SURVIVOR - Premonition

European Import : Candy082

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Dave Bickler (vocals, keyboards)
Frankie Sullivan (guitar, vocals)
Stephen Ellis (bass)
Jim Peterik (keyboards, guitar, vocals)
Marc Droubay (drums)
Produced by: Jim Peterik, Frankie Sullivan
Engineered by: Phil Bonanno
Mixed by : tbd
Digitally Remastered by: Jon Astley
Benefitting from a well received if slow burning debut album, Chicago based four-piece Survivor were given the opportunity to re-enter the studio for album number two. Their song writing skills had never been in question but, it must be said, they were still searching for a sound of their own and the hope was that they would dig deep and expose a gritty underbelly that would unlock their true potential. Recorded in Los Angeles, with a slightly reshuffled line-up, the band was allowed to self produce, thus further enhancing the likelihood that a rougher, more immediate sound could be captured. 'Premonition', originally released in 1981, didn't disappoint, showcasing the band in an upbeat and, dare we say it, far more aggressive mood, harnessing a sound that leaps out of the speakers and wrestles you to the floor with little room for pleasantries. Naturally, the band's greatest asset was still very much in focus; quality songs with hooks and melodies to die for. Tracks such as 'Summer Nights', 'Light Of A Thousand Smiles' (inspired by Journey), 'Poor Man's Son' and the balls-out rocking of 'Chevy Nights' all contain a magical mixture of streamlined efficiency and brutal honesty, resulting in a sound that virtually defined the musical climate. It certainly turned heads; most notably that of Sylvester Stallone who requested the band write a theme song for his upcoming Rocky III movie. No prises for guessing what came next. This is a Special Limited Deluxe Collector's Edition which includes a Bonus Track and features Jim Peterik, Dave Bickler & Frankie Sullivan. It has been remastered with sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology by Jon Astley (the Who, Judas Priest, Eric Clapton etc). It is packaged with a 16 page full colour booklet, 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and full involvement from the band.
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