8 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The reason Steve Perry is curiously absent from this Journey album is that he had yet to join the band. 1977’s Next was Journey’s third studio album. Where its preceding LPs had presented a fusion of jazz and progressive rock similar to later Soft Machine recordings, this one marked a departure. From the opening “Spaceman,” you can hear the band start to hammer out the stadium-friendly rock that would be fleshed out on its next album, Infinity, with the addition of Perry. Although the band was reining in its prog tendencies, Journey still jammed out most of these songs past the four-minute mark, unbending to pop radio’s demand for three-minute hits. As a result, standout songs like “People” and “I Would Find You” play like a less complicated sibling to Rush, with sharper pop hooks that would become more honed with Perry’s subsequent arrival on the microphone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The reason Steve Perry is curiously absent from this Journey album is that he had yet to join the band. 1977’s Next was Journey’s third studio album. Where its preceding LPs had presented a fusion of jazz and progressive rock similar to later Soft Machine recordings, this one marked a departure. From the opening “Spaceman,” you can hear the band start to hammer out the stadium-friendly rock that would be fleshed out on its next album, Infinity, with the addition of Perry. Although the band was reining in its prog tendencies, Journey still jammed out most of these songs past the four-minute mark, unbending to pop radio’s demand for three-minute hits. As a result, standout songs like “People” and “I Would Find You” play like a less complicated sibling to Rush, with sharper pop hooks that would become more honed with Perry’s subsequent arrival on the microphone.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

notatthistime ,

That last album before they sold out....

After this one, enter Steve Perry. Seeing the hundreds of reviews posted here, I can tell how popular this Cd really is! It's always amazing to me how many people didnt know that Journey existed before Steve Perry! They started life as a post Santana combo of rock & fusion(ee) jazz. Great stuff but commercially not fullfilling apparently. Spaceman, I Would Find You, good quality songs. Did they copy Rush?...well, they've been accused of playing live to a tape recently at a festival in England so one never knows does one.....

sonofafitch ,

Saw this live...

I saw this version of Journey open up for ELO in Pittsburgh. Half way thru ELO's opening number the crowd was still chanting Journey, Journey, Journey...Jeff Lynne showed true class by saying "the boys were amazing weren't they!" he won the crowd over but not before we were BLOWN AWAY by Journey. My only regret was that the next time I saw them Steve Perry was the front man and the transformation from jazz/rock fusion to pop/rock was complete. Can't blame the guys tho' for wanting to eat...

JimLovesGail2 ,

Dude, They copied no one!

I can't believe you guys have the ordassity to say Journey copied any other band. I still have the original vinyl album, (remember those?) I purchased back in the mid 70's. I can't hear anything the same between Xanadu by Rush or nickle and dime on next. I also have listened to rush from day one. Why compare any band to any other band. Start doing that and you screw up each band's individuallity. Enjoy the music from each band it comes from. and stop trying to be judgemental about any music at all. it is a gift from God Dude!

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