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  • Journey’s seventh US release and first and only double live album Captured was released in February of 1981.
    Captured was recorded on Journey’s 1980 tour in support of the album Departure. This album marked the last appearance of founding member keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie whom would retire from the band during the mixing of this album.
    Rolie, along with lead singer Steve Perry, guitarist Neal Schon, bass player Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith rock out on this album and until the release of Live in Houston 1981 this was as close as you got to a Journey concert on album.
    We begin with the taped recording of the Evolution track Majestic which then segues into the killer Where Were You and is a superb version. Next is Just The Same Way which is one of my favorites, Schon’s soloing here rocks. We then segue into Line of Fire which is a great rocking shuffle. Next is the medley of Lights/Stay Awhile which is superb. Too Late is next and rivals the studio version. The exclusive track Dixie Highway is next and a studio version of this track was not ever recorded. Then the first half(first vinyl disc) ended with the medley of Feeling That Way/Anytime which features stellar harmonies once again with Rolie and Perry do a nice job trading off vocals.
    The original album’s second disc starts with the rocker Do You Recall which is a great version of the Evolution track. Next is Walks Like A Lady which includes some bluesy work from Schon and Rolie before ending with a wll of feedback from Schon’s guitar which would segue into a killer La Do Da which is better than its studio counterpart and has a bass and drums improv from Valory and Smith before going into a killer drum solo from Steve “the Machine Gun” Smith. Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ follows and is another highlight with stellar harmonies and excellent guitar work from Schon who plays some nasty slide here. Next is Wheel In The Sky which is a killer version and is rivaled only with the Live in Houston 1981 version and this one segues into the set closing Any Way You Want It in stellar fashion. The closing studio track The Pary’s Over(Hopelessly in Love) is a great song and featured Steve Roseman on keyboards as Gregg Rolie was gone from the band by then but is a great song.
    Captured remains a classic and was a successful live album peaking at #9 upon release and gave Journey its fourth Platinum album in a row. Journey proved with Captured that they could rock live and were great live!

    Posted on December 3, 2009