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JOURNEY is a American band who started playing in the early months of '73 in San Francisco. The music of JOURNEY is divided in 2 parts, the one from early 1973 'till 1977 when guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, both of Santana fame, met with bassist Ross Valory and drummer Prairie Prince from The Tubes (replaced later by Aynsley Dunbar) in the summer of 1974. Their music back then was jazz rock with progressive elements and fusion interplays , instrumental passages being pretty much top notch thanks to Neal Schon's driving riffs and solid bass lines of Valory, while the keyboards (still mostly the Hammond organ) of Rollie was something "á la Santana" but less latino-inspired.

In the first period the vocal parts were done by Gregg Rollie and sometimes by Schon. In this line-up Journey was recorded, in 1975. But since the mid '70's was no more a period of jazz rock or progressive music, these musical styles being considered uninteresting. Journey's first 3 albums (Journey from 1975, Look into the future 1976 and Next 1977) sold very poorly and largely ignored by the public and mass media. Their CBS label also initially expecyted sales in the Santana range.

This thing will change next year, in 1978, when it is considered that the band stepped into a new period, the second one. After three albums that were considered dissapointing sales-wise, but were in fact Journey's most progressive ones from the entire discography, Journey hired a better vocalist - Steve Perry. Actually the change was mostly enforced by CBS, or else they would drop the band's recording contract. The results were immediately felt on the fourth album, Infinity, released in 1978, who was sold in over one million copies, more than the previous albums altogether. But the sound changes were almost dramatic. From that jazz-fusion progressive music they turned in an AOR - hard rock band, not far from what FOREIGNER, STYX or BOSTON played during the same period.

Dunbar left because of this new musical direction (rumours is that he was fired for his British rowdiness and backstage antics) and was replaced by Steve Smith. The next albums Evolution (1979) and Departure (1980) had a similar success, and Journey released hit after hit. In this time Rolie was replaced by Jonathan Cain. The peak of their career was and remains the most sold album of the band Escape from 1981, with no less that 9 million records sold wor...
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JOURNEY discography


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JOURNEY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 89 ratings
Journey
1975
3.00 | 62 ratings
Look Into The Future
1976
2.81 | 59 ratings
Next
1977
2.64 | 70 ratings
Infinity
1978
1.85 | 69 ratings
Evolution
1979
2.56 | 60 ratings
Departure
1980
3.26 | 37 ratings
Dream After Dream
1980
2.60 | 87 ratings
Escape
1981
2.65 | 69 ratings
Frontiers
1983
2.32 | 53 ratings
Raised On Radio
1986
2.50 | 47 ratings
Trial By Fire
1996
2.55 | 31 ratings
Arrival
2001
2.52 | 26 ratings
Generations
2005
3.14 | 36 ratings
Revelation
2008
3.72 | 35 ratings
Eclipse
2011

JOURNEY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.11 | 28 ratings
Captured
1981
3.54 | 13 ratings
Greatest Hits Live
1998

JOURNEY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.96 | 4 ratings
Live:2001
2001
3.53 | 7 ratings
Greatest Hits DVD 1978-1997
2003
3.85 | 8 ratings
Live in Houston 1981: Escape Tour
2005
3.63 | 8 ratings
Live In Manila
2009

JOURNEY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.79 | 22 ratings
Greatest Hits
1988
3.89 | 9 ratings
In The Beginnig
1990
3.17 | 10 ratings
Time 3
1992
2.88 | 13 ratings
the Essential Journey
2001
2.00 | 2 ratings
Greatest Hits 2
2011

JOURNEY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.20 | 5 ratings
When You Love A Woman
1996
2.42 | 7 ratings
Red 13 (EP)
2002

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 Trial By Fire by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.50 | 47 ratings

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Review by Gatot
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3 stars For some reasons, I like this album which I purchased by accident as it was cheaply priced. Not jut the price, actually .... I also love the album cover. I have never followed Journey in particular as after early year they already transformed into a straight rock band. In particular of this album, I enjoy the opening track "message of Love" which starts wonderfully with an ambient sound combining vocal and keyboard plus guitar effects. The music flows nicely in a bass-tight rhythm session. It's probably the rhythm section plus some sorts of howling guitar and effects throughout the song that makes me feel excited with it. The guitar solo is also stunning. Even though this song is far away from being called as prog music, but I really enjoy the composition as well as the singing style. The second track "One More" is also another excellent track that I regularly play when it comes to this album.

