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EDITORS’ NOTES

In the ’80s, Journey was high on the list of bands loved by fans and reviled by critics. But today, they’re still heard and embraced – sometimes by the kind of people who sneered the first time around. (Witness the in-concert cover of “Lights” by fellow Bay Area stalwarts Green Day.) With frontman Steve Perry applying lessons learned from Sam Cooke, Journey’s Greatest Hits often sounds like a primer in pop idealism. “Lights” is a mellow smile about the joys of city life, “Any Way You Want It” a tip of the hat to Everygirl. And though “Don’t Stop Believin’” places itself on a scale with the songs that open Olympic games, it’s really all about that one small-town escapee on “the midnight train to anywhere.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the ’80s, Journey was high on the list of bands loved by fans and reviled by critics. But today, they’re still heard and embraced – sometimes by the kind of people who sneered the first time around. (Witness the in-concert cover of “Lights” by fellow Bay Area stalwarts Green Day.) With frontman Steve Perry applying lessons learned from Sam Cooke, Journey’s Greatest Hits often sounds like a primer in pop idealism. “Lights” is a mellow smile about the joys of city life, “Any Way You Want It” a tip of the hat to Everygirl. And though “Don’t Stop Believin’” places itself on a scale with the songs that open Olympic games, it’s really all about that one small-town escapee on “the midnight train to anywhere.”

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

3579 Ratings

A Must Have!

Me =),

This album is a must-have for any classic rock collection. There are 15 songs on this album and they are all great, terrific, awesome, fabulous, excellent, marvelous, extraordinary, remarkable, superb...and amazing hits. I really can't pick out a few songs to recommend for you because I like them all so much. So I rated them. Note that all of the ratings are particularly high, but keep in mind that this is a Greatest Hits collection, so you'd expect most (if not all) of the songs to be good, wouldn't you? 1) Only the Young - 10/10. One of my favorites on the album, and a great opener. 2) Don't Stop Believin' - 10/10. Not only the anthem of the 2005 White Sox, but also a great song. 3) Wheel In The Sky - 8.5/10. This is a good song, but I think there are better ones on the album. Also overplayed on many radio stations. 4) Faithfully - 9.5/10. This one is slow, but has really good lyrics and is great overall. 5) I'll Be Alright Without You - 8.5/10. I like it, but not quite as much as some of the others. Slow but has a beat to it. 6) Any Way You Want It - 10/10. A great song, pretty fast, and extremely catchy. 7) Ask the Lonely - 10/10. A very underrated song, yet one of the best. 8) Who's Crying Now - 9/10. Slow, and really good. 9) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) - 9.5/10. A great song, and very catchy as well. 10) Lights - 9/10. Memorable to San Francisco residents, and a quite good song. You'll find catchier and more distinctive ones here, but this one's definitely not a waste of your money. 11) Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' - 7.5/10. A fine song, but the end isn't exactly creative. 12) Open Arms - 9.5/10. One of the most gorgeous ballads of rock. 13) Girl Can't Help It - 9.5/10. A very underrated song, and moderately fast. 14) Send Her My Love - 9.5/10. Another underrated and great song. Enough said, buy it. 15) Be Good To Yourself - 10/10. This is an outstanding song that many people sadly overlook. If you're just buying a few singles rather than the entire album, don't hesitate on this one, you won't be let down. 16) When You Love A Woman - 9/10. Probably the best track from their newer Trial By Fire album. The only reason you might regret buying just a few songs is because it won't be enough! You might as well just purchase the whole thing, because you'll probably end up going back later to get the songs you missed. If you don't think this album deserves a five-star rating, then go bang your head against the wall. Just kidding, but I can't think of a reason to give it anything lower than that. I think this album is missing some hits of theirs ("Stone In Love," "Escape," "Anytime," "Suzanne," etc.), but that's most likely because they couldn't all fit on one CD! If you're looking for these other hits, I would strongly recommend their Escape album as well as the Essential compilation. So, what are you waiting for? Buy this album! I only have six thousand characters to tell you how good this album is, and I would need much more than that. So, I will stop here, and leave the downloading to you. Hope this was helpful, and happy listening =)

Rizzo's Rave

$$ RIZZO $$,

I am writing this to mostly direct it to the younger generation (college and high school age) to inform everyone that this is a must have CD for EVERYONE! I am only 20 years old myself and have basically grown up listening to this outstanding album. Just because all of the songs were recorded around the time we were born, and lets face it, our parents listened to it too, doesn't mean we have to look past it and get some new popular band wagon albums that are overplayed on the radio anyway. This CD is a classic for all generations and for all generations to come!

About Journey

During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach 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 disappointment 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 appeared 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. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco, CA
  • FORMED
    1973

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