Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Top 20 underrated Journey songs Part 2

TOP 20 UNDERRATED JOURNEY SONGS! 
Part 2, from 10-1
Part 1 can be found here: https://rothnroll.blogspot.com/2019/12/top-20-underrated-journey-songs-part1.html

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.



10.La Raza Del Sol (Still They Ride b-side, 1981) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone.
Journey hardly ever released any non-album tracks as b-sides except for "Natural thing" and this exceptional track that was recorded during the Escape-sessions, it´s quite different compared to the album tracks of "Escape" so the band decided to release it as a b-side instead but that doesn´t mean the quality is any less than the rest. The song sounds more like a Schon-penned tune than something Cain usually put his mark on.

9.Liberty (Time3, 1992)
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone.
There´s been a debate for more than 35 years how the "Frontiers" album could´ve been tracked with the soundtrack songs "Ask the lonely" and "Only the young" instead of "Back talk" and "Troubled child" that the band picked for the original version. Finally in 2006, the re-issue included all tracks but there is a song noone ever mentions and it´s "Liberty" that was recorded during the same sessions. First released on the "Time3" compilation and later on the "Frontiers" re-issue, the band actually performed it with Steve Augeri and Styx in 2003. Hats off!

8.People and places (Departure, 1980) 
Written by Neal Schon / Ross Valory / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Neal Schon and Steve Perry, produced by Geoff Workman and Kevin Elson
"Infinity", "Evolution" and "Departure" all feature duets between either Rolie and Perry or Schon and Perry, it would take another 25 years and the "Generations" album in 2005 before the band went back to duets on a record again. One of the best is "People and places" that features the perfect combo of Schon´s and Perry´s voices. This is classic Journey!
Singles from Departure : "Anyway you want it", "Walks like a lady", "Good morning girl"

7.Lovin´ you is easy (Evolution, 1979) 
Written by Greg Errico / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Roy Thomas Baker
It´s quite rare to see collaborations with outside songwriters on Journey albums if we exclude "Arrival" but this song from Journey´s 5th studio album was co-written with drummer Greg Errico (Sly and The Family Stone, Weather Report, David Bowie). Proof of that this album had more to give than the Top 10 hit "Lovin´ touchin´ squeezin´". The glory of 70´s Journey was revealed in songs like "Lovin´ you is easy".
Singles from Evolution : "Just the same way", "Lovin´ Touchin´ Squeezin´", "Too late", "City of the angels"

6.Lay it down (Escape, 1981) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone
It´s hard to believe that you can find any underrated songs from the greatest AOR album of all time, most songs on "Escape" have a special place in the band´s setlist live but the rocker "Lay it down" is probably the least played song live from the album. When Journey performed "Escape" and "Frontiers" in Japan in 2017, they let the touring member Travis Thibodaux handle the lead vocals and he did it with flying colors.
Singles from Escape : "Who´s crying now", "Don´t stop believin´", "Open arms", "Still they ride", "Stone in love"

5.Someday soon (Departure, 1980) 
Written by Gregg Rolie / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Gregg Rolie and Steve Perry, produced by Geoff Workman and Kevin Elson
The "Departure" album was the start of a long and successful teamwork between producer Kevin Elson and Journey but it´s also the final studio album to feature original member Gregg Rolie. One of the cornerstones in the band´s early sound is Rolie´s unique voice that could be heard in famous songs like "Feelin´ that way" and "Just the same way" but also a brilliant song like "Someday soon". This album´s best kept secret.

4.Somethin´ to hide (Infinity, 1978) 
Written by Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Roy Thomas Baker
AOR fans hold "Escape" or "Raised on Radio" as Journey´s best album but the band´s die-hard fans often refer to "Infinity" as their favorite album. It´s Perry´s debut and with Queen-like harmony vocals as a perfect match to songs like "Wheel in the sky", "Lights" and "Anytime" - no wonder the band sold millions of "Infinity" but it´s not the hits that makes this an essential album, it´s the other ones like "Somethin´ to hide" for example where Perry showed why he was so superior as a lead singer and also earned his spot as #76 on Rolling Stone Magazine´s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

3.Troubled child (Frontiers, 1983) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone
If you start talking great Journey songs and mention "Troubled child", the average person will look at you as a three-headed monster because they probably never heard it and it´s not so strange because it´s the most overlooked song on the "Frontiers" album. The band performed "Troubled child" live for the first time in Japan in 2017 but didn´t include the song on the album "Escape and Frontiers Live in Japan" so it´s like the song has been erased from the band´s history. It´s time to put it back as a milestone in the legacy of Journey.



2.Trial by fire (Trial by fire, 1996) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Shirley
The single "When you love a woman" was nominated for a Grammy in 1996 and also one of the reasons the album "Trial by fire" sold 1.8 million copies during the grunge era when melodic rock hit rock bottom. But the album´s highlight is the title track and to my knowledge, never performed live by the band. A true hallelujah-moment that needs to be in Journey´s setlist 2020.

1.Rubicon (Frontiers, 1983) 
Written by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry, lead vocals by Steve Perry, produced by Kevin Elson and Mike Stone
There are several tribute bands, "Frontiers", "Evolution", "E5C4P3" and also one called "Rubicon". The list of Perry-clones is long, Hugo, Jeremy Frederick, Jason Kelty, Mike Ledesma, Guido Priori, Steve Augeri, Arnel Pineda and Deen Castronovo. But there can only be one - the original, the voice, Stephen Ray Perry. Between 1981-1983, Journey had their peak where the line-up of Steve Smith, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon and Steve Perry remained gods of AOR and still are. "Don´t stop believin´" is their most popular song and "Mother, father" their greatest song but "Rubicon" is Journey´s most underrated song.

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