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4.5 out of 5

383 Ratings

Rock'n'Roll at it's finest

Silver'n'Smac,

Despite being a great song, "Eye of the Tiger" and its associated Rocky III success is the worst thing that could have happened to this great band. If you want to hear some great rock'n'roll at its finest, you need to purchase Survivor's 1st four CD's "Survivor", "Premonition", "Eye of the Tiger" and "Caught in the Game". These 4 albums are all with their original lead singer, Dave Bickler. Listen to songs like "Nothing Can Shake Me", "Poor Man's Son", "Ever Since The World Began", "I'm Not That Man Anymore" & "Heart's a Lonely Hunter" and I challenge you to find a vocalist with a more powerhouse voice that has the range to do it ALL. The man is amazing and the songs are just what rock'n'roll is all about. The latter CD's with Jimi Jamison on the vocals are excellent as well, but, they lost a bit of their toughness when Bickler left the band. Sadly, this was one of the most under-appreciated bands of the early 80's. Survivor was a true street-tough Rock band. At a time when bands like Journey, Styx, Foreigner & REO Speedwagon got all the hype, this band was creating way better tunes than them all. And I'm not sure what the last reviewer was ranting about. The Title song IS on the album!

Eye of the Tiger

awsom-dude,

my favorite song is "Eye of the Tiger!

About Survivor

Survivor's brand of melodic, hard, album-oriented rock netted the group several hits during the 1980s, including two smash themes from Rocky films, but never quite matched the success or consistency of contemporaries like Foreigner. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik (formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March) with guitarist Frankie Sullivan; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler and recorded a self-titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson on bass and Gary Smith on drums. Their places were taken by permanent members Stephen Ellis and Marc Droubay, respectively.

The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned the band to write the theme to Rocky III; the result, "Eye of the Tiger," was an instant hit with its bombastic opening riff and anthemic chorus. It spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and pushed the accompanying album of the same name over the one million sales mark. Bickler quit in 1983 due to medical reasons and was replaced by former Cobra singer Jimi Jamison. The shakeup gave the band a kick-start, and they had two Top Ten hits in 1985 with "High on You" and "The Search Is Over." The band's theme from Rocky IV, "Burning Heart," provided their second biggest hit in 1986, but their fortunes slid downhill from there; by the end of the year, Jamison, Peterik, and Sullivan were the only remaining members, and Survivor finally disbanded in 1989.

Bickler, Sullivan, Ellis, and Droubay returned to the studio as Survivor in 1997, and Jamison returned to the lineup as well in 2000. Aside from touring, Survivor released the studio album Reach in 2006, but Jamison left the band soon after. He was replaced by Robin McAuley, who spent several years with the band. By 2011, however, Jamison was a member of the band again -- alongside Sullivan, Droubay, Billy Ozzello, and Walter Tolentino -- and two years after that, Bickler was back in the fold as well. Although the band visited the studio and recorded several times during the 2010s, nothing appeared before the sudden death of Jamison from a heart attack in August 2014. ~ Steve Huey

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • FORMED
    1978

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