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Perry, Steve - 1984 Street Talk

ARTIST: Perry, Steve
ALBUM: Street Talk
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: FC 39334 (LP), CK 39334 (CD)
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1996, Columbia, 486660 2 * 2006, Legacy, 82876 86364 2


LINEUP: Steve Perry - vocals * Michael Landau, Waddy Wachtel, Craig Hull - guitars * Bill Cuomo - keyboards, synthesizers, piano * Randy Goodrum - rhodes, drum programming * Duane Hitchings - synthesizers * Steve Goldstein, Sterling Smith - keyboards * Robert Greenidge - steel piano * Bob Glaub, Kevin McCormick, Brain Garofalo - bass * Randy Domanico - string bass * Steve Douglas - saxophone * Larrie Londin - drums, percussion * Craig Krampf - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Oh Sherrie * 02 I Believe * 03 Go Away * 04 Foolish Heart * 05 It's Only Love * 06 She's Mine * 07 You Should Be Happy * 08 Running Alone * 09 Captured By The Moment * 10 Strung Out


The lead singer from Journey took time out in late 1983 and early 1984 to record his first solo album. Perry who on this album, returned to an R&B/soul sound which pre-dated his arena rock stint with Journey. After the 'Frontiers' tour, Neal Schon was part of the H.S.A.S line-up. This in turn enticed Perry to do his thing, which unbeknown to a lot of fans at the time, caused simmering tensions between the pair. Egos aside, 'Street Talk' was an opportunity waiting to happen, and allowed Perry to put together his own music, with a completely different sound away from Journey. For those thinking it was another extension of the band's output - think again. It was also an opportunity for Steve to work again with drummer Craig Krampf, who he worked with in Alien Project prior to the Journey gig. Added to that, a whole host of studio hounds who manage to work up some heat and some magic.

The Songs
Released in April 1984, the album shot up the charts. The first single 'Oh Sherrie' is a bit of an AOR anthem now, it reached No.3 on the charts and was backed by a video which became an MTV staple. Other tremendous moments include the smooth AOR of 'Go Away', the touch-tender ballad 'Foolish Heart' (which has been covered by more people than I care to know), and the edgy 'She's Mine' - laced by some fantastic guitarwork by six-string master Mike Landau. 'You Should Be Happy' is another that races along the axis, the buoyant chorus is big and cheerful. 'Captured By The Moment' for me is a truly timeless song. Encapsulating all the tragedy and loss of some our greatest icons of the 20th century. Read the lyrics, it won't take you long to get the gist of it. Great song. The closer 'Strung Out' sounds like Pery singing a Scandal song. At the time, Steve did say he liked Patty Smyth as a singer, but this takes the cake! All joking aside, an excellent selection of songs are provided for on 'Street Talk'.

In Summary
Along with the success of 'Oh Sherrie', three other songs made it into the top 40 ('She's Mine', 'Foolish Heart' and 'Strung Out'). Though the majority of the material here threw a bouquet at Motown, it wasn't enough to detract Journey fans. the album eventually selling double platinum. One of the interesting transitions from this album was drummer Larrie Londin, who Perry bought into the Journey fold for the 'Raised On Radio' sessions at the expense of incumbent Steve Smith. As an aside, 'Street Talk' was re-released in 2006 with five extra tracks, including three from the Alien Project days.

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#1 | imprimateur on January 01 2008 07:28:38
Lovely album. Bit laid back, nothing like Journey thank god. 'Shes Mine' and 'Captured By The Moment' are excellent! clap
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:18:03
Tremendous tunes (not a filler on this) Tremendous playing and Perry's voice. Not alot else you need really. A Great 'Lite' AOR release, and a personal fave.
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 10:00:59
I wonder if there will be a karoake version of this released at some point with some kid called Arnel doing the singing..?sarcasm
#4 | george_the_jack on December 05 2008 01:57:36
Surely one of the best sung records of melodic rock..A good way to introduce first time listeners and an excellent manual for the art of singing clap
#5 | george_the_jack on January 06 2009 18:42:28
When I listen to 'Captured by the moment', I see my whole life passing in front of my eyes....This is the majesty of good music! I'm pretty sure, George will find that Grin
#6 | Eric on February 27 2009 21:24:13
I couldn't care less about Steve and Journey around this time, but I liked the soulful 'She's Mine' and the album sounds more cohesive now than I thought it did back then.
#7 | super80boy on February 02 2014 18:29:56
This debut definitely proved that Perry's substantial vocal abilities and song writing skills were worthy of all the acclaim he got in his Journey years. Although this is a commanding debut and well executed, I wish he had spiced it up a bit more. I enjoyed the non single tracks, 'It's Only Love' with the added congo drums the energetic 'You Should Be Happy' and the arena rocker 'Captured By The Moment'.

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