Year : 1984 (Rock Candy Remastered 2010)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock , Melodic Rock , AOR
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Videos
Size : 174 mb
Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, garnering many charting singles, especially in the United States. The band is best known for its double platinum-certified 1982 hit "Eye of the Tiger," the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III (US number 1 for 6 weeks). Singles like "Burning Heart" (US number 2), "The Search Is Over" (US number 4), "High on You" (US number 8), "Is This Love" (US number 9) and "I Can't Hold Back" (US number 13) continued to chart in the mid-1980s.The band tweaked its musical direction in 1988 with the release of the slightly heavier Too Hot to Sleep, but due to lackluster promotion the album barely reached the Billboard 200 in the United States. Because of this and tension between founding members, the band split.Singer Jimi Jamison later toured as "Survivor" in the mid-1990s without the permission of the rest of the band, but reunited with guitarist Frankie Sullivan in 2000. The band then released Reach in 2006, but Jamison left again after its release and was replaced by singer Robin McAuley. Survivor continued to tour with McAuley into 2011 until Jamison returned later that year.An announcement on November 13, 2011 by McAuley on his Facebook page revealed that he had left Survivor. A subsequent announcement on November 18, 2011 confirmed that Jamison had rejoined the band and a tour was to take place in 2012.In April 2013 it was announced by the band's official media sources that guitarist Frankie Sullivan had reunited the current Survivor line-up with original singer Dave Bickler, with the band now having their two most popular vocalists together for the next tour, Bickler and Jamison.On September 1, 2014 Jamison died of what was believed to be a heart attack in his home in Memphis, TN. at the age of 63. His autopsy released on November 11, 2014 revealed the actual cause of death to be a hemorrhagic brain stroke, with "acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing."
Vital Signs is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Survivor and their first with vocalist Jimi Jamison.The album was their second most successful in the U.S., reaching #16 on the Billboard Album charts and being certified platinum by the RIAA. This album includes the singles "I Can't Hold Back", "High on You", "The Search Is Over" and "First Night."This is one of the very few studio albums that remained commercially available by Volcano Entertainment after they took a great deal of their releases out of print in August 2009. Rock Candy Records also remastered the content of Vital Signs and reissued it in 2010, adding "The Moment of Truth" (from The Karate Kid soundtrack) as a bonus track.If you need to show someone what's 80s AOR, press play on "Vital Signs" by SURVIVOR, and better on this excellent remaster by Rock Candy specialists.As the story is taken up by journalist Dave Ling in the great essay accompanying this Rock Candy release (16-page booklet + rare Survivor photos) Survivor and their record label had a rethink after the lack of hits on their previous album. The move was the replacing of vocalist Dave Bickler with ex-Target and Cobra singer Jimi Jamison, with Frankie Sullivan vacating the producer's chair in favour of the legendary Ron Nevison. The results were spectacular. "Vital Signs" blew the roof of the charts, delivering three US top 20 hit singles (‘The Search Is Over’, ‘High On You’ & ‘I Can’t Hold Back’) whilst the album itself made #16 on the album charts. Of course it helped that the Sullivan / Peterik axis came up with some killer songs for Jamison to wrap his out of this world vocal cords around, with Nevison giving a glossy radio-friendly sheen, classic AOR sound.Elsewhere the slower stomp of 'Broken Promises' and 'Popular Girl' are strong album tracks and the upbeat 'First Night' and classic 'It's The Singer Not The Song' raised the energy levels even higher. 'Everlasting' is a smooth mid-tempo ballad, whilst the moody 'I See You In Everyone' is a terrific album closer. This Rock Candy remastered version adds the non-LP, hit single 'The Moment Of Truth' from 'The Karate Kid' soundtrack. Another great tune to treasure.This is Survivor's best and most enduring album, and song-wise and singles-wise their cracker. Ron Nevison awesome production turned the vocals, keys, and the electric guitars jump out at you – especially from the radio as was probably the intention.I said this many times: Ron Nevison is the greatest AOR / Rock producer from the '80s. However, his productions sound fantastic on vinyl LP but not so on CD (specially the first Eighties generation CD's) pretty poor in dynamic range and bass-less. Now, with modern transfer-to-CD technology, much of this problem is alleviated by the remastering of Jon Astley, and through decent speakers or headphones this Rock Candy 'Vital Signs' sounds like a completely different album. Recognised as arguably Survivor’s finest moment, "Vital Signs" is packed with killer tracks and terrific melodies, truly one of the greatest AOR albums of all time.
Jimi Jamison - lead vocals
Frankie Sullivan - guitar, vocals
Jim Peterik - bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Stephan Ellis - bass guitar
Marc Droubay - drums
01. I Can't Hold Back
02. High On You
03. First Night
04. The Search Is Over
05. Broken Promises
06. Popular Girl
08. It's The Singer Not The Song
09. I See You In Everyone
10. Moment Of Truth (Bonus Track)
+ Video "High On You" (Official Video)
+ Video "I Can't Hold Back" (Official Video)
+ Video "The Search Is Over" (Official Video)
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