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"Benefitting from a well received if slow burning debut album, Chicago based four-piece Survivor were given the opportunity to re-enter the studio for album number two. Their song writing skills had never been in question but, it must be said, they were still searching for a sound of their own and the hope was that they would dig deep and expose a gritty underbelly that would unlock their true potential. Recorded in Los Angeles, with a slightly reshuffled line-up, the band was allowed to self produce, thus further enhancing the likelihood that a rougher, more immediate sound could be captured. 'Premonition', originally released in 1981, didn't disappoint, showcasing the band in an upbeat and, dare we say it, far more aggressive mood, harnessing a sound that leaps out of the speakers and wrestles you to the floor with little room for pleasantries. Naturally, the band's greatest asset was still very much in focus; quality songs with hooks and melodies to die for. Tracks such as 'Summer Nights', 'Light Of A Thousand Smiles' (inspired by Journey), 'Poor Man's Son' and the balls-out rocking of 'Chevy Nights' all contain a magical mixture of streamlined efficiency and brutal honesty, resulting in a sound that virtually defined the musical climate. It certainly turned heads; most notably that of Sylvester Stallone who requested the band write a theme song for his upcoming Rocky III movie... No prises for guessing what came next."
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