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Journey - Greatest Hits Live

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  • Journey is my favorite band of all time, and I am honored to have seen them live twice now (the latest on the recent September 29th Big E show in Springfield, MA–their last show on this year’s tour). For sure, this collection represents Journey in their prime–during the glory years of the “Escape” and “Frontiers” albums. I love the selection of songs as well. Besides playing the obviously huge hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Separate Ways”, “Faithfully”, and “Open Arms”, they also play some lesser hits that I had never heard live before like “After The Fall” and “Still They Ride”. For sure, the songs are all great.The reason I can’t call this quite five stars is that the album doesn’t have an overall live feel. It is quite apparent to me that there was too much mixing in the studio–with the vocals at least. In addition, very little of the interaction with the crowds is included, and since the performances come from several concerts there is no feel of continuity that I prefer on live albums. The live Journey album “Captured” much better captures the spirit of this band live. That one, however, came out before the huge “Escape” and “Frontiers” albums, so none of the monster tracks off of those albums are included.This album is still more than worth the listen. It simply could have been better if more of the “live feel” was left in the collection. Call my overall grade 4 1/2 stars, as I still strongly recommend this album for Journey fans. Clearly, you aren’t going to find these live performances anywhere else.

    Posted on December 24, 2009