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Book Review: Journey: Piano Sheet Music Anthology by Alfred Music Publishing

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For the experienced piano player, amateur or professional, there is a constant quest for new and challenging sheet music, especially for fans of rock and pop music. Whether you play mostly for others or for your own enjoyment, new sheet music is often a major treat.

For those sheet music fans, Journey: Piano Sheet Music Anthology from Alfred Music Publishing is a great find which will provide hours of musical entertainment. Alfred Music is the official sheet music publisher for many popular bands and always provides quality arrangements.

Journey, of course, has been an iconic band since their first release in 1973. The association of their classic “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is included in this collection, with the hit television show Glee has garnered them even more new fans.

In this anthology, not only is the piano score provided for 28 songs covering nearly 35 years of Journey’s history,from their album Infinity in 1978 to 2011’s Eclipse. but lyrics, vocal accompaniment, and guitar tabs are also provided.

Among the songs in the anthology, in addition to “Don’t Stop Believin'”, are the classic hits “Lights,” “Stone in Love,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Open Arms,” and “Faithfully,” plus 12 more songs including “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin,” and “Anyway You Want It” and other great songs which may not be as familiar. In addition, “After All These Years,” from 2008’s Revelation appears here in sheet music form for the first time anywhere.

Be aware that this anthology is not for the beginner and will be challenging for even the intermediate piano player. The arrangements are quite complex, as is evidenced by the fact that 28 songs cover over 150 pages of music. Most of these songs will take some practice to perfect for even the experienced player, and are best suited for the player who enjoys a challenge.

For those players, however, Journey: Piano Sheet Music Anthology will be a joy to learn and play.

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About Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.