JOURNEY – Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2011)

JOURNEY - Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2011)


Mega-platinum AOR Kings Journey, finally are releasing “Greatest Hits Volume 2” on November 1.
The question here is; What took them so long?
Since its release in 1988, Journey’s Greatest Hits (Vol.1) has sold over 25 million copies, which makes it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The tracks included span the years 1978-1996. Coincidentally, these are the years in which Mr. Steve Perry fronted the band.
Say what you will about Perry, but one thing is certain; the guy knew how to write an AOR hit, and perform it like no other.

The first thing that struck me when looking over the 17 songs that comprise “Greatest Hits Volume 2” is just how many radio staples were left off the initial collection. These include such classic AOR favorites as “Feeling That Way,” “Patiently,” “Just The Same Way,” “Anytime,” and “Still They Ride.”
To make things a little more interesting this time around, they have also included a true rarity. “Little Girl” hails from an obscure foreign film titled Dream After Dream (1980), whose soundtrack was composed and performed by the band that year.
Neal Schon says: “I’m very excited to be releasing this compilation. Many of these songs were written in our earlier days by Steve Perry and myself, and hearing them again brings back great memories. ‘Little Girl’ has an extra special meaning for me because it’s one of the songs my father wrote on with us. All our songs have stood the test of time, and I hope our fans will enjoy this collection.”

After their classic late ’70s-early ’80s run of albums, which included Infinity, Evolution, Departure, Escape, and Frontiers, the band took a break.
When they returned in 1986 with Raised On Radio, things had changed a bit. But Journey’s penchant for selling records remained intact, and the LP went double platinum. The album’s Top 20 hit “Suzanne” is included here.
Steve Perry pursued his solo career after Raised On Radio, but returned to the fold a decade later for Trial By Fire. This would be his final recording with Journey. The platinum record yielded a hit with “When I Think Of You,” which also appears here.

Back in 1992, Journey were one of the first rock bands to get involved in the nascent CD box set retrospective trend, and were well suited to it.
Time 3 was a triple-disc affair which featured not only a great deal of Steve Perry material, but also some choice cuts from their first three albums without him. That fusion-flavored music is basically the difference between the box and the combined Greatest Hits sets. To be honest, there is a reason those first three records never sold in big quantities.
So my suggestion would be to just add “Greatest Hits Volume 2” to your existing Greatest Hits collection and you should have things pretty well covered.
Additionally, most the tracks on this compilation (as on GH Vol.1) were ‘slightly enhanced’ by engineer Robert Hadley and Steve Perry itself. If you listen closely, there’s some slightly ‘new’ nuances.
Available as a single CD and special gatefold double 180-gram virgin vinyl edition, Journey’s “Greatest Hits Volume 2” is the perfect companion to the first set, and the vinyl LP edition in particular is a must.

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3 Responses

  1. Atronx says:

    I think its a good think to remaster older stuff! Especially when someone like Steve Perry sits down to do it! Sometimes as a musician you can correct a lot in old recordings! So i dont mind a better sounding or improved version of a song that I love 😉

    Thank you for this amazing site! I am currently resident in IRAN and since we dont have any record stores here, I am still able to listen to my favorite music style which is very much like an endangered animal species 😉

  2. 0dayrock says:

    @ Rayv:
    Agree with you for the most part.
    But I think it is a good option for the casual classic rock listener to get the band's best songs together.
    Fans (like me and surely you) already have all the studio albums plus Time3 and alikes, and this new installment seems redundant.
    However, for completists and rabid collectors, this is a must have, 'cos as Vol.1, most tracks on this "GH Volume 2" were slightly 'enhanced'. I would not call it 'remixed', anyway if you listen closely there's some slightly 'new' nuances.

  3. Rayv says:

    Actually, I really like the first three records, and the Steve Perry years, as well. I don't really see the point of this compilation. Sure, some hits were left off the first one, but the casual listener isn't going to buy this, and there's no reason for someone with all the studio albums (plus the Time3 boxset, perhaps) to get this. Hopefully it hasn't been remixed like the Greatest Hits album apparently was. A much better choice would be to get the double Essential collection from 2001, or better yet, the 3.0 version from 2008.

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