YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: #138
SINGLES: To Play Some Music
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You have no reason to.
LINEUP: Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, George Tickner, Ross Valory, Aynsley Dunbar
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A little psychedelic progressive jazzy fusiony Santana-esque record that in no way shape or form sounds anything like the Journey any knows.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If this band wasn’t named Journey, but you knew that this band contained former members of Santana, Frank Zappa’s band and a psychedelic band from San Francisco, you’d probably expect the results here. Long-ish songs, focusing on guitar and progressive / jazz stylings.
If you are die-hard into the more jazzy, instrumental version of Santana or like long-ish explorations, then sure, why not? It’s kind of mediocre, as none of these guys were main songwriters in their bands, and it shows. Rollie’s vocals were fine for Santana, but here, they sound limp. Schon can play, sure, all of these guys can play. The issue is that sometimes they play too much.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Prairie Prince was slated to be the drummer, but he stuck to drumming for the Tubes and the band recruited Dunbar.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: You really have to like progressive / jazz-fusion fusion to like this. EXILED