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Steve Perry’s “Street Talk” Gets Vinyl Reissue

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It’d be easy to imagine former Journey frontman Steve Perry doing little besides sitting on a pile of money and denying the opportunity to reunite with his old band. In fact, the singer has been hard at work revisiting his solo debut, Street Talk, for an audiophile release.

Perry, who has effusively praised the quality of Journey’s forthcoming Greatest Hits Volume 2 release, recently took to The Mastering Lab in Ojai, California, to remaster his hit album alongside engineer Robert Hadley for a 180-gram audiophile vinyl package.

In a statement, Perry discussed the process of remastering the album, which spawned major pop hits in “Oh Sherrie,” “Foolish Heart” and “She’s Mine.”

I started with a pristine 24bit/96khz transfer of the original stereo mix and went from there. We used Pro Tools to bring out some of the subtle frequencies and moments in the original mixes that, in the old world of live analog hands-on console mixing would get compromised. Now we can take our time and really make the original tracks shine. This hybrid of analog and digital is, in my opinion, the wave of the future. The vinyl pressings also sound fantastic! The RTI pressing plant really knows how to take the lacquers we created and press some amazing audiophile-quality vinyl. I truly feel like this is the way this album was supposed to sound!

The vinyl set – which will feature a digital download of the new master inside the package – will be available on November 1, alongside the new Journey compilation. The Amazon link and track list is after the jump.

Steve Perry, Street Talk (Columbia FC 39334, 1984 – reissued Columbia/Legacy 88697 93882-1, 2011)

  1. Oh Sherrie
  2. I Believe
  3. Go Away
  4. Foolish Heart
  5. It’s Only Love
  6. She’s Mine
  7. You Should Be Happy
  8. Running Alone
  9. Captured by the Moment
  10. Strung Out

Written by Mike Duquette

October 12, 2011 at 15:15

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