One of the first MTV videos that absolutely transfixed me was Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie” from the album Street Talk. The album was released in April 1984, 35 years ago. It remains one of my favorite songs, as cheesy as it may be.
Marc Tyler Nobleman caught up with Sherrie Swafford, Perry’s old girlfriend, while researching a piece about the girls of Journey‘s “Separate Ways” video. Swafford sent him a brief response, but declined a full interview. You can read it on the Noblemania blog.
P.S. — Perry also released a brand new album in October last year called Traces.
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.
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.
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.”
The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place last month, and aired on HBO over the weekend. This year’s class was a very impressive lineup, including Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, and one of the greatest arena rock bands of all-time, Journey. It has been over a year since I last put together an “Ultimate Mixtape,” so I thought the time was right to resurrect this project. I enjoyed going through Journey’s discography, and the related artists. Such a great band, such diverse styles.
If you are not familiar with the “Ultimate Mixtape” concept, here is a quick run-down of the rules:
- Every album must be represented by one and only one song. This is an especially difficult rule when looking at 1978’s Infinity album.
- The selected song does not have to be a single used to promote the album.
- Live albums are fine if you want to use them, but you are not required to include them if you are satisfied with your “Ultimate Mixtape” without them. Sometimes they are a great tool to sneak in a classic song when the studio version didn’t make the cut. In Journey’s case, Captured just happens to have a new studio track on it, so that was my de facto choice.
- “Greatest Hits”/ “Best of” albums are eligible only if they contain new songs, or new versions of old songs. With the exception of Time^3, Journey’s compilations do not meet this requirement, so are omitted from the Ultimate Mixtape project.
Everyone’s “Ultimate Mixtape” will be different, and I would love to know how yours differs from mine. Are you ready to rock? Let’s check out “JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Journey edition”…
- “To Play Some Music” (Journey, 1975)
- “She Makes me (Feel Alright)” (Look Into the Future, 1976)
- “Karma” (Next, 1977)
- “Wheel in the Sky” (Infinity, 1978)
- “Just the Same Way” (Evolution, 1979)
- “Any Way You Want It” (Departure, 1980)
- “Little Girl” (Dream, After Dream, 1980)
- “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)” (Captured, 1981)
- “Don’t Stop Believing” (Escape, 1981)
- “Separate Ways” (Frontiers, 1983)
- “Positive Touch” (Raised on Radio, 1986)
- “Velvet Curtain/Feelling That Way” (Time^3, 1992)
- “Forever In Blue” (Trial By Fire, 1996)
- “I Got a Reason” (Arrival, 2001)
- “I Can Breathe” (Red 13 EP, 2002)
- “Faith in the Heartlands” (Generations, 2005)
- “Wildest Dream” (Revelation, 2008)
- “Resonate” (Eclipse, 2011)
- “No One To Depend On” (Santana, Santana III, 1971)
- “Love or Money” (Sammy Hagar, Danger Zone, 1980)
- “La Raza del Sol” (b-side of “Still They Ride,” 1981)
- “Wasting Time” (Neal Schon & Jan Hammer, Untold Passion, 1981)
- “Only Solutions” (Tron soundtrack, 1982)
- “Ask the Lonely” (Two of a Kind soundtrack, 1983)
- “Oh Sherrie” (Steve Perry, Street Talk, 1984)
- “Top of the Rock” (HSAS, Through the Fire, 1984)
- “Let Me Out” (Gregg Rolie, Gregg Rolie, 1985)
- “Only the Young” (Vision Quest soundtrack, 1985)
- “When I See You Smile” (Bad English, Bad English, 1989)
- “Remember Me” (Armageddon soundtrack, 1998)
- “Highest Ground” (Soul SirkUS, World Play, 2005)
- “Stone In Love” (Journey, Revelation [bonus disc], 2008)
What do you think? Did I miss your favorite Journey song or solo project on the bonus disc?