Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reviewing Four Journey Anthologies

First posted 9/12/2020.

Anthologies: 1975-1996

Journey

A Brief History:

Journey began as an offshoot of Santana when the latter’s guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie jumped ship to form a new band in 1973. Through three albums, they maintained a progressive rock/jazz sound before switching to a more radio-friendly sound propelled by bombastic rock songs and power ballads. Much of that had to do with the arrival of Steve Perry, who’d take over lead vocal duties for the next two decades during the band’s most successful years.

  • Neal Schon (guitar, backing vocals: 1973-96)
  • Greg Rolie (keyboards, vocals: 1973-80)
  • George Tickner (rhythm guitar, backing vocals: 1973-75)
  • Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals, 1973-83, 1996)
  • Anysley Dunbar (drums, percussion 1974-78)
  • Steve Perry (vocals: 1977-96)
  • Steve Smith (drums: 1979-96)
  • Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals, rhythm guitar: 1980-96)
  • Randy Jackson (bass: 1986)
These years include ten studio albums, a soundtrack, each with their own DMDB page, as well as a live album. All have brief snapshots on this page.

The Studio Albums:

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the anthologies below are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to singles charts.

The Compilations:


Journey (1975):

Starting out as an offshoot of Santana, Journey focused more on the instrumental abilities of its players in the early days as they honed a sound that mixed jazz and progressive rock.

  • Of a Lifetime (1975, --) T3
  • Kohoutek (instrumental) T3


Look into the Future (1976):

The band lost rhythm guitarist George Tickner, but maintained the rest of the lineup and a similar sound for their sophomore outing.

  • I’m Gonna Leave You T3


Next (1977):

This was the finale for Journey’s more progressive rock sound before they moved to a more radio-friendly, arena-rock sound.

  • Nickel and Dime T3


Infinity (1978):

Steve Perry’s first album with Journey marked the turn of the tides. Their first three albums had been more progressive-rock and jazz-leaning affairs, but with Infinity the band had their sites set on the classic rock world. The album sold three million copies. None of Journey’s first three albums even hit gold status.

  • Wheel in the Sky (4/8/78, 57 US, 45 CN) G1,ES
  • Lights (8/19/78, 68 US, 30 AC, 74 CN, air: 1 million) G1,ES
  • Anytime (7/1/78, 83 US) TS,ES,G2
  • Feeling That Way G2
  • Patiently T3,ES,G2
  • Somethin’ to Hide ES


Evolution (1979):

Like its predecessor, Evolution sold three million copies. This time, however, the band also landed its first top-40 hit.

  • Just the Same Way (4/7/79, 58 US, 80 CN) T3,ES,G2
  • Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (7/21/79, 16 US, 12 CN, sales: ½ million) G1,ES
  • Too Late (1/12/80, 70 US) T3
  • Majestic T3
  • Sweet and Simple T3


Departure (1980):

Having built a loyal fan base with Infinity and Evolution, Journey were now headed for the big leagues. Like the two albums before it, Departure sold three million copies. This time, however, the band would crack the top-ten of the album chart.

  • Any Way You Want It (3/1/80, 23 US, 50 CN) G1,T3,ES
  • Walks Like a Lady (5/24/80, 32 US, 31 CN) G2
  • Good Morning Girl (8/23/80, 55 US) T3,ES,G2
  • Stay Awhile (8/23/80, 55 US) G2
  • Someday Soon T3
  • Where Were You T3
  • Line of Fire T3
  • Homemade Love T3


Dream After Dream (1980):

Despite release during the height of Journey’s powers, this soundtrack to the Japanese fantasy film Yume, Yume No Ato, garnered almost no attention. That was primarily because the album was dominated by instrumental throwbacks to the band’s earlier, pre-Infinity progressive rock/jazz days. Still, Little Girl, one of the few songs with Steve Perry vocals on it, should have mustered a little more curiosity among the Journey faithful.

