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Jimi Jamison And Jim Peterik - 2010 Extra Moments
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on November 10 2010, In 2010 Articles , 3 Comments , 3017 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Jimi Jamison And Jim Peterik
ALBUM: Extra Moments
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
SERIAL: MRR001
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Andrew McNeice

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jimi Jamison - vocals * Jim Peterik - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dream Higher * 02 Chiseled In Stone * 03 Cry Of The Wild Heart * 04 Heart Of A Woman * 05 Life #9 * 06 I Wanna Touch You There * 07 Lifeforce * 08 Chiseled In Stone (Demo) * 09 She's Nothing To Me (Demo) * 10 Lifeforce (Demo) * 11 Life #9 (Demo)

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WEBLINKS: www.jimijamison.com : www.jimpeterik.com


Background
At the time of writing this review, the Firefest 2010 gig has just concluded, with the apparent star of the show being Jimi Jamison, with his backing band on the night comprising Tommy Denander and a couple of guys from Swedish AORsters H.E.A.T. It now seems on the cards that Jamison and Denander will work together on a new project, which is kinda exciting. In the meantime, we can all ponder his latest effort, in tandem with fellow Survivor compadre Jim Peterik. Back in 2008, we gave Jamison's album of that year 'Crossroads Moment' a very good review with a 95/100 rating if I recall. This CD, the first for Andrew McNeice's new record label Melodic Rock Records, features extended material going under the guise as 'Extra Moments'. On this CD, we are privy to some of the material which didn't quite make 'Crossroads Moment', both in finished form and demo. It's a great idea to get them recorded and published anyway, a situation that both Jamison and Peterik were more than happy with.


The Songs
'Dream Higher' gets off to a smokin' start and is quite a rebel rouser in its own way. Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy gets a co songwriting credit. 'Chiseled In Stone' taps out some typical Peterik lyrical inspiration, alongside what is a pretty polished musical affair. 'Cry Of The Wild Heart' is an older track, going way back to before Survivor's 'Vital Signs' album, and was apparently used as an audition track by Jamison. The ballad 'Heart Of A Woman' is a lovely shuffly sort of track, it also has a slight new country feel attached to it as well, though I doubt the stuffy brigade from Nashville would embrace this as one of its own. Tommy Denander provides a co-write with 'Life #9', it's a bubbly little tune with a berocca fizz used to keep the energy levels up. Despite the dubious song title, 'I Wanna Touch You There' has a few Survivor like attributes mixed with some 38 Special moments from the 80's era, not surprising as the 38 boys have borrowed a few Peterik songs in the past. The duo then combine for the invigorating 'Lifeforce', which sounds ideal for one of those martial arts come soldier of fortune movies from the 80's that our regular metal writer Dangerzone is so in love with! lol! There are parts to this song that could be an instant drop-in for an action packed film sequence! The remainder of the CD contain demos of three tracks covered earlier in this review ('Chiseled In Stone', 'Lifeforce' and 'Life #9'), but they are sung by Jim Peterik instead. The track not previously mentioned is the fast paced 'She's Nothing To Me' which has a hint of Pride Of Lions to these ears. I was half expecting Toby Hitchcock to turn up behind the mic!


In Summary
No doubt for many Jamison fans, this would make the ideal companion piece to the 'Crossroads Moments' CD, and completes the picture on a productive session between these two Survivor greats. It's an interesting concept, and one wonders who will be next in the 'lets convert our cutting room offcuts to CD' queue. I ask this because many of us are collectors of demos and unofficial material, so it's good to get much better audio quality if they are farmed out to CD like this one is. I hope other artists are able to do something similarly.


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#1 | george_the_jack on November 10 2010 05:13:57
Jamison rocked the house at Firefest! No doubt one of the highlights of the 3-day melodic marathon.
#2 | Jez on November 11 2010 01:30:25
I really liked 'Crossroads Moment' in general (although it was 3 or 4 songs too long imo) and there are some more good songs to be had on here aswell, 3 of which should have definitely been on the original album, namely 'Chiseled In Stone', 'Dream Higher' and 'Lifeforce'. The rest are ok, typical Peterik tunes, good whilst nothing spectacular - Oh! and a small minus point for the CD cover which is cheap & horrid
#3 | jeffrey343 on November 13 2012 06:33:09
Being a big Jamison and Survivor fan, I'm surprised I didn't get a hold of this earlier. It wasn't on Rhapsody for the first several months after it came out, and I wanted to give it a good listen before forking over a measly few bucks. Well, I found it last week, and this is good stuff! "Crossroads Moments" is one I loved at first but haven't played much the past couple of years except in shuffle mode with a bunch of other stuff. I believe many of these songs are stronger than a lot of the CM ones. And I think there is more of a Survivor sound throughout this album, which, really, is what most of us are hoping for. "Never Too Late" has not been reviewed yet, but it's a winner too.
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