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Subject: Re: "Infinity" Album Review


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Joscelyn (Happy)
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Date Posted: 10:46:19 09/16/16 Fri
In reply to: Mike Heraty 's message, ""Infinity" Album Review" on 19:55:22 07/02/02 Tue

Wonderfully through review. Have to hear this album to comment, but your review feels well-thought out. However, I must disagree and say that Rolie is an incredible piano-player, and that comes across clearly when they played live. But good work.

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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