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Category: Melodic Rock

Year: 2004

Label: Soul Sirkus/ Warner Bros.

Catalog Number: 48977-2

Average Rating: 80 / 100 (9 ratings)

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Personnel
Neal Schon guitar, synths
Jeff Scott Soto vocals
Marco Mendoza bass
Deen Castronovo drums

Later-released digibook edition (yellow cover) contains 18 tracks (as opposed to 11 on the original release) along with a DVD containing 2 videos, an interview, and behind the scenes footage.
Tracks
1.  World Play  0:47   Listen!
2.  Highest Ground  5:08   Listen!
3.  New Position  4:31   Listen!
4.  Another World  5:39   Listen!
5.  Soul Goes On  6:20   Listen!
6.  Alive bonus track  4:37   Listen!
7.  Periled Divide  6:01   Listen!
8.  Peephole  4:26   Listen!
9.  Abailar To' Mundo bonus track  2:05   Listen!
10.  Friends To Lovers  5:22   Listen!
11.  Praise  5:48   Listen!
12.  My Sanctuary  4:36   Listen!
13.  Coming Home  3:57   Listen!
14.  My Love, My Friend bonus track  1:54   Listen!
15.  Close The Door  5:44   Listen!
16.  Soulspace  1:16   Listen!
17.  Soulspace  1:16   Listen!
18.  James Brown bonus track  3:24   Listen!
  
Total Running Time:  72:51

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From: Jez Date: December 8, 2004 at 14:19
After virtually a whole week of this,i can catagorically say that this is one of the best releases of it's kind i have heard in a long time. Neal Schon belts out the riffs like a man possessed, check out 'New Position' & 'Peephole' and Jeff Scott Soto is exceptional throughout, doing his best Perryism's on the track 'Coming Home'. The Rhythm section of Marco Mendoza & Deen Castronovo are immense and only add to the quality of this release. A definate must have. Get over to the website now.

From: meradona Date: December 8, 2004 at 14:45
en la primera escucha , creo que hay temas de relleno, me esperaba bastante mas de el disco, pero bueno hay que escucharlo mas. ya volvere a opinar. de momento 6/10

From: MelodicMan Date: December 12, 2004 at 18:40
Well, I gave it 6 listens now, and it keeps growing. I must admit I was a little disappointed at first time, but at this point I can see lots of good stuff. Tracks 7,8 and 9 are the highlights IMO, and the songs go from mainstream Hard Rock to AOR ballads, but with the exception of Coming Home, you won't find nothing like Journey here. JSS fits very well, and Castronovo/Mendoza are maybe the greatest team today. But Neal Schon... well, Neal is there, so it coudn't be bad...

From: KIP Date: December 13, 2004 at 3:32
i havent heard it yet... but the samples on their website...what can i say? not too strong!! not seemed to be unique. but i hope this will be a slow-growing album! the names are trademarks. so far!

From: Kevin K. Date: December 14, 2004 at 16:21
THIS CD ROCKS!!! Just look at the names involved in this project. Enough said!!! One of the top ten releases of the year ... pick this up! WWW.SOULSIRKUS.COM.

From: Rockhead Date: January 5, 2005 at 2:45
Track 4 is awesome!!! A real grower of an album.

From: mattboy71 Date: January 7, 2005 at 21:39
Excellent release...Neal just keeps rocking with age. His solos are branded with his awesome melodic delivery. Soto sounds rough and gritty, like they had fun while recording and it shows. Fans of Hardline will enjoy this as well although the production isn't as great as it could be, but no biggie, these boys just plugged in and played with rock and roll vigor. It's all good fun. 'New Position' & 'My Sanctuary' are really great songs full of rhythm & groove.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 19, 2005 at 12:23
Finally, the CD has arrived, but it's kind of a big disappointment. I wouldn't judge before hearing the whole CD (the samples were not that strong, but you never know !). It's dark sounding and you can't recognize neither Schons guitar or Soto's voice. The man is more shouting than singing on this one, and he has such an excellent voice. I would call this very dark heavy rock, with some modern touches. Not good at all ! Even I'm not the biggest Journey fan, I beg Schon to stay there !

