David Browne
December 11, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST


Current Status
In Season

We gave it a C-

Yes, Journey epitomized the mall-fueled banality of corporate rock, and, yes, the band’s hard-rock-for-the-sensitive-guy hooks made it the Barry Manilow of FM radio. But when the band let Steve Perry’s slab-of-butter voice vault over its generic radio rock, Journey crafted some of the all-time great, schmaltzy power ballads, like ”Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and ”Who’s Crying Now.” Those hits are all you need, and they can be found on the band’s Greatest Hits — not on Time3, an overlong, three-CD gas guzzler, absurdly padded out with the lounge-friendly attempts at jazz-fusion instrumentals, superfluous live versions, and best-forgotten tracks from the band’s pre-Perry days. God invented CD remote controls for packages like this. C-

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