I never owned any Survivor records back in the ’80s because I thought I was too cool for that. My college roommate Chester owned a CD copy of Vital Signs, though, and I would crank that shit up and rock out when he wasn’t home. If I heard “Burning Heart” on the car radio, I felt like driving into a brick wall– no, not because I hated it, but because the song made me believe I could kick the wall’s ass.
Over the years, I have acquired just about every Survivor album. Most of them are on vinyl, and I have taken the time to carefully rip them into digital format. I am no longer embarrassed to say that I really like Survivor. I am also not embarrassed to admit that I got a little misty yesterday when I heard about the death of singer Jimi Jamison– fittingly, I received the sad news via a tweet from Martha Quinn.
Jamison had a great rock and roll voice, and his passing came way too early. Rest in peace, Jimi.
Survivor: “High On You” (Peterik/Sullivan)
From the album Vital Signs
Scotti Bros. Records, 1984
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Survivor: “Burning Heart” (Peterik/Sullivan)
From the soundtrack album Rocky IV
Scotti Bros. Records, 1985