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From: Jez Date: January 19, 2005 at 15:37
Can't recognise Schon's guitar and Soto's vocals !!!!!!!!!!!!must be listening to a different album - Schon's guitar is all over this album and JSS is unmistakable - check out 'Coming Home' very Steve Perry JSS style and 'New Position'.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 20, 2005 at 12:39
It's not because Schon and Soto are in the band, that it is a great record, Jez ! And yes, I have the impression we listen to a different album ! This is dark heavy rock (I repeat it !) with down tuned or toned guitars and shouting vocals, not the usual style of Schon and Soto. And that's why I don't like it that much !

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: January 21, 2005 at 9:15
The reason that this is a great record is that besides Schon and JSS, it features the monster rhythm section of Castronovo and Mendoza aswell, without them this would not be the album it is. As i said above, Schon's guitar is all over this - check the tracks i mentioned above and say it ain't him!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 21, 2005 at 11:44
Only one question, Jez : where are the melodies on this record ? Great talents, agreed, but they made a disappointing record. If you call this a great record, well, that's an insult for real great records, seldom released these days, by the way !

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From: Jez Date: January 21, 2005 at 12:16
Try 'Coming Home' for starters, plenty of melody there!!!. Of it's genre/type, this is a great record, and to say that is an insult to other great records is a bit of a lame comment. Some people will like it, some won't, no problem - sell it, give it away whatever. One question for you Freaky - have you actually bought this cd or just listened to the samples????

From: AOR freaky Date: January 23, 2005 at 3:28
Bought it of course, Jez. Otherwise you can't give any serious comment. I don't like the record. It's disappointing IMO. Although I'm not the biggest Journey fan, I prefer 'em any day, anytime. And Jeff was far better in Talisman, and especially in Eyes 'Windows Of The Soul', which I consider as his masterpiece ! Listen to Cheyenne and compare it to his singing on this platter ! Wow ! No comparison possible. This is horrible, Eyes is heavenly.

From: T-Bone Date: January 25, 2005 at 2:59
How can you NOT recognize Neals playing on this? Obviously you're not a guitar player, Freaky. This is a great album with many different approaches and styles rolled into one. Coming Home sounds like it's a relative to the songs 31-91/In The Hands Of Time that Neal did with Hardline back in 1992. They have many similarities. My Sanctuary is my favorite track on this followed by tracks 1,2 and 9.

From: John Date: January 25, 2005 at 10:15
'New Position', 'Peephole' and 'Praise' just totally smoke. I can see how this would be off-putting to some of the regulars who prefer their AOR 'safer'. I think Neal needs these side projects to let the guitarist come out of him. I know I would if I had to play 'Open Arms' every night with Journey.

From: John Date: January 25, 2005 at 10:22
Side point. I don't recall Soul Sirkus ever claimed to be a melodic band. They are a kick ass band and kick ass is what they do. Well. There isn't an instant hit on the record, but it's performed so well that suits me fine. I hear something different on each spin and that's a testament to how great all four players are. I really wish these guys would tour. I love jam bands, but they can definitely stray into the 'wank' zone. These guys never do.

From: Wotty Date: January 25, 2005 at 10:29
Well said John.This is a balls-to-the-wall rock album and does'nt pretend to be anything else.It probably does Schon some good to let rip every now and again !!!

From: Lucas Date: February 1, 2005 at 0:51
A esta altura de los tiempos ya era hora de que empecemos a ver tantos mega grupos que hemos soado a lo largo de nuestra adolescencia. Soul Sirkus es un claro ejemplo que la conjuncin de buenos elementos logra un resultado tan bueno como World Play. Primero, Soul Sirkus son: Neal Schon y Dean Castronovo (Journey, Bad English, Hardline), en guitarra y batera respectivamente, Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Ted Nugent) bajo y tras las voces el famoso Jeff Scott Soto

From: Lucas Date: February 1, 2005 at 0:52
(Yngwie Malmsteen, Lita Ford, Axe Rudi Pell, Talisman, etc). Concentrndonos en tan buena produccin, World Play est compuesto por once tracks, comienza algo suave al principio de Highest Ground pero a los pocos segundos el tema se torna bien hardrockero, lejos, el mejor del CD. El Metal con aires ms progresivos est presente, Another World es el ejemplo, guitarras de acompaamiento bien machacantes (en forma pareja), estilo bien clsico.

