March 28, 2014 – 5:39 am

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Next Karma [Gypsy Eye 077, 1CD]

Live at the Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA; March 24, 1978 (incomplete show?). Very good SB/FM.

Thanks to Bootradr for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Bootradr’s notes:

This is one of my first silver CD Journey shows I got many years ago and it’s from when Steve Perry was still very new in the band. He even gets introduced (a few songs in and when he finally starts singing) as the new member of the band.

One thing I really love about the 1978-1981 Journey live shows is how the band would play songs from before they had Steve Perry, songs that Gregg Rolie normally sang alone on, and they’d implement some harmony with Perry and Rolie singing. It really brought those songs to a new life in my opinion. The band really did this most often between 1978 and 1979 too. Songs that were officially released on earlier Journey albums (not live of course) and never got recorded (in a studio) with Steve Perry also singing on them makes them very unique.

This is a great recording, and even though there is no mention of it being an FM radio broadcast, collectors over the years have confirmed it is. The sound is not perfect, but it is still great. And once you get to “Wheel In The Sky”, you may notice the audio gets better. It is almost as if Dolby noise reduction was turned on throughout the show’s recording and then turned off (you normally do not want to use Dolby NR). I’m not saying that’s the case in this recording but it does represent what it sounds like to me.

I may be wrong and I’ll have to double check my information, but this may be Steve Perry’s first live recording/show with Journey too. I just looked at my list and this is definitely the first show I have with Perry on vocals.

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Track 01. Of A Lifetime 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 02. Karma 4:56 (8.3MB)
Track 03. Feeling That Way 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 04. Anytime 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 05. La Do Da 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 06. Next 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 07. Winds Of March 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 08. On A Saturday Nite 6:17 (10.5MB)
Track 09. Wheel In The Sky (with Aynsley Dunbar drum solo) 10:15 (17.2MB)
Track 10. You’re On Your Own 10:25 (17.5MB)
Track 11. She Makes Me (Feel Alright) 4:00 (6.7MB)
65 mins

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  1. 11 Responses to “JOURNEY - UPPER DARBY 1978”

  2. Thanks For this …Anything Perry always welcomed with Open arms ….

    By bob on Mar 28, 2014

  3. Very cool… This show looks nice.. I just watched a Documentary on Netflix this week covering the addition of the “new” singer.. While I was never a huge Journey fan.. this movie gave me reason to give them two thumbs up for carrying on this long.. in spite of personnel “issues”..

    By Tom on Mar 28, 2014

  4. certainly one the best journey boot,but it’s a
    shame the sound is too compressed by the FM,it
    kills the dynamic thrilljourney.

    By easy on Mar 29, 2014

  5. Looks like a good show. From my jaded POV, I can’t help but say that adding Steve Perry to Journey did the same thing to Genesis when Phil Collins took over the vocals-pleasant bland pop.

    By DanC on Apr 4, 2014

  6. Ah yes Dan C another uninformed genesis opinion yes when Phil became the lead singer they did go into a more mainstream direction,but what every one fails to realize because they always want to blame Collins for the direction of the band is that from ‘76 to ‘81 tony and mike did the majority of the song writing so songs like your own special way,follow you follow me and tony with mad man moon,afterglow and I’m not saying I don’t like these or any of the others they wrote genesis is my favorite band its just Phil is the easy target because of his solo success and for some of the songs he did write in the band

    By greg on Apr 6, 2014

  7. …..and then there was Journey!!

    By DanC on Apr 7, 2014

  8. I was at this show…thank you so much

    By Sulli on Sep 17, 2014

  9. Journey’s first 3 albums were great, but i guess
    to have more success it was suggested to get another singer, and gee in the end it turned out
    highly successful, to have Steve Perry after the recording of can’t quite remember which one was last “Next” or “Look Into The Future”and directly
    into “Infinity”i would have imagined the material
    from the concert above, i wonder if the album was recorded before or after “Infinity”?

    By peter Chrisp on Jan 1, 2015

  10. @Dan C ….How can you possibly say that Perry turned Journey into Bland Pop?….Have you listened to any of the albums that Perry lights up?…?, The guy has a voice from heaven and if we are whining about stuff, it may well have been Jonathan Caine that steered the band to more commercial waters but albums like Infinity and Evolution are pure class and the title track of Trial by Fire is one of my all time fave songs

    By Bob on Jan 1, 2015

  11. last 2 posts:

    >>>>”Journey’s first 3 albums were great”

    >>>”but albums like Infinity and Evolution are pure class”

    oh geeze…!

    By Jerry's Finger on Jan 2, 2015

  12. I was at this show, my only Journey show ever attended ( as of 11-17-2016 ). I recieved CBS promo tickets, because I was working in the record business at the time in King of Prussia, Pa.
    The band bill should be noted:
    VAN HALEN / MONTROSE / JOURNEY. This concert line up did not last too long after this. VAN HALEN, who played maybe 35 minutes, left a SONIC SORCHED SET ringing in our ears! It took me half of the very fine Montrose show (recovering ) to be able to re-energise for Journey! I felt like that, and remember that aspect of my experience at that Tower theatre show! JOURNEY came out and as this recording demonstrates, they earned top billing! All 3 bands were excellent! It is just one of those things, that I never got to another Journey show, especially FRONTIERS, but, SO MANY bands to follow, plus I left the record industry in 1979, and that perk promo tickets went with it!
    It was a great gig at the venerable UPPER DARBY TOWER THEATRE ( right near the Philadelphia city line.
    The Tower theater is still active with this writing, as of 12-17-2016…!

    By CHARLIE on Dec 17, 2016

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