℗ This compilation (P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment
The Essential Journey Tracklist:
The very first thing that struck me when reviewing this compilation album is the sheer amount of songs that i, strangely, had heard on the radio before and yet didn't realize it was Journey. Normally, realizing that a band had done so many songs that i could identify would be a good thing - a realization that this band was a lot better than i gave them credit for. This was actually not so much of the case with Journey. What i realized with this band is that the reason i didn't know they were all Journey songs is because they were, for the most part, tons of overrated and forgettable songs that are too radio-friendly to the point of having a fake/inauthentic feel. Except for the songs Don't Stop and Wheel in the Sky (really the only 2 songs worthy of the rabid Journey fandom), these songs are average and cliche at best. The average keeper is still only 3 star quality and the rest are 2 star quality throwaways. Even though this isn't billed as a "hits" album, it's still dramatically bloated for a compilation with the word "essential" on it. The filler songs at the beginning of the album make some sense as they are at least recognizable. Most of the second half of the album is largely just for the serious fan. Only hardcore Journey fans looking for deep cuts can find love for this entire lengthy compilation. The lyrics often come off as really dumb/weak - second only to the band America for stupid lyrics that make little-to-no sense. Much like the incoherent song Horse with No Name, what the heck is the song Ask the Lonely about anyway? Really listen to it and see if you can tell. The vocals are also lack lustre on most of the songs on here. What i realized is that, in general, Steve Perry sounds like a poor man's version of Rod Stewart. If Stewart were to phone in an album, you'd get Steve Perry. Add in cheesy, almost stereotypical instrumentals and Journey feels like a tribute band of themselves. I'm sure i'd have a lot of trouble distinguishing between the doubtless dozens of Journey tribute bands the real deal. They're easy to copy partly because they are so cliche and safe/radio friendly. I think i can now offically say that i don't like this band despite a couple good songs. I wasn't sure how i felt until i reviewed this album. Overall, they're just not good enough and not worthy of their cult-like following. Some songs like Lights and Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin are beyond forgettable and actually quite annoying. But the #1 worst Journey song is the inexplicably popular Anyway You Want It. It might just be the worst song of all time from any band. The song is cloying and the the lyrics are patently untrue. THE WAY YOU WANT IT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE WAY YOU NEED IT. It's far from a 1 to 1 ratio. You might want to eat 3 pizzas in one sitting, but is that the way you need it? WANT AND NEED are 2 completely different things you morons! This song is one of the worst examples of the terrible writting as it equates apples and oranges and fans accept it absolutely. What's worse is that it's catchy. That's the reason it's ubiquitous in commericals. It's cheesy and cliche like a commercial jingle. I want to rip my ears off whenever i hear it pop up on a commercial spewing its lies. Overall there's one 4 star song in Don't Stop Believing, six 3 star songs, one 2 star keeper and the rest are all throwaways. Definitely not a stat line for an "essentials" album.
Something here for every Journey fan. Perry's voice and the classic sound will never fade. I wish "Oh Sherry" was included, but I can't say anything bad. Still sing my heart out for most of this collection, especially "Wheel in the Sky." Buy this and be forever grateful that this band shared their awesome sound with the world.
Can there be any question that Journey was one of the greatest rock bands of the 1980s? The quality here is superlative. The level of musicianship leaves me speechless. Steve Perry’s voice is both technically astonishing and distinctive. The song-writing captures the essential moods of the era it represents. When I say that Journey is our Rush, I mean that in the most flattering terms. If you’re a popular music enthusiast, or a classic rock lover, this record is absolutely seminal.
Man. I'm so glad I bought this set. It has a lot more Journey than I thought. Sure, it doesn't have Feeling That Way, but I can live without it. I mean, I already have the song, but it should have been on this collection. But I love their classic hits, along with their obscure songs such as The Eyes of a Woman and Message of Love. Really good stuff. These guys need to be in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, too. They are just one of the greatest Rock bands that have existed from the '70s to the '80s. I hope it will happen. It should. Like the song says, "Don't stop believin'."
Amazing music - wonderful memories of the many concerts -(3) to be exact when I saw them and each time still thrived for more of their many amazing songs. I personally met Steve Perry in 73 on the beach in Miami, Florida! My twin sister and I had a hotel right on the beach. My mom left with her boyfriend as they went to Dinner but we decided it was a great time to sit outside on the the sandy beach and listen to a group of long haired guys that invited us over to listen. He introduced himself as Steve - from his band of brothers named Journey! Those certainly were the best of times in Miami, Florida
OK this is one of the better compilations of songs with 32 total. However there is more recently a 3 disk set with 50 songs total. Which to pick is the difficult question. I think this set is the more polished songs, time3 including some that I was less interested in. However, Time3 set is the chronological set of songs sampling different time periods of the group.
Nothing from pre Perry and there are some songs that don't belong on this essential collection, I bought this one to get Stone in Love, which ain't on the other Greatest Hits. Add a couple of more songs to that release and we would have a 5.
