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Forrest McDonald | Before the Journey with Steve Perry

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Before the Journey with Steve Perry

by Forrest McDonald

Two never before heard original compositions one ballad and one rock with vocals by Steve Perry before he joined Journey. This is old analog technology but a great perfomance by the band.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dreams Reality - Stronger and Stronger (feat. Steve Perry)
2:43 $0.99
2. It's Over (feat. Steve Perry)
4:03 $0.99
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The song Dreams Reality was written and copyrighted in 1974 by Forrest McDonald. Two years later in late February of 1976 I was looking for a vocalist so sing some of my songs that I was planning to record. A mutual friend introduced me to Steve who was a drummer at the time living in Lemoore, CA. We met talked over the project and then went to see a movie. We saw All the Presidents Men starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. A few days later Steve came to my apartment in West Hollywood and I played him a few songs. Dreams Reality, It's Over and one called Anyway You want it. We settled on Dreams reality and It's over. I booked the time at star Track Studio in West Hollywood and assembled my friends to play on the track. This was the year before I played on Bob Seger's 'Old Time Rock and Roll' at Muscle Shoals sound in Muscle shoals Alabama. The recording went well. Since it was just a demo I paid all of the guys $25.00 a side, We emphasized the Stronger and Stronger section of the first verse so I re-titled the song Dreams Reality - Stronger and Stronger. We also recorded a nice ballad I had just written a few months earlier called It's Over © 1975. I sat on these two songs for 33 years and at the urging of some fans finally decided to put them out for download. Steve is one of the greatest singers of all time and it was a great honor to have him on my recordings. Little did I know what we was about to accomplish in the ensuing years. That is why I have called this compilation before the Journey. I hope you enjoy these recordings although the technology is old they are a must for any serious collector.



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Before The Journey
It's so amazing to hear something like these 2 songs! I haven't heard music and lyrics like this in a long time. These songs pull you in at first listen! I've always adored Forrest McDonald's Blues Band guitar playing but I've never heard him like this - so raw, open yet sincere and delicate! Steve Perry is BREATHTAKING with his romantic leads. I can't explain how these songs make me feel! A MUST-HAVE for any true music lover!