Escape_(Journey_album)

Escape (Journey album)

Journey's seventh studio album (and eighth overall), Escape (sometimes written E5C4P3), 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 Believing", "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.

The album has been certified 9x Platinum by RIAA since its July 31, 1981 release* (11/14/94; only Greatest Hits, at 15x, has sold more copies).

  • Highest chart position: #1 on the Billboard album chart where it stayed for a week dethroning Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna from #1 in September 1981.

An Atari 2600 game, Journey Escape, was made based on the album.

Track listing

All tracks written by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, and Neal Schon, except as noted †, written by Cain and Perry, and ‡ written by Matthew Schon, Neal Schon, Perry, and Cain.

  1. "Don't Stop Believing" – 4:10
  2. "Stone in Love" – 4:25
  3. "Who's Crying Now" – 5:01 †
  4. "Keep on Runnin'" – 3:39
  5. "Still They Ride" – 3:49
  6. "Escape" – 5:16
  7. "Lay it Down" – 4:13
  8. "Dead or Alive" – 3:20
  9. "Mother, Father" – 5:28 ‡
  10. "Open Arms" – 3:18 †
  11. "La Raza del Sol" - 3:26 †
  12. "Don't Stop Believing" (live) – 4:19
  13. "Who's Crying Now" (live) – 5:43 †
  14. "Open Arms" (live) – 3:22 †

*Tracks 11-14 are bonus tracks on the 2006 CD reissue.
*Tracks 12-14 first appeared on the Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour album.

Personnel

  • Steve Perry - Lead Vocals
  • Neal Schon - Guitar, Vocals
  • Steve Smith - Drums
  • Jonathan Cain - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
  • Ross Valory - Bass, Vocals
  • Wally Buck - Engineer, Assistant Engineer
  • Jon-Erik Birchenough - Management
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering, Remastering
  • Jim Welch - Photography, Package Design, Cover Design, Visual Concept
  • Brian Lee - Remastering
  • Stanley Mouse - Illustrations

Chart positions

Album

Billboard Music Charts (North America)
Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 1
1983 The Billboard 200 139
1984 156

UK Album Chart

Year Chart Position
1982 Album Chart 32

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1981 Don't Stop Believin' Mainstream Rock 8
Pop Singles 9
Stone in Love Mainstream Rock 13
Who's Crying Now Mainstream Rock 4
Pop Singles 4
1982 Open Arms Pop Singles 2
Adult Contemporary 7
Mainstream Rock 35
Still They Ride Pop Singles 19
Adult Contemporary 37
Mainstream Rock 47

UK Singles Chart

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Don't Stop Believin' UK Top 75 Singles 62
Who's Crying Now 46

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