Date Posted: 19:55:22 07/02/02 Tue
Steve Perry's first album (Journey's fourth) and Journey's first successful album, "Infinity," is quite a great start for Perry considering he initially gave up on the idea of being a rock star.
Track one, "Lights," is one of the groups best (and probably Perry's best on this album), not only because of Neal Schon's wailing guitar solo but because of Steve Perry's "trademark" 'whoa oo whoa ohh ohh ohh!' in between verses, and the best part of the song is the bridge. "It's saaad ooohh! There's been mornings...out on the road without you...without your chaahhaahhrms!" The only thing I didn't like was Gregg Rolie's piano work in the four-bar piano/guitar intro. It's a great tune otherwise.
Track two, "Feeling That Way," is great in every way except one. I don't think that Gregg Rolie is that great a piano player, so I don't care for the two-bar piano intro. or the first verse of the song (which Gregg Rolie sings). I like Perry's bridge on the song, Neal has a "killer" guitar solo after the second bridge, and I really like Steve Perry's "whoa oo whoa oo whoas" in the first 3 of the last 4 bars of the tune.
Track three, "Anytime," is OK. The only things I like about this tune are the vocal harmony in the first eighty bars of the tune. Rolie's vocal is OK in the first verse, and I like the harmony in the chorus, but the one part of the song that's the best is the bridge (Perry sings) before Neal Schon's 8-bar guitar solo.
Track four, "La Do Da," the 10-bar guitar vamp is OK, and the 8-bar guitar solo is good, but the vocal on the chorus, in between verses one and two is great, and Neal Schon's guitar solo makes "La Do Da" seem unfinished.
Track five, "Patiently," the first Perry/Schon collaboration, has a nice 8-bar acoustic guitar intro. with a great electric guitar interlude to the bridge before Neal Schon's 12-bar guitar solo.
Track six, “Wheel In The Sky,” is a great song. It’s probably their biggest hit from this album. It has great vocals from Steve Perry, and it has awesome guitar from Neal Schon. I really like his solo, and I like Perry’s high-pitched squeal during Schon’s solo. I also liked the vocal harmony.
On Track seven, “Somethin’ To Hide,” the four-bar piano intro is weak, Perry’s vocal is top-notch, Neal Schon’s guitar solo is OK, and what I like best about this song is the vocal harmony line after Neal’s solo. I also liked the end of the tune when Perry sings, “Aaahhh! Ooouuu!”
Track eight, “Winds Of March,” is a nice ballad; although, I liked “Patiently” better. The 24-bar piano intro was good, and Perry’s vocal is beautiful as usual. Perry has the best voice for a ballad anyway. Neal Schon’s guitar solo is good, and I like Gregg Rolie’s organ work on this tune.
Track nine, “Can Do,” is cool. I really like the four-bar guitar intro from Neal Schon and the vocal harmony on the chorus in between the first and second verses. Neal Schon’s solo is great too. Aside from “Lights,” “Feeling That Way,” and “Wheel In The Sky,” “Can Do” is another favorite. I especially like the vocal harmony on the ending with the guitar and drums.
And last, but certainly not least, track ten, “Opened The Door,” is an OK ballad. Perry’s vocals are good, but other than that, it’s one of the least liked ballads. Neal’s guitar riff is cool, and that ends the album.
Overall, it’s a good album. It isn’t a bad start for the King of Soul, but as Steve Perry proved to the world, the music only gets better from here especially with Jonathan Cain joining the lineup two and a half years later.
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