Fun Cards: 1975 Topps Rookie Rockers (Journey), 1978 Topps Steve Perry, 1981 Topps Jonathan Cain

It is very possible you have never heard anything from the first three Journey albums. It was not until Steve Perry joined the group in 1978 that Journey really took off, combining pop sensibilities with well-crafted rock songs. The first three albums had a more progressive slant to them, and are not as commercially accessible as the later radio friendly albums.

1975 Topps Journey Neal Schon Gregg Rolie Aynsley Dunbar Ross Valory

The debut self-titled album featured Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, who worked together on Carlos Santana‘s Santana III and Caravanserai. They were joined by bassist Ross Valory as well as drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who worked with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and Lou Reed. Also with the group for the first album was guitarist George Tickner. It was not until 1978’s Infinity that Steve Perry came on board, and songs like “Lights,” “Feeling That Way,” and “Wheel In The Sky,” caught the attention of radio programmers.

1978 Topps Journey Steve Perry

Journey’s 1981 album, Escape, was the first to feature keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Jonathan Cain. Some of the group’s biggest songs came from this album, including the all-time classics, “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Open Arms.”

1981 Topps Jonathan Cain


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Posted on May 4, 2017, in baseball cards, music and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Excellent job on the customs, especially the 1978! I’ve never liked Journey, but now I’m wondering if I should check out the pre-Perry music…

  2. Very nice! They put out some good stuff back in the day. Have you heard Revolution Saints, with Deen Castranova on vocals, Jack Blades/Bass and Doug Aldrich/Guitar? Reminds me of early-mid 80s Journey. Check them out if you haven’t.

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