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Journey - 1978 Infinity

ARTIST: Journey
ALBUM: Infinity
SERIAL: JC 34912
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Steve Perry - vocals * Neal Schon - guitars * Gregg Rolie - vocals, keyboards * Ross Valory - bass * Aynsley Dunbar - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lights * 02 Feeling That Way * 03 Anytime * 04 La Do Da * 05 Patiently * 06 Wheel In The Sky * 07 Something To Hide * 08 Winds Of March * 09 Can Do * 10 Opened The Door


This is the album which turned the band Journey from a semi-progressive rock band, into a fully fledged commercial success, with a change of recipe and ingredients to make it all happen. Prior to 'Infinity', Journey were swanning around pretending to be Santana wannabes, with a heavy progressive rock sound with latin overtones, sort of like Iron Butterfly meets Santana. It was a direction which wasn't going anywhere fast, and after three 'so so' albums, a change was definitely required. In stepped new singer Steve Perry, and a new producer, the technically talented Roy Thomas Baker. These two new ingredients combined, proved to be the catalyst which took Journey on a ride into mega stardom, and become the cornerstone for the AOR and melodic rock genres. This time around though, Journey have left behind their prior influences, and instead, have infused the likes of Boston and Yes into a commercial package, guaranteed to hit the charts.

The Songs
And so it did with the minor hit 'Lights' (dedicated to the city of San Francisco). Elsewhere, their other popular moments included 'Wheel In The Sky', 'Anytime' and 'Feeling That Way'. However, the trump cards were Perry's soaring vocals, for which the likes had never been heard before, on songs such as the incredible ballad 'Patiently', and the magnificent harmonies on 'Something To Hide' leading into the coup de grace that is 'Winds Of March'. A classic if ever there was one. The pairing of Schon's emotive guitar phrasing and Perry's vocal range mean't that the band could explore territory hitherto unknown before now.

In Summary
Perhaps my favourite Journey album, just for the fact that we are introduced to the talent that is Steve Perry. Unhappy with the change of direction Journey were now taking, Dunbar quit the band hoping to pursue more progressive leanings elsewhere. Apart from all the gossip, rumor, and innuendo surrounding Steve Perry and his relationship with the band and it's members over the coming years, at least we can celebrate what is truly a benchmark album within melodic rock.

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#1 | sabace on March 19 2006 14:07:06
#2 | Eric on May 04 2007 20:45:52
As if it needs any help....THE album that defined the dawning AOR movement in my opinion (Boston's debut aside), from Perry's vocal style, to RTB's production, 'Infinity' set the bar for melodic rock and 'Opened The Door' for 100's of vocalists and bands around the world. I still-all these years later- get chills listening to Perry's intro on 'Feeling That Way'- 'When the Summer's gone, she'll be there...'

In 2007 has it REALLY got any better than this?
#3 | gdazegod on May 04 2007 21:18:26
I agree Eric, no it hasn't. However, the RTB production thing always generates interesting dialog. I recall Steve Tassler saying that when RTB worked on Starcastle's 'Citadel' LP the year before, his method of stacking multiple vocal parts was the same used for other projects.. Queen, The Cars, Journey and of course Starcastle. But in the main, Tass reckons that RTB never really knew how to get the best of Starcastle.. though I gotta say, I love that 'Citadel' album.. helpless
#4 | Eric on May 04 2007 22:23:27
Yes, Gary Strater also disliked the Starcastle production, calling it 'wind tunnel' vocals. You can also hear traces of this in Pilot's 'Morin Heights' album from 1976 which Baker produced, but it is 'Citadel' that seemed to be the playground for this style.

Baker was quite the wild man in those days, there was a story with him driving through the Quebec countryside with a few Starcastle members and driving over a cliff, into the tops of pine tree's and....
#5 | rostoned on June 01 2008 14:15:59
Last year's live incarnation of Journey, fronted by Jeff Scott Soto, rediscovered the hidden treasure on this opus, the magnificent closing track 'Opened The Door', and JSS performed it in a magnificent, say soulful way. Too bad the subsequent recruiting of a damn f#!?ing CLONE (I hate CLONES) closed then ALL the doors of my heart and mind to these fast aging wealthy men.....shame!
#6 | gdazegod on June 01 2008 14:22:43
I would've dreaded the direction Journey may have taken with JSS. Sorry to say. I wouldn't have had a problem if JSS, Schon etc went out under another name.. but not Journey. That is a legacy you don't tinker with.
#7 | rostoned on June 01 2008 15:17:42
Infact they went out (JSS-Schon-Castronovo) as Soul Sirkus for a harder edged incarnation, but that disappeared fast without a trace (I saw them live, were good but not memorable songs, so to speak they missed Cain songwriting's golden touch). But I wonder what could have been in studio (Journey with JSS), and especially the rerecording of the classics with JSS (given his rockier edge), you'll agree George that there's NO point in the universe in rerecording those with somebody who IMITATES NOTE PER NOTE/CLONES the original singer! what's the point if we have the originals available? how can you 'improve' 'whos cryin now' or 'dont stop believin'??????????? to me it's a mortal sin and such foolish thing
#8 | reyno-roxx on June 01 2008 21:48:56
I thought the original version of the Soul Sirkus record was pretty good, but they added all kinds of useless fluff on the Frontiers version. I saw them live at the first FireFest show at Stupid O' Clock in the morning and wasn't overly impressed. Far too muso for the crowd they were playing to.
#9 | gdazegod on June 01 2008 22:41:15
Yes Filippo, I agree that a disc full of re-recorded tracks is a waste of space, and would appear to be nothing more than a blatant greenback grab! However in saying that, collectors in future years might say it was a good bit of insurance to have Arnel sing these songs for two reasons: 1) to give long time fans an opportunity to hear Arnel's take on their classic material vis a vis Perry, and 2) to adopt a new breed of fans with the younger brigade by having the current band lineup perform these songs.

The other thing regarding covers or re-recordings. The current music scene (i.e pop, rap, hip-hop) have dived heavily into the rock scene to re-record 'our' songs for their hip-hop purposes.. even Journey and Steve Perry solo songs! Think Mariah Carey.. etc

It's hard to discern whether its for creative development or purely for the money. Me thinks it's the latter.. lol!
#10 | super80boy on May 19 2013 19:18:05
Went out on record store day this year and found this original LP sealed for a decent price, so picked it up. Love the cool album jacket artwork, just classic. This album kicked off what would be a string of fantastic mega selling AOR albums. The standard by which others are measured by....
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