Journey has always been my very favorite of all the American rock bands. I’ve traced them right from the beginning because of being a Santana fan. Neil Shon and Greg Rollie started something that was very addictive. When Steve Perry joined the band, that was it. No singer can or could ever replace Steve Perry. Without SP, Journey isn’t Journey. This live set just blew me away and the DVD that came with it is out of this world. It’s too bad that Journey seems to be at the end of their journey. I highly recommend this set to any Journey fan even if you already have a live Journey CD, this is by far the best of all of them. Don’t do what I did though. Order the set that has both the CD and DVD. It is well worth the money.
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LIVE IN HOUSTON 1981: THE ESCAPE TOUR is a wonderful document of a single concert on Journey’s tour in support of their 1981 album ESCAPE, and it’s great to have the concert available on CD, as the album and its ensuing tour were Journey’s best sellers both in terms of album sales and concert tickets. The previously-recorded live album, CAPTURED, featured Gregg Rolie, whereas this one features Jonathan Cain on keyboards. It has been said that the band’s manager, Herbie Herbert, didn’t really like Cain, but that’s irrelevant, as Cain brought more of a pop feel to the band. This is a CD that anyone who’s even remotely interested in Journey should own.
I have this cd/dvd set and it is AWESOME!
This is Journey at the height of their fame.
Their best concert ever!
Steve Perry is AMAZING!
A must for any Journey Fan.
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’!
Journey’s Live in Houston 1981, The Escape Tour was first released in November of 2005 as a CD and DVD package.
Turns out, it was a limited edition as now Legacy/Columbia has released both the CD and DVD separately but copies of the CD/DVD package are still out there.
1981 was the year the band ruled the rock music roost as their album Escape hit #1 on the Billboard album chart and they were possibly, aside Rush and Styx, the best concert act touring the States in 1981(all three were selling out arenas with ease).
This classic 1981 Journey concert was recorded and filmed at The Houston Summit in Houston, TX that November and originally aired on MTV(Queen recorded and filmed a concert of theirs in December of 1977 at the same venue which hasn’t been released yet).
For years this Journey concert was not available on either DVD or VHS but until last November.
This Journey concert features the classic line up with singer Steve Perry, guitarist Neal Schon, then new keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bass player Ross Valory and drummer(and my fellow Bay Stater(Massachusetts native)) Steve Smith(who had the Tasmanian Devil attached to his drum kit).
The Escape Tour saw Journey at the top of their game.
On this CD and DVD, the band played 8 of Escape’s 10 songs(the title cut(which had a killer opening fanfare), Open Arms, Mother Father, Who’s Crying Now, Dead or Alive, Don’t Stop Believin’, Stone in Love and Keep on Runnin’) as well as songs from Infinity(Lights and Wheel in the Sky), Evolution(Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’), Departure(Line of Fire, Stay Awhile, Where Were You and Any Way You Want It) and the studio track from Captured(The Party’s Over) plus solos from messieurs Cain, Smith(superb drum solo and is easily one of the greatest rock drummers ever) and Schon.
The sound quality of the CD(and the off-shoot DVD) is very good and the packaging, a 16-page booklet is excellent too.
Overall, Journey Live in Houston is a great piece of live Journey at the top of their game.
Thank you to Steve Perry for helping restore the true Journey legacy.
Journey were amongst my favorite rock bands along with Boston.this live collection is almost a complete greatest hits collection as it contains all their hits like Open arms.Dont Listen to “FED UP”,this collection is great so buy it.Please avoid all albums from the lousy pussycat dolls as recommended by him.