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Escape (Dlx Digi) Enhanced, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000G7PNAE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Dont Stop Believin'
2. Stone In Love
3. Who's Crying Now
4. Keep On Runnin'
5. Still They Ride
6. Escape
7. Lay It Down
8. Dead Or Alive
9. Mother, Father
10. Open Arms
11. La Raza Del Sol
12. Dont Stop Believin
13. Who's Crying Now
14. Open Arms

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They hit #1 with this 1981 smash, one of the definitive '80s rock albums. This plays like a greatest-hits collection, with Who's Crying Now; Don't Stop Believin'; Open Arms , and Still They Ride . Bonus tracks: La Raza Del Sol and live versions of the first three aforementioned hits!

Living up to the moniker originally given them via a San Francisco radio contest, Journey traveled a restless, often less-than-promising arc as a prog-centric quartet during the early '70s. But the addition of Steve Perry's soaring tenor to the mix on 1978's Infinity instantly changed the band's fortunes, which arguably peaked on this 1981 release. While Neal Schon's lyrical guitar work remained a staple, it was Perry's unabashedly mainstream pop ballad sensibilities that carried the album to the top of the charts and multiplatinum sales via its trio of era-defining hit singles, "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believing," and "Open Arms." --Jerry McCulley

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I took a leap of faith last December 2009 and purchased the "Escape" CD and not only re-discovered the songs I remember hearing on the radio when I was a kid, but those hidden gems I never knew about because I was way to young to purchase albums back in the day so the radio was my only way to hear their songs.

When I got the CD in the mail I popped it into my CD drive on my computer and started playing the tracks from beginning to end and though, why the hell did I not purchase this over 20 years ago. I love just about every song on the CD, such as: Keep on Runnin, Still They Ride, Escape, Stone in Love, Mother, Father and Who's Crying Now. These songs including the radio hits just showed the talent of this band, at a time where critics panned them. I don't even think the members of "Journey" knew how their songs would resonate in old and new fans today 24 to 30 years after they were originally released. I listen to them and have to take a moment to realize as I'm rocking out to a song on the "Escape" Album/CD that I was 11 years old back in 1980 when this album was originally release.

If "Don't Stop Believin' and "Open Arms" were the only songs you remember from this Album/CD. Trust me when I say, just buy it there are 6 to 8 songs on this CD that you will love just as much as them. The songs could be released today and I think young kids would love it they way we did back in the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gupper83 on June 13 2011
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Journeys Great Escape cd, a must for all Journey fans! One of my favorites of Journey with Steve Perry of course!!! This Cd will not dissappoint! Steve Perry is Perfection! The entire band were running on all 8 cylinders during this cd!!! Buy it youll love it!!!
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By Francois Turmel on Oct. 2 2015
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Item as described
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By Master Reviewer on Dec 20 2014
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Great Music!
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Remastered, yes, but not newly remastered Aug. 2 2006
By Shane Wilson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a reissue of the 1996 remastered edition along with the 4 bonus tracks. I bought this hoping that it had been newly remastered, but the sound is identical to the 1996 cd. "The Essential Journey" from 2001 is louder and has a better mix (as in you can hear the instruments better and clearer) than this 2006 cd. The live tracks on this cd can all be gotten on the 2006 "Live in Houston" cd and the sound on that cd is better, clearer, and louder than on this reissue cd ("Reissue" is written on this cd wrapper not "remaster"). I'm a bit of a fiend for remasters and I did play them "side by side" and can hear no difference from the 1996 to the 2006. The only true new thing on here is "La Raza Del Sol".

So this is great if all you've got is the original cd release, but do realize that this is not a 2nd remaster. Get the "Essential" disc if you want that; it's the closest there is and it does sound better than the 1st edition remasters. Of course, not all the songs are on there that I'm sure you want. I'd like to see all their albums remastered like the "Essential" is. But oh well, it's not here.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great album, but compressed remastering. Stick to the original CD Aug. 14 2010
By RedBlaze - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Avoid all of these Journey remasters/ reissues and find the original non-remastered CD's. Why? Please see below the next paragraph.

FYI: some of these Journey Legacy reissues have new remastering that is worse than the previous 1996 remastering while some have the 1996 remastering:
Infinity (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Evolution (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Departure (remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues)
Escape (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Frontiers (remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues)

This was an amazing CD with lots of great songs and the most natural-sounding production of any Journey album. As with the albums before it, there's some great, underrated guitar work, especially the solos.

I initially thought this was a much better, fuller sounding version. I even initially posted a favorable review. All of the Journey remasters and reissues seemed to sound great and better than the originals, until I realized something is missing. The sound is very compressed.

When I first listened to the CD, it seemed fuller sounding. It seemed first. I started to wonder why I began listening to the remaster less and less. Then I dug out the original CD. I realized how instruments that jumped out on the original now just all blend together on the remaster. Drum hits that popped out before are softened and now in the background along with every other peak, making for a very generic, modernized and cloudy sound. The definition and clarity are gone.

Feel can be hard to describe or pinpoint, but the feel and excitement of great albums like this are destroyed by this kind of mastering that has become the norm for new albums and reissues alike. That feeling that made you had with the original will eventually (or instantly) disappear with this version.

It makes no difference how loud or full the CD sounds compared to the original. When they eliminate all of the peaks, the music overall loses its power. All of the accents are gone.

Unfortunately, the record companies (and sometimes the artists) simply want their discs to be as loud as possible. The only way to do that is to compress the music by lowering the peaks and bringing up the valleys.

It's easy to think initially "it's bigger, fuller and louder" but over time you'll wonder why you just don't enjoy it quite as much anymore. The punch is taken out and gone. Parts of songs that used to be loud compared to other parts are relatively reduced in volume and there's no longer those big contrasts.