Well ...sometimes we need to break from prog music for a while and have this album spun. I think this album deserves a three-star rating in terms of straight rock music - nothing is prog here at this album by Journey.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Infinity by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.64 | 70 ratings

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Review by thwok

3 stars How do you review an album that you really like, but isn't all that progressive? Infinity is a really fine rock record, and was hugely popular back when I was in junior high school. However, Journey had dropped just about all of their progressive tendencies by the time Infinity was released. My favorite tracks are probably "Feelin' That Way/Anytime" and "Wheel in the Sky".

The performances throughout the album are excellent, which should not be surprising considering the band members' backgrounds. Steve Perry can definitely sing, and Neal Schon shows once again what an excellent guitarist he is. I would rather listen to this than many of Styx's records or anything by Boston, to name two bands that are often compared to Journey. This album is certainly a whole lot better compositionally that what came after it!. Infinity's over-familiarity and lack of progressivenes decreases its rating for Prog Archives purposes. My final rating is going to be 3 stars - a really good rock record, but not a priority if progressiveness is really what you're looking for.

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 Escape by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.60 | 87 ratings

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Review by Chicapah
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2 stars A few months ago I wrote a review of Journey's foul "Infinity" album from 1978 and I have no doubt that I insulted every one of their fans with my scathing assessment of it. It was vocalist Steve Perry's first LP with the band and I found it to be such a despicably blatant attempt at being commercial that I gave it .01 stars. It was as if Journey was massively codependent and desperately wanted everyone to like them. "Escape" came out in the summer of 1981 and by then Mr. Perry had fully acclimated himself into the group's Top 40 motif so the record is much more cohesive than those that had preceded it. Plus, they were one of the most popular acts in the biz so they knew exactly what their audience expected from them. The addition of Jonathan Cain on keyboards (replacing the burned-out Greg Rolie) gave them a bit of a creative boost, as well. All that being said, however, they were still about as progressive as George Strait. But I will concede that there are a couple of tracks on "Escape" that I can not only tolerate but actually enjoy so this critique won't be quite as disemboweling.

Wisely they open with what may go down in history as the most recognizable and memorable of their songs ever, "Don't Stop Believin'." While this is 100% pop rock from beginning to end it's still hard to say anything untoward about a tune as well-crafted and true to its intended purpose as this one is. I remember when I first heard it blaring from my car radio I was thinking how great it was to hear a number that featured a dominant bass guitar line up front in the mix for a change. The catchy chorus notwithstanding, I believe Russ Valory's contribution is the real key to the song's success and longevity. Like it or hate it, the tune is a gem of production and performance. "Stone in Love" is next and it's a reversion back to the brand of unsavory, faux "rawk" that I've come to identify this band with over the years. It has all the tired ingredients: vapid lyrics, calculated-to- dazzle-the-easily-dazzled dynamics and Neal Schon's wholly predictable guitarisms that appeal only to the lowest common denominator. "Who's Crying Now" follows and, despite it being a half-decent, inoffensive AOR tune overall, I find it impossible to be objective about it because it brings to mind my first wife. She went out and bought the LP with cash pilfered from our paltry music fund because she wanted to learn Neal's guitar solo on her rusty flute left over from high school. Since our marriage eventually ended badly even the mention of this particular ditty conjures up nauseating memories I'd rather not entertain. "Keep on Runnin'" is typical of the soulless drivel the dawning of the empty 80s decade brought to the rock & roll table, helping to foster a lot of the inane hair band crap that was so soon to flourish and drive decent prog fare off the music industry's map. "Still They Ride" is a slick, bluesy ballad that might've been acceptable to my ears had someone with grit like Rod Stewart sung it but everything slow-paced that Steve Perry warbles almost always comes off as a syrupy cocktail lounge number that only induces sleep.

