|First posted 10/12/2008; updated 9/11/2020.|
Released: April 1, 1975
Peak: 138 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU
Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, 0.75 world (includes US and UK)
Genre: classic rock
Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.
Total Running Time: 36:57
3.253 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)
About the Album:
Guitiarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie played together on some of Santana’s classic early albums before jumping ship to form their own band in 1973. They brought drummer Aynsley Dunbar on board, who’d previously worked with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Jeff Beck Group, and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the group were Ross Valory on bass and George Tickner as a second guitarist. While Valory would become a mainstay with Journey, this was Tickner’s only album with the band.
“On their eponymous debut album, Journey were still trying to find their signature sound” AMG so “unlike their later recordings, the debut release is a progressive rock album, in the jazz-fusion vein” JM focusing on the instrumental talents of the band members. WK Consequently, the album is filled “with meandering jazz-rock instrumentals that never quite catch fire. Furthermore, their pop songs are ill-formed and lack hooks – in short, they are too mainstream for the progressive audience and too unfocused for the pop audience.” AMG Mainstream success would come, but not until their fourth album and the arrival of singer Steve Perry.
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