Ok, you might not take me seriously because I am 12, but journey is the best band ever. Classic songs like "Don't Stop Believing," "Separate Ways(Worlds Apart)" and "Any Way You Want It are all better than any songs today(with the exception of some Aerosmith songs).
I first heard the song "Any Way You Want it" when I watched Caddyshack as a kid. I have been a Journey fan ever since. People who don't know who Journey is and want to listen to some songs from them, this CD is you're best bet. It has basically all of their big hits. I'd try to recommend a song or two, but I think they are all awesome equally. I guess you'll just have to listen to the songs yourself to form an opinion. =]
Journey is the best band in the entire universe and this is hands-down the best display of their sheer awesomeness. ALL of the songs are musts with the exception of "Just The Same Way" and "Anytime"!!! You DEFINATELY need these songs the most though: "Open Arms", "Faithfully", "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)", "Don't Stop Believing", "Lights", "Mother Father", "Who's Cryin' Now", "Stone In Love", and "Message Of Love"!!!! BUY THIS CD! I HAVE IT ON ITUNES AND THE ACTUAL CD THAT I PLAY IN MY CD PLAYER AND I'M OBSESSED WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) <3 <3 <3 80'S MUSIC IS THE BOMB!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 STEVE PERRY WE WILL ALL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Essential Journey gives enough songs to satisfy their hardcore fans, while not giving the casual fans so many that they are overwhelmed. The two foremention facts make this collection a more complete overview of Journey's career than Journey's Greatest Hits, as well as far less redundant and bloated than Time3. The hits are all on here, but even better is the fact that songs like The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love), Anytime, Stone In Love, Keep On Runnin', Still They Ride, Chain Reaction, and Message of Love are all here to, but without all of the redundant, cheesy love songs that this band has been known to write. For fans like me, who are slightly more than casual, but not hardcore enough to buy all of the albums, this collection makes for the perfect Journey compilation.
I love Journey and this has got to be some of the best music on the planet. From Greatest Hits like "Only the Young" and "Wheel in the Sky" to some more less known songs like "Somethin' to Hide" and "Message of Love," this album is a must for any true Journey Lover ;)
I love journy and im 12 this album has my favorite songs like "wheel in the sky" ,"only the young",dont stop believing" and other stuff you guys hav to buy this album its amazing it has the greatest qualuties you can ever find and you will not regret buying this album
Now im 14 and i listen to Journey 24/7, this has all the popular songs of Journey and every one of these songs are easy to listen to. I remember when my mom first intruduced me to Journey and i thought ewwwww old people music haha that was when i was 11. then she tried again when i was 13 and i have LOVED hem ever since i mean this is good quality music that is flawless in my opinion. I think EVERY Journey Fan should buy this album. Then you should all show your friends. Steve Perrys voice is flawless and you dont get that kinda voice in todays music. So buy this and keep this music going on for generations to come.
Journey is my all time favorite band. Ever. This album is really good, having all their major hits and some others. If you can find it, the box set Time3 by Journey has 3 disks and pretty much all their hits with live concert recordings. I have no idea why iTunes doesnt have it....
where's the older Journey, minus Steve Perry? I have to agree that this compilation is excellent, but give me some of the older progressive, boogie jazz-rock too! Perfect for the newbie to Journey.
This collection is AWESOME!!! Steve Perry's dynamic voice, and the powerful music behind him, is a timeless talent! I could listen to them for years and still cry, or smile, or dance! Journey is in a class of its own - an energy and emotion all its own - and there will never be another like them. Their music will forever inspire me~
Too bad the original Greatest Hits came out before this one. I was disappointed the 1st one omitted this song. It is more obscure, being the only original song on their live album set from '81. It just rocks. The break in this song is Neal Schon at his best. This album really is complete, with all the other great hits I had forgotten about. And to the one that said missed a Steve Perry concert, I saw their farewell (Raised on Radio) concert in '87. It was the best!
I have been a Journey fan since the early 80's! My only regret is that I didn't make enough money on my paper route at the time to afford to see them live!! I did see them in the early 00's, it was great, but it wasn't Perry! Awesome album to get into Journey with! Missing some of their less know GREAT songs like "Suzanne" and "Troubled Child" but still one of the best put together "hits" album I've bought! If you find yourself more into Journey than this album can satisfy, I recommend Time3. Its a 3 disc box set with a complete history of Journey and each song. It even has PRE-Perry (thats right...there was a Journey even before Perry) songs on it. Fun fact: If you watch American Idol...the Judge Randy use to play with Journey! Still calls them one of his favorites ever! As the title says....some people won't admit they like Journey, but I beat EVERY ONE of them turn up the radio when Separate Ways or Don't Stop Believin comes on! No doubt one of the best bands of the 80's era! Great history...great music!
i have to say this song is the one of the best journey songs written as it reminds me of my love for my late husband i have listened to journey since the 70's and i have found no other better band as far as music goes for me.
Great group. Great songs. I've given this album 4 stars because it lacks the top 40 hits, Walks Like A Lady and Suzanne which peaked at numbers 32 & 17 respectively on Billboard. Other than those 2 omissions all their top 40 hits are here.