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Survivor (#2) - 1979 All Your Pretty Moves

ARTIST: Survivor (LA, USA)
ALBUM: All Your Pretty Moves
LABEL: Monster Records
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Brian Clark - bass, lead vocals * Paul Restovich - guitars, vocals * Pat O'Hara - guitars * Brian Martin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The New Order * 02 So Blind * 03 Breakout * 04 Deceive Me * 05 Kristallnacht * 06 Black Sea * 07 Delicate Adversary * 08 Back To Homeland * 09 Rock N Roll Queen

These guys hailed from the Louisiana city of Shreveport, and were similarly named to the other well-known AOR identity from Chicago featuring Messrs Peterik, Sullivan and Bickler. What is not similar is the music. These guys playing a heavy brand of bluesy hard rock soaked in alcohol and sweat, fringing psychadelic overtones with seventies biker rock. Nothing pretty at all about these boys, and you'd be thinking this lot went out alligator hunting in the Bayous during their weekends! The band have two guitarists, and both players cut up rough most of the time. The distortion level (they called it 'fuzz' back then) is wired to eleven on a ten scale, plus they play harmonising lead guitar as per Thin Lizzy but in a raw sense.

The Songs
Survivor's musical approach is apparent from the start, 'The New Order' manages to split both guitars in the mix, each playing separate parts. For something different, there is a spoken word part by singer Brian Clark.. but by and large the guitars smoke! I didn't really like 'So Blind' too much, the guitars sounded too much out of phase with each other while the arrangement was kinda urrgh. 'Breakout' was only marginally better, but if you thought the album was about to lurch off into no-mans land, things do improve. The slow-burner intro to 'Deceive Me' is just that.. deceiving.. befoer they launch off on a series of killer riffs at the tail of this song, complete with wah-wah effects. The album highlight for me is 'Kristallnacht', the phased guitar effects and gung-ho attitude of the band prevails right to the end. 'Black Sea' is a slower tempo affair with a few searing solos to break it up. 'Delicate Adversary' could be Molly Hatchet on acid (not a pretty thought admittedly. lol) while the album closer 'Rock N Roll Queen' finishes on a high, again red-hot pokers for guitars stir up some hard rockin' embers Louisana style.

In Summary
There is nothing earth-shattering here, just good competent seventies heavy rock that you just can't find on the future side of the year 2000. This is the only album that I know of from these swamp boys under this banner, and the album is available on CD now. Some of the guys moved on to the Christian metal band Philadelphia, though whether they remained in Louisana or moved to Pennsylvania is one for the trainspotters to research. For fans of The Godz and The Boyzz no doubt..

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#1 | aaasreg on August 09 2014 17:15:51
If someone will sell his vinyl, I'll take it.
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