The title track, "Escape," is an example of formula rock at its most pedestrian. At least the ensemble tries something a tad more adventurous during the middle instrumental segment but when it ends up being sandwiched between two thick slices of plain white bread as it does here it is relegated to the realm of the inconsequential. "Lay it Down" is next wherein their tried, true and trivial composing methodology is painfully exposed once again. Schon starts with his heavily stacked guitars playing a simple riff and then Steve Smith's boring drums jump in just before they embellish the track with Perry's high-pitched chirping and a big hook. I'm sure their devotees were happy as fish to hear it. "Dead or Alive" follows, a driving rocker coupled with what sounds like New Wave-ish vocal lines emanating from Steve. Compared to some of the other filler on the album it's not bad but that's not to endorse it as anything gratifying by a long shot. "Mother, Father" is one of the band's gallant attempts at manufacturing an epic anthem. Unfortunately there's just not enough substance lyrically or musically to hold this overblown piece together and it fails miserably to enthrall. They close out with "Open Arms." This staple of classic rock and adult contemporary radio stations is adorned with a beautiful melody that Perry delivers with class while the rest of the group manages to not clutter up the atmosphere unnecessarily. I've always admired a polished, unpretentious love ballad when I encounter one and this one deserves respect.

"Escape" was the first Journey album to rise to the very top of the charts and it further solidified their status as an arena-packing, multi-platinum act that made the shareholders of Columbia Records a lotta moolah (and still does). Yet by 1981 whatever progressive roots they once proudly sported had shriveled up and deteriorated completely so their presence on this site may surprise the prog neophyte who comes across them while scanning through the roster. Their prog-related tag is a stretch. If sales impress you and fill you with "Glee," then the fact that this album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide to date will be staggering to comprehend. But here in Progland the number of units shipped means next to nothing so I have to be honest and give it the rating I think it has earned. 1.8 stars.

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 Greatest Hits 2 by JOURNEY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
2.00 | 2 ratings

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Review by Matti
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2 stars The readers of PA probably know JOURNEY generally better than I do. This US band must be one of the most maligned ones in our database, alongside the more or less similar case of STYX. Great album covers and stinkingly commercial music, if you allow this cruel generalization. I have passively always "known" this band - and I'm aware that it was founded by two SANTANA members, keyboardist Gregg Rolie and guitarist Neal Schon, in the mid-seventies - but I have never listened to any of their album, nor do I actually remember any of their song (so that "knowing" is VERY passive indeed!). Nor have I very positive exceptations of this compilation. It excludes the early years that are favoured by prog-minded listeners and concentrates on the early eighties. BTW, allmusic.com rates the albums of this period higher than the first ones, but they have a whole different approach to popular music than us progheads.

There's no hiding the fact that this music is very commercial and eighties-sounding (hard / power) rock for large audience. It's not any surprise that they were very popular in the USA; if they hadn't been, that would have been against natural laws. This would have suited perfectly to the teenage parties of the time. Masculine power rock, music for crowds to have good time with, drinking beer or other alcohol. The obligatory ballads are represented too: now, go and ask your secret object of your infatuation for a slow dance!

Maybe it helps that I was a teenager in the eighties, for listening to this CD was a sort of positive, to some degree maybe even refreshing experience, as I generally never listen to this kind of commercial American hard rock. I was afraid I couldn't stand an hour of this, but I did! Songwriting is actually pretty good within this genre (nothing to do with prog, that should go without saying), and the production is faultless, not sounding terribly outdated as a lot of music of the early eighties does today. The emphasis in sound is on keyboards that aren't bad at all.

