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Evolution Enhanced, Original recording remastered


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000G7PNAO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

After Infinity reached #21, 1979's Evolution reached yet higher to #20. Includes the hits Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'; Just the Same Way , and Too Late .

Customer Reviews

Steve Perry does an amazing job with the vocals on this one.
StevePerryFan
This was simply a waste of time for Sony to even reissue this release without a fresh 2006 remaster!
Jason W. Bellenger
Get the original non-remaster if you really want to enjoy this music the way it should sound.
RedBlaze

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By DJ MR Smith on August 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sony botched the 1996 re-master by not preserving the original segue-way that bridged "Lovin Touchin Squeezin" and "City of The Angels". They have failed to correct this error with this newer, supposedly "re-masterd" version.

On the original vinyl release, "City Of The Angels" kicked in before the final chorus of "Lovin Touchin Squeezin" had completely faded to silence - presenting a similar effect that had been utilized for "Feelin' That Way/Anytime" on Infinity. At the time, some AOR radio stations even played these two tracks together.

As completely seperate tracks on CD, the famous ending of "Lovin Touchin Squeezin" becomes clumsy as the final tones of reverb are cut off abruptly. Ultimately, it is only a couple seconds cut off (reverb echoing to silence) - But as one of Journey's signature tunes, you'd think that they'd have taken the time to get it right and preserver the original context of the release.

The original ending of 'Lovin Touchin Squeezin" (with final seconds of reverb) can be heard on the two disc collection, Essential Journey - but of course, as the set is a collection of radio songs, it does not segue into "City Of The Angels" as it originally did (and should) on Evolution.

A minor point I know. BUT - Sony is clearly trying to honor and replicate the original release. They should take the time to check all the details to get it right. Or - why bother?
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Walrus on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
According to the liner notes (which someone scanned and posted online), this is the SAME mastering job as on the 1996 re-release. The credits even state in this 2006 issue that it was mastered by Bob Ludwig in 1996. Yes, John Kalodner said in an interview that he and Steve Perry were updating the Journey albums to 2006 audio standards, but unfortunately that was not true. The packaging is new, but if you're an audiophile looking for updated sound, you're not going to find it, so save your money. I give one star for the pure silliness in reissuing the exact same disc under the illusion it is a sonic upgrade.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Bellenger VINE VOICE on August 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with Steve! This was simply a waste of time for Sony to even reissue this release without a fresh 2006 remaster! This seems to be a new thing for them to save money. First they threw out the Boston albums in Canada with "remastered" audio from a 2nd generation flat equalized source instead of the original master tapes. Now we get this!

I was really hoping Sony would have spent a little money on this Journey project and put Bob Ludwig in the studio again to give us an improved sonic upgrade 10 years later! I simply don't see the point of these reissues. The 1996 reissues/remasters are still easy to find! They were good for their time, but they simply don't meet 2006 audio standards. Another lame attempt at tricking the fans and cashing in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee Tee on October 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Trust me, I am with those who say 'Don't Stop Believin', 'Faithfully', and a few other 1980's FM staples by the aforementioned band are overplayed to death, trust me, I AM SO SICK OF HEARING THOSE SONGS! and thankfully, "don't stop" and "faithfully" do not appear on evolution. But Journey's first couple of records with original founding keyboardist/co lead vocalist greg rolie are pretty good and a little more on the "rock" side, than some of the later, more famous albums they did, which suffered by being more 'pop' or 'aor' (adult-oriented-rock).neil schon's guitar work sounds like it was one of the blueprint guitar sounds during the hair metal band years in the eighties (evolution came out in the late seventies)i think journey's later work may have been marred by putting too much darn eighties style keyboards on their later records released during that era. greg's style is less intrusive & lets the skill of the other instrumentalists in the band (schon,smith,and vallory)shine as well. this album and infinity are probably the journey records i like best. the first cut 'the majestic' is awesome and very much in the style of the stuff they put out on their 1st 3 releases. 'majestics seamlessly segues into the second cut, too late, which is another standout cut on 'evolution'. also love 'city of angels',a track that follows the blueprint journey sound to follow with albums like escape and frontiers. just the same way is another outstanding track on here with leads alternated between perry and rolie. I love the song "sweet and simple". especially the group harmonies on the end of the song--just f..ckin awesome!"it's wha-at-ilike-to do!...it's wha-at-ilike-to do!"-that fadeout rivals "hey jude" fadeout by the beatles, the "nana na na" chorus at the end.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RedBlaze on August 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Avoid all of these Journey remasters/ reissues and find the original non-remastered CD's. Why? Please see below the next paragraph.

FYI: some of these Journey Legacy reissues have new remastering that is worse than the previous 1996 remastering while some have the 1996 remastering:
Infinity (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Evolution (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Departure (remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues)
Escape (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Frontiers (remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues)

Although not as good as Infinity or Escape, this used to be a great CD. The song Daydream is an underrated gem.

I initially thought this was a much better, fuller sounding version. I even initially posted a favorable review. All of the Journey remasters and reissues seemed to sound great and better than the originals, until I realized something is missing. The sound is very compressed.

When I first listened to the CD, it seemed fuller sounding. It seemed great...at first. I started to wonder why I began listening to the remaster less and less. Then I dug out the original CD. I realized how instruments that jumped out on the original now just all blend together on the remaster. Drum hits that popped out before are softened and now in the background along with every other peak, making for a very generic, modernized and cloudy sound. The definition and clarity are gone.

Feel can be hard to describe or pinpoint, but the feel and excitement of great albums like this are destroyed by this kind of mastering that has become the norm for new albums and reissues alike.
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Have the 2006 Journey reissues gone back to being in hard plastic jewel...
I ordered this from my local record store, and it's a jewel case.
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96 remaster
Are these 2006 reissues now back to hard plastic jewel cases, or are they still in cardboard digi-paks? Please help. Thanks.
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