Friday, December 9, 2016

Review : Journey - Live in Manila

Journey - Live in Manila (2016) Eagle Rock Entertainment
Produced by Kevin Shirley
Tracks : CD1 : 1.Majestic 2.Never walk away 3.Only the young 4.Ask the lonely 5.Stone in love 6.Keep on runnin´ 7.After all these years 8.Change for the better 9.Wheel in the sky 10.Lights 11.Still they ride 12.Open arms 13.Mother, Father 14.Wildest dream 15.When you love a woman
CD2 : 1.Seperate ways 2.What I needed 3.Edge of the blade 4.Where did I lose your love 5.Escape 6.Faithfully 7.Don´t stop believin´ 8.Anyway you want it 9.Lovin´ touchin´ squeezin´ 10.Turn down the world tonight 11.Be good to yourself
4 out of 5

Journey´s concert in Manila, Philippines on March 14, 2009 finally gets a release on a 2-disc set. It´s already available on DVD since October 2009 but as a collector of CD´s, I embrace this release of their 4th live album.
Arnel Pineda´s home-coming in front of 30,000 people captures the band in their best element, you can hear this night was special for their new frontman as well as the entire band.
Pineda is singing really well and the band is rocking like it was the last day of their lives, it´s a glowing 2 hour performance where 7 songs are taken from their 2008 album "Revelation" and the rest is a parade of the band´s greatest hits where Deen Castronovo is taking the lead vocal duties on "Keep on runnin´", "Still they ride" and "Mother, Father" with bravura.
But it wasn´t all smooth because high temperatures were causing problems, tuning became an issue and everyone on stage was dripping from wet from the heat.
By the third song, Neal noticed his guitar strings felt as if they were starting to rust.
With that in mind, it makes it even more impressive that the bridge between "Ask the lonely" and "Stone in love", Neal Schon is playing some unbelieavably fantastic guitar that is simply breathtaking.
Highlights : Never walk away, Mother Father, When you love a woman, Edge of the blade

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