Survivor Vital Signs
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- Released: November 22, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Rock Candy
- 1.I Can't Hold Back
- 2.High on You
- 3.First Night
- 4.The Search is Over
- 5.Broken Promises
- 6.Popular Girl
- 8.It's the Singer Not the Song
- 9.I See You in Everyone
- 10.The Moment of Truth
Survivor: Jimi Jamison (vocals); Frankie Sullivan (guitar, background vocals); Jim Peterik (keyboards, background vocals); Stephan Ellis (bass); Marc Droubay (drums).
Personnel: Frankie Sullivan (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jim Peterik (vocals, keyboards); Jimi Jamison (vocals, background vocals); Peter Wolf (synthesizer); Marc Droubay (drums); Billy Lee Lewis (percussion); Mickey Thomas (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Jon Astley.
Liner Note Authors: Derek Oliver; Dave Ling.
Recording information: The Plant, Sausalito, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA.
Replacing singer Dave Bickler with former Cobra vocalist Jimi Jamison paid off for Survivor, giving them three Top 20 singles from Jamison's debut on 1984's Vital Signs. His high harmonies, added to the group's well-maintained keyboard/guitar style, threw them into the ring with bands like Styx and Foreigner. Both "High on You" and "I Can't Hold Back" are built on congenial rock charm with an AOR dressiness, using the synthesizer to guide Jamison's energetic singing. Along the same lines as Journey's "Open Arms," the delicate but sternly sung ballad "The Search Is Over" gave them a number four single in May of 1985, bettered only by the number two placing of "Burning Heart" from the Rocky IV soundtrack a year later. Outside of the singles, the other songs on Vital Signs keep up with the band's effective formula, a much better effort than 1983's Caught in the Game, which lacked both enthusiasm and rock magnetism. Though a hits package from Survivor would cover most essentials, Vital Signs works best as the band's most spirited studio release. ~ Mike DeGagne
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