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Live, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Don`t Stop Believin`(4:10)
2. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (5:20)
3. After the Fall (5:14)
4. Lovin` Touchin` Squeezin`(7:11)
5. Faithfully (4:18)
6. Who`s Crying Now (5:36)
7. Anyway You Want It (3:30)
8. Lights (3:14)
9. Stay Awhile (2:27)
10. Open Arms (3:14)
11. Send Her My Love (3:38)
12. Still They Ride (4:06)
13. Stone In Love (4:39)
14. Escape (5:26)
15. Line of Fire (3:09)
16. Wheel In the Sky (5:35)

Total Time 70:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Perry / lead vocals
- Neal Schon / guitars, vocals
- Jonathan Cain / Keyboards, vocals
- Ross Valory / bass, vocals
- Steve Smith / drums

Releases information

C.D. (Mexico): Columbia CDDI 489703.

Recorded Live 1981-1983.

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(20%)
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Review by Guillermo
4 stars In mid 1998 I went to a record shop and I found among the "New Releases Section" this live album. At first sight I thought that it was a live album recorded by the classic line-up of the band after their reunion in 1996. But it wasn`t, as I found written in small letters in the back cover, saying "(P) 1981, 1983" and "(C) 1998". At that ime I didn`t have an Internet connection, so I didn`t know then that they never toured after the "Trial by Fire" album was released and with Steve Perry and Steve Smith as members of the band. But in the booklet it says that it was recorded in Tokyo, Japan (May 6, 1983), in Houston, Texas (in November 5 & 6, 1981) and in Norman, Oklahoma (July 19, 1983). It also says that the original tapes were stored in tapes storage facilities until in late 1997 were discovered and processed to be released in this CD. They also say that the original tapes had to be baked in an oven to be able to be played again.

One of the best things in this release is the absence of studio overdubs, so the live performances are "as they were played". I think that despite the technology utilised for this release in the modern digital format, some instruments, mainly the piano, are in lower volume when the guitar appears. I don`t know if the mxing wasn`t done very well or maybe the piano was originally recorded in lower volume. But the rest of the instruments sound very good and clear. Maybe the guitar sounds more distorted and even with some feedback in some parts, more "raw" than in the studio versions, even with some fingers mistakes included but it is good anyway. The editing of the CD shows the band playing song after song with very few seconds before the start of another song. Maybe it was done this way to allow the inclusion of all the songs in the 70 minutes available on a CD. In fact, the last song, "Wheel in the Sky" is cut with a fade-out after Steve Perry thanks the audience.

This live compilation was maybe released to satisfy JOURNEY`s biggest fans need to hear their best songs recorded live in the absence of a proper tour after their "Trial by Fire" album was released. It includes songs from most of the albums the band released since Perry joined the band until the "Frontiers" album. Obviously, the songs from the "Frontiers" album were recorded during their 1983 tour , but the details about the recording dates of the rest of the songs are hard to know because the booklet doesn`t give details about this. I know that there are a DVD and a CD of JOURNEY (produced by Steve Perry) filmed and recorded in Houston in 1981. It has more songs taken from those concerts apart from the ones included in this "Greatest Hits Live" CD.

Most of the songs are played very well, with the exception of "Still They Ride", because the guitar solo is not as good as in the studio version, sounding like Schon and Smith lost concentration and the song sounds a bit forced in that section, like they were trying to hide a mistake. Anyway, this CD is very enjoyable, very well recorded and mixed (with the exception of the piano in some parts, as I wrote above), and it has a very good selection of their most famous songs.

Review by Prog Leviathan
2 stars This predictable live album is an obligatory choice for die-hards of the band's enthusiastic rock anthems, and unessential for everyone else.

The setlist is a parade of hits, adquately performed with some stand out guitar work by Schon. The arrangements are lifted almost entirely as they come off of the studio albums, so there is little surprise to be found here save for an occasionally exciting or intense chorus. The production is passable, but the overall effect is fun for those that like Journey's robust offerings of FM hits. Inoffensive and unchallenging fun for the occasional singalong.

Setlist 3 Instrumental Performances 3 Stage Energy 2 Live Experience 2

Review by Epignosis
5 stars Journey is hardly a progressive rock band, but as an arena rock outfit, it rarely gets better than this. All of the ingredients that make this band what it is are present and outstanding on this live album and the sound is amazing. The only thing I can possibly complain about is the absence of some of my favorite Journey tunes, such as "I'll Be Alright Without You," and some of the Greg Rolie songs like "Feeling That Way" or "Someday Soon." The transitions from one song to the next are impeccable, and the energy stays strong even through the softer songs like "Faithfully" and "Open Arms." Steve Perry is in amazing shape vocally, and interacts with the crowd in a charismatic yet unobtrusive way. For me, Neal Schonn really shines as a lead guitarist on this album. Each solo screams and provides a slightly different feel than those on the studio versions. Ross Valory offers some nice turnarounds and fills, as Steve Smith demonstrates what a reliable and energetic powerhouse he is behind the kit. Jonathan Cain is limited to the role of mostly filling out the sound, but with only one guitarist, a supportive position is good to have. Yes, "Wheel in the Sky" is played ridiculously fast, but I don't care- what an incredible live rock album!

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