Sunday, December 29, 2019

Top 20 underrated Journey songs Part.1

TOP 20 UNDERRATED JOURNEY SONGS! 
Part 1, from 20-11.

The greatest Journey songs not featured on the Greatest Hits 1&2 compilations, failed to chart as singles, or simply put, songs that you rarely get to see in the band´s setlist live.

20.Tantra (Eclipse, 2011) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon, lead vocals by Arnel Pineda, produced by Kevin Shirley.
A beautiful song taken from the band´s latest studio album "Eclipse" that was a commercial failure, this emotional performance from singer Arnel Pineda was the peak of the album and a grand approach to the spiritual theme the entire album was wrapped up in.
Singles from Eclipse : "City of hope", "Human Feel", "Anything is possible"


19.Higher place (Arrival, 2001) 
Written by Jack Blades / Neal Schon, lead vocals by Steve Augeri, produced by Kevin Shirley.
A top-notch rocker with the signature sound of Journey and also released as a single from  "Arrival" that has become many fans favorite album through the years, the song remained in the band´s live set for a while but now it´s filed under the "lost and forgotten" songs. "Higher place" deserved a much better fate.
Singles from Arrival : "Higher place", "With your love", "All the way"

18.Faith in the heartland (Generations, 2005) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Augeri, lead vocals by Steve Augeri, produced by Kevin Elson.
The opening track on "Generations" starts with an intro also used on the "Frontiers" tour, this AOR anthem had every potential of becoming a new classic, the band even re-recorded it for "Revelation" (2008) with lead vocals by Arnel Pineda. This brilliant song was given a second chance but still only lived in the band´s live set for a short time to make room for the hits. It´s also one of Neal Schon´s personal faves.
Singles from Generations : "The place in your heart"


17.Remember me (Armageddon Soundtrack, 1998) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Jack Blades, lead vocals by Steve Augeri, produced by Matt Serletic.
Most often, Journey´s contributions to Soundtrack albums meant definitive success like "Only Solutions" (Tron), "Ask the lonely" (Two of a kind) and "Only the young" (Vision Quest). But singer Steve Augeri´s debut with the band from the blockbuster motion picture Armageddon, stood in the shadow of Aerosmith´s mega-hit "I don´t wanna miss a thing" (composed by Dianne Warren). However, "Remember me" is Augeri´s finest moment with the band and a true AOR gem.

16.Edge of the blade (Frontiers, 1983) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone.
While the A-side of "Frontiers" is considered one of the strongest in melodic rock, the B-side was more spectacular with it´s progressive touch where this song opened with Schon´s fantastic riff and Perry´s rather aggressive vocal-performance. A standout track that had it´s given place on the Frontiers tour and proof of that Journey was so much more than just AOR.
Singles from Frontiers : "Seperate ways", "Faithfully", "After the fall", "Send her my love"


15.Why can´t this night go on forever (Raised On Radio, 1986) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Steve Perry.
A wonderful powerballad from the 80´s from Journey´s most AOR-ish album, it should´ve been a hit because I would even go as far saying it´s just as timeless as "Faithfully" or "Open arms" but the song only reached #60 on the charts. It´s a mystery. What is not a mystery is the powerful effect the song had on love because 33 years ago, it was the boys night out and I met my future wife. This was the last song of the evening and I decided to ask her for a dance. We are still together.
Singles from Raised On Radio : "Be good to yourself", "Suzanne", "Girl can´t help it"," I´ll be alright without you", "Raised on radio", "Why can´t this night go on forever"

14.Frontiers (Frontiers, 1983) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry / Steve Smith, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone.
You can actually hear that drummer Steve "Machine gun" Smith was involved in the songwriting of this song when you hear the rhythm, it didn´t happen too often to hear fusion-influences during the Perry-era but the title track from Journey´s second best million selling album had traces of the early era, a reminder of how the pre-Perry albums sounded. With songs like this one, the band stayed away from being too mainstream.

13.Winds of March (Infinity, 1978) 
Written by Gregg Rolie / Neal Schon / Robert Fleischman / Steve Perry / Matthew Schon, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Roy Thomas Baker.
The magnificent "Infinity" album had everything from rockers and ballads to fusion and AOR classics, it also had this superb song co-written by Robert Fleischman and Neal´s father Matthew Schon who also provided arrangements on Journey´s magnum opus "Mother, father" from Escape. "Winds of March" is the closest relative.
Singles from Infinity : "Wheel in the sky", "Anytime", "Lights"

12.Happy to give (Raised On Radio, 1986) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Steve Perry.
Ballads are often sad or melancholic but this one in waltz-tempo, is a positive and moving song. A true celebration to life in a colorful soundscape where Perry shows why he is the greatest singer ever. "Happy to give" is pure magic.

11.Forever in blue (Trial By Fire, 1996) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Shirley
We will probably never see the likes of this songwriting team again, the albums Escape and Frontiers turned them into gods, a decade apart wouldn´t change anything. Cain / Schon / Perry showed the world once again on the comeback album "Trial By Fire", that everything was back to normal and songs like "Forever in blue" put them back on the throne.
Singles from Trial By Fire : "When you love a woman", "Message of love"," If he should break your heart", "Can´t tame the lion"

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