What does it sound like?:
When you think of the big AOR bands, Journey and Foreigner will always be near the top of any list. Here we have two live releases from them, one archival from 1978, the other a more contemporary show from 2017, both coming as cd/dvd combos..
First up is Foreigner with a show recorded at the Rainbow in 1978, and my, aren’t they a young, fresh faced group – mind you, weren’t we all forty years ago! This set far pre-dates their later monster, but much blander, hits such as Waiting For A Girl Like You and I Want To Know What Love Is, and showcases a much hungrier band, with fine performances of most of their highly successful début album, including the likes of Feels Like The First Time and Cold As Ice, as well as previewing material from their then upcoming Double Vision album. The downside is that some of the lesser known material borders on being rather generic and forgettable. However, on the whole the good stuff makes this is a show well worth checking out.
The Journey set is a 2017 concert filmed at the iconic Budokan in Tokyo, and features complete performances of two of their best and biggest selling albums, Escape and Frontiers. Of course, the mighty Steve Perry is long gone, but the band took the ‘Yes’ route by simply recruiting a new vocalist and carrying on regardless. Of course, it’s never easy for fans to accept the idea of a replacement singing their old favourites, but to be fair, this guy does a fine job and does sound uncannily like the departed Perry. The problem with shows involving complete perfomances of whole albums is that as well as the classic songs you love, you also get the ones you’d normally skip by, and that is indeed the case here.So for every Seperate Ways and Who’s Crying Now you get a Dead or Alive and Back Talk. Good encore of Lovin’, Touchin, Squeezin, but a shame they didn’t also throw in Lights. Points deducted though for the solo slots showcasing guitar, keyboards and, worst of all, drums
What does it all *mean*?
Some of the original members may be long gone, but there’s life in these brand names and their back catalogues yet.
Goes well with…
Hot dogs and Bud.
Might suit people who like…
AOR, melodic soft rock.