"this is when journey was a rock icon here in the states and i think the reason they didnt release it here soon enough in the states is because they didnt want to ruin the bands image, of being rockers. here you will find the softer edge of journey and its all worth the price of admission. 5 stars."
No, You're Not Dreaming
Tune Dude | Kentucky, USA | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Easily, the most unusual Journey album. Although it's a soundtrack and mostly towards the new age/classical genre, I can't help but think what talent this band has. I had this on cassette, way back when they first released it in the states. I loved it then, and still do now.
While I can say that the quality of the disc is pretty decent, this album is in need of a complete remaster. Like Journey's first album, this disc suffers from a good bit of hiss, most likely from the original master recording. And in case you're wondering, I have an large sum of money invested in both my home stereo/theater systems and car audio system.
Steve Perry's vocal tracks (only 3 of them) are just like the old Perry from the Infinity/Evolution/Departure days. Neal's guitar work shines as well, albeit classical in nature. It's no wonder his solo jazz recordings are so well crafted.
Overall, this album is a must for the avid Journey collector. It's also well suited for the classical and new age listeners as well. I don't think most Journey fans would be dissipointed. However, they would be surprised. I would like to eventually see the film that this soundtrack was for. I also wonder if Journey ever considered playing any of these songs live. Now that would be a sight to behold. "
For the serius Journey collector
E. Simm | Northern California | 09/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Very different than your standard Journey album. But a must for any true Journey fan. The instrumental tracks are kick back and of course the song "Little Girl" with Steve Perry crooning away is just great."
Poignant, Moving, Beautiful
Woozkat | In the Heartlands | 02/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I had to use one word to sum up this album, it would be poignant.
Although the music itself is beautiful, it is not exactly something you want to listen to lift your spirits. It is definitely not Journey's normal style. However it shows the versatility of the band and what good artists they really are. It is primarily instrumental and orchestral, but where he sings, Steve's voice feels like the most delicate silk against naked skin.
The music is composed superbly. The orchestra brings out tones of melancholy, discord, destruction, and hope that the listener can actually experience.
Destiny sounds like a morning sunrise after a storm. There's a hollowness to the music, that mirrors sadness. It leaves you searching for what to use to fill it in. The pace picks up in the middle like the frantic pace of life then slows down again like maturation. There is a sense of recapitulation.
Snow Theme is filled with tones of melancholy, tears, and yet a glimmer of hope and rebirth.
My personal favorite is Sand Castles. The music actually feels like the lyrics, like a sunrise and beautiful dreams.
A Few Coins is discordant.
Moon Theme sounds of reflection and hope.
The guitar tracks on When the Love has Gone has the most resemblance to Journey music, but well, that's because the guitar is prominent instead of the orchestra.
The Rape is deceiving in that the beginning is nice and then it turns ugly and cruel, sounding gongs.
Little Girl is sad, and it seems there should be a happier ending to this album. I hope to be able to see the movie that goes along with the album Someday Soon. "