From: Lucas Date: February 1, 2005 at 0:52
Jeff da justo para el tipo de voz que se necesita para este tipo de proyecto, Neal es un guitarrista y compositor que, si bien con Journey no se demostr muy heavy como buen ejemplo, pero tiene la buena calidad compositiva, algo bien comn en bandas como la mencionada, Bad Company, Boston y otras del estilo, remarco: Calidad. De eso se trata. Marco, se destaca bien en ciertos temas que necesitan un bajo ms al frente, pero en todo el disco hace un trabajo impecable,

From: Lucas Date: February 1, 2005 at 0:53
y se nota un buen entendimiento en las bases con Dean, el cual ya dej impreso su lado ms salvaje en otros discos como Fire Garden de Steve Vai. En resumen, Hard Rock meldico en cada cancin, apasionantes lentos: Coming Home. Ideal para aquellos que en un 2005 quieran revivir viejos sonidos con nuevas canciones. LHGORDO@YAHOO.COM Gracias Marco Mendoza por tu apoyo.

From: Swriter Date: February 5, 2005 at 17:15
first of all, I love all hard rock/aor/melodic music. Of the great fantastic stuff Jeff has put out recently, I was really excited about this one. Then when I did receive it, felt a bit letdown, after several plays now, I have to say this is some great musicianship but not really what I was expecting from the group. A few tunes are what I had expected but most are on the heavier side, still a good one

From: meradona Date: March 14, 2005 at 15:22
pues sigo en lo mio, buen disco sin mas, prefiero mil veces el de jeff scott soto 'lost in the translation', sera cuestion de gustos. mejor jeff en solitario.

From: TIM (2) Date: March 15, 2005 at 8:29
I know I'm in the minority here, & I have lived with this for a while, but it lacks something for me. I'm not a fan of the raw production feel, but it's the songs that I've never quite warmed to. Opener 'Higher Ground' sounds like Winger and is probably my favourite track, with 'Soul Goes On' second. The token commercial number - 'Friends 2 Lovers' just sounds contrived and naff. Overall it's a good record, but I much preferred 'Lost in the Translation'. Not quite what I hoped for. 7/10.

From: AOR freaky Date: March 15, 2005 at 13:04
No you aren't the only one ! This is CRAP, certainly if you look at the talent involved ! BAD CD ! One of the worst they could make ! Too modern, to downtuned, no melody, no songs ! Awfull !!!

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: March 15, 2005 at 15:16
Freaky - you have already made your comments clearly on this one - Shut up already!!!!

From: tomcat Date: March 16, 2005 at 1:12
It took a few spins for me to really get into this album...and no denying there's some great , great stuff on that album..I'm going to see them in Roeselare in a few months .. Very excellent disc...Favorite song: New Position

From: AOR freaky Date: March 16, 2005 at 6:26
Thanks for being so polite, Jez ! I give my opinion as often as I WANT, mate !

From: Rockhead Date: March 16, 2005 at 11:20
I like this Cd. It is not as awesome as the individuals are capable of -but it is a great melodic rock record and it is nice to hear Neal Schon playing so well. I am disapointed that the reissue later on in the year will have ashed load of extra tracks as I will have to buy another copy and thats a little harsh!! People who supported the band in the beginning are being shafted-we should get more for our cash-not less

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: March 16, 2005 at 13:10
Yes we know you do - the same one all the time.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!

From: Lennie Date: March 17, 2005 at 7:24
I agree with Swriter..I was expecting massive things from this disc, but was left deflated at first..BUT after repeated listening this has so much depth and I am now playing this more than 'Lost in...'. Schon's playing is brill and cant wait to see them in London in May. Regarding the bonus tracks on the other version, most are just musical interludes - one new song called 'Alive' which is OK. MP3s are on the website........8/10

From: Rockhead Date: March 17, 2005 at 11:03
Hey Lennie-thanks for the info regarding the bonus tracks-I don't feel so conned now!!

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: April 22, 2005 at 13:00
Update - The Euro version on Frontiers has just been released featuring a full bonus track 'Alive' (which is a very very good song) along with a complete overhaul on the Mix/mastering, plus New boy Virgil Donati's new drum tracks. Also included is a DVD featuring two videos for 'New Position' and 'Another World' and behind the scenes stuff, all packaged in a very nice Digibook. No excuses now not to buy this if you ain't already got it. A great album just got better.

From: Swriter Date: April 22, 2005 at 19:44
I heard the new version with Virgil Donati on drums as well as a new tune or two. The production on the new one seems a step up, still a good album, just hoped for more melody.

