I mean, even cotton candy isn't this sugary. For me the musical journey was over. The musicians are all splendid except the mediocre vocals. 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. I remembered that songs sounding stronger, the guitar playing more exciting, and Perry's vocals - fantastic in their white soul feel - not going shrill at times. This album still retains some of that seventies' magic.
I was pleased with the live performance but. I thought back fancifully to Evolution and considered that it may have actually been my favourite Journey album. Posted Thursday, February 1, 2018 Review 1871183 For a brief time in the mid-eighties, Journey were a favourite band of mine. In the first period the vocal parts were done by Gregg Rollie and sometimes by Schon. 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. This could have been a very satisfying album overall if they would've stuck to the sultry swinging sax type of tracks that work quite well with their songwriting skills. Actually, I do like Steve Perry's voice very much; Neil Schon, though not a technical wizard, plays with great expression and emotive power; and the songs show a band with an ear for variety.
Who cared about the few fans that were disappointed about this radical change of a musical direction by Journey? It's because the album is an old favourite that I can't be too critical of it, though I admit it is not an album for a prog list. Remarkable are the bluesy overtones, this fits perfectly with Gregg Rolie his a bit melancholical vocals and Neal Schonn his moving guitarwork. But the sound changes were almost dramatic. Now I'm on safari with these jokers. But since the mid '70's was no more a period of jazz rock or progressive music, these musical styles being considered uninteresting. Best Tracks: Play Some Music, Topaz the best instrumental sections of the album in my opinion and Mystery Mountain energetic and funny hard rock tune Conclusion: if you are searching for the origins of the Journey that are famous today, maybe you should start with Infinity. So well, I think this release is actually worth it, pretty nice for those who like the band and a nice introduction for those who are not familiar with Journey's music.
In 1975 Journey released a highly acclaimed eponymous debut album featuring a progressive blend of different styles with a propulsive rhythm section and great work on guitar and keyboards. What was wrong with the sound quality? But the problem is that they are not catchy enough. An ambitious writer, Steve Perry transformed Journey into a sing-along rock band without the prog. 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. I give it a personal rating of three and a half stars as a rock album, but two and a half stars as a prog album, rounding down for this site. This 1988 release is a perfect example of commercial success which gathers some rock tunes and some ballads that people from all ages and eras could enjoy, which makes it even a timeless record, because not matter where or when you play it, there will be people excited singing those songs, having memories and also introducing the band to others. Captured's production shows the band playing very tightly, doing what they do best.
Though this is obviously a band with musical talent, there is little to no effort spent on creating the more progressive style of jam band that Neil Schon and Greg Rollie had set out to create after leaving Santana. In this time Rolie was replaced by Jonathan Cain. As for me, I'd rather hear fingernails scraping down a chalkboard. Although some still gave their approval begrudgingly to Infinity, Evolution was considered a giant leap backward. In addition there were extra bassists and drummers on board as well as Dan Hull contributing a new sound to the band - the saxophone. Highlights from Infinity and Departure are the clear winners.
For a more progressive band, that's the place to look. Finally last year, I bought the debut album but was not completely won over. If you aren't, this probably won't change your mind unless you're open minded about their '70's output. In this line-up Journey was recorded, in 1975. But the joke's ever on me because, as usual with this band's records, what I foolishly presume will be a relatively painless aural exercise turns out to be an agonizing ordeal of yearning for it to be over. But the sound changes were almost dramatic.
Another album, Raised on radio 1986 , was also their last, the band disbanding after; the comeback happened in 1996, when they returned with the album Trial by fire. But how about the music? So, the band became a trio Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon , with the three of them being the main composers of the band anyway, and recruiting some session musicians to record this album and later to go on tour. In this line-up Journey was recorded, in 1975. In my mind I could picture him slowly rising from a smoking volcano and then strolling down a long lava-lined staircase while gesturing provocatively to the audience. In addition, three other singles culled from this album charted! I should get a special Boy Scout merit badge just for sitting through this! Perry's newfound taste for independence resulted in both bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith being fired from the band as well as the album cover depicting the radio station that Perry's parents owned.
This thing will change next year, in 1978, when it is considered that the band stepped into a new period, the second one. Especially in tracks like Of A Lifetime great build-up and grand finale , the alternating intrumental Topaz from swinging Fender Rhodes piano to biting wah-wah guitar and the final track Mystery Mountain great interplay between organ, guitar and drums. . That approach gets real old real fast. But their manager insisted and Perry became the new vocalist. And the fans loved this new Journey and their charismatic frontman Steve Perry, they knew every word of the lyrics, they hailed and adored the band. The next album, Frontiers 1983 is in the same vein with the predecessor,less inspiring musically but with great public succes.
This album is not bad as a typical Pop Rock album from the mid eighties. At first, it was almost disappointing. Because in this debut and in their second and third record too these guys were still in the search of their true identity. Hearing this I am now inspired to finally buy Infinity and I think I should get Departure and Frontiers again, too. This thing will change next year, in 1978, when it is considered that the band stepped into a new period, the second one.
The keyboard work by Gregg Rolie is very tasteful, ranging frommellow Fender Rhodes electric piano and bombastic Hammond organ runs to spacey keyboards in the Vangelis-like intro if I Would Find You and those aforementioned spectacular Minimoog flights. It's no surprise that this album did not sell well back then! The main newbies were session musician and bassist Randy Jackson who appeared on all kinds of albums by Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Cobham and a million others and drummer Larrie Londin who also appeared on a million and one different artists' recordings. I can understand and agree with those who prefer Journey's first three albums. They just had to go full pseudo reggae on their way out, huh? This means a slow rhythm and a bit sultry atmosphere that gradually becomes more bombastic, culminating in excellent interplay between Neal Schon his powerful guitarplay and Aynsley Dunbar his furious drumming. With typical mid eighties's keyboards sounds, reverberation, even the use of sax in some songs something that the band used for the first time, I think, in this album. While only their early releases qualify as fusion, and therefore just prog enough to make it to this site, Captured is still a solid a showcase of the band's talent for crafting excellent pop-rock songs with all the right combination of hooks and melodies and feel-good memorability to make it a great live purchase for fans of the band. I never knew about their prog rock fusion beginnings nor their story of how Steve Perry came in, took control, and wrote the band into success.