Maybe in Finland JOURNEY haven't been so popular. TOTO's hits like 'Rosanna', 'Hold the Line' and 'Africa' can still be heard on radio, why I don't remember any JOURNEY hits? Now, I wouldn't care of your horrified? thoughts if I gave three stars (as I considered) to this music which is clearly more hated than loved in this site. But objectively thought, this is not a bad compilation. It is of course sad (from our point of view) that it doesn't have anything predating 1978, when vocalist Steve Perry joined the group. But the real target audience hardly misses the early, proggier stuff at all.

Well. Since this IS a prog site, two stars will do... But seriously, this is a good selection of this particular kind of music of that era.

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 Infinity by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.64 | 70 ratings

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Review by Chicapah
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1 stars Shhh. Keep it down, will ya? I'm writing this in secret so my wife won't know I'm about to torpedo one of her favorite purveyors of what I refer to as 'knucklehead rock.' She wouldn't appreciate my snarky sentiments at all. You see, since we met about a decade and a half ago I've avoided (for the sake of serenity) casting dispersions upon her aural preferences. If a song comes on the local classic rock radio station that I can't stomach yet it's one that causes her to gleefully arm dance in the passenger seat I simply try to astral project to another dimension and tune it out. At some point she'll cheerfully chirp what a great song it is and I'll usually respond with something along the lines of 'You betcha, Buttercup' while lying like a politician through my clenched teeth. The fact is that she, along with uncountable millions just like her, considers groups like Journey and REO Speedwagon to be the apex of quality rock & roll. If I'd allowed that fault to keep me from marrying her I'd still be a lonely old grump to this day so compromise in that area was a logical prerequisite to our vows being exchanged. If my hidden but massive disgust for music she thinks is fantastic was ever revealed to her it might be considered a tell-tale underhanded prevarication in her book and that's never a healthy precedent to set in a man/woman union. I tactfully emphasize the bands and artists that we do share admiration for and try not to grimace when something like the inane 'Keep On Lovin' You' comes on and she reaches over to crank it up loud.

As I indicated, Journey is high on her list so in deference to my bride I'll try to be civil (which means I'll not curse) in my review of 'Infinity' despite my justifiable resentment of what they turned into. When Santana alums Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon formed the group in '72 they aspired to be an American progressive rock outfit and their first three releases displayed that desire to some degree but, unfortunately, no one was buying what they were hawking and the suits at Columbia were threatening to give them the heave-ho. A terse meeting was probably held in one of the label's opulent conference rooms and I suspect the conversation went something like this:

Honcho: What am I gonna do with you clueless dreamers? Your sales figures are pitiful and a disgrace to the corporation. I think your 'journey' is over. Band: (In unison) Don't say that! What can we do to stay in the fold? We'll do anything. Honcho: Really? If you were a girl group I'd have plenty of wicked suggestions but, since you're obviously not, your only option is to follow my explicit instructions. Band: We're all ears. Honcho: First, stop this 'prog' business and lower the bar about ten feet or so. Second, find a chick magnet frontman who can sing real high. Third, hire a producer who'll make you sound more like Boston or Foreigner and do whatever he says. If you do all that and deliver a slick, marketable product we'll think about giving you a contract extension. Band: (Groveling) Oh, thank you, your majesty. We'll get right on it. You won't regret this.

