- Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
- Original Release Date: January 1, 1999
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Sony Legacy
- Run Time: 37 minutes
- ASIN: B00000I014
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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One of those singles was "I Can't Hold Back", which starts out slow, with Jimi Jameson's falsetto voice. One parallel between Survivor and Journey are those songs of yearning and finding one's destined love, as is evidenced in the opening verse: "Now it's time to trade those dreams/For the rush of passion's fire/I can feel you tremble when we touch/And I feel the hand of fate/Reaching out to both of us." Ferocious rock guitars and drums kick in beginning with "I've been holding back the night". The use of keyboards isn't as heavy as with Heart's Bad Animals, but Nevison's trademark production makes this a great single.
Keyboards start off and dominate the chorus of the "High On You" single, whose crunchy guitars sounds like something Journey or Heart could've done. The unique way keyboards punctuated the beat was characteristic of 80's music that sadly marks a bygone era.
"First Night", yet another single, starts out slow like "I Can't Hold Back" before that Frankie Sullivan's riproaring guitar blasts into rocker mode to be the fastest paced song here. The remembrance and special occasion of that first night is highlighted in this song. "And this night shall be remembered/Long after the music's gone/And we'll reminisce on the things we said/And we'll fall in love again." Aww, that's sweet.Read more ›
Three of the best hits of the '80s are on this album in "I Can't Hold Back", "High On You", and "The Search Is Over". Most everyone who is familiar with Survivor likely knows these wonderful songs. "First Night" is the hardest rocker on this album, and its changes in tempo make it an exciting track. "Broken Promises" and "Popular Girl" are similar-sounding gorgeous anthems. "Everlasting" is a sweet near-ballad. "It's The Singer Not The Song" is an exceptionally catchy track with fantastic lyrics. The last track, "I See You In Everyone" to me is the weakest track, but it is still great and kind of a ballad. Wow, is this an amazing bunch of songs!
As a fan of great melodic rock bands like this, I would in no way want every album to sound like this. I also love the more rock-based sound of more obscure Survivor albums like "Caught In The Game" and "Too Hot Too Sleep" as well as the also-poppy followup to this album "When Seconds Count". For sure, these guys have had a lot of great albums and songs. This one is simply them at their commercial peak--very understandable considering the beauty of these songs. A highly recommended purchase as a true '80s classic.
Opening track I Can't Hold Back shows what Survivor makes Survivor. It starts with acoustic guitar intro and then gradually becomes uptempo bit by bit then comes impressive Jimi Jamison's emoptional vocal of I Can't Hold Back part. And the song turns dramatically calmer and 1/16 second hush between "Pictures of you and me" and abrupt rush of "AND..." It seems like Jim have mastered the techiniques of Japanese martial arts.
And as you know impressive tracks goes on and on until I See You In Everyone. It's A Singer Not The Song is my second pick from this album. It is one of my favorite rock tracks of Survivor.
Recently Jim Peterik one of the founder of the band and main songwriter of Survivor left the band and became solo. He enjoys creating great songs with talented artists such as Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Don Barnes of 38 Special and Brian Wilson. You can find some of Jim's recent works in 38 Special's "Resolution", Lynard Skynard's "Edge Of Forever", Brian Wilson's "Imaginator" Fergie Fredericksen's "Equilibrium" Captive Heart's "Home Of The Brave" , "Two Fires" and his recent solo work "Jim Peterik and World Stage". Jim has just joined Two Fires led by Kevin Chalfant but I do hope Jim will return to Survivor where Jim's Search Should Be Over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is hard to top. Jimi Jamison joins the band and just blows the doors off.Published 4 months ago by John T
Oh, the blatant lies one find here...
All these reviews heralding this Survivor (which is, basically, the poor-man Journey) album like a "masterpiece", an... Read more
What a great band and music! I love the song High on you and reason why bought this cd! But has other great songs and is an excellent choice!Published 13 months ago by Marilyana Carmona
80s music has a way of getting outdated very quickly these days,but i grew up in the 80s and this really was a good album. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Insinga
Great album. True,it defined my life in the late 1980's, but definitely worth a listen. Great albumPublished 18 months ago by whozyamama
What can I say? The first Survivor album with Jimi Jamison as lead singer. Excellent. This album was a great walk down memory lane for me since I used to listen to it on cassette... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sidney L. Vaught
The only song that was really familiar to me is the one from Karate Kid.
Here's my assessment of this album:
Quality AOR music. Read more
The first one with Jimi Jamison on lead vocals.This one had several tracks released off the radio. The tracks off the radio were 1 High On You 2 The Search Is Over 3 Broken... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by JEFF CINCURAK