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: April 23, 2005 at 7:58
My final comment-I really can't understand some of the comments here and elsewhere regarding this album. Schon plays his butt off and is all over this record, JSS doesnt shout, but he does put in one of the best vocals I have yet to hear him produce. There are melodies all over the place, the songs are strong, the rhythm section smokes. What more do people want/expect in a Melodic Hard rock record in the year 2005. Confuses the hell out of me with regards to all the negativity surrounding it.

From: ThunderDan Date: April 23, 2005 at 9:56
As I type this, I'm listening to the Donati pressing of the CD. I'm only about halfway through it, and I'm blown away! A great, in-your-face sound from a killer singer, amazing guitarist, and the best rhythm section to come along in quite a while! I'll list my faves on a later post, I had to comment on this right away. Schon really flies on this one, great to hear him let loose! And JSS? What more can be said about this guy that hasn't already been? Just awesome!!

From: Erik Date: April 23, 2005 at 10:16
Jez i have ordered my cope today. But i think you should also listen to Oliver Hartmann with 'Out in the cold'. Phenemonal release. One of the best of 2005 ( together with Soul Sirkus hopefully). I am pretty sure you will like it. Read also the reviews on www.melodicrock.com They are spot on !

From: ROBERT Date: April 23, 2005 at 10:28
No me convence en Absoluto... Genios Absolutos como estos deberian haber echo el Disco del ao!! Para mi mediocridad pura... 5'5 d 5 Eso si, no me pierdo por nada al Dios Schon en Mayo en Mi City!!!

From: Swriter Date: April 23, 2005 at 12:49
my final comment on this as well, I went into this thinking it would be a melodic rock album on the lighter side, at first listen, letdown because of that reason, this one really grew on me and is a killer hard rock album, and the reissue is one of the best of the year. Also, agree that Oliver Hartmann is one of the years best!!!

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: April 24, 2005 at 9:37
Erik - got the Hartman 'Out In The Cold' on Friday and it is a great album, have had it on repeat since I got it - some great stuff on it. I have submitted it to the site, so should appear shortly.

From: Erik Date: April 24, 2005 at 11:55
Fantastic Jef. Yep same here. Been playing it over and over. Hartmann will easily make my top 5 of 2005.

From: Nick C Date: April 27, 2005 at 14:25
Finally got around to getting this..glad I waited for the Euro version for the bonus stuff! The CD has a huge sound...no make that HUGE SOUND. Schons playing is fantastic and he goes for it in a way he never does in the confines of Journey (he did the same thing with Hardline and HSAS)Higher Ground kicks the CD right into gear (does the U.S. version (now deleted?) not have the short instrumental World Play as lead off track?)..the rest of the CD pretty much follows suit. Heavy yet melodic A+++

From: Darren Preece Date: May 5, 2005 at 17:35
BIGGEST HYPED UP LOAD OF GARBAGE RELEASED IN YEARS, if this had been 4 guys from Bognor Regis nobody would give it a second listen......Awful voice and Neal Schon is a great guitar player and the axe work is good here too but where is the darn melody.......On a par with the last House Of Lords CD in biggest let down CD of the decade.......At least with the House Of Lords CD and this one I have something to put my cup of tea on so i dont mark my table. Roll on the next Journey release so we can h

From: John Date: May 5, 2005 at 18:10
It's a hard rock jam record Darren. Not a Journey record. You had the opportunity to listen to the soundbytes before purchasing. Soul Sirkus never said they were making an AOR record. It's your own fault if you bought it without doing a little diggin first. And it totally smokes by the way. I've noticed that my favorite songs on this record change every day, which is a good sign.

From: Lennie Date: May 6, 2005 at 7:39
At last someone with a brain!! I dont know what people were expecting from this..keyboards and powder puff choruses! Everyone knows that Schon loves to rock when he goes it alone without the other Journey guys - just look at the Hardline/HSAS albums!! I think that this album rocks and I cant wait til Monday when they play London. Roll on.

