Rock & Roll Machine

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Rock & Roll Machine
Triumph RockandRoll Machine.jpg
Cover of the original Canadian edition
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 3, 1977
RecordedAugust–September 1977
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelAttic, RCA, TML
ProducerMike Levine, Doug Hill
Triumph chronology
Rock & Roll Machine
Just a Game
International edition
Triumph rock and roll machine2.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars link

Rock & Roll Machine is the second studio album by Canadian hard rock band Triumph, released in 1977. The album was released on RCA Records in the US in 1978 and again on MCA Records (MCA-1455) in 1985. The album resulted in the band's first hit single, a cover version of Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way". Depending on the country of issue, the album may also be named Rock and Roll Machine or Rock 'N' Roll Machine. The MCA issue is noteworthy in that the album was re-mastered by Bob Ludwig at his Masterdisk location as opposed to the original RCA which was mastered by Jack Adelman at RCA.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Takes Time"Rik Emmett, Mike Levine, Gil MooreMoore3:48
2."Bringing It On Home"Emmett, LevineEmmett4:35
3."Little Texas Shaker"Emmett, Levine, MooreMoore3:24
4."New York City Streets, Pt. 1"MooreMoore3:09
5."New York City Streets, Pt. 2"MooreEmmett4:40

Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
6."The City: War March / El Duende Agonizante / Minstrel's Lament"Emmettinstrumental / instrumental / Emmett9:20
7."Rocky Mountain Way"Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale, Kenny Passarelli, Rocke GraceMoore4:04
8."Rock & Roll Machine"MooreMoore6:53

The album was originally released only in Canada, but when the band signed an international deal with RCA Records in 1977, the international edition of the album was re-sequenced to include some of the tracks from their self-titled Triumph (1976) album. The album was released for a second time in Canada, with a different cover than the original one or the international one, using the re-sequenced tracking from the international version. The RCA and MCA re-sequenced track listing is as follows:

Side one
  1. "Takes Time" (Emmett, Moore, Levine) – 3:48
  2. "Bringing It On Home" (Emmett, Levine) – 4:35
  3. "Rocky Mountain Way" (Walsh, Vitale, Passarelli, Grace) – 4:04
  4. "Street Fighter" (Emmett, Moore) – 3:30
  5. "Street Fighter (Reprise)" (Emmett, Moore) – 3:02
Side two
  1. "24 Hours a Day" (Emmett) – 4:17
  2. "Blinding Light Show/Moonchild" (Emmett, Brockway, Young) – 8:43
  3. "Rock and Roll Machine" (Moore) – 6:53


  • Rik Emmett – guitars, vocals
  • Gil Moore – drums, vocals
  • Michael Levine – bass, keyboards
  • Laurie Delgrande – keyboards
  • Mike Danna – keyboards
  • Beau David – background vocals
  • Elaine Overholt – background vocals
  • Gord Waszek – background vocals
  • Colina Phillips – background vocals
  • Rosie Levine – background vocals


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Canada November 3, 1977 Attic
Canada April 2, 1977 RCA
United States June 24, 1978 RCA
United States October 3, 1995 TCD
United States April 12, 2005 TRC
United States May 16, 2005 Castle
Canada September 2, 2005 Magada
Japan March 7, 2008 Airmail



Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 185


Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Rock & Roll Machine"/"Bringing it on Home" Pop Singles 36
1977 "Rocky Mountain Way"/"Little Texas Shaker" Pop Singles 41
1978 "Takes Time" Pop Singles 82

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