Sony botched the 1996 re-master by not preserving the original segue-way that bridged “Lovin Touchin Squeezin” and “City of The Angels”. They have failed to correct this error with this newer, supposedly “re-masterd” version.
On the original vinyl release, “City Of The Angels” kicked in before the final chorus of “Lovin Touchin Squeezin” had completely faded to silence – presenting a similar effect that had been utilized for “Feelin’ That Way/Anytime” on Infinity. At the time, some AOR radio stations even played these two tracks together.
As completely seperate tracks on CD, the famous ending of “Lovin Touchin Squeezin” becomes clumsy as the final tones of reverb are cut off abruptly. Ultimately, it is only a couple seconds cut off (reverb echoing to silence) – But as one of Journey’s signature tunes, you’d think that they’d have taken the time to get it right and preserver the original context of the release.
The original ending of ‘Lovin Touchin Squeezin” (with final seconds of reverb) can be heard on the two disc collection, Essential Journey – but of course, as the set is a collection of radio songs, it does not segue into “City Of The Angels” as it originally did (and should) on Evolution.
A minor point I know. BUT – Sony is clearly trying to honor and replicate the original release. They should take the time to check all the details to get it right. Or – why bother?