From: ROBERT Date: May 16, 2005 at 9:59
En el Nombre del Padre, del Hijo y d NEAL SCHON!!!Por fin Maana dp d 35 aos voy a ver a uno d mis Maximos Idolos: JESUCRISTO NEAL SCHON!!!!!! Solo pido q toque muchisimos temas d: JOURNEY, BAD ENGLISH, HARDLINE. Yevo varios dias escuchando este disco d SOUL SIRKUS en sus diferentes versiones y la verdad es q por ara, no me convence para nada q tema os gusta mas d este disco? a mi: SOUL GOES ON Espero veros a tod@s en 1 Fila Gozando

From: ROBERT Date: May 18, 2005 at 11:14
No me ha CONVENCIDO para nada el concierto. Los temas nuevos del disco no me convencen para nada... Neal no ha tocado ni d lejos como yo me esperaba... ero q conste solo es mi humilde opinion. Sonido, temas y actitud Mediocre, pero es solo una opinion personal pues d todos mis Amig@s con los q hable la cosa estaba muy dividida...Lo mejor:

From: ROBERT Date: May 18, 2005 at 11:14
La Medley semi-acustica con piano cortesia d Jeff Scott Soto (me ha sorprendido lo bien q toca las teclas),con temas d TALISMAN, PRINCE, y como no JOURNEY..Pero para mi desgracia muy breves ramalazos d mis Journey,y nada d HARDLINE ni d BAD ENGLISH.Una pena..

From: Lovedrive Date: May 18, 2005 at 14:11
No me gusta ni el nombre de estos Soul Sirkus..

From: aortico Date: May 19, 2005 at 14:37
Son unos musicasos.... todos!!!... JSS mi vocalista favorito... pero, este album no es de mi total agrado, esperaba mas de este proyecto. En uno de los comentarios anteriores lei una frase con la que concuerdo... "suena muy moderno"

From: masmusic Date: May 26, 2005 at 13:57
After reading a lot of mixed reviews on this release I decided to find out for myself and purchased a copy from NEH Records. It arrived yesterday and after listening to this on my way into work this morning I find this a real excellent record. I can't realize why anyone would give this release a negative review! The songs, vocals and guitars are great the only minor flaw is the raw sound. I give this 8/10 for the sound 9/10 overall

From: KickYourFace Date: May 27, 2005 at 23:56
I don't like it much. Jeff is singing like he's in Harem Scarem. It just doesn't work. I like Jeff's singing much better with Takara & Kuni syle of music. Too "modern" sounding. If you going to rip off from Harem Scarem then do it more like Emerald Rain so it sounds good.

From: stryper Date: June 15, 2005 at 17:52
SORRY BUT THIS AIN'T AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD BE.OR IT COULD BE.I MEAN TO SAY.ONE OF THE BEST SINGERS AROUND.AND GUITARIST TO DIE FOR.BUT HOW POOR SOME OF THE SONGS ARE.SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MONSTER.BUT ENDS UP BEEN A DWARF!!!JESSICA96FISH

From: lucasgordon Date: July 1, 2005 at 0:48
A esta altura de los tiempos ya era hora de que empecemos a ver tantos mega grupos que hemos soado a lo largo de nuestra adolescencia. Soul Sirkus es un claro ejemplo que la conjuncin de buenos elementos logra un resultado tan bueno como World Play. Concentrndonos en tan buena produccin, World Play est compuesto por once tracks, comienza algo suave al principio de Highest Ground pero a los pocos segundos el tema se torna bien hardrockero, lejos, el mejor del CD.

From: lucasgordon Date: July 1, 2005 at 0:49
El Metal con aires ms progresivos est presente, Another World es el ejemplo, guitarras de acompaamiento bien machacantes (en forma pareja), estilo bien clsico. Jeff da justo para el tipo de voz que se necesita para este tipo de proyecto, Neal es un guitarrista y compositor que, si bien con Journey no se demostr muy heavy como buen ejemplo, pero tiene la buena calidad compositiva, algo bien comn en bandas como la mencionada, Bad Company, Boston y otras del estilo, remarco: Calidad.

From: lucasgordon Date: July 1, 2005 at 0:49
De eso se trata. Marco, se destaca bien en ciertos temas que necesitan un bajo ms al frente, pero en todo el disco hace un trabajo impecable, y se nota un buen entendimiento en las bases con Dean, el cual ya dej impreso su lado ms salvaje en otros discos como Fire Garden de Steve Vai. En resumen, Hard Rock meldico en cada cancin, apasionantes lentos: Coming Home. Ideal para aquellos que en un 2005 quieran revivir viejos sonidos con nuevas canciones.

From: voorhees Date: August 12, 2005 at 8:56
didnt care for this at all upon first listen. Probably wasnt in the mood for it that day. But upon second listen it started catching my ear. Particularly starting at about song 4 or 5. The first couple songs on the disc still havent hit me as anything cool yet but it certainly finished pretty strong. Definately some heavier tunes than I'm used to hearing form Schon but thats good. How many ballads can the guy write? Not nearly as good as all the hype though

From: Axe-Machine Date: September 8, 2005 at 9:59
LOVE IT...especially the yellow european version...Alive is a great track! Great harmonies and crunchy riffs. A must!

