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© Columbia Records
Year of Release: 1981
Where Were You
Just The Same Way
Line Of Fire
Feeling That Way
Do You Recall
Walks Like A Lady
La Do Da
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'
Wheel In The Sky
Any Way You Want It
The Party's Over
(Hopelessly In Love)
Journey related sites:
Journey's 1981 release, Captured,
captures the band's live performances from their
1980 Infinity tour. Recorded around the world,
from the United States, West Germany, and Japan,
this live album does a fine job in recording the band's
popular songs and other tunes that Journey fans may not
have heard regularly on their radios.
Some of the blending of two songs together works
fine here. Like Just The Same Way/Line Of Fire, and
Lights/Stay Awhile. Most live albums feature the
most common songs, and the ones you're not familiar with.
Yet they have their moments, but the more famous tunes are
the ones that stand out on this album. Unfortunately, as
in the case of Lights and Feeling That Way,
the live versions are a little bit faster than the studio
versions. This may be unsuitable for some, but this is a
live album, and many bands experiment with their famous
tunes in a different way, whenever possible. Like at the end
of Anytime, they changed pace of the beat of the
song, giving it a different mood, and quite frankly, it's
a nice change of pace.
Do You Recall, originally from Evolution,
is a fine tune. Another one, Dixie Highway,
a song unheard from any previous Journey album,
is ok. Originally from Departure,
Walk Like A Lady is bluesy, as Steve Perry
asks the audience, Do you want some blues?
This tune is a great one, as it features the organ
and great guitar works from a band that originally was
formed from the group Santana, long before Steve Perry
joined the band and redefined Journey's Santana sound
into a successful pop rock band. At the end of this tune,
it seems that the guitarist is doing his best solo, Eddie
Van Halen style, and it blends into the next song, La
Do Da, which was originally from their Infinity
album. This live version showcases the instrumental side of
the band, and of course, if you've been to any concert,
the drummer gets to struts his stuff, in performing a
(lord knows how long of a) drum solo.
The last three live songs are classic Journey tunes:
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin', Wheel In The Sky, (which
again, is a little faster than the studio version), and
Any Way You Want It. The last two songs has the
audience participating in some parts of the songs. I'm
quite certain that Steve Perry pointed his mike to the
crowd for their cue each time.
Captured is a fine rock live album. One fine moment
is when Steve Perry talks to the audience, and points to
each microphone on stage and tells the crowd that they are
being part of a live album. Being in that audience
has to be a great feeling. As they listen to that song or
more, obviously they'll remember them, and say Hey, I
was there! I've never seen Journey in concert, but
the people I've talked to that did, said that they put on
one helluva show.
A surprise was found in reading the liner notes:
This album is dedicated to the memory of Bon Scott,
a friend from the highway.
Bon Scott was the original lead singer of AC/DC, who had
recently died of a drinking binge.
As these two bands are unfamiliar in sound, it was amazing
to know that a pop rock band such as Journey, was dedicating their album to
a hard-rocking metal/blues band, such as AC/DC. Anything
is possible in rock: There are many bands who are dedicated
to other musical influences; those being different in
musical style and texture.
As much as I have heard, there are many rock fans who
do not like Journey. When they originally formed in 1973,
the band consisted of members from Santana, (Neal Schon and
Gregg Rolie), continuing with the Santana sound. They
released three albums, mostly consisting of hard-rock
and instrumentals. In 1977, Steve Perry joined, replacing
vocalist Robert Fleischman, who had joined the band in 1976.
When Perry merged on the scene, his vocals and sound of
the band took a 180 degree turn, throwing off many previous
Santana/Journey fans. Many felt that Perry sounded too much
like a female, and their new sound was wimpy, as they became
popular as a pop rock band. But in reality, Journey is loved
by more fans who enjoy them more than the ones who don't.
Journey is a great band; their pop status became more
famous than Santana's. Again, there's that famous quote:
Either you like 'em, or you don't.
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