  • Little Girl T3,G2


Captured (1981):

This was the first live album from Journey. This was a double-platinum, top-ten album. It featured a new studio cut (The Party’s Over) and a live song (Dixie Highway) which had never been released on a Journey album.

  • The Party’s Over (Hopeless in Love) (3/21/81, 34 US, 2 AR, 33 CN) T3,ES,G2
  • Dixie Highway (live) (3/21/81, 30 AR) T3
  • Lights (live) T3
  • Stay Awhile (live) T3
  • Walks Like a Lady (live) T3
  • Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (live) T3
  • Wheel in the Sky (live) T3
  • Line of Fire (live) ES


Escape (1981):

Journey’s sole #1 album sold nine million copies on the strength of three top-ten pop hits. Open Arms became the band’s biggest chart hit and Don’t Stop Believin’ would become the band’s biggest seller over time, thanks to publicity a quarter century later from use in the TV Shows The Sopranos and Glee.

  • Who’s Crying Now (7/18/81, 4 US, 4 AR, 14 AC, 46 UK, 3 CN, 65 AU, sales: 1.0 m, air: 2.0 m) G1,T3,ES
  • Stone in Love (8/1/81, 13 AR) T3,ES,G2
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ (8/15/81, 9 US, 8 AR, 6 UK, 9 CN, 100 AU, sales: 5 million) G1,T3,ES
  • Open Arms (1/16/82, 2 US, 35 AR, 7 AC, 2 CN, 43 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 3 million) G1,T3,ES
  • Still They Ride (5/22/82, 19 US, 47 AR, 37 AC) T3,ES,G2
  • Mother, Father T3,ES
  • Escape ES,G2
  • Keep on Runnin’ T3


Frontiers (1983):

Frontiers couldn’t match the success of Escape, but it was still the second-best charting and selling album of the band’s career. It gave them their fourth top-ten hit with Separate Ways and three more top-40 hits.

  • Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (2/5/83, 8 US, 1 AR, 11 CN, 93 AU) G1,T3,ES
  • After the Fall (2/26/83, 23 US, 30 AR) T3,ES,G2
  • Faithfully (4/16/83, 12 US, 24 AC, 36 CN) G1,T3,ES
  • Send Her My Love (9/24/83, 23 US, 27 AC) G1,T3,ES
  • Chain Reaction ES,G2


Raised on Radio (1986):

This was another multi-platinum affair which was a top-ten hit on the Billboard album chart and gave the band yet another top-ten hit.

  • Be Good to Yourself (4/12/86, 9 US, 2 AR, 90 UK, 43 CN) G1,T3,ES
  • Girl Can’t Help It (5/10/86, 17 US, 9 AR, 60 CN) G1,ES
  • Suzanne (6/14/86, 17 US, 11 AR, 87 CN) G2
  • I’ll Be Alright without You (12/6/86, 14 US, 26 AR, 7 AC, 57 CN) G1,ES
  • Why Can’t This Night Go on Forever (4/25/87, 60 US, 24 AC) T3
  • The Eyes of a Woman T3,ES
  • Once You Love Somebody T3
  • Happy to Give T3

Greatest Hits

Journey


Rating:

4.254 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)


Released: November 15, 1988


Recorded: 1978-1987


Peak: 10 US, 12 UK, 8 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 15.0 US, -- UK, 16.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (1) Only the Young (2) Don’t Stop Believin’ (3) Wheel in the Sky (4) Faithfully (5) I’ll Be Alright without You (6) Any Way You Want It (7) Ask the Lonely (8) Who’s Crying Now (9) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (10) Lights (11) Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (12) Open Arms (13) Girl Can’t Help It (14) Send Her My Love (15) Be Good to Yourself


Total Running Time: 61:32

Awards:

