FOR THE LOVE OF STEVE PERRY
This website is a tribute to Singer, Songwriter Steve Perry and his amazing career with Journey and as a solo artist.
Evolution, is the name of Journey's fifth studio album. It was released in April of 1979 on the Columbia Records label. The album was their highest charting album to date. They retained Roy Thomas Baker as producer but drummer Aynsley Dunbar was replaced by Steve Smith, formerly with Ronnie Montrose's band. Evolution features their first top 20 hit, "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'". "Just the Same Way" featured original lead vocalist Gregg Rolie in place of Steve Perry.
Departure is the name of Journey's sixth album. It was released in March of 1980 on the Columbia Records label. Departure would be the band's highest charting album to date, giving Journey their first appearance in the top 10 of the Billboard album charts. The album includes "Any Way You Want It", the lead off track and top 25 single. The album would mark the last studio appearance of founding member Gregg Rolie. He tired of life on the road and decided to resign his position in the band. However, he did assist in selecting his replacement, Jonathan Cain, then of The Babys.
Dream After Dream (1980)
Dream After Dream, performed by American rock group Journey, is the soundtrack to the Japanese film of the same title. It was released in 1980 on the Columbia Records label. The soundtrack consists mostly of instrumental tracks with sparse vocals on two tracks, "Destiny" and "Sand Castles". The closing song, "Little Girl" is the only true vocal track. It was later featured on Journey's Time3 collection.
Journey's seventh studio album (and eighth overall), Escape, was released in July 1981. Escape was the band's first album with new keyboardist Jonathan Cain who had replaced founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie who had left the band at the end of 1980. The album was co-produced by Kevin Elson and one-time Queen engineer Mike Stone, who also engineered the album. With three hit singles out of "Don't Stop Believin'", "Who's Crying Now" and "Open Arms" plus rock radio staples like "Stone in Love" and the album's title cut, Escape became Journey's biggest selling album yet, and remains one of their most popular and best-reviewed works to date.
Frontiers, Journey's eighth album, was released in February of 1983 on the Columbia Records label. The album would garner four top 40 singles: "After the Fall" (#23), "Send Her My Love" (#23), "Faithfully" (#12), and "Separate Ways" (#8), and a rock radio hit in "Chain Reaction." All of the first five tracks (the album's first side) had videos created for them. Arguably the album would have been an even bigger success had it not been for the last minute decision by Michael Dilbeck, the band’s longtime A & R man, to switch two tracks; he put "Back Talk" and "Troubled Child" in, and took out "Ask the Lonely" and "Only the Young." Jonathan Cain had more input on this album; not only did he once again help co-write all the tracks, he was the main pen behind "Faithfully", and there is more emphasis on keyboards.
Raised On Radio (1986)
Journey's ninth album, Raised on Radio, was released in May of 1986 on the Columbia Records label. Following their two most successful albums, lead singer Steve Perry decided to take more control over the band's direction. First, Ross Valory and Steve Smith were fired from the band, against the wishes of manager Herbie Herbert. The two were replaced by various studio musicians for the recording of Raised on Radio, including Randy Jackson (bass) and Larrie Londin (drums). Smith did record two tracks with Journey on the album, and he and Valory still received revenues from the record and subsequent tour. Both returned to Journey in 1996.
Trial By Fire (1996)
Trial By Fire, released in 1996, saw Journey reunite with their most successful Escape-era line-up after a ten-year hiatus. The CD reached Number 3 on the charts with the single "When You Love A Woman" reaching Number 1 on the AC charts. The band also released "Message Of Love" and "If He Should Break Your Heart".
Captured is the title of Journey's first live album. Recorded during their "Departure" tour, it was released in February of 1981 on the Columbia Records label.
Greatest Hits (1998)
Greatest Hits Live is a CD released by the rock band Journey in 1998. It is a compilation of live performances spanning from 1981 to 1983 featuring former singer Steve Perry.
Time³, or Time Cubed, is a box set for the American rock-pop band Journey. It includes three CDs that go in chronological order through the "time", from 1975-to-1992, of the "journey". It includes both studio and live tracks. The box includes a 63-page booklet, with a detailed history of the band and bio on each song included.
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (2011)
Designed as a companion piece to the original Journey Greatest Hits -- a compilation released some 23 years earlier in 1988 and reissued on vinyl the same week this sequel arrived in 2011 -- Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 collects the singles, album rock hits, and album tracks that didn't make it onto the first hits disc. This doesn't leave too many familiar tunes for Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: the charting hits here are "Stone in Love," "Still They Ride," "After the Fall," "The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love)," "Suzanne," and "Walks Like a Lady," the first of which is a Journey classic that likely should have been on the first Greatest Hits, but apart from "Still They Ride," the rest are the kind of second-tier singles recognized only by listeners already somewhat dedicated. This says nothing about the quality of the songs -- they are the kinds of tunes that make for a "more of the best" compilation, songs reminiscent of other hits but just not quite as immediate or epic, not as memorable for one reason or another -- but there's not really anything to entice a listener outside of the notion of completeness.
Street Talk (1984)
Street Talk is Steve Perry's first solo album, released in April, 1984.
For The Love Of Strange Medicine (1994)
For the Love of Strange Medicine is the second solo album by Steve Perry released in 1994. After a lengthy 10-year hiatus following the breakup of Journey, and a shelved solo effort later titled Against the Wall, Perry returned to the spotlight with this album. The first single "You Better Wait" received major radio airplay and made the top 30 on the Billboard Charts in the U.S. The album was certified as Gold (500,000) in sales by the RIAA, as of Sept. 1994.
"Perry's Coming" in Japan (Promo CD album 1995)
Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased (1998)
Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased is a greatest hits compilation released by American singer/musician Steve Perry in 1998. The album contains hits from his two solo albums Street Talk (1984) and For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994) as well as several previously unreleased tracks from the abandoned solo project Against the Wall, as well as demos, b-sides and collaborations.
Playlist: The Very Best Of Steve Perry (2009)