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Vital Signs [Import]

Survivor Audio CD
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1. I Can't Hold Back
2. High On You
3. First Night
4. The Search Is Over
5. Broken Promises
6. Popular Girl
7. Everlasting
8. It's The Singer Not The Song
9. I See You In Everyone

Product Description

Digitally remastered reissue of this 1984 AOR classic. On this album, the band changed vocalists from Dave Bickler (who had left because of vocal problems) to Jimi Jamison. In addition, the band decided to recall veteran producer Ron Nevison (Heart, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company) back into the fold to handle knob twiddling duties. 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 Cant Hold Back) whilst the album itself made #16 on the album charts. It was a spectacular recovery from what had looked like a desperate situation and is now recognised as arguably Survivors finest moment, packed with killer tracks and boasting a superior production. Truly one of the most essential AOR albums of all time. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital music for 80's fans--the search is over July 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
Those who only see Survivor as two-hit wonders, singing theme songs for Rocky III-"Eye Of The Tiger" and Rocky IV-"Burning Heart", think again. Like Heart, Survivor benefitted under producer Ron Nevison for two albums, Vital Signs and When Second Count. The first one, Vital Signs, has the mixture of hard rockers and ballads, punctuated with a mixture of heavy guitar chords and keyboards, of which four hit the charts.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect melodic pop/rock July 9 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare album where virtually every song sounds like it could be a melodic rock hit. As others have mentioned, this album is clearly poppier than its predecessors, but in this case that just makes it an even more amazing album.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vital mid 80s album. June 5 2003
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Survivor was a great band I wished was more popular. I personally thought Dave Bickler was usually boring and uninspired sounding. Jim Jamison seems to fit better with tunes like this. It's got passion filled '80s AOR pop/rock.
"High On You" was, I think, the biggest hit and one of my favorites. A keyboard fueled arena rock pop number, talking about a very common rock & roll subject, meeting a girl. "I Can't Hold Back" is another tune similar in style. It's a little more unique in that it starts off slow and alternates between a light pop song and a slightly hard rocker. "The Search Is Over" is a yearning power ballad with somewhat of an adult contemporary sound (not to the level of Michael Bolton or Air Supply though, thank God). It's a beautiful song about realizing the love you've been looking for has been around you already.
Aside from those 3 big songs, many of the others could've been big too. "Popular Girl" is a mid tempo, airy pop/rocker. "It's the Singer Not the Song" is another one of the harder, more anthemic songs. "First Night" starts off as a ballad, than builds up to a louder rocker. However the feel of the whole song isn't lost as it strikes me as more of a heartfelt song, both lyrically and musically. "I See You In Everyone" deserved to be a big hit, a perfect power ballad. "Everlasting" is okay, more of a straight ballad. "Broken Promises" is my least favorite. It's a lighter rocker, but somehow it's just doesn't have that happy, catchy sound of many of the other songs.
Let me say, this is probably not something I'd tell my trendy friends how much I loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a no-brainer
If you don't like this album, perhaps you should be sitting in Baghdad taking pop-shots at our boys over there, because you are obviously NOT American. Read more
Published on April 16 2003 by "kackmaster"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pop-Rock Album
VITAL SIGNS is Survivor's best studio album ever. There are plenty of great pop-rock confections here. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...I forgot how good this album is.
I recently re-purchased this album wanting a couple of songs for my wife's workout playlist. I remember having the cassette many years ago but I didn't remember how many great... Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars New era for Survivor
Survivor had a huge hit with "Eye Of The Tiger", but their followup release, "Caught In The Game", never took off (which is a true shame, since it is an... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2001 by jeffrey343
4.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite pop/rock albums from the 80s.
I bought this album shortly after it's release in the fall of '84 on the strength of "I Can't hold Back" & "High on You", two songs a local album rock... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2001 by Michael Baturoni
4.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite pop/rock albums from the 80s.
I bought this album shortly after it's release in the fall of '84 on the strength of "I Can't hold Back" & "High on You", two songs a local album rock... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2001 by Michael Baturoni
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
the vocals and passion of jimi jamison's voice make this cd incredible! on previous survivor albums with dave bickler on vocals it was hard to understand the words he was singing! Read more
Published on July 29 2001 by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars The best rock CD ever !
Survivor is one of the greatest rock group and this CD is the best album from them. All songs are good so there is no reason if you like music not to have this CD in your... Read more
Published on July 27 2001 by Mian Sukiman
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no reason not to buy this!
I bought this album way back in the 80s, and I still place it among my all time favorites. Survivor is one of the best melodic rock bands around, and this album showcases that... Read more
Published on May 18 2001 by David Troska
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent AOR classic
Survivor is a talented band. "Vital sign" is superb. All the songs are very melodic and emotional with no filler. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2000
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