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Live In Houston 1981 - Escape Tour

Journey

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Album Review

In 1981 Journey were one of the most popular bands in all of rock & roll, after years of having their first four albums relegated to the prog rock bargain bins. Escape was number one on the album charts, and the group was selling out sports arenas nationwide. This disc captures the band at its live performance peak, with Neal Schon's solos bordering — but never really crossing — the line of pretentiousness, and Steve Perry's vocals rarely sounding more impassioned. It's annoying (especially to Detroit natives) to hear the lyric "born and raised in South Detroit" changed to "born and raised in Houston," but Perry does a wonderful job keeping the audience engaged and fired up, notably during the dramatic one-two punch of "Open Arms" and "Mother, Father." A nice supplement to Captured, and a snapshot of Journey during their time of world pop chart domination, sounding like a finely tuned unstoppable machine. And until the band reunites with Perry supplying the vocals, it's the next best thing to actually being there.

Customer Reviews

Pure Genius!

All of you Journey fans out there have to go and buy this amazing album. Who can beat the vocals of Steve Perry and the guitar genius of Neal Schon? Get The DVD as well. By a True Journey Fan, Muca

Best Band Ever!!!

This album is the best. Anyone who loves Journey should buy this album. You won't be disappointed

Live Beyond Belief

Perhaps in one sense, it was a shame that Columbia released a live album, "Captured", just months before "Escape" hit the racks. Had the World known in early 1981 what a monster hit Journey were about to have on their hands, a 1982 release of this astonishing performance would almost certainly have sold in droves. Everything from Steve Perry's voice to Neal Schon's fingersare in absolute peak form here, in fact Perry's performance of "Mather, Father" in Houston is one of rock's greatestvocal masterpieces. If anyone needed a reminder of how big - or brilliant - Journey were in late 1981, this is it.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon, a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after...
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