Sunday Rock You: Journey, Precious Time; 1980 Live, Osaka

I’m an inconsistent Journey fan, never resolute. Sometimes they strike me as far too pop (Steve Perry), and other times I can really get into appreciating them. I suppose that’s why they’ve definitely stood the test of time: they appeal to a number of genres.

But, definitely, I prefer the early stuff and in particular, when Gregg Rolie was still on board (he left shortly after this, I believe).

Steve Perry indisputably has a wonderfully pure voice; I just think it’s more pop than rock. But it’s also a power voice and I do tend to like bands where vocals isn’t just an afterthought but an integral instrument. Think: Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, David Lee Roth, Ann Wilson, Geddy Lee…

And, so, here we go. Be sure to crank it and get into Gregg Rolie’s harp mastery at around 2:00 and later, 3:30. enjoy.

Crank it.

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  1. BMcD on November 9, 2009 at 19:43

    No doubt that was their best line up. They were all such great musicians but when Rolie split he took the balls (pardon my french) with him.

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