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Patiently Lyrics 7. Somethin' to Hide Lyrics 8. Winds Of March Lyrics 9. Lights Lyrics Wheel in the Sky Lyrics Feeling That Way Lyrics His songwriting ability completely redirected the style of the band from fusion noodlers to song stylists. The jump in quality to Infinity from the previous album Next is so pronounced there could have been three in between.
The band's new direction so suited them that they were playing better than ever. Even Rolie's singing was vastly improved in his efforts to keep up with Perry. The other members of Journey were already virtuosos.
Now they had a singer who was as good as they were. Wheel in the Sky became their first legitimate hit, and more than half the tracks on the album remain classic rock radio staples to this day. Journey would experience more creative peaks during Perry's tenure, notably with the Escape album, but Infinity is where they proved they belonged in the big leagues. Once I found out that this was his first album with them I immediately checked out the earlier albums, and needless to say I was disappointed.
From this album on, this is the Journey I know and love. Really no clunkers on this at all! Gary Villapiano: This is one of the finest albums ever made - for myriad reasons. We all fell in love with Steve's voice immediately Still, the way Greg and Steve shared lead vocals remains gripping.
I must also say this album captured Neil's superb guitar playing before he got into his manic overplaying that dominates his style now. Graham Tarry: I had, and loved, their three albums prior to this, but buying it at the time it was like a breath of fresh air.
Great songs, superb production; just wonderful stuff, overshadowed by the later AOR success, this is a classic slice of US Rock. So much so that my local rock radio station used to play them back-to-back.
And the vocal interplay between Rolie and Perry was a great way to introduce Perry's voice to fans. Michael Anderson: The make or break album for Journey. Have always loved the combined songs of Feeling That Way and Anytime , and how Perry and Rollie intertwine their vocals. Fun fact: Journey started recording this record with a different lead singer — Robery Fleischman. He's a credited writer of Wheel In The Sky. You can listen to his demo of that song on YouTube.
The Steve Perry version turned out much better! Martin Millar I'm 55 seconds in and I already hate it. This is rock music minus the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Emiel Lange: What an amazing album. I first heard Journey on their Escape album. Loved it so much I immediately dove into their back catalogue. This one still stands out. Maybe even better than Escape or Frontiers.
Bill Griffin: Journey had become my favourite band and a local one too with the release of Next , the previous album. I managed to see them on the ensuing tour without any of the new singers that were being floated out there at various shows. As a result, I really was not happy with the new direction and I think Baker's production is terrible odd because I love his work with Queen but I couldn't deny the appeal of the new songs, they just weren't Journey as I knew them.
Somethin' To Hide and Winds Of March recall the first three albums and are my favourites from the album. I also hate when a record company forces a change on a band; Columbia knew what they were getting when they signed them.
That was another bone of contention; Rush got the same pressure from their label, basically told them to piss off as politely as possible, being Canadians and made the record they wanted to make knowing full well it might be their last. Journey caved. The other thing that made me dislike this direction was for about three years, it seemed as if they were the headliner for every concert I went to.
What an incredible instrumental. Pete Mineau: I remember discovering the first three Journey albums after I found out the band was comprised of Santana and Zappa alumni.
I liked the jazzy, fusiony jamming of those early albums. Just out of high school in , I joined the navy. As luck would have it, I got stationed in California. If you're in an anti-capitalist flag-burning parade, bring along your sister copy of this hideous album and throw it in the fire for extra fuel In a nutshell, this album is a collection of catchy rock-oriented fusion shimmering with vocal and guitar hooks.
Schon's playing here is first rate-- very smooth, energetic, and dynamic, while Perry's in famous vocals are infectious in their soulful genuineness. The fact that he shares lead duties with Rolie in the first part of the album anyway is excellent, and it lends a diverse and rich palette to listen to-- even though this is just classic rock. The one-two-three punch of Lights, Feeling That Way, and Anytime is emotionally buoyant, and sure to put one in a good mood.
I find that 3 of the later tunes are or approach filler, but the gems here far outweigh those few. Ultimately, I feel that albums like this cleanse the palette of the deep, complex stuff we progressive listeners like to surround ourselves with, giving us a taste of saccharine sweetness before diving headlong into full-length concept albums and mutation time signatures.
Infinity doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is-- a collection of nice, soulful, and approachable music It has some pleasing rhythm guitar work and is overall a satisfying song.
Neal Schon's guitar solo is diligent and fits with the music, but Perry's dynamic vocalizations toward the end of the song are the real gem.