Greatest Hits is an excellent, thorough 14-track collection containing all of Journey’s big hits, from 1978’s Wheel in the Sky to 1986’s I’ll Be Alright Without You. Although the songs aren't presented in chronological order and a handful of minor hits (‘Suzanne,’ ‘Walks Like a Lady’) aren't included, it doesn’t matter, since every essential Journey single…is here, which means that it's all most casual fans will ever need.” AMG The album includes two songs which hadn’t been released on a Journey album before. Ask the Lonely was first available on the Two of a Kind soundtrack and Only the Young came from the soundtrack for Vision Quest.
  • Ask the Lonely (12/3/83, 3 AR) G1,T3,ES
  • Only the Young (1/26/85, 9 US, 3 AR) G1,T3,ES

Time 3

Journey


Rating:

3.995 out of 5.00
(average of 13 ratings)


Recorded: 1975-1986


Released: December 1, 1992


Peak: 90 US, 10 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Of a Lifetime (2) Kohoutek (3) I’m Gonna Leave You (4) Cookie Duster (5) Nickel and Dime (6) For You (7) Velvet Curtain/Feeling That Way (8) Anytime (9) Patiently (10) Good Times (11) Majestic (12) Too Late (13) Sweet and Simple (14) Just the Same Way (15) Little Girl (16) Any Way You Want It (17) Someday Soon (18) Good Morning Girl


Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Where Were You (2) Line of Fire (3) Homemade Love (4) Natural Thing (5) Lights (live) (6) Stay Awhile (live) (7) Walks Like a Lady (live) (8) Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (live) (9) Dixie Highway (live) (10) Wheel in the Sky (live) 11) The Party’s Over (Hopeless in Love) (12) Don’t Stop Believin’ (13) Stone in Love (14) Keep on Runnin’ (15) Who’s Crying Now (16) Still They Ride (17) Open Arms (18) Mother, Father


Tracks, Disc 3: (1) La Raza Del Sol (2) Only Solutions (3) Liberty (4) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (5) Send Her My Love (6) Faithfully (7) After the Fall (8) All That Really Matters (9) The Eyes of a Woman (10) Why Can’t This Night Go on Forever (11) Once You Love Somebody (12) Happy to Give (13) Be Good to Yourself (14) Only the Young (15) Ask the Lonely (16) With a Tear (instrumental) (17) Into Your Arms (instrumental) (18) Girl Can’t Help It (live) (19) I’ll Be Alright without You (live)

Like many box sets, this set tries to appease casual fans and the diehards simultaneously. The result is that neither side will be completely satisfied. Over the three discs, there are about a disc’s worth of mostly previously-unreleased rarities (listed below). The rest of the collection is a mix of singles and album cuts. One has to ask why the box set needs to cover 7 of the 10 songs from Escape - and instead of 7 more songs from the Captured live album, wouldn’t it have been more interesting to mix in more previously-unreleased live cuts. Alas, this is what we get.
  • Cookie Duster (1976) T3
  • For You (1977) T3
  • Velvet Curtain/Feeling That Way (1977) T3
  • Good Times (1978) T3
  • Natural Thing (recorded 1979, 1/2/93, 32 AR) T3
  • Liberty (1981) T3
  • La Raza Del Sol (1982) T3
  • Only Solutions (8/14/82, 22 AR) T3
  • All That Really Matters (1982) T3
  • With a Tear (instrumental) (1985) T3
  • Into Your Arms (instrumental) (1985) T3
  • Girl Can’t Help It (live) T3
  • I’ll Be Alright without You (live) T3


Trial by Fire (1996):

After ten years, Journey returned – and the classic lineup of Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Steve Smith who gave the world Escape and Frontiers, the band’s two most successful albums. Even after a decade away, Journey managed a top-20 pop hit with When You Love a Woman. The song accomplished a first for the band – it was their maiden voyage to the top of the adult contemporary chart.

