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Journey - Live in Houston 1981, The Escape Tour (1981)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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  • Format: NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BPK2NE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Filmed by a four month-old MTV and just days into the band's first number one album Escape, Journey is at their peak. The recent addition of FM-friendly keyboardist/co-songwriter Jonathan Cain (fresh from the Babys) proved to be the final addition that the constantly changing concept band would need to crash both radio and retail charts. The concert DVD shows rows of fans in the same red-sleeved concert jerseys getting their fill of the hits "Don't Stop Believin'," "Stone in Love," "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," "Anyway You Want It," "Wheel In The Sky," and "Lights." Stage-wise, there is very little in terms of visual style with the exception of a few rows of gel lights to move with the music and a pair of spotlights that move with unlikely idols Steve Perry and Neal Schon. In this day and age of MTV Video Music Awards and TRL it is difficult to understand how a band of thirty-somethings in hiked-up blue jeans easily delivered the ballads to break young girls' hearts and the glass-pack rock to fuel young boys' Firebirds.

The second DVD consists of upbeat interviews from the same period, a cheap trinket slideshow, and an Escape promo reel from back when those sorts of things were commonplace on networks. The interviews capture an optimistic band in the most favorable light they'd ever been in or ever would be in again. If you're looking for the dirty laundry drama on the fantastic ups and downs in the story of Journey you'll have to look elsewhere. This one is a collector's item of simpler times--a moment when the world of Journey was magic and everything was all right for those who thought music television was an odd concept. --Peter Hilgendorf

Product Description

This DVD was filmed for live boradcast on then fledgling MTV. Included are many hit songs, plus period interview and additional Escape tour live material from the Journey vaults. Also included is a CD version of the concert with a bonus track that wasn'

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Concert I Missed May 28, 2006
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Journey's Escape Tour came to the Cleveland Coliseum just a few weeks after my 14th birthday. I had no car, no money and parents who suspected that things went on at rock concerts that they had to protect me from. It seemed like the entire neighborhood was going, and at school it was the only thing anyone talked about for the next week. The girls all had magazine pictures of Steve Perry taped inside their lockers.

All I had to sustain me was the "Escape" album in LP vinyl, and my friends and I literally wore it out over the next several years, with all of us coming of age in what seemed like months, all to the soundtrack of Journey and a few other bands. By the time the "Frontiers" tour came to town, I was old enough to go but I had moved on to other bands, and besides we all sensed that "Escape" had been the pinnacle, and that Journey was morphing into a band for girls.

So I am grateful beyond words that MTV happened to capture this night in Houston with such high quality video and sound. The band is simply at their technical and spiritual peak, and they are riding a wave of unbelievable power since, as Steve Perry mentions during the concert, the "Escape" album had gone number one just three weeks earlier.

