The Best Live Journey Album and Possibly Best Live Album Eve
Al B. | N/A | 06/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I may have owned Live in Houston and Greatest Hits Live before grabbing this one, I kind of didn't want it because it was pre-Escape material that wasn't interesting to me and I couldn't find it. One day at a mega CD store I came across it and bought it. I listened to it through and through and found that it was pretty good. Like Live In Houston, Steve Perry seems to get involved with the audience quite a bit like during Wheel in the Sky after the my, my, my part he then yells "YOU'RE ON YOU'RE OWN!!!" and the audience yells "FOR TOMORROW!!!" I just love when musicians get into their performances. The album features all the big hits from Infinity, Evolution, and Depature such as "Feeling That Way", "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'", and "Walks Like a Lady" along with a new live song called "Dixie Highway" and the lone studio recording which to me should have been on either Departure or Escape, "The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love)". Obviously Steve Perry was not only Journey's best vocalist ever, but he was also the most entertaining by using his audience to sing along and to fill in songs as well as tell jokes and stories about the songs he sings. I've never seen or heard any other band use the audience as a performance tool. So if you're a Journey fan or someone who likes live albums...this one's the best by far."
Fourlocks | 12/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
My biggest complaint with most live albums is that the songs sound almost nothing like the original studio versions. Some people say that that is the point: live music is different in that it interprets the studio version into its own form. I can follow that as long as the song does not become unrecognizable from its original form. Captured is a two-fold joy. None of the Journey songs in their "live" form become unrecognizable from their studio form. Are they different? In some ways, yes. Steve Perry does a little add-libbing to personalize the songs to the audience and to address the audience. This does nothing to detract from the music. The introductions of the band members and their respective solos not only do not detract but add to the quality of the music. I would consider these elements absolutely must-haves for any Journey fan. Also the quality of the recording of these live performances is extraordinary. No part of the band drowns out the other and none of the performances are overshadowed by the audience until Steve asks them to sing. The sound quality of the album is great and highly enjoyable."