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Escape [SACD]

Journey Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a twenty-something art student... Feb. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
...don't bother, we already know what you think. For the rest of us, here goes...flashpoint album for a truly stupendous rock band. This was a turning point for Journey, as they dropped Gregg Rolie and added Jonathan Caine. This lessened further the Santana contingent in the band, and Caine proved to be some sort of money-magnet, since with this album Journey shot up to superstar status. There were costs, however--mainly in the tone of their music heading down, alternately, a darker and a more commercial path. I find this album to be the moment when they balanced on the edge of their intermediate style--with a heavier, but more hopeful edge--and the murkier world of Jonathan Caine, the king of the depresso ballad. In any case, they stepped smoothly into the 80's with this one, so kudos to them, even if it only lasted for two albums. It is difficult to review songs that nearly everyone has heard a million times, but here's a go :
Don't Stop Believin'--anthem of a generation. Classic "don't let the bastards drag you down" sentiment, coupled with that bass line that you can probably hum to Maori tribesmen in the remote jungle and get recognition. Nice piece of songcraft, that bass line carries everything, the keyboard riding it, guitar sneaking up on us in the intro until Schon lets loose with a cascade of notes and Smith kicks in on the drums. And we're hooked. We *want* this song to succeed, and it does, building nicely to a mid-tempo rock, grooving solidly in that uniquely Journey way. Tasteful Schon solo (as if there were any other kind), repeat chorus, let Steve Perry clear the pipes, and end the song, movie's over now, you can go home..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good rock 'n' roll album Jan. 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Even though I'm only a casual fan of Journey but this is a classic album, this was one of the best selling album's of the early 1980's, I'm going to rate this track by track.
Don't Stop Believin': A mid paced pop tune that is laid back and catchy, at first I thought that this song was called Strangers in the Night, this song was a Top 10 hit in the fall of 1981. 5/5
Stone In Love: This song is kind of resciment of the Evolution/Departure era but it's a great song, great guitar solo at the end of the song. 5/5
Who's Crying Now: This song believe it or not was actually Journey's first Top 10 hit and I thought that their earlier songs would be Top 10 hits but boy, was I wrong or what? This song kind of reminds me of listening to the Marty Balin era of Jefferson Starship. 4/5
Keep on Running: This is a great song and one of the heaviest songs on this album, this is one of Journey's most underrated songs of all time, Neil Schon is one of rock's most underrated guitar players in history. 5/5
Still They Ride: I never really cared much for this song although it was a Top 20 hit, it's a bit too boring for me. 3/5
Escape: This is another Journey standout, good vocals by Steve Perry and great guitar playing by Neil Schon. 5/5
Lay it Down: This is another great song by Journey and I'm surprised that this song wasn't a hit, which goes to show you how good Journey is. 5/5
Dead or Alive: I would consider this to be the weakest song off of this album, although it's far from bad, it pales in comparision to the other songs. 3/5
Mother Father: This is an emotional song with orchestras in the background, this song was actually co-written by Neil Schon's father and this song is about a troubled family, this is a beautiful song that brings tears in your eyes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fly in the ointment... get your swatters out! Jan. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Not being a big fan of Journey (at least since my early teen years.. more on that later), I've been swayed ever so slightly by the passionate pleas of the Journey fans here and will begrudgingly give the boys a little more respect from now on.
Yes, I can agree that these are talented musicians and they've made some solid popular songs here. No more, no less. However, that's where my praise must end. 5 star ratings for this, or any Journey album for that matter?? Uhh.. no.
I'll liken a band such as Journey to a television program I've seen where a painter paints a picture within the confines of a half-hour show, instructing the viewer along the way as he demonstrates the techniques used to create the scenic painting. The finished product, usually a vase of flowers or some other pleasant scenic picture, is well executed and pleasing to look at.
Well crafted.. yes.
Great art?.. hardly.
Much like the picture created by this artistic craftsman, Journey doesn't make great art, but they do make pleasant songs that are easy to enjoy, requiring very little effort by the listener. There's very little nuance, complexity of emotion, lyrical or musical originality on display here.. it all goes down pretty easy. The best art should, at least to some degree, mirror the complexities and ambivalences of life. Journey is incapable of doing that, and as a result, will never get much respect from critics.
While I'll certainly agree that not every song or artist should be aiming for the high heavens of artistic legitimacy, one must at least be capable of making such distinctions. By the level of enthusiastic reviews here, it's evident that most are not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey - Escape
This is one of my alltime favorite Journey albums! A flick of the switch and I am back in Jr. High going to the arcade with my friends and roller skating. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by S. Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape Is One of All Time Greatest Rock Albums
There have been many great reviews of this album posted already, and I can't really add more than they have. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by Andre LeBlanc
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey: The Rock and Roll Gods!!
This is by far one of the best compilations ever heard. A perfect album for a perfect band. Steve Perry never falls short of making a heartrending touching song. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey At Its Best!
This is definitely the best Journey CD available. Buy the remastered version -- it sounds incredible. One of the best 80's rock albums of all time.
Published on Dec 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Never gets old!
This is one of the best music masterpieces produced in the past twenty years. There are at least five great songs on it, and when I say great I mean some of the best I've ever... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by Rocknrollmommy
5.0 out of 5 stars This And THE ESSENTIAL JOURNEY Are The Best Journey Albums
ESCAPE and THE ESSENTIAL JOURNEY are the best Journey albums. Every song here is great, so I'm not even going to discuss highlights. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent sacd
this is by far the best cd i have ever listened to. i own the cd audio version and the sacd sounds a little better. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicians With High Standards Make The Grade
For people who criticized this album, think about what it is you are referring to. This is legendary recording. Read more
Published on June 13 2000 by Deborah
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