A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
A White Hot shootout winning Ultimate Side Two, on quiet vinyl no less. Side one is Super Hot, big and lively. The chorus really ROCKS on Don’t Stop Believin’. The Number One album that single-handedly catapulted them into the Big Time. Stone in Love, Who’s Crying Now and Open Arms all sound amazing.
We’ve been trying (and failing) to find good sound on Journey records for close to a decade, and finally we have something to show for all that work — real Hot Stamper sound for their only Number One album, with monster jams like Don’t Stop Believin’, Stone in Love, Who’s Crying Now — the first three tracks on side one! — and the big closer for side two, Open Arms.
Most greatest hits albums don’t even have that many good songs! Not sure how we’ll fare with the rest of their catalog, but this one is a good place to start if you’re a fan of the band. (more…)