SURVIVOR – Caught In The Game [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]
“Caught In The Game” is the fourth album by American Melodic Rock Gods SURVIVOR, one of the many albums from the band briefly taken out of print in 2009. However, it was ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records.
“Caught In The Game” it’s the Survivors’s last album to-date to feature lead vocalist Dave Bickler, who left due to vocal surgery; despite the fact that he rejoined the band between 1993 and 2000, and again in 2013.
From pretty much out of nowhere Survivor scored one of the biggest ever selling hit singles in 1982 with the classic ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, a song written for the blockbuster movie ‘Rocky III’ featuring Sylvester Stallone.
Buoyed by that success, the band took stock and regrouped to record their fourth album, the much overlooked “Caught In The Game”.
Mostly written and rehearsed in a Carpet Warehouse in their native Chicago, then recorded in Los Angeles and produced by guitarist Frankie Sullivan (engineered by future Guns N’ Roses producer Mike Clink), the album is a pithy coalescence of Survivor’s trademark sound and style.
Featuring guest appearances by the great Tom Kelly (I-Ten), Mr. Mister’s Richard Page and REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin, the album feels arresting but smoothly produced, the songs ring with crystal clear clarity, refusing to out stay their welcome with title track ‘Caught In The Game’, ‘What Do You Really Think?’, ‘I Never Stopped Loving You’ and the epic ‘Santa Ana Winds’ standing out from the pack.
Amazingly, the album (originally released in 1983) failed to repeat the massive achievement of the ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ record, delivering no hit singles and making only a fleeting appearance on the album charts.
It was a shocking development especially when you consider that “Caught In The Game” harbours some of the band’s best songs.
Great 24-bit remastering from original source tapes by Rock Candy, including a 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, interview with band leader Jim Peterik, memorabilia and new photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
01 – Caught In The Game
02 – Jackie Don’t Go
03 – I Never Stopped Loving You
04 – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
05 – Ready For The Real Thing
06 – Half-Life
07 – What Do You Really Think
08 – Slander
09 – Santa Ana Winds
Dave Bickler – lead vocals
Frankie Sullivan – guitar
Jim Peterik – keyboards
Stephan Ellis – bass
Marc Droubay – drums
Daryl Dragon – additional keyboards
Dave Arellano – additional synthesizers
Tom Kelly – backing vocals
Richard Page – backing vocals
Kevin Cronin – backing vocals
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