  • Message of Love (10/5/96, 18 AR, 36 CN) ES
  • When You Love a Woman (10/12/96, 12 US, 1 AC, 3 CN, sales: ½ million) ES
  • Baby, I’m A-Leavin’ You ES
  • When I Think of You G2

The Essential

Journey


Rating:

4.364 out of 5.00
(average of 10 ratings)


Recorded: 1978-1996


Released: October 16, 2001


Peak: 47 US, 10 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Only the Young (2) Don’t Stop Believin’ (3) Wheel in the Sky (4) Faithfully (5) Any Way You Want It (6) Ask the Lonely (7) Who’s Crying Now (8) Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (9) Lights (10) Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (11) Open Arms (12) Girl Can’t Help It (13) Send Her My Love (14) When You Love a Woman (15) I’ll Be Alright Without You (16) After the Fall


Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Chain Reaction (2) Message of Love (3) Somethin’ to Hide (4) Line of Fire (live) (5) Anytime (6) Stone in Love (7) Patiently (8) Good Morning Girl (9) The Eyes of a Woman (10) Be Good to Yourself (11) Still They Ride (12) Baby I’m a Leavin’ You (13) Mother Father (14) Just the Same Way (15) Escape (16) The Party’s Over (Hopelessly in Love)

There weren’t any new tracks on this collection to whet fans’ appetites. In fact, it’s hard to know why this sold two million copies as it isn’t really any more than a deluxe repackaging of the 1988 Greatest Hits album. Disc 1 almost repeats the track order of that compilation.

This means the second disc is dominated by minor hits and album cuts. One would think that would at least make this an exhaustive set covering every song that ever charted for Journey. Nope. “Too Late,” “Stay Awhile,” “Walks Like a Lady,” “Dixie Highway,” “Only Solutions,” “Suzanne,” and “Why Can’t this Night Go on Forever,” “If He Should Break Your Heart,” and “Can’t Tame the Lion” were all hits on one chart or another and could have been included here instead of an overabundance of album cuts. “Little Girl,” from the Dream After Dream soundtrack would also have been a sensible addition. And how do you miss the mark by not pairing “Anytime” with “Feeling That Way,” one of the great two-fers of classic rock radio? To be fair, some of these did appear on the third disc of the limited edition set, but considering that third disc (see notes) only had eight cuts, it still made for a subpar job.

This collection would have also worked much better if it were compiled chronologically. That would balance the better known songs over two discs instead of loading them all up on the first disc. About the only thing this collection has over the previous Greatest Hits and Time 3 collections is the inclusion of three cuts from 1996’s Trial by Fire.


Notes: A limited edition offered another disc’s worth of material: (1) Don’t Stop Believin’ (live) (2) Stone in Love (live) (3) When I Think of You (4) Suzanne (5) Walks Like a Lady (6) Feeling That Way (7) Mother Father (live) (8) I Can See It in Your Eyes

Greatest Hits 2

Journey


Rating:

4.357 out of 5.00
(average of 3 ratings)


Recorded: 1978-1996


Released: November 1, 2011


Peak: 93 US, 10 UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (1) Stone in Love (2) After the Fall (3) Chain Reaction (4) The Party’s Over (Hopeless in Love) (5) Escape (6) Still They Ride (7) Good Morning Girl (8) Stay Awhile (9) Suzanne (10) Feeling That Way (11) Anytime (12) Walks Like a Lady (13) Little Girl (14) Just the Same Way (15) Patiently (16) When I Think of You (17) Mother Father (live)

Like The Essential collection, there’s nothing here that hadn’t been released before, but this set does correct some of the mistakes of that compilation. While this one still misses some chart hits, it does have “Feeling That Way,” “Stay Awhile,” “Little Girl,” and “Suzanne” – all songs left off of the two-disc Essential. It is still hard to understand who this set was for. Clearly the record companies hoped the 15 million fans who bought the first greatest hits set would pony up for this one as well. They didn’t. The album peaked at #93 and didn’t even crack the half-million mark in sales.

Notes: An international version added a live version of “Don’t Stop Believin’” as a bonus track.


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