Survivor [Original Television Soundtrack]
One of the highest-rated TV series of all time, the 2000 program Survivor came out of nowhere and caught on like wildfire. It seemed viewers just couldn't get enough of cutthroat Rich, rude Rudy, conniving Kelly, and sore loser Susan who battled one another to be the lone survivor on a desert island. Audience response to the innovative music heard on the program led to the release of an instrumental soundtrack album, which features the program's original, exotic score by renowned composers Russ Landau and David Vanacore (Landau won a 1985 Grammy for Best New Age album, while Vanacore has scored shows such as Law & Order and VH1's Behind the Music). In keeping with Survivor's stranded-on-a-desert-isle theme, tracks such as "Ancient Voices," "New Frontier," "My Tribe," and "Survivor Yell" have a primal feel to them, with tribal-sounding percussion, wailing vocals, and chants. Several tracks, including "Big Drama," "Tally the Vote," and "Explorer," are simply full to the brim with sweeping, melodramatic orchestration -- one such track, "I Can See It," is reminiscent of Elton John's often grandiose Lion King soundtrack. Despite its rather cheap-sounding drum machines and synthesizer-laden production, this score still evokes images of the island's exotic landscape and the primitive lifestyle of its temporary inhabitants.
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Performance CreditsRick Braun Trumpet
Steve Forman Percussion
Danny Jacob Guitar
Ross Landau Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Elena Sidorenko Voices
Tamara Smyslova Voices
Billy Ward Percussion
Lisbeth Scott Vocals
Chris Bleth Flute,Woodwind
Ken Berry Guitar
Victor Vanacore Vocals
David Vanacore Track Performer
Sarah Taylor Violin,Vocals
Emily Wright Cello
Chris Tedesco Trumpet
Technical CreditsRoss Landau Producer
Mark Evans Engineer
David Vanacore Producer
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I just purchased this CD. If you are looking for the music of the show to enchance your Survivor party....THIS IS IT!! After purchasing it, we wished we had done it sooner.
I thought this is was one of the greatest soundtracks in a long time, the hunting and dramatic music brings you back to the island again.
Just like the beautiful music on the show!!!!!
I loved the show, and loved the music. It's very haunting and a cool c.d.
UPON READING NEWS CLIPS AND REVIEWS IV NOTED THAT DAVID VANACORE SEEMS TO NOT BE GETTING HIS JUST DUE,,I WOULD URGE ANYONE TO DO A LITTLE HOMEWORK AS TO WHO'S REALY WRITING,RECORDING AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BRINGING SURVIVORS WONDERFUL SOUNDS TO THE PALLETS OF THE WORLD..I THINK YOU WILL FIND AS I HAVE THAT THE WORK IS BEING DONE BY MR VANACORE IS THE HEART AND SOAL OF THE SHOWS MUSIC..
The songs come directly from the show. I've watched all of the seasons and realized that the same songs have been used as background music since the first season. When I hear each track I can visualize the "scene" when it is played on the show.
Buying the CD yesterday, I found that many of the selections were great. ''Ancient Voices'', both the original and the extended, lived up to promise, as did ''Tally the Vote''. However, I was looking for more music that was used during the show. If that is what you are looking for, do not buy this, because many of the songs do not appear in the show.