[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Journey – Escape

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[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Journey – Escape

Postby tater1977 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:41 pm

[The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Journey – Escape

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When we talk about definitive 80s rock albums, Journey’s “Escape” almost instantly comes to our mind. With smashing hit singles like “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Who’s Crying Now” “Still They Ride”, “Open Arms” and “Stone in Love” the record was destined for success. Not only it sold over 12 million copies worldwide, but its tracks became the ultimate rock radio staples of the decade. Till today, it remains the band’s most successful studio album and the project that completely changed the game for one of San Francisco’s most talented artists – Journey. “Escape” was the album that introduced the band into the AOR arena and the album responsible for their fame and millions of fans throughout the world.

According to some critics, “Escape” has to be considered as the best AOR album of the all-time! Indeed, we need to recognize the importance and influence of this album on the popular music arena of the ‘80s because the mark this record left was so huge that it still stands! Furthermore, the record peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and had three hit singles in top 10 positions. People were (and still are) completely crazy about this record and how can they not be? The album represents freedom of youth, love, new hope, dreams and reaching for the stars. Every song mesmerizes us with beautiful instrumentals and outstanding vocal delivery by none other than THE VOICE himself – Steve Perry. “Escape” is truly one of the greatest rock masterpieces of the ‘80s.

ESCAPE

Journey_EscapeReleased: July 31, 1981
Recorded: April to June 1981, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
Genre: Hard Rock, Rock, Soft Rock
Length: 42:46
Label: Columbia
Producer(s): Mike Stone, Kevin Elson
Singles: “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Who’s Crying Now”, “Still They Ride”, “Open Arms”, “Stone in Love”
Personnel: Steve Perry – lead vocals; Neal Schon – guitar, backing vocals; Jonathan Cain – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano, keyboards; Ross Valory – bass guitar, backing vocals; Steve Smith – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Certified: 9xPlatinum (RIAA)



TRACKLIST:

Don’t Stop Believin’
“Stone in Love”
“Who’s Crying Now”
“Keep on Runnin'”
“Still They Ride”
“Escape”
“Lay It Down”
“Dead or Alive”
“Mother, Father”
“Open Arms”

Bonus Tracks from the 2006 Remastered Edition:

“La Raza del Sol” (B-side of “Still They Ride”)
“Don’t Stop Believin'” (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas, November 6, 1981; from Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour)
“Who’s Crying Now” (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas, November 6, 1981; from Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour)
“Open Arms” (Live at The Summit, Houston, Texas, November 6, 1981; from Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour)

OVERVIEW:

“Escape” impresses with more catchy and friendly rock-flavoured tunes, with more hooks, live and rhythm than their previous works. The album may fit perfectly into the description of an AOR record but it also goes way beyond that. During the ‘80s it was indeed quite popular to expand into the pop rock arena by sweetening hard rock sounds with keyboards, vocal harmonies and colorful lyrics, however not many bands achieved what Journey did with this album. Despite being heavily criticized for its sweetness and lack of technical excellence, “Escape” somehow managed to reach the hearts of the fans and conquer them.

The mood of the album is concentrated around themes such as love, romance, hopes, dreams and the belief that we have the strength to reach and ask for something better in this life. The album is dedicated to the youth in need of inspiration and encouragement. The lyrics are brilliant and possess the ability to immediately connect with you on a deeper, more personal level. The words simply transfer you to a new and better world.

The lifeblood of the record has to be Steve Perry. We can’t argue about the passion and emotion Steve Perry puts every time he sings for his fans. However, in this album, he goes beyond his limits and gives us something more brilliant than ever. His vocal delivery, particularly on this record, has made him immortal.

Escape is full of these outstanding singing moments and uplifting rhythms that can’t but make your heart warm up.The songs are simply irresistible. From the title track – “Don’t Stop Believin’”, which can go “on and on and on” and we won’t mind at all, to “Who’s Crying Now” which is the song that best showcases Steve Perry’s wide vocal range, “Escape” is a gift we can’t get enough of.

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Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the venue.TR.com
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Re: [The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Journey – Escape

Postby perryfan61 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:16 pm

"His vocal delivery, particularly on this record, has made him immortal."

Strong praise for sure!! What singer wouldn't want to see those words?
The injury that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his vengeance. Steve Perry
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Re: [The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Journey – Escape

Postby scarab » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:02 am

So glad they recorded Live in Houston on this tour, that is pure magic. Was only 11-12 at the time and no way was I talking my parents into going.
Was lucky enough, though to see them on the Frontiers and ROR tour.
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