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Today’s Cool Album of the Day is the self titled ‘Journey’ debut, “Journey.”

In 1975 this was my favorite band. This was one of the albums that I would taken to the moon or a desert island.

For those of you that only know Journey from the CRAP that they put out beginning in 1977 or 1978, you might think I’m crazy. But no, this was 1975.

Journey began in ‘73 or ’74. Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon had been, respectively, keyboard, lead singer and second guitarist in Santana.
In fact, Schon was only 16 or17 years only when he joined Santana in 1971.

Drums where handled by Aynsley Dunbar with Ross Valory on bass. Prairie Prince was shortly in the band but left to join another San Francisco area act, The Tubes.

The thing to remember here is that the first three Journey albums Journey, Look Into the Future, and Next) had very, very little in common with what they sounded like after they added a certain lead singer.

The early work contained some wonderful jazz rock, space rock, long guitar pieces etc. It was wonderful.

Give a listen to tracks like ‘Of a Lifetime, Topaz, or Mystery Mountain and see why it’s “Today’s Cool Album of the Day.”

Track listing

Side One

  1. “Of a Lifetime” (Gregg Rolie, George Tickner, Neal Schon) 6:54
  2. “In the Morning Day” (Rolie, Ross Valory) 4:27
  3. “Kohoutek” (Instrumental) (Schon, Rolie) 6:46
Side Two
  1. “To Play Some Music” (Rolie, Schon) 3:19
  2. “Topaz” (Instrumental) (Tickner ) 6:12
  3. “In My Lonely Feeling/Conversations” (Rolie, Valory) 5:01
  4. “Mystery Mountain” (Rolie, Valory, Diane Valory) 4:23

Personnel

  • Gregg Rolie – vocals, keyboards
  • Neal Schon – lead guitar
  • George Tickner – rhythm guitar, bass guitar on “In the Morning Day”
  • Ross Valory – bass guitar, piano on “In the Morning Day”
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums

These are from 1980. Best I can do. But here’s ‘Of a Lifetime’ and ‘Kahoutek’

Posted by Larry Carta


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