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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews


I'm 17 and I grew up on journey and all 70's and 80's

Great Classic Album from Great Rock Band!!

This is the album that shot Journey into superstardom. Everyone of course knows Don't Stop Believin' from Glee, The Sopranos etc but it was not the biggest hit off this record that year. That belonged to the ballad Open Arms. The ballad was the first of many top 40 hits with new keyboard player Jonathan Cain (his first album). Then there's Who's Cryin Now with guitarist Neal Schon's famous solo where the band including Steve Perry told Neal to stop overplaying and play the most simple solo he could think of. He did sarcastically and it become one of the most emulated solos in soft rock history and one of his best.

This album rocks as well with Stone In Love and the title track Escape to name a couple. The two standout tracks in my opinion are Still They Ride and Mother Father. If you like Journey and great classic rock… just buy this album. You will discover like the rest of us older folks.. that there's much more to this band than Don't Stop Believin.

all time favorite album

Ahhhhh...memories of when there record groupos were actually writing, playing and making music. Great album, my favorite of all time-any band. Nice range on this album. You cant go wrong getting this. I dont know what happened between these guys, but when they put music was pure rock and roll.


Formed: 1973 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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