Mike Stone; Kevin Elson; Steve Perry; Mike Stone; Kevin Elson
Number of Discs
59m : 36s
Album Notes and Credits
Also available in a 3-pack with FRONTIERS and INFINITY.
Journey: Steve Perry (vocals); Jonathan Cain (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Neil Schon (guitar, background vocals); Ross Valory (bass, background vocals); Steve Smith (drums).
Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Digitally remastered by Bob Ludwig & Brian Lee (Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine).
Personnel: Ross Valory (vocals, guitar, bass guitar); Neal Schon (vocals, guitar); Jonathan Cain (vocals, keyboards); Steve Perry (vocals); Steve Smith (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Allen Sides .
Audio Remasterers: Bob Ludwig; Brian Lee.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (11/06/1981); Houston (11/06/1981).
Illustrator: Stanley Mouse.
Photographers: William Hames; Mark Weiss; Ebet Roberts; Hiro Ito; John Werner ; Roger Ressmeyer; Gary Gershoff; Neil Zlozower; Jim Welch; Randy Bachman.
Widely considered to be Journey's finest moment, 1981's ESCAPE virtually defined "arena rock," and became so popular that it even spawned its own Atari video game. Featuring the urgent anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" and the soaring ballad "Open Arms," the album showcases Neal Schon's dynamic guitar riffs, Jonathan Cain's bold keyboard lines, and, most importantly, singer Steve Perry's powerhouse vocals. Although the San Francisco-based band achieved success both before and after ESCAPE, which also includes the plaintive "Who's Crying Now" and the wistful "Still They Ride," it stands out as the one record to own for anyone even remotely interested in Journey.
Rolling Stone (p.98) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Keyboardist Jonathan Cain, from the Babys, brought along a pristine hard-pop feel..."