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Escape SACD

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 9 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004RE0E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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...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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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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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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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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