Journey released three albums before Steve Perry came along
Self-titled, (1975) ‘Look Into The Future’ (1976) and ‘Next’ (1976) They truly started out as a jam band, a little unstructured not much of a lyrical content. What I find interesting though is that where their second LP ‘Look Into The Future’ was more radio friendly in terms of less jamming, more structured song with more lyrics; then they went straight prog rock on ‘Next’ which is an odd evolution; usually it would have been the opposite. The fact that ‘Next’ was the record just before Steve Perry entered and they made‘Infinity’ makes the change in sound even more mind blowing than if it had been ‘Look Into The Future’. I enjoy the albums before Steve entered and I think they have many good qualities, and besides everything before Jon Cain is my fave. And Aynsley, he is the superior drummer; no offence to Smitty bc he is also good, but Aynsley, god he’s good.
I’ll add one song from the three first albums here and them one track from ‘Infinity’ so you can truly get the mind blowing difference. (Gregg on vocals on ‘On A Saturday Night’, Neal on vocals on ‘Karma’, and of course Steve on vocals on ‘Patiently’)
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