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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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evosound 2010
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JOURNEY shows & tickets


  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA on 15 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles on 16 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix on 18 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque on 20 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at AT&T Center, San Antonio on 22 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands on 23 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas on 25 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham on 27 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh on 29 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta on 30 May 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow on 1 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel on 11 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at XFINITY Center, Mansfield, MA on 13 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs on 14 Jun 2014
  • Journey / Steve Miller - San Francisco Celebration on 16 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Bethel Woods Center For the Arts, Bethel on 17 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto on 19 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach on 21 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden on 22 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center on 24 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati on 25 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown on 27 Jun 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville on 28 Jun 2014
  • Festival d'été de Québec on 3 Jul 2014
  • Ottawa Bluesfest on 3 Jul 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls on 8 Jul 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI on 9 Jul 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights on 11 Jul 2014
  • Loopfest on 12 Jul 2014
  • Journey + Steve Miller Band + Tower of Power at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO on 14 Jul 2014

JOURNEY discography


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

3.35 | 85 ratings
Journey
1975
2.99 | 59 ratings
Look Into The Future
1976
2.81 | 56 ratings
Next
1977
2.62 | 66 ratings
Infinity
1978
1.82 | 66 ratings
Evolution
1979
2.55 | 58 ratings
Departure
1980
3.24 | 35 ratings
Dream After Dream
1980
2.60 | 78 ratings
Escape
1981
2.63 | 65 ratings
Frontiers
1983
2.31 | 50 ratings
Raised On Radio
1986
2.44 | 43 ratings
Trial By Fire
1996
2.53 | 26 ratings
Arrival
2001
2.51 | 23 ratings
Generations
2005
3.12 | 32 ratings
Revelation
2008
3.71 | 32 ratings
Eclipse
2011

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

3.09 | 27 ratings
Captured
1981
3.52 | 12 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)

2.77 | 19 ratings
Greatest Hits
1988
3.85 | 7 ratings
In The Beginnig
1990
3.07 | 8 ratings
Time 3
1992
2.19 | 12 ratings
the Essential Journey
2001

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

3.20 | 5 ratings
When You Love A Woman
1996
2.45 | 6 ratings
Red 13 (EP)
2002

JOURNEY Reviews


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 Infinity by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.62 | 66 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
2.62 | 66 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 | 56 ratings

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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
2.44 | 43 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
3.85 | 7 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
1.82 | 66 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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 Dream After Dream by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.24 | 35 ratings

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Review by stefro
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4 stars A real stylistic departure this. Recorded and released in 1980, 'Dream, After Dream' was not a studio album but the soundtrack to the obscure Japanese movie 'Yume, Yume, No ato' and one of the least well-known productions of Journey's otherwise stellar career. Still a year-or-so from releasing their 1981 smash-hit 'Escape', 'Dream, After Dream' was seemingly designed for two reasons: to strengthen the group's ties with their ever-growing Japanese audience who had been emphatically supporting the group since their mid- seventies, pre-Steve Perry days; and to let the musicians branch out into more musically challenging areas without damaging their commercial street cred back home. As an album, 'Dream, After Dream' very much harks back to the style of the American outfits early progressive phase, and has more in common with albums such as 1975's self-titled debut and 'Look Into The Future' than it does with the likes of breakthrough hit 'Infinity' and predecessor 'Evolution'. Of course, it's still recognisably a soundtrack piece, with a strong orchestral flavour backing Gregg Rolie's dreamy keyboards and the unusually understated guitars of Neal Schon. With only three tracks - 'Destiny', 'Sandcastles' and 'Little Girl' - featuring vocals, there isn't too much for Steve Perry to do, so this is a much more instrumentally ambitious affair, for the most eschewing the slick AOR style that had garnered the group such commercial success during the tail-end of the 1970s and showing yet again that there is so much more to Journey than sentimental balladry and streamlined pop-rock. There's also a whimsical, almost melancholic edge to much of 'Dream, After Dream', a mood heightened by the fact that it would prove to be the final album to feature founding member Rolie, a multi-talented player whose compositional abilities always favoured a more experimental approach. Fortunately, it's a worthy swansong to his time in the group, and in technical terms this is undoubtedly the most proficient and adventurous Journey release since 1977's underrated 'Next', giving a brief look at how the globe-conquering group may have turned out if Steve Perry hadn't joined the fold two years earlier. For those fans who have always preferred the trio of progressive-flavoured albums from Journey's early days, this should prove an exciting treat. 'Dream, After Dream' is an atmospheric, almost elegiac album featuring a richer, fuller sound that focuses much more on complex instrumentation and mood than it does on crafting simple pop songs. Younger Journey fans may find it all a bit ponderous at times - the pace on the whole is generally rather slow bar the occasional guitar-or- keyboard solo from Schon or Rolie - yet this album wasn't designed for the groups mainstream fanbase. Harking back to their excellent early albums, this is the sound of Journey in progressive rock mode and a reminder of their innate musical talents. Highly recommended.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Captured by JOURNEY album cover Live, 1981
3.09 | 27 ratings

