By JWP BASS
Eh, Steve Perry is better
I mean, it's good, but Steve, you just can't beat him.
Hey Neal Schon
Hey Neil I'm glad you finally talk to Carlos into reuniting the old Santana Band. So on the tour coming up this year. Carlos will be playing hits from his first three albums. So will Journey play songs from their first three albums also?
The Real Journey !!!
By Closer to the Heart....
This is one of the best albums of the 70's. Neal Schon shows off his exceptional talent, playing everything from hard rock riffs to jazz licks... Whatever you want to label it, he shows those years w/ Carlos Santana were well spent. He learned from one of the best, the early Santana, before the commercial successes of the mid to late 70's, & 2000's. Greg Rollie shows off his beautiful, double tracked, reverb / delayed, vocals. Ross Valery w/ his technical, jazzy bass lines. And of course the brilliant drumming of Ansley Dunbar. This band was superb in every way. What happened ??? There has to be only one source that would destroy this band & replace it w/ the drivel, that happened when Steve Perry joined this band... The friggin' record company !!! Oh sure, w/ the"Infinity" album they became a world wide commercial success, but isn't there something more important than money ? How about Àrt !!! The idea of playing from the soul & not caring what critics, radio, & record execs say !!! Selling yourself to the Devil, is not my idea of success. I witnessed the destruction of this band when the "Infinity" tour, headlined the Day on the Green in Oakland, CA. I was there to see Black Sabbath's first album / tour w/ the great Ronnie James Dio. The album is Heaven & Hell, check it out ! You will not be disappointed. But back to Journey, I had hoped Perry would walk off stage & let the real talent play something off of those first 3 albums. Of course it never happened, Perry could not give up the spotlight, & I walked away knowing one of my favorite bands was gone, & the masses screamed in excitement for the commercial drivel. Maybe one day we can hope the 4 originals will realize what truly artistic brilliance they had created. And will grant us a wish for one single tour... We can only hope...
There IS no Journey past this album.
A good album, a GREAT band, until the following album which launched them into pop fame but musical meaninglessness. Steve Perry fronted “a perfectly good band, shot to h*ll”. True shame, but thanks guys for the first three terrific albums.
These pre-Perry albums are amazing Musicians' albums, but any serious musician will also confess that writing timeless commercially successful material like the legendary hits with Perry are not any easier nor do they involve any less musicianship. Enjoy it all!
The Good Ole Days....
.....Of Real Rock N Roll.. Journey Was so good in the early days, Rolie sounds a little Harrison on the NEXT album,
but the musicianship of Dunbar and Schon, Truly amazing. All of us who grew up with 70's rock n roll were truly blessed.....feel so sorry for kids born in the 80's!!!
Not sure how idiots can relate this band to Rush. The beginning of Journey had it hard core listeners and were dazzled by this band, the electryfying guitar riffs and speed of Neil made your jaw drop if you were luck y to see them live. I saw them by chance under Robin Trower. Didn't know who they were or had ever heard of them. At Winterland or any other place they held the crowd spellbound. No weaknesses in this band and Bill Graham loved them, promoted them and then told them how to make money. Radio Stations KSJO, KOME played them constantly. Eventually Perry joined as this band continued to explore new horizions. Beavis and Butthead saw the later version and made a rude comment on Perry. I just laughed because if they ever knew, listened or heard Journey in the beginning, they would have been wearing AC/DC and Journey shirts. This is a great album worth having. From a muscians standpoint you will also be amazed.
Rock tight as Humble Pie, but spacey as only Journey can be
By Centurion of Evil
Sandwiched between experimental first albums and the Perry-era, its no wonder it took me so long to take a listen to this. I'm so glad I did. This is currently my favorite Journey album. It makes you wonder how heavy they would have got if they continued on this path. I'm thankful they got Perry b/c of all the masterpieces that incarnation created, but It would be cool to take a peak at the alternate reality w/out him.
All the old Journey snobs - Journey began their trek to popdom before Perry got to the band, yet you demonize Perry. Hmmm. Seems they were going that direction already and wanted a frontman like Perry to push them further in that direction. Wise move. But I don't think Journey's thought was to "sell out." How did they know their music was going to be such a big hit? They just wanted to change their style up a little and it worked to make them commercially successful. And if, as artists, they were happy with what they were producing, they got the best of both worlds. How can you blame them for that?