Traces (Steve Perry album)

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Traces
Steve Perry - Traces.jpg
Studio album by Steve Perry
Released October 5, 2018
Recorded May 2015–2018
Studio Love Box, Capitol Records, East West
Genre Rock
Length 40:13
Label Fantasy
Producer Steve Perry, Thom Flowers
Steve Perry chronology
Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Perry
(2009)
Traces
(2018)
Singles from Traces
  1. "No Erasin'"
    Released: August 14, 2018
  2. "No More Cryin'"
    Released: September 4, 2018
  3. "We're Still Here"
    Released: September 20, 2018

Traces is the third solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Steve Perry. It was released on October 5, 2018, through Fantasy Records.[1]

It is Perry's first solo top 10 Billboard album.[2]

Background[edit]

After leaving Journey in the late 1990s, Perry withdrew from the music industry for "many reasons, but mainly my love for music had suddenly left me."[3] His passion was reignited after he lost his girlfriend Kellie Nash to cancer in December 2012, and he began recording Traces in May 2015.[4][3]

Release and promotion[edit]

The first single from the album, "No Erasin'", was released on August 14, 2018. A music video accompanied the release.[5] It peaked at number 20 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, number 38 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, and number 17 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart.[6][7][8] A second video for "No More Cryin'" was released on September 4, 2018. On September 20, 2018, a video for "We're Still Here" was released.

On September 24, 2018, Perry participated in a Facebook Live event at noon PDT. The 15-minute webcast focused on the making of the album.[9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Andrew McNeice of Melodicrock.com rated the album a 92/100, calling it, "a very fine record", and that it is "Immaculately produced and constructed, with equally impressive musical performances by the band" and "soulful harmonies" by Perry.[11]

CrypticRock.com gave the album 5/5 stars and called it, "All in all, Traces is a near flawless return for Steve Perry."[12]

Getreadytorock.me.uk gave the album 41/2 out of 5 stars and said, "We never thought we’d get another full album from Steve Perry, thankfully we have in ‘Traces’, which is a master class in AOR and soulful edged pop."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Erasin'"
4:07
2."We're Still Here"
  • Perry
  • Brian West
4:06
3."Most of All"4:21
4."No More Cryin'"4:28
5."In the Rain"
  • Perry
  • Spreng
4:07
6."Sun Shines Gray" (featuring John 5)
3:55
7."You Belong to Me"
  • Perry
  • Barry Eastmond
4:05
8."Easy to Love"
  • Perry
  • Flowers
4:02
9."I Need You" (The Beatles cover)2:58
10."We Fly"
  • Perry
  • Jeff Babko
3:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Perry – vocals (1–15), background vocals (1–14), bass (1–2, 4–6, 10, 13), guitar (1, 14), orchestra (4), orchestrations (2, 5, 7, 13), programming (2–3, 8–9, 13, 14), strings (1, 3, 6, 12), synths (9, 12, 14), all instruments on "Blue Jays Fly"
  • Dallas Kruse – electric piano (9), Hammond organ (4, 8, 9), piano (3, 5), strings (1), synths (1, 5, 10, 12), vibraphone (12)
  • Thom Flowers – guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums (2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Devin Hoffman – bass (1, 2, 4, 6, 14), guitar (13, 14)
  • Tommy King – Hammond organ (1, 7, 12), piano (1, 7, 12)
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello (2, 5, 7, 11)
  • Steve Richards – cello (2, 3, 5, 7)
  • David Campbell – orchestrations (2, 5, 7)
  • Michele Richards – violin (2, 5, 7)
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin (2, 5, 7)
  • Andrew Duckles – viola (2, 5, 7)
  • Suzie Katayama – cello (2, 5, 7)
  • Sara Parkins – violin (2, 5, 7)
  • Luke Maurer – viola (2, 5, 7)
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – synths (1, 3)
  • Brian West – guitar (2), drums (2)
  • Steve Ferrone – drums (12, 14)
  • Pino Palladino – bass (8, 9)
  • Teag Reaves – horns (5, 7)
  • Josh Freese – drums (1, 6)
  • Nathan East – bass (3, 12)
  • Dylan Hart – horns (5, 7)
  • The Steve Perry Philharmonic Orchestra (4)
  • Katie Hampton – background vocals (12)
  • Aubrey Logan – background vocals (12)
  • Sherree Brown – background vocals (2)
  • Booker T. Jones – Hammond organ (4)
  • Kellie Nash – Love and Laughter (13)
  • Lynn Mabry – background vocals (2)
  • Chuck Berghofer – rhythm bass (11)
  • The Patrick Willams Orchestra (11)
  • Kyle Moorman – programming (6)
  • Michael Sanford – guitar (14)
  • Dan Greco – percussion (11)
  • Douglas Tornquist – tuba (7)
  • Randy Goodrum – piano (3)
  • Tim Eckert – arco bass (11)
  • Ralph Morrison – violin (11)
  • Harry Shirinian – viola (11)
  • Scott Hosfeld – viola (11)
  • David Spreng – guitar (1)
  • Rodney Wirtz – viola (11)
  • Travis Carlton – bass (7)
  • Alisha Bauer – cello (11)
  • Tom Ranier – piano (11)
  • Al Schmitt – strings (11)
  • Matt Cooker – cello (11)
  • Ray Tischer – viola (11)
  • Tim Pierce – guitar (12)
  • Jeff Babko – piano (10)
  • Dan Wilson – guitar (4)
  • Tina Soule – cello (11)
  • John 5 – guitar (6)

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Steve Perry
  • Co-produced by Thom Flowers
  • Recorded and mixed by Thom Flowers and Steve Perry
  • Recorded at Love Box, Capitol Studios, and East West
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
  • Cover artwork by Jeff Wack
  • Cover design and concept by Steve Perry and Jeff Wack
  • Photos by Emma Holley, Myriam Santos, Steve Perry, and Thom Flowers

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 73
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 116
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 35
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 45
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[20] 29
Scottish Albums (OCC)[21] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 40
US Billboard 200[24] 6

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Kielty, Martin. "Watch Steve Perry's New 'We're Still Here' Video". ultimateclassicrock.com. ultimateclassicrock. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
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  13. ^ "Album review: STEVE PERRY – Traces". Get Ready to ROCK! News | Reviews | Interviews | Radio. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
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  20. ^ "2018年10月01日~2018年10月07日 オリコン週間 アルバムランキング 21~30位". Oricon News (in Japanese). Retrieved October 16, 2018.
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