Disco had ended, Progressive was still coming, MTV had arrived but hadn't figured out quite what it was yet, and Journey was the biggest thing in America in 1981. This DVD captures that moment, and what's truly amazing for us rock connoisseurs is how sparse and basic their stage show is here.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey at the top of their game July 9, 2008
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If you were a Jouney fan back when, then you're gonna squeal over this. I saw this show in the Summit back in '81. The Summit is now a church! This is Steve on all cylinders. He was THE man at that time and Journey was on top. It's not hard to see why. They did a really good job with the dvd as far as video and sound quality. It will exceed your expectations. No brainer. Buy it!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's STEVE PERRY . . . it's a must-have! October 16, 2005
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Were you there for this amazing show? If you were, you definitely want to go back and relive the magic, with this DVD. And for those who weren't there, and are still missing the one and only *VOICE*, Steve Perry, this is sure to be your favorite early Christmas present to yourself!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey ,Well what can I say. June 13, 2007
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Definitely a must for Journey fans.Great sound,great interviews and great being able to put faces to the great music on this dvd.A good mixture of both rock and softer tracks for you music lovers.Crank it up and enjoy.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At the Pinnacle November 29, 2005
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In just 5 more years who would have guessed that Journey would be putting out their last cd before a 10 year hiatus, Valory and Smith would be gone and pop sappy rock would be flowing through Steve Perry. This DVD brings at last their concert at a creative turning point for the band. Gone is Rolie and in comes Cain which brings them their most notable commercial success. There's not alot of flash here and they play 8 songs from Escape, 3 from Departure, a few solo's, 2 from Evolution and a couple from Infinity (which has to be their best from the Rolie period and most creative and most towards the progressive side leaning towards their previous 3 albums before Perry). With that said, the 5.1 sound is great and offers something that you couldn't get from the VHS tape or cd. And, of course, watching it and hearing it is incredible. It's interesting to note that on the inner sleeve the only albums that are mentioned from Journey are the Steve Perry colaborations, which excludes Dream after Dream from 1981. It doesn't mention their very first 3 albums or anything from the current Augeri era. But I guess the fued goes on and it will interesting to see where Perry goes from here. He is on the new David Pack cd singing back-up, but it is hard to find him out there. Oh yeah, the tribute to Journey cd was a nice touch with him singing one of Augeri's songs. That's a twist. If you loved Journey with Perry, then this is a must have.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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My sincere thanks to Steve Perry for producing this wonderful DVD/CD.I have so many special memories of the Perry era. I had this concert on beta years ago, taped off MTV.This concert on DVD is a masterpiece. The sound and picture are supreme ,you feel like YOU ARE THERE and all the extras are icing on the cake. It is a celebration!!!! You will have fun watching this concert! For me personally, Journey and Steve Perry's music are part of the soundtrack of my life... got me through high school, marriage, the birth of my child, divorce, falling in love again, deaths of loved ones...all the major milestones and lifes ups and downs ....I only wish Mr. Perry ( "The voice") would come back...his talent, passion and emotion on stage are SO rare!!! We miss him so much and wish him the best....hope there is more where this came from. I would buy it in a heartbeat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey at their very best! January 8, 2009
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I am reliving my Journey addiction all over again. I grew up listening to them at their peak and now can relive those wonderful 80's days all over again. If you're not a Journey fan, you may very well be after you watch and listen to this. Steve Perry's soaring highs and unbelievable voice along with Schon's guitar and the band's magic together are captured very well here. I watch this often and turn it up! It's a wonder my house hasn't blown off the foundation - especially during an electric performance of "Don't Stop Believin'". Steve Perry put this together after all the years and it's just great!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey was never better than when they were performing live - Don't...
Journey was in its element live and this concert, performed in Houston, TX, showcases this group's incredible collective talent and, once you hear Mother, Father, Sister, Brother... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Cindy Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure music
I wasn't even a big Journey fan back in those days, but I was familiar with their music and liked them well enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Irfan A. Alvi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a great concert DVD
I have shown this to many friends of all ages, and they love it.
Most people love Journey, and this is one great video!!! Highly recommend. We watch it a lot! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Diehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD. If you like Journey, you'll love this!
Very good DVD. The picture is not perfect but hey, they were filming this in 1981. However, the sound is very good. Good set list and you get the bonus CD.
Published 3 months ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Concert
This is an awesome concert & performance DVD. For anyone who is a JOURNEY fan I highly recommend getting this DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Perry was the man
As concert videos go, this is a good one. Steve Perry is absolutely amazing. If you need a lil nostalgia circa 1981 or just need to see one of the greatest vocalists of his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matthew Kaestner
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AND UNFORGETABLE
GREAT ITEM, WITH A REALLY GREAT QUALITY AND WELL-RECORDED, DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE FOR ITS AGE, WITH ALL THE FEELINGS AND REGRETS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO WELL REMIND THE BAND. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CARLOS DE CASTRO RUEDA
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey
I've been watching Steve Perry/Journey's you tube videos about this concert. So I bought this for myself. Love it. Thanks
Published 6 months ago by Judith Mees
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome journey live dvd
loved watching this masterpiece this was steve perry and journey at their best i would reccomend this who loves journey's music.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey and Steve Perry are still together!
Go back more than 30 years and you will see that dudes in tight jeans can deliver high-pitched vocals. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Meier
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