Label: Escape Music
Review By: Alan Holloway
Rob Moratti (Saga) is yet another or 'rock's legendary voices'. Seriously, there's a lot of em about and they aren't scared of letting you know about it. Another of them is Steve Perry, who recorded many songs with a little band called Journey, and is widely considered to be one of the absolute best melodic rock singers in history. Boy, it would be a brave man to take on his songs, right?
Enter Rob, who is the man brave enough to give is a Journey tribute album because, well, because like loads of other people he bloody loves Journey. So take twelve of the absolute best Journey tracks (all of which are on one Greatest Hits or another) and re-record them by putting your own spin on them, giving them new life and energy. Hang on, though, Rob hasn't done that at all, he's just re-recorded them with inferior music and inferior vocals.
Look, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with Rob's vocals, as he hits the notes when he has to (although there is definitely a hint of electronic help in places – maybe it's just the production, but it sounds weird). But, ultimately, what's the point of this album? It's a vanity project that will appeal to Rob Moretti fans only, and even then they know damned well they're better off with the originals. The richness and passion of the originals is filtered out, leaving a tribute act that would be good if you saw it in a pub. I am amazed Escape have got themselves involved with this, because it's the musical equivalent of a photocopy of the Mona Lisa.