|COLUMBIA RECORDS CK-69139|
Journey's long awaited new release comes as a sort of fill in in between sorting out what's next.|
There has long been a need to capture the classic line up on record, and Greatest Hits Live certainly does that.
The recordings are from four gigs in the USA and Japan in 1981 and 1983. There are no tunes from The Raised On Radio tour as Sony wish us to think of Journey as Perry/Schon/Cain/Smith and Valory. Seems a little odd, as soon they will be ready to convince us otherwise.
Anyway, the album kicks off with Don't Stop Believing, and from the first note Perry sounds like the God he is. What a voice. The band run through all their hits and a couple of less likely album tracks to support the fact these were the Escape and Frontiers tours.
The songs are already truely classic, no doubt there, so I won't even try and review them!
The band sound as tight as anything you wil ever witness in concert or on record. There are a few variations in the arrangements, but mainly they stay true to their roots.
Perry sounds especially great and gets to expand his delivery of the songs. Damn he sounds great!
I have only a small wish for the record - That the crowd gets a little more recognition and was bumped up in the mix a little more.|
Also - most of the rapping from Perry to the audience is removed. I have a couple of soundboard live recordings and a radio show, and he does talk more in those.
The crowd get a little chance to sing in Any Way You Want It, and hear from Perry in Who's Crying Now, but not much elsewhere.
The addition of the concert ending fireworks after Wheel In The Sky is a nice touch though!
A great sounding live record, and a fantastic collection of pure AOR brilliance, and I dare say a better pick up than Journey's regular Greatest Hits.
A must for every AOR and Journey fan.
|PRODUCTION: 90%||SONGS: 95%||VIBE: 74%||ATTITUDE: 78%|
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