Growing up in the 80’s, I was always aware of Journey, but I never really took notice of them until the mid-90’s, when I was in college. I never realized how many hits these guys cranked out over the years until I happened upon one of their greatest hits albums in a friend’s dorm room. He had to leave for the evening and I stayed behind to play video games. I put the disc on and the memories began to flood back to me. I instantly remembered all of the songs as they played over the speakers. I was caught up in the old days, and I was loving it.
This album, “The Essential Journey,” includes all of the hits from the album my friend had and many other songs that radio fans such as myself may not have been aware of. The first disc is the best in my opinion, because it includes the bulk of their hit material. The second disc is good as well because, for the most part, it introduces fans like myself to a side of Journey they weren’t aware of.
This is a good compilation to pick up if you love to sing along with Steve Perry while you’re cruising down the highway. Obvious hits like “Lights,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and later hits like “When You Love A Woman” are all here. The power ballad of all power ballads, “Open Arms,” and its closest competitor, “Faithfully,” in this collection as well.