An '80s Metal Tribute to Journey

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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Tribute albums are a tricky business. On one hand, if an artist interprets a familiar song in a fresh way he or she can be accused of ruining a classic. On the other, if an artist re-creates the familiar song note for note he or she can be accused of having no imagination. It's a no-win situation. Released in 2006, An '80s Metal Tribute to Journey features new recordings of 13 beloved songs from the peak of Journey's gigantic mainstream success with vocalist Steve Perry. The stars here are vocalists, but many of them are more in the '70s arena rock and AOR vein than '80s metal. However, this fact just proves how the lines separating genres can be blurred. The biggest names ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Tribute albums are a tricky business. On one hand, if an artist interprets a familiar song in a fresh way he or she can be accused of ruining a classic. On the other, if an artist re-creates the familiar song note for note he or she can be accused of having no imagination. It's a no-win situation. Released in 2006, An '80s Metal Tribute to Journey features new recordings of 13 beloved songs from the peak of Journey's gigantic mainstream success with vocalist Steve Perry. The stars here are vocalists, but many of them are more in the '70s arena rock and AOR vein than '80s metal. However, this fact just proves how the lines separating genres can be blurred. The biggest names among the featured vocalists are Mickey Thomas Jefferson Starship, Starship, Bobby Kimball Toto, Kip Winger Winger, Tommy Shaw Styx, Damn Yankees, Jack Russell Great White, Robin McAuley MSG, Kelly Hansen Hurricane, Foreigner, and John Corabi Mötley Crüe, Ratt. Musically speaking, the arrangements of virtually all of the songs are so close to the originals that it's scary. There are crunchy, '80s-style rhythm guitar extras here and there. Half of An '80s Metal Tribute to Journey was produced and performed -- with the exception of drums -- by former Yes member Billy Sherwood. He has previously produced AC/DC, Queen, and Pink Floyd tribute albums, among others. Ultimately, An '80s Metal Tribute to Journey lives or dies by the vocalists. Given Perry's distinctive style, the special guests had their work cut out for them. Sometimes a few of them strain to reach Perry's range, but they usually sound like themselves. Kimball tackles "Who's Crying Now," Winger handles "Send Her My Love" quite well, Shaw treats "Open Arms" respectfully, Russell cuts loose on "Any Way You Want It," and Hansen adds extra muscle to "Wheel in the Sky" and "Separate Ways." As for the less famous participants, Mark Knight of Worry Beads takes a slightly subdued yet interesting approach to "Only the Young," while Stevie Rachelle of Tuff offers a straightforward version of "Lights." Considering that Rachelle eventually came forward as the creator of the infamous, metal-mocking website Metal Sludge, shouldn't he rip himself for simply being a part of this album? An '80s Metal Tribute to Journey, despite the partially inaccurate title, should appeal to fans of Journey and the guest vocalists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157163520
  • Catalog Number: 1635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Stop Believin' (4:15)
  2. 2 Who's Crying Now - Bobby Kimball (5:07)
  3. 3 Send Her My Love (3:46)
  4. 4 Open Arms (3:20)
  5. 5 Any Way You Want It - Jack Russell (3:08)
  6. 6 Faithfully (4:29)
  7. 7 Wheel in the Sky (4:18)
  8. 8 Girl Can't Help It (3:50)
  9. 9 Only the Young - Mark Knight (4:12)
  10. 10 Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' - Chaz West (3:51)
  11. 11 Be Good to Yourself (4:02)
  12. 12 Lights (3:14)
  13. 13 Separate Ways (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Shaw Vocals
Mickey Thomas Vocals
John Corabi Vocals
Kelly Hansen Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Kimball Vocals
Mark Knight Vocals
Robin McAuley Vocals
Louis Molino III Drums
Jay Schellen Drums
Billy Sherwood Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Kip Winger Vocals
Ralph Saenz Vocals
Stevie Rachelle Vocals
Tracy Swider Guitar
Danny Parker Drums, Background Vocals
Kyle Kyle Bass
Tracy Swinder Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Perry Composer
Neal Schon Composer
Jonathan Cain Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Billy Sherwood Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tracy Swider Engineer
Danny Parker Producer, Engineer
Eric Cassidy Engineer
Kyle Keiderling Engineer
Tracy Swinder Engineer
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