Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Journey's Eponymous Debut LP

Singer Steve Perry was not on Journey's debut record.  He joined them for their 4th release - and essentially gave them their signature sound.  Their second record is called Look into the Future, which I don't own.  Their 3rd is called Next - with their classic 4 man lineup of Neal Schon, Greg Rolie, Anysley Dunbar, and Ross Valory.  But Steve is still not singing until he joins on their 4th release - called Infinity. One of my favorite songs of all time is Just the Same Way - off Evolution. Journey is really three groups.  Pre-Perry, the Perry run of monster LP's from Infinity in 1978 through  1998, and the Post Perry version. Above is "Journey's self-titled debut album, Journey, released in 1975 on the Columbia Records label.  Unlike their later recordings, the debut release is a progressive rock album which focuses mainly on the band's instrumental talents.  It is the only album to include rhythm guitarist George Tickner among their personnel.  The eponymous Journey features progressive rock tracks like "Of a Lifetime", "Kohoutek", "Topaz", and fan favorite, "Mystery Mountain."   Try:
Journey recorded a demo album prior to the release of the self-titled "Journey" album, with the same songs, in different order and with Prairie Prince as the drummer.  There were additional tracks, including additional instrumental pieces, that did not make it to the final product. One of which was the original title track of the demo album "Charge of the Light Brigade."

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