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Journey - Evolution [Columbia FC 35797] (1979)

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Evolution

Released: 1979
Label: Columbia
Catalog: FC 35797
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Majestic
02 Too Late
03 Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
04 City Of The Angels
05 When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)
06 Sweet And Simple
07 Lovin' You Is Easy
08 Just The Same Way
09 Do You Recall
10 Day Dream
11 Lady Luck
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Evolution is the fifth studio album by Journey. Released in April 1979 on Columbia Records, their first album to feature drummer Steve Smith.

It was the band's most successful album at that time, selling three million copies in the US and charting at #20 on the Billboard 200. They retained Roy Thomas Baker (Best known for his work with Queen) as producer, but drummer Aynsley Dunbar was replaced with Steve Smith, formerly with Ronnie Montrose's band.

According to the book Heavier than Heaven, the album was Kurt Cobain's favorite album from 1979.

Evolution features their first top 20 hit, ''Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin''', which was inspired by the classic Sam Cooke top 20 hit ''Nothin' Can Change This Love'' and reached #16 in the US. ''Just the Same Way'' featured original lead vocalist Gregg Rolie along with Steve Perry. [wikipedia.org]


Journey - Captured [Columbia KC2 37016] (1981)

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Captured

Released: 1981
Label: Columbia
Catalog: KC2 37016
Genre: Rock
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Majestic
02 Where Were You
03 Just The Same Way
04 Line Of Fire
05 Lights
06 Stay Awhile
07 Too Late
08 Dixie Highway
09 Feeling That Way
10 Anytime
11 Do You Recall
12 Walks Like A Lady
13 La Do Da
14 Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
15 Wheel In The Sky
16 Any Way You Want It
17 The Party's Over
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Captured is the title of Journey's first live album. Recorded during their Departure tour, it was released in February 1981 on the Columbia Records label. The album went on to sell two million copies, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

This album was recorded during the band's ''Departure'' tour in 1980. Tracks 1 to 4 were taken from a performance recorded at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 8, 1980. Tracks 5 & 6 were from the performance at the end of the tour in Koseinenkin Hall, Shinjyuku, Tokyo, Japan on October 13, 1980 and tracks 7 to 16 came from two shows at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan on August 4 & 5th 1980. The song ''Dixie Highway'', had not previously been recorded on a Journey album. Closing the album is the lone studio track, ''The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love)'', which was released as a single.

In the liner notes, the album is dedicated to AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott who died in February 1980. Scott is referred to as ''a friend from the highway'', as Journey had supported AC/DC the previous year on their ''If You Want Blood'' tour.

This was the last Journey album for keyboard player and founder Gregg Rolie. [wikipedia.org]


Journey - Escape (Columbia TC 37408) (1981)

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Escape

Released: 1981
Label: Columbia
Catalog: TC 37408
Genre: Pop / Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Don't Stop Believin'
02 Stone In Love
03 Who's Crying Now
04 Keep On Runnin'
05 Still They Ride
06 Escape
07 Lay It Down
08 Dead Or Alive
09 Mother, Father
10 Open Arms
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by Mike DeGagne [allmusic.com]

Escape was a groundbreaking album for San Francisco's Journey, charting three singles inside Billboard's Top Ten, with "Don't Stop Believing" reaching number nine, "Who's Crying Now" number four, and "Open Arms" peaking at number two and holding there for six weeks. Escape flung Journey steadfastly into the AOR arena, combining Neal Schon's grand yet palatable guitar playing with Jonathan Cain's blatant keyboards. All this was topped off by the passionate, wide-ranged vocals of Steve Perry, who is the true lifeblood of this album, and this band. The songs on Escape are more rock-flavored, with more hooks and a harder cadence compared to their former sound. "Who's Crying Now" spotlights the sweeping fervor of Perry's voice, whose theme about the ups and downs of a relationship was plentiful in Journey's repertoire. With "Don't Stop Believing," the whisper of Perry's ardor is crept up to with Schon's searing electric guitar work, making for a perfect rock song. One of rock's most beautiful ballads, "Open Arms," gleams with an honesty and feel only Steve Perry could muster. Outside of the singles, there is a certain electricity that circulates through the rest of the album. The songs are timeless, and as a whole, they have a way of rekindling the innocence of youthful romance and the rebelliousness of growing up, built from heartfelt songwriting and sturdy musicianship.


