Triumvirat was a progressive rock band formed in 1969 in Cologne, Germany by keyboardist Hans-Jürgen Fritz, bassist Werner "Dick" Frangenberg, and drummer/lyricist Hans Bathelt. Frangenberg left in 1970 and was replaced by Hans Pape. They were signed by EMI Records and recorded the album, "Mediterranean Tales (Across The Waters)", released in 1972 on Harvest/EMI. During the making of the second album, "Illusions On A Double Dimple" (1974), Pape left and was replaced by Helmut Köllen. EMI sent a copy to Capitol Records who released the album in the U.S, where it received significant airplay. A U.S. tour followed with Triumvirat opening for Fleetwood Mac. The next album, "Spartacus" (1975), gave Triumvirat their greatest chart success.

At the end of the U.S. tour of "Spartacus" Köllen left to pursue a solo career. Dick Frangenberg rejoined on bass and Barry Palmer was the new lead vocalist. This quartet recorded "Old Loves Die Hard" (1976), which was far less successful than it's predecessors. There was no supporting tour and Triumvirat broke up. In 1976 Fritz and Köllen were working together again on a new Triumvirat album: "Pompeii" (1977). Köllen felt some of the material was outside his vocal range and Palmer was invited to rejoin the group. Köllen's death in February, 1977 left Palmer with all the vocal duties. Bassist Dieter Petereit and drummer Curt Cress rounded out the band which was briefly renamed "New Triumvirat" due to a legal dispute between Fritz and Bathelt.

By 1978 progressive rock was no longer popular. Fritz released two unsuccessful pop albums as Triumvirat with an ever shifting supporting lineup. In 1999 Fritz tried to revive Triumvirat with Curt Cress rejoining the group on drums. They recorded a new album, "Website Story", which remains unreleased.
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Triumvirat Discography


1 C 244-29 441 Triumvirat Mediterranean Tales (Across The Waters) (Album) Harvest 1 C 244-29 441 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
SHVL 1022 Triumvirat Illusions On A Double Dimple (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola SHVL 1022 Brazil 1974 Sell This Version
SHVL-1031 Triumvirat Spartacus (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola SHVL-1031 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
31C 064 29622 Triumvirat Old Loves Die Hard (Album) HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola 31C 064 29622 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
31C 064 32466D New Triumvirat* Pompeii (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola 31C 064 32466D Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
5C 064-45 184 Triumvirat À La Carte (Album) Harvest 5C 064-45 184 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
31 604 2, 31604 2 Triumvirat Russian Roulette (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola 31 604 2, 31604 2 Germany 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1C 006-29 976 Triumvirat Be Home For Tea / Broken Mirror(7", Single) Harvest 1C 006-29 976 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
1C 006-30 484 Triumvirat Dancer's Delight / Timothy(7", Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 006-30 484 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
1C 006-30 407, 1C 006-30 407 U Triumvirat Ride In The Night / Sing Me A Song(7", Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 006-30 407, 1C 006-30 407 U Germany 1973 Sell This Version
P-3947 Triumvirat Dimplicity ★ Million Dollars (Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola P-3947 US 1974 Sell This Version
8E 006-31 609 G Triumvirat Take A Break Today (Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola 8E 006-31 609 G Portugal 1976 Sell This Version
P-4700 Triumvirat Waterfall / Jo Ann Walker (Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola P-4700 US 1978 Sell This Version
31c 006 31149 Triumvirat for you/ darlin(LP, EP) Harvest 31c 006 31149 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
SPRO-9080, SPRO-9081 Triumvirat Waterfall / (Oh, I'm) Late Again(12", Promo) Capitol Records, Capitol Records SPRO-9080, SPRO-9081 US 1978 Sell This Version
1C 006-32 548 New Triumvirat* The Hymn(7", Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 006-32 548 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
1C 006-45 918 Triumvirat Party Life / Games (Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 006-45 918 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
006-4607 Triumvirat Come With Me(7", Single) EMI 006-4607 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version


50999 6 44353 2 9 Triumvirat Essential(CD, Comp) EMI 50999 6 44353 2 9 Europe 2012 Sell This Version


none Triumvirat The Website Story(File, MP3, Promo) Not On Label none Germany 2002