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Journey - 1975 Journey



ARTIST: Journey
ALBUM: Journey
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: PC 33388 (USA), CBS 80724 (UK)
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: 2006, Sony Japan, MHCP 1164
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Of A Lifetime * 02 In The Morning Day * 03 Kohoutek * 04 To Play Some Music * 05 Topaz * 06 In My Lonely Feeling/Conversations * 07 Mystery Mountain

WEBLINKS: www.journeymusic.com


Background
Most GD readers are more than familiar with the Journey story; their years in the progressive wilderness, the groups rise to the top and inevitable crash, a failed reunion with you know who, Schon and Cain refusing to let the Journey end and how many of us to this day wish they would. It's been a long strange trip; worthy of a book or film, but it's easy to forget that Journey was one of the premier American progressive rock bands of the day. Combining British prog rock with San Francisco psychedelics and Jazz fusion, Journey were a force to be reckoned with. Hitting the tour circuit hard in support of their debut with everyone from Weather Report and Soft Machine to KISS, Wishbone Ash and Elvin Bishop the group wowed audiences with their technical prowess and thrilled progressive minded FM radio programmers of the day.


The Songs
In my opinion Journey never made a heavier album. The double guitar attack of Schon and George Tickner is something to behold and with Rolie's grinding organ and keyboard work, 'Journey' is nothing short of a progressive rock monster. Add to the fact the group wrote some great songs and contrary to popular belief were not just another stoned out jam band. 'Of A Lifetime', the bluesy 'In The Morning Day' and the crowd pleasing 'Kohoutek' blow by way too quickly on side one and as you would expect Schon's solo's burn across all three tracks like a six string comet. Side two is even better with the opener 'To Play Some Music' which again spotlights Schon's guitar talents and if I am not mistaken was released to radio stations as a single. 'Topaz' a mysteriously beautiful track is reminiscent of Santana circa their amazing 'Caravanserai' album of which both Rolie and Schon appeared on - so no big surprise there, but the final two cuts In 'My Lonely Feeling/ Conversations' and 'Mystery Mountain' are the top of the heap prog tracks filled with melody and virtuoso musicianship that is nothing short of astounding.


In Summary
Guitarist George Tickner would leave Journey a short time after the release of this album, a move I am sure he's thought about and self questioned a few times in the years since! Carrying on as a foursome the follow-up 'Look Into The Future' would find Journey struggling with their identity bouncing between progressive rock and pop styles with mixed results, but it's on the road in a live setting Journey would earn their bread, butter and respect. Recently reissued on CD in Germany with a deluxe booklet those of you clutching your 'Escape' and 'Frontiers' albums might find yourselves running for the hills after spinning this platter for the first time, but give it a chance. This folks is American progressive rock at its very best.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 30 2008 09:18:14
An interesting album to listen to again after all this time, though my personal preference of the first three albums is for 'Into The Future'.
#2 | rostoned on June 30 2008 09:25:58
The epic 'Of A Lifetime' is a real gem. I must also add that legendary Aynsley Dunbar's work on this album in nothing short of PHENOMENAL: listen to his work on 'Kohoutek' where he performed the complicated bass drum tatoo with only one kick drum, some dexterous footwork.
The british is one of my favourite drummers ever, right from his days with Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation in the 60s (they recorded the original version of 'Warning' later covered by Black Sabbath on their debut) up to his devastating heavy drumming on the multi platinum '1987' by Whitesnake, where it's him and NOT Tommy Aldridge bashing the skins.
#3 | gdazegod on June 30 2008 09:47:32
Yep, I occasionally go back and listen to the three pre-Perry albums. The track (not the album) 'Look Into The Future' really does it for me.. I've always loved that track. I'd love to get my early Journey CD's out, but they are all packed away in crates ready to be shipped 5500kms across the ocean. Bloody hell, I'd be stuffed if the Container Ship sank! Wouldn't that be a bummer?
#4 | vinyldinosaurus on June 30 2008 13:11:20
The pre-Perry albums are all great. Next is my favorite.
#5 | rkbluez on September 03 2008 23:37:00
The pre Perry albums are still my favorites...I like all three the same for the same reason...Neal Schon smokes on them...and Greg Rolie sounds great also...I know people won't aggree with me here but I would of rather of Journey do more albums without Perry...they were more musical.
#6 | gdazegod on September 04 2008 02:29:06
Herbie Herbert of course - would disagree with you there Steve.. lol!
#7 | Eric on September 04 2008 03:16:15
I would have preferred Journey stay a progressive rock band as well a you can tell from the review. I have often wondered what the follow-up to 'Next' would have sounded like, but from the video's with Robert F. on Youtube they were moving towards standard hard rock anyway. Still....
#8 | englandashes on November 20 2010 17:15:36
Worth listening to is the version 'Of A Lifetime' by Crippled Black Phoenix from their album I,Vigilante. Actually very good and don't worry it's nothing to do with Glee!
#9 | trillion1999 on October 08 2011 00:38:17
I listened to all three pre-Perry-albums over at youtube.Liked it all.I have not heard Infinity or Trial By Fire yet but it seems sooner or later I get to like everything I heard of Journey Pre-Augeri.One day I try the rest as well I guess.music
#10 | Eric on March 19 2012 21:35:45
Well that explains it! No, I've never been that enthused over 'Escape'-'Frontiers' era Journey or beyond. Good, but not nearly as appealing as the early albums, for my tastes at least.
#11 | gdazegod on March 21 2012 21:18:59
Me too, I think we need to finish up the Journey catalog with articles on that album, plus 'Next'.
#12 | Eric on March 21 2012 21:37:44
sabace- don't worry about it. I think (well, I know) the age thing comes into play in guilding our tastes. I heard 'Next' before I heard 'Infinity' and that whole prog period between 1975-1979 really resonates with me.
#13 | sabace on March 22 2012 14:55:18
very true eric - my first journey lp was departure and is probably still my fave .
#14 | Eric on March 22 2012 23:16:20
Great record and still dipping into prog with 'People and Places' and 'Precious Time'.
#15 | sabace on March 29 2012 14:22:56
wolfgangs vault has a journey concert from san francisco 74 . Its in black and white and the band has a second guitarist! good stuff .
#16 | Eric on March 30 2012 03:01:33
YouTube Video:
 
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