Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Survivor - Burning Heart Instrumental - Rocky IV


Today's video features the instrumental version of the classic hit by Survivor, Burning Heart. I've never actually heard this before and was never sure that there was such a version available, but as a fan of instrumental mixes, I'm delighted to have found this one on Youtube. It's a shame that only a still picture accompanies the audio, but you can't have everything, I guess!
 
Burning Heart reached #5 in the UK singles chart in February 1986, although it faired even better in several other countries including the U.S. where it peaked at #2. The song featured on the soundtrack to the Rocky IV movie and had a very similar feel to Eye of the Tiger - the old saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" springs to mind - which was the soundtrack to Rocky III.  80s band Go West also featured on the album with a song entitled One Way Street.

Survivor only ever had two chart hits in the UK - Burning Heart (#5) and Eye of the Tiger (#1), but in the U.S. they had more success with a handful of hits during the 80's, these were American Heartbeat (#17 in 1982), I Can't Hold Back (#13 in 1984), High On you (#8 in 1985) and The Search is Over (#4 in 1985). Overall, the band released eight studio albums and one Live in Tokyo album.

You can watch the original Survivor video and read more about the song at my website simplyeighties.com .

Burning Heart vinyl sleeve

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