It's a simple arrangement with a catchy chorus and Rolie on the verses. Perry does a great job singing this one. Halfway through, the electric guitar kicks in with the whole band, and gives this song a completely different flavor.
It has a memorable main riff and chorus, and a screaming guitar solo under which Perry delivers some extremely high vocal notes. The ending has Perry copying the lead guitar note for note, and has him exhibiting his phenomenal pipes. The lyrics are bland, though, and had they not been so dull, this song would have been a top notch addition to this album.
Halfway through, the music shifts gears, relying on a heavier sound with Rolie finally getting to cut loose on his organ. It's a decent ending to a decent rock album, and even has a little synthesizer on the last minute before Schon's lead guitar drowns it out.
Of all the Journey albums my parents have with which I grew up, this is probably the only one I will give anything higher than a two. The reason for this is that almost all of the songs on here are decent, if not exceptional for what it is. Most of the band's early slightly proggy material lacks cohesiveness, adequate production, and easily below par singing.
Most of the band's pop material following this album has little to no musical integrity whatsoever, made to make cash, period. Not that this is too far from that, but I think some of the integrity from their proggy period carried over a bit, especially in terms of the guitar and keyboard work.
Thus this is, in my opinion, Journey at their apex besides perhaps Next, which I have yet to hear , which is obviously not saying very much. It is apparently true that their record company pushed them to take a commercial direction with their music with this album, but I'd argue that the band worked better and wrote somewhat higher caliber music overall with this approach.
What I like almost love about this album is Perry's wonderful voice, however obnoxious and pop sounding it is, it sounds rich in timbre and tone quality to my ears, at least.
The chord changes produced by the guitar-keyboard-bass relationships are really quite brilliant, and the way the three parts line up so well makes for some very cohesive songs, with complexity that rivals that of Styx. That obviously isn't saying a whole lot, but if you compare it to other standard AOR bands Boston or Foreigner, this album, in terms of composition, is accurately described as prog-related.
Not that I like making comparisons, every album stands on its own quality in my reviews, but that's the only way to put it in perspective where this sits in the prog arena. Really the songs on this album can be grouped into thirds: the four best songs, which would become classics in hard rock music, the three slightly average but good songs, and the three album fillers that almost smugged the album to a two.
All of these would raise Journey to arena rock fame, and in my opinion can be considered about as musical as anything Styx made.
They're also songs I loved as a child, so there's some sentimental value there for me. Overall, however, all of the songs combined create a really good slightly prog-related AOR album.
So as I said in my review of The Grand Illusion by Styx, this is a highly recommended classic if and only if you like AOR, otherwise I'm pretty sure most of you more elitist jazz-fusion or eclectic proggers out there would want to stay as far away from this album as you can.
It all depends on what your overall outtake is on AOR is. Personally I could do without this album, but sometimes it's a nice break from all of the complexities and cerebral nature of prog. So if you're thinking about buying a Journey album, this is probably the only one you should get, and the only one you'll probably get regardless. Infinity is my favourite Journey album. They maintained some of their progressive aspects and great guitar work, while combining it with good song writing and the excellent and distinctive lead vocals of Steve Perry.
We find here classic songs like Wheel In The Sky and Patiently, as well as the excellent and most progressive song Winds Of March, creating a coherent yet varied album. There is a very nice mix between rockers and ballads, electric and acoustic instruments and influences ranging from Hard Rock to Pop to American Folk to Jazz and Blues.
Journey is clearly a controversial band here on Prog Archives and it is probably agreed by all that at least some of their albums lie wholly outside the scope of what can be called progressive rock. However, it is equally clear that some other albums of theirs can be called progressive in some sense or other, or at least that they bear some relation to Prog. It usually agreed that somewhere along the line, Journey sold out and left their progressive aspirations behind and ventured into more commercial areas of music.
Other Prog fans those who prefer the harder rocking and more melodious sides of Prog would rather favour albums like the present one. After Infinity, the band started to drift further towards radio friendly Rock continuing through to the end of the 80's I have not heard all these albums yet, though. Infinity should not be dismissed by any Prog fan, in my opinion.
It features some great songs, great vocals and guitar work and there are still many progressive aspects to the band's sound that would sadly gradually fade away in the 80's.
Journey's best album. Recommended: three solid stars! What needs to be changed? As far as I'm concerned, nothing of course.
But the record company executives thought differently and their wallet will thank them therefore.Das CD-Album "Infinity" von Journey () - Alle Infos, Songs und mehr.