If you don't believe it can be that bad, for a great example and side by side comparison, search YouTube for two videos titled "Loudness War is killing music" and "The Loudness War: Iron Maiden (Part 2)". (Neither are my videos). You'll see and hear what I'm talking about. One compares Dire Straits' Money for Nothing from the original CD vs. the remastered CD and the other compares Iron Maiden's Wasted Years from the original CD vs. the remaster. It is the exact same effect as on this remaster.

Here's some other compressed remasters I've wasted money on that should be avoided. I listened to these for a long time before I realized what was missing from the music. This is by no means a complete list. More remasters these days are overly compressed than not. Simply, these are some of the ones that I own and am really glad I never ditched the original CD's. These are albums that I love and do not just casually listen to:

All Atlantic and Sony remasters

Among the Living Deluxe Edition 2009 remaster CD/DVD

Black Sabbath:
Ozzy years Black Box

Def Leppard:
Pyromania Deluxe Edition
Hysteria Deluxe Edition
((I haven't bought the Adrenalize Deluxe, but given the compression of the other 2 above, I won't).

All Sanctuary deluxe remasters with bonus tracks

Iron Maiden:
All 1998 remasters

All 1996 and 2006 and 2008 remasters, reissues and special market releases

All the early CD's that were secretly remastered (they are not labeled as remasters; any with "EMI Ventues" on the back tray insert are the recent pressings that are remastered)

Ozzy Osbourne:
Every remaster including:

Blizzard of Ozz 2010 remaster

Diary of a Madman 2010 remaster and 2010 Legacy edition

30th Anniversary box set remasters (are the same as above)

All 2002 remasters:
Blizzard, Diary, Bark, Tribute, No Rest, No More Tears, Ozzmosis, Ozzman Cometh

All 1995 remasters (not the worst, but still compressed):
Blizzard, Diary, Speak, Bark, Ultimate, Tribute, No Rest, No More Tears, Live and Loud

(All that's left for Ozzy are the original CD issues, which are the ones to get)

REO Speedwagon:
Hi Infidelity Anniversary remaster

Breakfast in America 2002 and 2010 remasters (can't comment on the other titles).
However, the Japan-only 2013 Platinum CD is simply stunning. It sounds three-dimensional and incredible. That is how a CD should sound and it has received accolades along with other Platinum releases that Universal has done in Japan. (Note: if your CD player cannot play CD-R's, according to Universal, it won't play a Platinum disc).

Van Halen:
All 2000 remasters

1987 (self-titled) Deluxe Edition 2010 remaster CD/DVD

1987 (self-titled)/Slip of the Tongue Axe Killer label 2000 remaster 2CD

Here I Go Again The Whitesnake Collection 2CD of Slide/1987/Slip

Hope all of that helps. You have been warned. Don't waste your money on these remasters/reissues. Get the original non-remaster if you really want to enjoy this music the way it should sound.

If you think this remaster, or the other remasters listed above are great, like I used to, seriously just check out those eye (and ear) opening videos mentioned above.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Great Escape June 24 2009
By Al B. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album was the defined turning point for Journey. This album spawned off two tours of the album, a live album from the tour later released in 2006, and even their own video game on the Atari 2600.

This album got Journey a number one spot on the Billboard's Pop Albums and with 10 tracks on the album, 4 singles came from this album which were, "Who's Crying Now", "Still They Ride", "Open Arms", and the band's most recognizable song, "Don't Stop Believin'". All of them broke the Billboard's top 20 with 3 in the top 10, and 2 in the top 5. Several non-single tracks like Stone in Love, Mother Father, and Escape had their own popularity and most have found their way on Journey's compilation albums like Time3, Greatest Hits Live, and The Essential Journey. Even the other 3 "Dead or Alive", "Lay it Down", and "Keep on Runnin'" all have a special place in the heart of the album and the fans.

Escape as you can tell from several other reviews of mine including this one, is my favorite album because it has most of the Journey classics being "Don't Stop Believin'", "Stone in Love", "Who's Crying Now", "Still the Ride", "Escape", and my favorite rock ballad of all time "Open Arms". The Album also just never gets old for me as I've listened to it dozens of times.

The reissue features another classic hit from Time3, "La Raza Del Sol" which has a more Latin feel to it like Santana which is a rare occasion but definately worth a listen. Closing the reissue is the 3 big singles from Escape from the Live in Houston album which are "Don't Stop Believin'", "Open Arms", and "Who's Crying Now".

Like with other classic rock albums, Escape ages well and whether if your a fan of Journey or arena rock, you should welcome this album to your CD collection with "Open Arms".
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
True classic 80's rock March 24 2007
By M. Laubach - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This one brings back so many memories from the early 80's! That is what I think is the best part of listening to this CD!

My favorite track is "stone in love" because of the 2nd half of the song's rock montage! It always gets me psyched up for anything! Not to forget the rest of the tracks, which range from great love ballads to simple blues rock. I highly recommend this one, which is Journey's greatest CD!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Perfection doesn't age Feb. 26 2007
By Tony Johnson, MBA, PMP, PgMP - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I started typing this review as Stone in Love from the Summit DVD concert is playing on my TV. We are on Keep on Running right now. This album is I think as close to perfect as any of the hundreds of CD's I have. Almost 30 years after it was initially released it sounds as good, fresh, energetic, etc. as I recall hearing it as a boy in my early teens. I think this was the "hungry" band at their realized peak and Frontiers was the follow up. But with Frontiers Journey was at the top and trying to stay there. Frontiers has an aged feel to me, but Escape...WOW....With La Raza Del Sol added you won't be dissiapointed either.....Journey para vida....Journey for life