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Extended Versions: The Encore Collection

Survivor

Extended Versions: The Encore Collection

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

Type: Compilation

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: CD

Tracks: 10

Language: English

Total size: 132.39 Mb

Year: 2004

Total price: $1.25

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1
$0.12
320
05:01
11.48 Mb
2
$0.12
320
04:46
10.92 Mb
3
$0.12
320
05:11
11.86 Mb
4
$0.12
320
05:03
11.56 Mb
5
$0.12
320
03:10
7.25 Mb
6
$0.17
320
10:03
23.01 Mb
7
$0.12
320
04:28
10.24 Mb
8
$0.12
320
07:56
18.16 Mb
9
$0.12
320
06:36
15.1 Mb
10
$0.12
320
05:35
12.8 Mb


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This is an excellent entry into the Extended Versions series, which takes live performances from various acts. Survivor was on top of their game with their Vital Signs album, which is the main focus of this set, and had great success, including three top fifteen hits. This was an album that had a fantastic energy to it from the first track to the last. Even the lesser known album tracks were great, and played a key role in making the album feel like a continuous piece. Taking some of these tracks into a live setting was a no brainer, something I've hoped for a long time to hear. This album did not disappoint, except maybe for the short length.

But that's the way the series works, ten tracks per album. It makes perfect sense to include the band's biggest hit, Eye of the Tiger. The concert setting have them a chance to delve into the song more than the studio version, this one goes about twice as long as the single. It's a perfect length, the band does a great, energetic version that holds up to the original.

The band's biggest ballad from Vital Signs, The Search is Over, was also one of their biggest hits, and the album would not have been complete without it. It slows the pace down a bit, but somehow retains the same level of energy.

One of the best tracks from Vital Signs was never a single, First Night. It's a song that starts show, then suddenly explodes, briefly slowing down late in the song, and finishing with that same fast tempo. It's a perfect live track, and leads nicely into the hit High On You. It's another example of a Survivor song that just seems to keep building and building, and never really stops. This leads into a small, unsung hit, Popular Girl. This is a great live trio, with a big hit, small hit and lesser known track sharing a similar energy, and forming sort of trilogy on their own... The First Night, leading to being High on You, and finally the Broken Promises that end it all.

Every song in this set of just great. There are others I would have liked to hear, but I can't be disappointed with what we got. This is more than worth it for Survivor fans, and fans of eighties music, or even live music in general. Don't be desired from the tracks you don't know, It's a great overall album, with it from first track to last.

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