SURVIVOR ‘When Seconds Count’/’Too Hot To Sleep’

SURVIVOR ‘When Seconds Count’/’Too Hot To Sleep’ Rock Candy (2011) http://www.rockcandyrecords.comRock Candy’s excellent Survivor re-issue programme reaches the final two albums from the band’s 80’s heyday. 1986’s ‘When Seconds Count’ adds the US no. 2 hit single ‘Burning Heart’, written for ‘Rocky IV’ but never released on the album first time around. If that wasn’t enough to tickle your fancy then the album itself has some classic Survivor tunes including the emotive ballad ‘Man Against The World’, the poptastic keys that back ‘Is This Love’ and another big ballad ‘In Good Faith’. This album also saw the band produce a couple of decent rockers in ‘Rebel Son’ and the title track.

‘When Seconds Count’ was the last album featuring the band as a five piece as by 1988’s ‘Too Hot To Sleep’ only the core trio of vocalist Jimi Jamison, guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboards player Jim Petrik remained. They were aided by some top draw session players including drummer Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams) and Peter John Vettesse (Jethro Tull/Foreigner) on keyboards.

The album is the band’s heaviest as guitarist Frankie Sullivan cranks it up on the title track and ‘She’s A Star’, one of the band’s best songs and sadly never a hit. There are some great examples of melodic hard rock in ‘Desperate Dreams’ and ‘Here Comes Desire’. But the band still knew how to do a ballad with ‘Across The Miles’ amongst their best and it has been covered by other bands including Uriah Heep.

After this album the band bowed out until a 90’s renunion with original vocalist Dave Bickler for a ‘Greatest Hits’ plus two new songs. This didn’t last long and the band were back again with Jimi Jamison on vocals in 2006 with a new album, ‘Reach’ (not one of their best being too ballad heavy) before Jamison left again. The band still tour with ex-MSG vocalist Robin McAuley joining sole original member Frankie Sullivan. There will hopefully be a new album soon but until then grab both of these albums – classic 80’s melodic hard rock.

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