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Subject: Greatest Hits + 5


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Linda
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Date Posted: 14:53:26 08/02/02 Fri

Greatest Hits +5, the long awaited album by Steve Perry released in December 1998, delievers a more introspective and soulful work from Steve Perry then we ever got to see with Journey. While the hits from Street Talk are there, the gems of this album are the outtakes from the Against the Wall album, which got shelved in 1988 after the Sony takeover of Columbia records. "When You're in Love for the First Time" is a fun, Latinesque tune with a nice danceable rhythem. Against the Wall, is a great power rocker and the keyboard work is awesome as well as Pery's soaring vocals. Forever Right or Wrong (Love's Like a River)seems to fly on the majestic bridge of the song. The stacked background vocals are very good. Steve really shines on this. Summer of Luv, is a fun tune. The imagery is great: Steve Perry walking downtown and finding the love of his life one summer. The bit where he asks if she wants to go get some coffee after the show always makes me laugh! A fun, light spirited song sure to put a smile on your face! Melody, a slow simple song has an almost jazz kind of beat to it. Very nice. One of my personal favorites is Once in a Lifetime Girl. Upbeat and fun, this rocker will leave you breathless. Great guitar and keyboard work. And when in the bridge Steve whispers "I understand, Now you understand!"--Let's just say I get goosebumps! What Was is simply a masterpiece. Majestic and soaring, it can leave one in tears! Steve at his best.
Two tracks from For the Love of Strange Medicine: You Better Wait and Missing You really stand out as well. You Better Wait is a great rocker while Missing You is a beautiful Ballad. I stand Alone from the Quest for Camelot soundtrack is lovely. Great keyboard work and nice beat. It won't be You, written with Steve and Tony Brock, formerlly of the Baby's, this is a nice mid tempo ballad. It's sad in a way, but very beautiful. And finally..."If you need me Call me"--the demo that began it all with Journey. Excellent guitar and bass work. you can play this and then play the Infinity album and see exactly why Steve was the perfect fit for Journey.
Overall, this album is great. It reflects a much deeper sense as Steve as writer, his romanticism and his intelligence flow into these rare songs. It really showcases his respect for r&b, soul, and rock. And it leaves his fans anxious and waiting for more. (Hurry back Steve....we are "missing you!")

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Re: Greatest Hits + 5meredyth beattie05:02:03 09/27/03 Sat


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