ARTIST:

SURVIVOR

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

EYE OF THE TIGER

(1982)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

A.O.R.

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening
"Benefiting from the success of its eponymous title, "Eye Of The Tiger" imposes itself as an essential album of Rock in general and Aor in particular."
LOLOCELTIC (02.01.2015)  
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After two excellent albums, Survivor has affirmed a strong identity allowing as a fully-fledged group within the US Aor landscape. However, it still lacks the essential hit that would make it integrate an elite already formed by bands such as Journey, Foreigner or Boston. The boost came from Sylvester Stallone who met the members of the quintet and asked them to compose a track for Rocky III, his next movie. The effect was immediate, with the song not only receiving unprecedented media exposure, but also being of such quality that it became a global anthem far beyond the confines of its musical style.

The guitar riff of 'Eye Of The Tiger' would then take its place alongside 'Highway To Hell', 'Smoke On The Water', 'La Grange' and 'Start Me Up', becoming an essential step in every boxing gym in the world. But if it would be useless to focus on this title that only deaf people have never heard of, it would also be a pity to reduce the album "Eye Of The Tiger" to its eponymous title, as legendary as it is. Because if it's indeed difficult to exist in such an imposing shadow, the other tracks are worth being mentioned and will reveal themselves as beautiful pieces of muscular Aor to those who will take the trouble not to limit themselves to the monumental opening single.

Mostly composed by Frankie Sullivan, they are very guitar-heavy, reminiscent of AC/DC on the hard-hitting 'Hesitation Dance', whose chorus is a direct hit in the face. More FM, 'Children Of The Night' is no less catchy, benefiting from well worked choruses on its chorus, as well as 'The One That Really Matters' with its fat riff. But don't think that Jim Peterik is only happy to play the second premium priced guitarists at the service of his compatriot. He is also a first-rate keyboardist on the energetic 'Feels Like Love', with its contagious enthusiasm, and even more so on 'American Heartbeat', with its pervasive synthesizers and catchy chorus. Other highlights not to be missed include 'I'm Not That Man Anymore', varying the tempo between the verses and the chorus and ending with a long guitar solo full of feeling, and the pretty ballad 'Ever Since The World Began', which was re-recorded by Jimi Jamison in 1989 as part of the film High Security with... Sylvester Stallone.

Benefiting from the momentum created by its eponymous title, "Eye Of The Tiger" is a must-have album for Rock in general and Aor in particular. It allows Survivor to finally benefit from the recognition it deserves while putting the Chicago band under pressure. Indeed, the quintet will inevitably be eagerly expected for its next opus and it is never easy to give a follow-up to such a work, the public being more demanding and without concession for anyone who wouldn't meet its expectations.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Eye Of The Tiger - 4:07
02. Feels Like Love - 4:09
03. Hesitation Dance - 3:52
04. The One That Really Matters - 3:32
05. I'm Not That Man Anymore - 4:51
06. Children Of The Night - 4:45
07. Ever Since The World Began - 3:47
08. American Heartbeat - 4:11
09. Silver Girl - 4:53

LINEUP:
David Bickler: Chant / Claviers
Frankie Sullivan: Guitares
Jim Peterik: Guitares / Claviers
Marc Droubay: Batterie
Stephan Ellis: Basse
   
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ALEX77
02/09/2016
 
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Merci pour ce bel article sur un groupe que j'aime beaucoup. Eye og the tiger est le tube bien sûr mais j'aime beaucoup le reste de cet album également. J'avais alors 5 ans à la première écoute :)
Je suis en train d'apprendre le morceau à la guitare ici : https://www.hguitare.com/riff-de-guitare/apprendre-eye-of-the-tiger-de-survivor-a-la-guitare-181?source=riffs si il y a d'autres guitaristes intéressés. Bonne journée.
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