I have been working in radio now for well over 10 years, and over that time I have been able to accumulate more than the average number of boxed-set's by all kinds of bands...and by a long shot, Journey's 'Time Cubed' is far and away the best of the lot. If you find yourself looking for that purchase that will give you not just many hours of listening enjoyment, but YEARS and YEARS of it, run, do NOT walk to your nearest record store and pick this one up ASAP.
You've got in a nutshell pretty much everything that made Journey one of the greatest bands of the 80's. From their early years to a point where you can clearly tell when the Journey wheel hit the pavement and they literally erupted on the music scene--a place they came to dominate for many years. Take a listen to 'Just The Same Way', and early version of 'Anytime' (I have to say I am glad they never released it), 'Party's Over, The', to their later masterpieces like 'After The Fall' and 'Be Good To Yourself' not to mention a couple of live version of 'Girl Can't Help It' and 'I'll Be Alright Without You'--there just isn't an area where this album suffers. I ran through my memory, and I couldn't find a single song that deserved to be included over the choices already there--no a LOT went into this collection, and it shows. Now I realize this album runs near $40.00, but TRUST me when I tell you it is worth each & every penny (although I got mine for free...). Fantastic stuff from a Superior band. HIGHLY Recommended.
-DJ Jazzy Jeff