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Survivor – Survivor [1979]

This is the self titled debut album by melodic rock/AOR group Survivor originally released in 1979, reissued in 2010 by “Rock Candy Records”. This early line up of “Survivor” features founders Jim Peterik on keyboards and Frankie Sullivan on guitars, original lead singer Dave Bickler and the ryhtm section of bassist Dennis Keth Johnson and drummer Gary Smith.

“Survivor” is probably the most guitar driven album in the band’s catalogue, essentially bringing to front a mixture of `70s hard rock/rock’n’roll and adult oriented rock (which would better define their later works). The album opens on “Somewhere in America” which perfectly follows the approach mentioned above and the same applies to the following four tracks. “Survivor” is loaded with some serious hard/heavy rock attack on this debut, still we are treated to a glimpse of what the future of rock would hold in the `80s. That’s `track 7′, “The whole town’s talking”, an authentic AOR gem at its own right perfectly indicative of the approach “Survivor” would follow on their later releases. Equally impressive is the pomp-rocker “Whatever it takes” which closes the album.

It has to be mentioned also that Bickler, is easily at the top of his game technically with a vocal range and tone that perfectly fit that king of songwriting, clearly leading the band through most of the songs on “Survivor”. The “Rock Candy” reissue features a bonus track in “Rebel Girl” while the re-mastering works miracles, perfectly reviving this rock classic.

Band Members
Dave Bickler – Vocals, Keyboards
Dennis Johnson – Bass, Synthesizer
Frankie Sullivan – Guitar, Vocals
Gary Smith – Drums, Percussion
Jim Peterik – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

01. Somewhere In America
02. Can’t Getcha Offa My Mind
03. Let It Be Now
04. As Soon As Love Finds Me
05. Youngblood
06. Love Has Got Me
07. Whole Town’s Talkin’
08. 20/20
09. Freelance
10. Nothing Can Shake Me (From Your Love)
11. Whatever It Takes

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