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The Essential Journey

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  • There are a couple of key songs missing from this compilation. Most notably, Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever is absent. This was a big radio and video hit for Journey in ‘86….so why was this gem passed up? My other gripe is that not 1 of Neal Schon’s heavy guitar instrumentals(featuring Greg Rolie’s lead vocals) from Journey’s first 3 albums are in this 2 CD lineup….not 1! It would’ve been refreshing to see: Of A Lifetime or I’m Gonna Leave You on here, from the pre-Steve Perry era. I am very pleased, however, with the inclusion of: Stone In Love, Chain Reaction, After The Fall and When You Love A Woman….4 great chart hits! I would highly recommend this double CD compilation to any Journey fan; for the more “hard core” Journey enthusiast- I think the 3 CD box set, TIME3, would be your best bet….otherwise, invest some time and money in purchasing the entire Journey catalog on CD. Journey is truly one of the greatest bands in Rock history! I still believe that Perry is the reason for Journey’s success….his voice is incomparable with other great singers in this genre of music!

    Posted on January 29, 2010