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