In the '80s, Journey ruled the road like few American bands who came before them. Show after sold-out show, in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans, the quintet defined arena rock, as they cast a magical spell over their audience woven by Steve Perry's soaring vocals, Neal Schon's electrifying guitar, Jonathan Cain's fluid keyboards, Ross Valory's precise bass, and Steve Smith's flawless drumming. This disc captures the band at the absolute height of their power, playing with a raw enthusiasm as if each night might be their last.
In one of those improbable but true stories, these long-missing live tapes were unearthed in late 1997 in one of Sony's tape storage facilities. Capturing 1981 and 1983 concerts in Houston, Texas; Norman, Oklahoma; and Tokyo, Japan; the tapes after years of storage, had to be baked in an oven to allow a one-time only transfer to digital tape. Kevin Shirley, who produced the band's triumphant 1996 reunion album, "Trial By Fire," remixed 16 songs. However unlike many "live" albums, there was absolutely no sweetening or overdubs. The sound is pure Journey live, just the way it was and now will always be...Journey.