Monday, December 28, 2009

Steve Perry - Street Talk (1983)

Steve Perry (born Stephen Ray Perry; January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey from 1978–1987 and 1995–1998. Perry had a successful solo career (currently on hold) throughout the late eighties and early nineties.

Perry was named the 76th greatest singer of all-time by Rolling Stone Magazine on its list of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time," citing his pure vocal tone, technical skill and ability to reach, and sustain, notes over a wide range. Steve Perry is eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist (since 2009) and as a member of Journey (since 2000). Perry presently lives in Del Mar, California.

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Steve Perry - Street Talk (1984)
His first solo album, originally released in 1984. Street Talk contains Perry's biggest hit as a solo artist, "Oh Sherrie", written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford. The song hit #1 on the Billboard charts and the accompanying music video (also featuring Swafford) was a hit on MTV. Other singles included "Foolish Heart" (peaked at #18), "She's Mine" (peaked at #21), and "Strung Out" (peaked at #40).

There were a number of nods to Perry's pre-Journey band Alien Project on this album—in fact, that band was originally going to be called Street Talk. In the liner notes, Perry dedicates the album to Richard Michaels (the bassist for Alien Project). Also, drummer Craig Krampf was a member of Alien Project later in the 1970s. Street Talk is certified as 2x Platinum (2,000,000) in sales by the RIAA.


Tracks:

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

NOTE:
Perry's vocal classification is tenor altino, a term used to describe a man who sings in the highest possible male register (above tenor and including what would, if sung by a woman, be called alto or mezzo), using a natural or "full" voice and employing falsetto only in his extreme upper register. Depending on whether the definition being used includes chest voice or is limited to falsetto only, this is also a form of countertenor.

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