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Review by stefro
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3 stars A lengthy, double-sided release rounding up the best of the group's 1978-1981 period, this seventeen-track live compilation showcases just what a tight instrumental outfit Journey were in their heyday, something that shouldn't really come as a surprise considering the musical backgrounds of the various members. Core creative contributors Neal Schon(guitar) and Gregg Rolie(keyboards, vocals) both enjoyed stints with Santana - one of the premier live groups of the 1970s - whilst Steve Smith(drums) was a former alumnus of both Dutch symphonic proggers Focus and multi-talented jazz virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty. The performances are therefore supremely slick. However, with the bulk of the material being culled from album's such as 'Infinity' and 'Departure', the progressive instincts of Journey's earlier days are all but gone. Instead, the five-piece whiz though soft-rock hit after soft-rock hit - though fans of the group should lap this up. An expertly-delivered live album, 'Captured' shows just why Journey are as popular as they are.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Raised On Radio by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.31 | 50 ratings

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Review by stefro
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3 stars A part return-to-form and, in truth, the last truly half-decent Journey album, 1985's 'Raised On Radio' would see only three members from wretched predecessor 'Frontiers' returning to the fold, namely the core creative trio of Jonathan Cain(keyboards), Steve Perry(vocals) and Neal Schon(guitar, vocals). Ably assisted by an assorted cast of top-notch session players - former drummer Steve Smith and bassist Randy Jackson amongst them - 'Raised On Radio' would chart a distinctly soft-spun, synthesized vibe which saw Cain pretty much taking centre-stage. Already one of the group's main writers and one of the key factors behind the huge success of 1981's career-defining 'Escape' album, Cain's glutinous array of keyboards and synths colours a highly- emotional album that has become something of a fan favourite over the years, as well as being one of the few Journey album's to garner genuinely positive reviews outside of their North American dominion. With Neal Schon's guitars on strangely muted form and vocalist Steve Perry taking a gentler approach, this is very much Journey in reflective, almost melancholic mood, though the album also features the usual array of Journey trademarks, with the misty-eyed ballads, up-tempo rockers and slickly-crafted pop pieces the group do so well still in check. Overall there were four singles culled from the album, with "Girl Can't Help It", "Be Good to Yourself", "I'll Be Alright Without You" and "Suzanne" all reaching the top 20, though overall sales for 'Raised On Radio' failed to match previous efforts, possibly due to the new(ish) direction the group were taking. As a result, it would prove to be the last 'classic era' Journey release before their return eleven years later with 1996's 'Trial By Fire' and the end of an era for the much-maligned but hugely-popular group. Although not in the same league as 'Escape', 'Look Into The Future' or 'Infinity', this is a worthy end to the soft rock story of the 1980's and the genre's major exponents.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Frontiers by JOURNEY album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.63 | 65 ratings

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Review by stefro
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1 stars After the AOR brilliance of 1981's mega-hit 'Escape' Journey, for reasons best known to themselves, went all Wishbone Ash on us by deliberately eschewing the slickly-produced soft-rock style that generated so much success, instead delivering a gruesome collection of tacky and soulless hard-rock. Simply put, there isn't a single song on this ugly album that comes close to replicating the uplifting charm and fist-pumping passion of tracks such as 'Who's Cryin' Now', 'Open Arms' and 'Don't Stop Believing', the group focusing their energies on an unattractive and overcrowded synthesized rock sound that leaves little room for the group's talented members to flex their musical muscles. From the opening feeble riffs of 'Separate Ways' to the lifeless electric balladry of 'Rubicon', 'Frontiers' sadly ranks as genuine low-point for the American five-piece. Very poor indeed.

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