Ultimate Classic Rock ranks every Journey album, from worst to best.
APRIL 25, 2012
Journey reunion rumors and any news on Steve Perry are the golden bars of currency when it comes to ’80s — so valuable that when we hear one, you flash it around like you just won the lottery. Well, the Huffington Post is the latest winner, scoring an interview with Journey guitarist/founder Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and still-freshly minted lead singer Arnel Pineda.
During the interview, they’re asked about the chances for a Journey reunion with Perry,
A Landmark Album
I became a fan of Journey’s music in the late 70’s and listened to albums like Infinity, Evolution, Departure and Captured over and over. In fact, I listened to those albums so much, I knew every crack, pop and skip on the records (yes, vinyl records). But nothing prepared me for the release of Journey’s “Escape” album. I was 12 years old, and when I got the album, the melodies and lyrics on the album just seem to resonate in my pre-teen ears.
I know it probably sounds silly, but this album is one that most influenced my musical tastes for years to come. I’m 42 years old now and I can still listen to the whole album. “Escape” sounds as fresh to me now as it did when I was 12 and reminds me of what it was like to discover new music as a youngster.
I can appreciate Journey in all it’s forms, through changing times and a changing lineup (although, I’ll freely admit I’m a Steve Perry purist) and “Escape” is the perfect gateway album into the entire Journey catalog.
Excerpt from the Wikipedia entry:
Escape (Journey album)
- Studio album by Journey
- Released July 31, 1981
- Recorded Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, Mid Spring/Early Summer, 1981
- Genre Hard rock, rock
- Length 42:46 (original), 59:43 (reissue)
- Label Columbia
- Producer Kevin Elson, Mike Stone
Escape (sometimes stylized as E5C4P3) is Journey‘s seventh studio album (and eighth overall), released on July 31, 1981. The album features four hit Billboard Hot 100 singles – “Don’t Stop Believin’” (#9), “Who’s Crying Now” (#4), “Still They Ride” (#19) and “Open Arms” (#2) – plus rock radio staples like “Stone in Love” and “Mother, Father”.
Background and writing
Escape was the band’s first album with keyboardist Jonathan Cain who replaced founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie after he left the band at the end of 1980. The album was co-produced by former Lynyrd Skynyrd soundman Kevin Elson and one-time Queen engineer Mike Stone, who also engineered the album.
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What a show.
It’s been about 48 hours since seeing Journey in Concert at Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix. You know, I’ve seen Journey around a dozen times in concert. Once with Steve Perry in 1986, several times with Steve Augeri, and once with Jeff Scott Soto in 2006. Two nights ago, after a two-year break, I was again watching Journey perform, this time with Arnel Pineda.
I could write about the set list, the lights or the sound system but I’m not going to do that. I want to write about how the show made me feel.
I think the following post I left on Twitter is a pretty good summary of how I was feeling that night:
Damn, Arnel Pineda is a good singer.
09:26 PM October 03, 2008 from txt
Have you ever heard music that moves the core of your soul?
That’s how I was feeling Friday night. I hope everyone has the opportunity to experience things like this in their own lives. Whether it’s music or some other kind of art, it serves to remind us to not miss the wonders that are around us.
If you don’t get it, that’s OK.
I’ve listened to Journey for almost a lifetime. I’ve heard people joke and minimize the quality and relevance of Journey’s music. I’m OK with that. What I know is the importance the music plays in my life and the lives of many others around the world.
A Journey looney.
In my earlier post, Portrait of a Journey Fan, I mentioned Steve Perry being the “true” voice of Journey. An anonymous comment mentioned something about me being a “Perry looney”. What this reminded me was how passionate people are about Journey, the music and the band members. What I can say is that Steve Perry has been and will likely always be an inspiration to me. Another, very nice comment after that thanked me for sharing. My post was picked up on Arnel Pineda’s official site, again with friendly comments. That made my day!
Back in June, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning and a story about Arnel Pineda. That was the first time in quite a while that I’ve believed Journey’s music could truly be brought to life again. I went out and bought Journey “Revelation” that very same day. Arnel, Neal, Jon, Ross & Deen have not disappointed us.
What I can say about Friday’s show is this:
Arnel, you made me believe again. Thank you.
Hope you enjoy some of my pictures from the show!