From: Geoff Date: September 21, 2005 at 1:22
Agree with the above comment. I have the version with 'Alive' (fortunately) because that, 'My Sanctuary' (killer hard rocker- what a riff!) and the 2 ballads 'Soul goes on' and 'Coming home' are the only tracks I like. And that's stretching it; the 2 ballads are only okay, the other 2 are great. But the rest of the album, to me, is just average well played hard rock. Even more average than the TMG album everyone was raving about recently. It's good, but I couldn't find the big hooks and choruses

From: Geoff Date: September 21, 2005 at 1:40
Just read over the above comments and I want to clarify my views so as not to offend. I think Soto sounds great (as always) and Schon sounds amazing playing full-fledged hard rock. That is not my problem. My problem is purely in the song quality. The album's sound is similar to Soto's 'Translation' CD in terms of heaviness and so on, but the difference is that 'Translation' was full of killer melodic hard rock songs. I just can't find enjoyable tunes here, regardless of a ballsy musical effort.

From: perry.k Date: December 5, 2005 at 14:52
BY FAR,THE WORST ALBUM SOTO EVER TOOK PART!Thanx 2 a JPNsite managed 2 listen 2 the whole cd & my message 2 ALL melodylovers:AVOID LIKE HELL! Throughout you come across witha HORRIBLE,NOISY,TOO MODERN,NONMELODIC, BRUTAL GUITAR SOUND,I TOTALLY DETEST!In moments,thought i was listening 2PANTERA/M.HEAD(YUCK)GOING HARDROCK!SOTO tries2 shout instead of sing,NEAL offrs BRUTAL(ohGOD HAVE MERCY)guitar riffs and overall the trax(excpt #10 which is just average)R 4 THE TRASHBIN! DONT WANT THIS EVEN TAPED!

From: z4roxx Date: November 3, 2006 at 13:14
Its easy to make a good record for artists like N.Schon,J.S.Soto and V.Donati.this cd grows after some listenings,if you like a little modern version of Heardline debut or some Talismans elements its a cd for you.I think its a good one,not awesome but well played with some great song.

From: hess Date: December 20, 2006 at 23:32
This is sucks!If want aor or westcoast sound. this is not! never melodies and never chorus. You don't find anything. Great talents but terrible! Don't waste your money and time

From: The SAFIRE Drummer Date: February 3, 2008 at 12:24
For me the best thing about this album was listening to Virgil Donati play drums (pictured above 3rd in photo)who was later replaced by Deen Castranovo who re-recorded his own drum tracks. Don't get me wrong! Deen is a lengendary drummer himself but Virgil is GOD.Anytime you see Virgil performing around town do yourself a favour and check out 'The Master' who has to be seen to be believed.

From: T-Bone Date: February 5, 2008 at 0:10
Safire Drummer, you have that backwards. Deen was the original drummer, but had to step down due to personal problems and Virgil was the one who replaced him.

From: hair metal again Date: February 22, 2010 at 1:45
good release by SOUL SIRKUS .imagine the human clay cd with the melodic guitars of neal schon and you have an idea of their sound.solid rhythm section,many guitars less keyboards and "dark ' vocs by jeff.the songwriting though is nt as good as expected and only 2 or 3 songs seem capable"another world","my sanctuary" or "highest ground".overall a satisfying release

From: CC Date: August 12, 2017 at 9:38
Seriously never got the fuss about this one. Much the same as Winery Dogs and Chicken Foot, you take a bunch of well respected, great musicians and put them together, but it does not always equal greatness. The musicianship is great, no doubt and is a good rock record, but the songs just do not have the hooks that I look for in a song. I am not going to stand here like AOR Freaky and his idiotic comments saying this is crap, but I will say it is all kinda generic to me (which sadly I can say about a lot of JSS material). There are a couple of stand out songs I will admit (Highest ground being a personal fave), but overall it is one of those albums that once finished I am just left with a feeling of "yeah, that sounded good, but I dont remember the songs" .. I can fully understand why some people love it, but maybe it just does not cater to my tastes in rock 100%. I have owned this since the yellow album came out, but even years later, retrying it I am still left cold.


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