Kenerly – backing vocals (The Children's Choir) (track 1)
  • Arnold McCuller, Bob Mack, Bunny Hull, Carmen Twillie, Carolyn Dennis, Gerry Garrett, Gregory Wright, Jim Gilstrap, Josie James, Lewis Price, Lisa Roberts, Paulette Brown, Paulette McWilliams, Phyllis St. James, Tyrell "Rock" Deadrick, Roger Kenerly-Saint, Ronald Vann, Roy Galloway, Venetta Fields – backing vocals (The Adults' Choir) (track 1)

Production[edit]

  • Produced, arranged, written and composed by the Jacksons except for "Everybody" (written by Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson and Mike McKinney)
  • Greg Phillinganes – associate producer
  • Tom Perry – engineer
  • Tom "Tom Tom 84" Washington – arrangements on "Can You Feel It", "Lovely One", "Your Ways", "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jerry Hey – arrangements on "Everybody", "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jerry Peters – arrangements on "Time Waits for No One", "Give It Up", and string arrangements (6, 8)

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report) [12] 13
Canadian Albums (RPM) [13] 7
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[14] 25
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[15] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 46
UK Albums (OCC) [17] 13
US Billboard 200[18] 10
US Hot Black Albums[19] 1
Zimbabwean Albums (ZIMA) [20] 10

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[21]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1980 "Lovely One" 12 2 1
1981 "Can You Feel It" 77 30 1
"This Place Hotel" 22 2
"Walk Right Now" 73 50 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.thejacksons.com/history/the-jacksons-1980/
  2. ^ Chris Williams (2016-06-23). "Engineer Tom Perry on the making of the Jacksons' 1980 album Triumph". Wax Poetics. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  3. ^ The Jacksons - Triumph (1980) album review by Andy Kellman, credits & releases at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Review: the Jacksons – Triumph" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 85 no. 40. 4 October 1980. p. 108. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 May 2020 – via American Radio History.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Jacksons - Triumph (1980)". robertchristgau.com. Village Voice.
  6. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide
  7. ^ John Wikane, Christian (January 29, 2009). "The Jacksons: Destiny / Triumph". popmatters.com. Popmatters.
  8. ^ G. Gaar, Gillian (October 27, 2008). "THE JACKSONS > Destiny & Triumph". americansongwriter.com. American Songwriter.
  9. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  10. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  11. ^ LegacyRecordings.com » News Archived 2008-07-09 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc) |format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "RPM: The Jacksons (albums)". RPM Magazine. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Jacksons – Triumph" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – The Jacksons – Triumph". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Jacksons – Triumph". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "The Jacksons Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  18. ^ "The Jacksons US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  19. ^ The Jackson 5 / The Jacksons Billboard chart history
  20. ^ Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  21. ^ "The Jacksons US singles chart history". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  22. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – The Jacksons – Triumph". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – The Jacksons – Triumph". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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