Journey - Frontiers (Columbia QC 38504) (1983)

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Frontiers

Released: 1983
Label: Columbia
Catalog: QC 38504
Genre: Arena Rock / Pop
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
02 Send Her My Love
03 Chain Reaction
04 After The Fall
05 Faithfully
06 Edge Of The Blade
07 Troubled Child
08 Back Talk
09 Frontiers
10 Rubicon
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Mike DeGagne [allmusic.com]

Frontiers managed to give Journey four Top 40 hits, with "After the Fall" and "Send Her My Love" both reaching number 23, "Faithfully" at number 12, and "Separate Ways" peaking at number eight -- the same amount that 1981's Escape brandished. While they tried to use the same musical recipe as Escape, Frontiers comes up a little short, mainly because the keyboards seem to overtake both Schon's guitar playing and Steve Perry's strong singing. An overabundance of Jonathan Cain's synth work cloaks the quicker tunes and seeps into the ballads, slightly widening the strong partnership of Perry and Schon. "Faithfully" tried to match the powerful beauty of "Open Arms," and while it's a gorgeous ballad, it just comes inches away from conjuring up the same soft magic. "Separate Ways" grabs attention right off the bat with stinging synthesizer and a catchy guitar riff, and "Send Her My Love" emphasizes Perry's keen ability to pour his heart out. The rest of the songs on the album lack the warmth that Journey is famous for, especially in their mix of fervor and intimacy shown on this album's predecessor.


Journey - Raised On Radio [Columbia OC 39936] (1986)

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Raised On Radio

Released: 1986
Label: Columbia
Catalog: OC 39936
Genre: Pop/Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Girl Can't Help It
02 Positive Touch
03 Suzanne
04 Be Good To Yourself
05 Once You Love Somebody
06 Happy To Give
07 Raised On Radio
08 I'll Be Alright Without You
09 It Could Have Been You
10 The Eyes Of A Woman
11 Why Can't This Night Go On Forever
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Raised on Radio is the ninth studio album by the American rock band Journey, released in April of 1986 on the Columbia Records label. It is the only album to feature bassists Randy Jackson and Bob Glaub and drummer Larrie Londin and also the only album not to feature founding bassist Ross Valory.

The album spawned three top 40 singles in the US: ''Girl Can't Help It'' (No. 17), ''I'll Be Alright Without You'' (No. 14), and ''Suzanne'' (No. 17). It also spawned a top ten single ''Be Good to Yourself'' (No. 9) It went to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, and it was certified double platinum in the USA. [wikipedia.org]

Journey's Biography

by William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical alan_parsonsroach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon, a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after the first album). Another former Santana member, keyboard player and singer Gregg Rolie, joined shortly afterward. This lineup recorded Journey (1975), the first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums given over largely to instrumentals.

By 1977, however, the group decided it needed a strong vocalist/frontman and hired Steve Perry. The results were immediately felt on the fourth album, Infinity (1978), which sold a million copies within a year. (By this time, Dunbar had been replaced by Steve Smith.) Evolution (1979) was similarly successful, as was Departure (after which Rolie was replaced by Jonathan Cain). Following a live album, Captured (1981), Journey released Escape, which broke them through to the top ranks of pop groups by scoring three Top Ten hit singles, all ballads highlighting Perry's smooth tenor: "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Open Arms." The album topped the charts and sold millions. Frontiers (1983), featuring the hit "Separate Ways," was another big success, after which Perry released a double-platinum solo album, Street Talk (1984). When the group got back together to make a new album, Valory and Smith were no longer in the lineup and Raised on Radio (1986) was made by Schon, Perry, and Cain, who added other musicians for a tour.

Following the tour, Journey disbanded. Perry went into a prolonged period of seclusion as Schon and Cain formed Bad English with vocalist John Waite. Bad English had several hit singles, including the chart-topper "When I See You Smile," before breaking up. Perry returned to recording in 1994, releasing For the Love of Strange Medicine. Although the album went gold, it was a commercial disalan_parsonsointment by previous standards. In 1996, Perry, Schon, Cain, Valory, and Smith staged a Journey reunion, releasing the million-selling Trial by Fire, which featured the gold-selling Top 20 single "When You Love a Woman," and going on tour. Perry and Smith opted out of the reunion after the tour, but Journey continued, hiring a new lead singer, Steve Augeri (formerly of Tall Stories), and a new drummer, Bad English's Deen Castronovo, who made their debuts on "Remember Me," a track on the 1998 Armageddon soundtrack. The band next reconvened in 2001. Arrival, Journey's 11th new studio album, was released in April, followed by a national tour.

The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 21, 2005. That same year they released a new album, Generations, and embarked on their 30th anniversary tour. Shows on the tour stretched over three hours long and were divided into two sets -- one focusing on pre-Escape material, the other on post-Escape material. The archival release Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour alan_parsonseared on both DVD and CD in 2006, the same year that the group brought Jeff Scott Soto aboard as a replacement for Augeri, who developed a throat infection that prevented him from singing.

However, Soto's time with the band was limited; in 2007, Journey announced that they had parted ways with the singer and were once again seeking a frontman. They found him in Arnel Pineda, a Filipino vocalist that they discovered after seeing him perform on YouTube. Pineda made his debut with the band in 2008, the same year that Journey released Revelation. Fueled by the adult contemporary hit "After All These Years," Revelation was a surprise hit that wound up going platinum. Journey returned in the summer of 2011 with Eclipse, a concept album that saw the band tie together its progressive rock beginnings with its '80s arena rock peak.
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