Months later the 'Infinity' LP was a reality and Journey the prog-related ensemble was no more. Their prog muse had been assassinated Caesar-like and kicked to the curb. Now it was time for the newly 'reeducated' and more accessible version of Journey to make their debut. The album starts off with 'Lights,' a safe pop ballad sporting a friendly quasi-blues feel in which it quickly becomes evident that their new vocalist, Steve Perry, sure does love his 'cit-tay by the bay.' This hollow piece of schlock epitomizes what I seek refuge in Progland to get away from. 'Feeling That Way' is next, a specimen of watered down vanilla rock that offers nothing of interest whatsoever. The song's stacked harmony vocals sound artificial and overly pasteurized. Greg then steps up to sing 'Anytime' but he only renders more of the same gooey ooze as Steve does. I have no doubt that by the time this track was played for the aforementioned corporate honcho his eyes were bugging out of their sockets envisioning the boatloads of money these dudes were going to earn for the stockholders. A cash cow had been calved! As for the tune itself, it's the kind of vapid crap that gives rock a bad name. 'La Do Da' follows and it does have a bit of grit but Perry sounds like he's still in high school. It's as if Josh Groban had joined Humble Pie and the result is uncomfortably unnatural. 'Patiently' is a sappy love song that employs the hybrid electrified acoustic guitar effect that I can't stand. I mean, why not grab a decent Martin, put a microphone in front of it and make the most of its God-given tone? Anywho, the number soon turns into a power ballad for no particular reason and then slinks out the way it came in.

Then there's the diabolical 'Wheel in the Sky.' If I spent the rest of my days without having to hear this formulaic, tedious drivel again I'd feel blessed. There's absolutely no originality involved in the manufacture of this pile of manure so it's not a stretch to say that any garage band in the world could've done just as well. 'Somethin' to Hide' is next and, yeah, I'd say they had something they were hiding, their dignity! I know these boys cleaned up financially by putting out this slop but they should be ashamed of themselves. The only thing they were trying to do imagination-wise was to see how 'sellable' they could make their product. The 'Winds of March' follows and its breezes are carrying a plastic stink. It begins inoffensively with a brief instrumental passage but then it takes an all-too-predictable detour when Perry starts warbling like a canary on steroids. They toss in a 'heavy' sequence midway through but the Hammond organ and electric guitar rides sound like they were calculated to please a twelve-year-old. 'Can Do' is the most adventurous cut on the record in that it has some punchy accents (provided by their grossly underused drummer Aynsley Dunbar) and a strangely-concocted chorus but by now I just want to get this listening session over with ASAP. The closer is 'Opened the Door,' yet another pop rock turd that gives away its purpose for existing in the first 15 seconds and then subjects this reviewer to another 5 minutes or so of worthless muzak while he tries to keep his chicken and dumplings dinner down.

I recently ripped the Canadian trio Triumph a new orifice over their blatant mimicking of other bands that were enjoying having hit records at about the same time and there's no question that Journey was one of the entities they were trying to emulate. They should've aimed higher. In that era the music industry had an endless supply of faux hard rock combos coming off the assembly line like VW Beetles but few if any of them had the gall to intimate that their roots were in prog soil as Journey did. Some may opine that I've been too brutal in my assessment of 'Infinity' but I don't concur. This record is as satisfying as an unflavored rice cake and should be avoided at all cost. Kids, this is what selling out looks like. Journey may have started their career with lofty musical goals in mind but they turned into a prime example of what happens when musicians abandon their ideals and opt to chase riches and fame instead of their ingenuity. 0.1 star.

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 Infinity by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.64 | 70 ratings

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Review by TCat

4 stars This is Steve Perry's debut as the main lead singer and his vocals are explosive and dynamic, something that Journey was missing in a vocalist in the past. Greg Rollie still appears a few times on this album as the lead singer and it makes for a nice combination when they share the lead singer duties. There are still a lot of nice hard guitar licks throughout this album also. Journey was on it's way to becoming one of the biggest powerhouse bands, but unfortunately, in the coming years, they would instead start creating cheesy, popular songs which would start to appear in their following albums where they would finally get to the point that an entire album would be nothing but radio fodder. But, for now, they were heavy, they were strong and they had everything going for them to become legendary. This album sounds legendary. Granted, it is full of hard rocking music and the ballads on this one are still heavy enough to be amazing. In fact, "Wheel in the Sky" and "Winds of March" are two of the strongest, hardest, passionate and best ballads that exist in this type of music. In my opinion, this is Journey's best and they would be considered a lot more legendary if they continued to improve and focus along these lines. Instead, they got popular, made lots of money, and now they are the brunt of jokes about selling out and influencing big hair music of the 80s.

