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Casual Fan, Growing To Love These Guys

  • Apr 26, 2004
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Survivor was never at the top of my must have list. For the most part, they came, they saw, they left in the 80's. There hasn't been much heard about this band since. But a few years ago, I happened to catch them in concert with Styx and REO Speedwagon. While I enjoyed Styx the most, I felt as if Survivor was the happiest group to be there. It seemed as if they appreciated the applause and cheers more than any of the other groups. For that reason, and the fact that I enjoyed their music, I sought out more of their songs.

"Eye Of The Tiger" was their biggest hit. I think everybody remembers that one. At my old high school, our mascot was the tiger, so naturally "Eye Of The Tiger" became the song played over the PA system before every home game(on a turntable, no less). Even today, when many schools with a tiger mascot play songs like "Welcome To The Jungle," they still manage to play "Eye Of The Tiger." It's truly a timeless song that is loved by many.

While searching for more songs, I came to realize that I already knew most of their songs. I just didn't know that they sang them. "Burning Heart" was always "that Rocky song" to me. I really liked it, but never took the time to find out that Survivor sang it. "The Search Is Over," "I Can't Hold Back," and "High On You" were also big surprises to me. I've always liked them, but was unaware that they were Survivor material.

This album includes all of those huge hits, and it also contains songs that a casual fan like myself may not be aware of. "Hungry Years" and "Somewhere In America" are new to me, and I've come to really enjoy them.

I recommend this album to anyone who likes that old 80's melodic/slightly hard rock. These guys ruled the 80's for a reason, a really good sounding one.

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Once middle-American radio gods now occupying an uneasy position in the classic-rock arena (they're too pop to be "classic" in the ordinary sense, but too huge to ignore), it'd be a lie to say that the critics ever loved Survivor. But they had hooks, and while Dave Bickler was on vocals (as on "Eye of the Tiger"), they had hard rock appeal as well. The next big hit was "Can't Hold Back," but by then, the band had turned down the volume and drifted more towards the Toto side of things. This collection covers all of the band's most popular phases and includes all the key tracks. It also supersedes their previous greatest hits package.--Gavin McNett
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Label: Scotti Bros.
Artist: Survivor
Genre: Rock
Release Date: June 22, 1993
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