Steve Perry just became fully qualified for TRIPLE-Ascended Master…

…HE RESTORED SMITTY’S WHOLE DRUM SOLO!!! HE RESTORED SMITTY’S WHOLE DRUM SOLO!!! HE RESTORED SMITTY’S WHOLE DRUM SOLO!!! HE RESTORED SMITTY’S WHOLE DRUM SOLO!!! HE RESTORED SMITTY’S WHOLE DRUM SOLO!!!

(doing ecstatic happy dance)

(and he put back in Dead Or Alive, a song I **NEVER*** saw in the original MTV airs of this concert. Woah. Double-mother-‘effin’ WOAH)

Watching the Journey Escape Live In Houston DVD right now…OMFG. To give you an idea, I have this concert MEMORIZED. I videotaped it back in the mid-80s, using my parents’ mono VCR, played it endlessly, dubbed it off onto subsequent vid-tapes and audio tapes; I have a crystal-clear CD of the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show from 1990 of this concert that’s nearly worn through from my playing.

There’s a few definite differences in the restored version, places where the video is different, the audio varies (one example: after Smitty’s drum solo, in the original, Perry yells the usual “Steve Smith on Drums!”…here, it’s muffled, and it sounds suspiciously like Perry re-dubbed that bit in the restoration process). There’s some odd cuts away to the audience (looking at it, those *might* be areas where the original video was degraded or damaged and couldn’t be saved). However, overall, the video is clean & sharp with few problems (considering how MTV probably had this thing stored, I’m amazed that it’s still in this good shape!!), the sound is killer. Play this back in surround on as good of speakers as you can manage, because it will fuckin’ blow you away.

Bits are longer, things are added back in that MTV edited out (Smitty’s drum solo is the best example – ye gods, those drums are SINGING here). Woah. Wow. Pardon me while I just sit back in my chair and listen to my heart pound…

The extras are okay, nothing really special. The interview footage doesn’t reveal anything new that hasn’t been said in countless other interviews, though I’m sure we’ll be seeing vid-caps of them all around the fan-sites shortly. I haven’t gone through the ‘rare pictures slideshow’ yet. Easter eggs? Can’t tell – I don’t have the patience to search ’em out, if they exist. If you find ’em, post ’em (here or anywhere, but let us all know, okay?)

Oh…important factor: Price. Best Buy had it $17.99 (we got it for 9.50, thanks to Brett’s workplace passing out BB gift cards yesterday, YES!!). and if you don’t see it on the shelves — ASK FOR IT, and make them look up their stock in their computer. The BB we went to didn’t have it out, though the store’s computer said it was in; we had to get the manager to go get it from the back.

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