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 Next by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.81 | 59 ratings

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Review by TCat

3 stars This is the last Journey album before Steve Perry would join the group and take over the lead vocalist duties. Greg Rollie and Neal Schon are credited as the lead vocalists here and neither one of them are as dynamic as Steve Perry, but their vocals do fit for the bluesy-rock sound that permeates this album. The album is a little rough around the edges but it still has a lot going for it. There is a lot more guitar soloing and interesting keyboard effects than there would be in future albums. Journey at this point was trying to get a larger audience and with this album, they tried to accomplish that by adopting a Led Zeppelin-esque sound. But they do it well without being a copy. I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I think this is their best album out of all of their pre-Perry work. But, I am more familiar with it than the previous two, so accept my opinion for the biased opinion that it is :) Honestly, I like the hard and rough edge apparent throughout all of the songs on this album. There are vocals on all of the tracks except for Nickel & Dime which is mostly guitar driven, as is the majority of all the tracks here. This album works as a good bridge between the older music and the new style that they would be moving into. To me, their best album was their next one; "Infinity". But this one holds a lot of loudness that would surprise any Journey fan that was only familiar with their popular music.

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 Trial By Fire by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.50 | 47 ratings

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Review by stefro
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2 stars After a ten-year gap Journey's classic 1980s line-up reconvened to produce this highly-anticipated 'comeback' album, the seeds of discontent sown by vocalist Steve Perry's 1987 defection seemingly buried deep in the past. With Perry augmented by Neal Schon(guitar, vocals), Ross Valory(bass), Jonathan Cain(keyboards, vocals) and Steve Smith(drums), 'Trial By Fire' is very much an attempt to repeat former glories, though sadly and like many returning heroes the fact remains that Journey's time has very much been-and-gone. You have to go way back to 1981 to find the last worthwhile Journey album and that - 'Escape' - was a stone-cold classic, branded by many as the pinnacle of the AOR genre. Follow-up efforts 'Frontiers'(1983) and 'Raised On Radio'(1986) proved popular amongst fans yet were very much products of their time, now sounding even more dated than the group's mainly excellent 1970s material and sorely lacking the creative input of original keyboardist Gregg Rolie. His replacement, former Baby's member Cain, initially proved to be an inspired choice, his commercial nous, melodic instincts and canny ability to produce catchy and emotive hooks the main creative power behind the enormous and long-lasting success of 'Escape'. However, his influence proved to be short-lived. And like both 'Frontiers' and 'Raised On Radio', 1996's 'Trial By Fire' proved to be something of a damp squid. The real problem is that Journey in their heyday were perfectly suited to the musical environment around them. They practically invented soft-rock, a style that has no place in the grunge-dominated 1990s, and here their music sounds forced and formulaic. The ballads prove dull and mawkish, the rockier numbers horribly over-produced, a slick sheen of sentimentality glazing the brittle riffs. The misty, slow-burning 'Colours Of The Spirit' and the semi-muscular arena rock of the title-track aside, 'Trial By Fire' proves somewhat disappointingly that the good times will stay where they belong: in the past. Journey were a great, great band in their pomp, their first three albums - 'Journey'(1975), 'Look Into The Future'(1976), 'Next'(1977) - and the likes of 'Infinity'(1978), 'Departure'(1979), 'Dream After Dream'(1980) and 'Escape' testament to their enduring appeal. Sadly, the undemanding 'Trial By Fire' fails to ignite in the same way.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 In The Beginnig by JOURNEY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
3.89 | 9 ratings

