The Vu – Phoenix Rising [2000]

THE_VU_PRCountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 87/100

Band Members Kevin Chalfant – Vocals, Prairie Prince – Drums,Percussion, Ross Valory – Bass,Backing Vocals, Stef Burns – Guitars,Backing Vocals, Tim Gorman – Keyboards,Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Who You Gonna Believe (4:39), 02. Keys To The City (4:15), 03. One Track Mind (4:02), 04. Save It For Me (5:19), 05. Hard To Get (4:36), 06. If I Had You Back Here With Me (4:03), 07. Walk Through The Fire (4:25), 08. Dreaming Your Life Away (4:16), 09. Somewhere Here (5:13), 10. So Long (5:05)

Profile At a time when iconic AOR band “Journey” was inactive, members were split amongst multiple projects some of which delivered quality works, true to the standards of the legendary melodic rock group. One of these projects was “The Vu”; formed in 1984 and led by bassist Ross Valory, “The Vu” featured lead singer Kevin Chalfant, guitarist Steff Burns, drummer Prairie Prince and keyboardist Tim Gorman.

The subsequent album “Phoenix rising”, recorded in 1985 was shelved partly due to the reformation of “Jounrey” for a new album and tour in 1986. “Phoenix rising” is a faithful continuation of “Journey’s” “Frontiers” album. From the rhythm guitars, to the keyboard melodies, to the song structures to Kevin’s vocals, “The Vu” does justice to the legacy. On the other hand the attitude of the songs on “Phoenix Rising” is considerably less dramatic and more fun-oriented that the timeless hymns of “Journey”.

Indeed you will be hard pressed to find a weak or bland track on “Phoenix Rising”, playing the album over and over simply makes the experience even sweeter as one discovers more instrumental harmonies and becomes more accustomed to the vocal melodies. “Who you gonna believe”, “Keys to the city”, “If I had your back” and “Dreaming your life away” could have easily been “Journey” songs.

Recorded in 1985 and released in 2000, “Phonix Rising” is one of the greatest “Journey” side projects with a sound and style almost identical to the original band. If you are a fan of this family of bands including “The Storm”, “Two Fires” and “Hardline”, it is impossible to be let down by this release.

The Vu

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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