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4.3 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings
Sunday Silence99 ,

Interesting debut

This Survivor album has more of a rock edge compared to some of their others.

1) Nothing Can Shake Me (From Your Love) - My favorite song on the album. This song starts off somewhat slow and low-key and then, during the middle, erupts into an intense, passionate, emotive hard rock vocal. The mix of slow and soft combined with hard and passionate in this song really works for me. It's my favorite vocal performance by Dave Bickler.

2) Let it Be Now - Catchy rocker. I have always liked Frankie's guitar work.

3) As Soon As Love Finds Me - Another catchy number. I like the backing vocals on this number.

4) Freelance - A hard-edged song with a lot of personality. It's the Survivor song that reminds me most of Peterik's Ides of March work. It has a lot of the same kind of swagger and personality that "Vehicle" did.

5) Love Has Got Me - I like the verses on this song. But, the backing vocals on the chorus make it sound too repetitive for me. This song was mostly sung by Peterik with a small segment of the song featuring Bickler's vocals.

chicagorocks64 ,

One of my all time favorites

A great initial effort from the band. The best songs are "Somewhere in America", "Can't Getcha Offa My Mind" and "20/20. This album had great potential in that from top to bottom the content was on par with some similar bands of the era, such as, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey, and Foriegner; and better than offerings from bands like Kansas and Shooting Star, that got much more airplay nationally. Another unfortunate miscalculation was leaving great songs like Rockin' into the Night and Rebel Girl off of the album; they were probably the best songs the group recorded, outside of "Eye of the Tiger". I saw Survivor open for Krokus at ChicagoFest the summer this was released. What a great night.

TheChuckster ,

The Best Survivor album

I have this on vinyl, 2 copies. It's their best album, with Premonition being a close second. More people should discover this gem!!!!

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
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1978

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