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Review by stefro
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4 stars They may have become fabulously successful with the addition of vocalist Steve Perry and the subsequent soft-rock themed albums 'Infinity', 'Evolution', 'Departure' and 'Escape' - all of which, bar 'Evolution', nevertheless proved fine if somewhat limited albums - yet it was Journey's first three albums that showcased just what a talented and capable progressive rock outfit they once were. Of course, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Journey started out as a much more experimental outfit than their reputation latterly suggests, as the original five-man line-up was a kind of super-group, the members collective musical experience boasting major stints with the likes of Santana, Frank Zappa, The Tubes and near-mythical San Francisco psych-rockers Frumious Bandersnatch. A Bay area act themselves, Journey's story started during the early-seventies when manager Herbie Herbert combined ex-Santana members Gregg Rolie(keyboards, vocals) and Neal Schon(guitar) with British drummer Aynsley Dunbar(formerly a member of Zappa's Mothers Of Inventions), rhythm guitarist George Tickner and bassist Ross Valory. Initially formed as a backing band for visiting acts, Journey proved seriously adept live performers, which in turn led to a deal with Columbia Records. With Rolie handling the majority of the vocals, Journey's first three albums showcased strong fusion and prog-rock elements fastened onto a slick and powerful hard-rock sound, though the occasional organ-laced ballad was also prevalent. First album 'Journey' would be the only effort to feature Tickner and went on to sell around 100,000 copies. It featured some truly excellent tracks, such as the memorable Led Zeppelin-styled opener 'Of A Lifetime', the jazzy 'Topaz' and the anthemic fan-favourite 'Mystery Mountain', though the albums sleeve must surely go down as one of the least attractive pieces of album artwork of the era. Second album 'Look Into The Future' saw the now four-strong group producing a slightly more streamlined approach with the fusion elements somewhat toned down, yet the album still featured some powerful moments, especially in the shape of the eight-minute title-track, described in some quarters as the group's very own 'Stairway To Heaven'. Finally, third album 'Next' is undoubtedly the poppiest yet the progressive elements are still very much in tact. Lead single 'Spaceman' hinted at what was to come a year-or-so later, yet contains that raw, 1970s rock vibe that coloured their early phase. This compilation, which nicely sums up Journey's initial burst of highly underrated activity, shows just what a creative and tight-knit unit they once were, and happily includes such outstanding nuggets as 'Of A Lifetime', 'Topaz', 'Look Into The Future' and 'Spaceman'. Fans of 1970s rock should find much here to their liking then, whilst those with a penchant for the likes of Kansas, Starcastle and Styx are also urged to investigate. An impressive round-up of a long-forgotten period of one of the world's most successful rock acts, this release is proof that there is so much more to Journey than chart-bothering ballads and simplistic pop-rock.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Evolution by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1979
1.85 | 69 ratings

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Review by stefro
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1 stars Definitely the weakest of Journey's 1970s albums, 'Evolution' finds the group mining a distinctly soft and very poppy new direction. Whilst the progressive elements of the first three albums are long gone, the new sound introduced on 1978's breakthrough success 'Infinity' at least managed to retain a link with the hard rock coating that was the backbone of early albums 'Journey', 'Look Into The Future' and 'Next'. With the addition of new vocalist Steve Perry, Journey decided to pursue a much more overtly commercial path, and whilst 'Infinity' may have lacked the expansive instrumental flourished of it's predecessor, it was still a fine album showcasing the San Francisco outfit's deft song-writing abilities. Sadly, 'Evolution', unlike it's predecessor, is simply too far removed from the original formula, a fact proved by the move back to hard(er) rock on follow-up release 'Departure', though 'Evolution's stodgy style didn't stop it from being a big success throughout both North America and Japan thanks to the hit single 'Lovin', Touchin', Sqeezin'. Overall, however, 'Evolution' proves to be an anaemic slice of ersatz pop-rock sorely missing the group's trademark anthemic hooks. Even core members Gregg Rolie(keyboards, vocals) and Neal Schon(guitar) give strangely muted performances, leaving in their wake a mushy set of unmemorable tracks that not even the impassioned vocals of Steve Perry can enliven. Even for AOR, this is seriously lightweight, and surely a contender for one of the least accomplished studio albums of Journey's stellar career. A vapid, vacuous and pretty forgettable record, even die-hard fans may struggle with this one.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2O12

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