So, the softer side worked out pretty ok, maybe, at least I think it did, who knows... But I do want to dabble from time to time on this topic and its polar opposite, so here is my first ever "Heavier side of..." post. And the band I picked was the very first thought I had when I thought of this, literally an immediate reaction, so why overthink it and go a different way. That’s why we’re going to explore the heavier side of Journey with one caveat, it’s gotta be Steve Perry era. Let’s get to it!
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Line of Fire
|Trial By Fire
6 - Can't Tame The Lion
The controversial 1996 album is full of ballads and stylistic changes but here again there a few nice rockers to choose from!
Journey have been completely unaffected by any trend in popular music, whether it's hair metal, hip-hop, or alternative rock and, frankly, they're the better for it. Trial by Fire delivers exactly what any Journey fan wants -- anthemic rockers and sweeping power ballads. Steve Perry sounds as powerful as ever, while Neal Schon's accomplished guitar licks remain as tasty as ever. If you've enjoyed Journey in the past, you're certain to enjoy the best moments of Trial by Fire, but if their arena rock and radio-ready ballads.
I was looking forward to this theme when you announced it. Wasn't sure what to expect, so it was intriguing.
Now it makes sense you chose a band that is defined by their AOR and Ballad songs to open the journey.
Let's see what do I have from Journey. I have their Best Of CD, which I listen to occasionally. I used to have the Escape LP (not anymore) on which I wore the grooves flat. I do have a Soundtrack CD where Journey did the music (can't remember the title, lazy to look) which is mostly Instrumental, if I remember correctly and it is in my Later pile. And then I have Trial By Fire, which I heard once and it was enough for a lifetime.
I have to say you nailed the theme with your selections. The first 4 songs I haven't heard, or at least that's what I think. The 5th, one I forgot and a nice tune it is. While the last album is nothing I want to hear again, the song you chose works well with the rest. Schon's guitar is fascinating.
Really enjoyed listening this. Looking forward to the next one.
Thanks! Its been fun to work through as well. Especially this weeks, as I was once again reminded how good Schon and Perry can write music! And the songs I left off were equally as good. I would strongly recommend owning, at the very least, the Schon/Perry/Rolie albums including the live 'Captured' album - terrific run of albums...
Nice pick. Journey's heaviness, in my opinion, comes strictly from Schon. He is such an underrated, incredibly melodic guitar player. I love how the guitars come up in the background on Lovin' You Is Easy at about the 2:40 mark. Then the solo kicks in. The only problem is it's way too short. Who's Crying Now has one of the best solos I've ever heard, although I know it's a mellow song and would never make this list, I just wanted to mention it.
I think the drums add to the heaviness on Line of Fire.
Dixie Highway is a song you've mentioned many times before. I know how much it means to you. To be honest, it's not one of my favorites. I've never noticed it before, but the drums kick pretty hard here too.
Lay It Down is easily my favorite track here. It's the best album for my money, start to finish. And the opening riff is very heavy. And Schon shreds all over this song.
I totally agree with Mr. Malmsteen on Trial By Fire. Once is definitely enough. That album might actually put me to sleep before Steve Wilson's last album. Speaking of Wilson, I hear his new album is pop. But I digress, the song you chose from TBF is pretty dang good, so I again agree with Mr. Malmsteen. Sounds like something leftover from the Raised On Radio sessions.
Great topic Sir!
I think Perry has something to do with the heaviness as well - You Better Wait off his last solo album is pretty heavy in some similar ways.
While my friend
and I were listening to this in the smoky basement, we couldn't figure out why Open Arms wasn't included. Do you have something against that song? Sure, you can't dance to it but you can't not admit that it's the ragingest of the raging rockers.
Can do is their heaviest song I believe. There might be some heavier stuff on that Red 13 ep, but I can't remember. They also rocked ragingly hard on their last couple albums, you know, before people visited that house, pissing of good ole Schonmeister.
Ok. We're going to set up the slip n slide now. We'll let you know if we have anything else that you should know about.
There are some great drum fills in Open Arms no doubt!