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During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon (born February 27, 1954), a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on ... Read more in Amazon's Journey Store

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  • Audio CD (December 28, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • ASIN: B000007U6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Destiny
2. Snow Theme
3. Sandcastles
4. A Few Coins
5. Moon Theme
6. When The Love Has Gone
7. Festival Dance
8. The Rape
9. Little Girl

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Neal Schon's playing rivals any of the work found on his solo records.
Steven Park
I think people who appreciate various musical genres, sheer talent, or the musicianship of the individual artists will enjoy it.
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If you are a Journey fan, and have never heard this release, trust me; it is an absolute must have.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Price on December 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album isn't very well known and wasn't readily available in the US- until the 1990's. I originally had it on a half speed mastered vinyl record that cost me almost $100 and took me several weeks to get from Japan back in 1985. I got it on CD as soon as it was available in that format.
It was well worth the hassle and expense! Those who are familiar with Neal Schon's solo work will especially appreciate this recording. It was originally a soundtrack for a Japanese movie, and composed and recorded in a little over a month in Japan. Neal Schon's father arranged the orchestral elements which are flawless.
The only vocal tracks on this album are "Destiny," "Sandcastles" and "Little Girl." Steve Perry is breathtaking in all three of these songs,(the clarity and range he had in those days- 1979- was intense) but the instrumentals are just as enjoyable. None of the tracks sound like Journey as portrayed by the songs that got airplay, ("Little Girl" is probably the closest to a "traditional" Journey song) is but the entire album is intense, broad and more like classical music than what you'd expect from a rock and roll band.
In my opinion this is absolutely the most awesome project Journey has done, and ironically the least well known. This is definitely worth every cent, and it will definitely blow you away.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joel Cranford on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled across the LP "Dream After Dream" in 1980-something, and was perplexed. I bought it and gave it a spin, and fell in love with this work. It is not your typical pop album, but is lush with different musical textures... precise and ambient guitar... thoughtful piano... tempered orchestration... and various tastes of culture. Overall, this is a softer, mellower work of these performers, with occasional outburts of pure energy unique to this record. I belive only the first and last track feature vocals, with "Little Girl" having the most mainstream appeal. Unfortunately, this work does not make the discography of Journey on their official website, but it MUST make its way into the collection of even the most casual Journey fan. Well worth $25 or more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Park on February 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I originally paid $30 for the CD when it first became available and it was worth every penny. Unlike their mass-produced offerings, which are still quite excellent, this recording showcases the individual member's considerable musical talents. Neal Schon's playing rivals any of the work found on his solo records. Ross Valory contributes a piano piece backed by a string quartet. He also rearranged "Conversations" on the first record into "The Rape" with a broad range of orchestration. Steve Smith's drums own "Sandcastles". And Steve Perry shows off his full range on "Destiny".
I hesitate to call this a Rock record. The vast majority of it sounds like New Age or Contemporary Jazz. Still, open-minded Journey fans who like a broad range of musical styles will find little not to like on this outstanding album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By guitartist on July 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this in 1984 on a vinyl Original Master, and instantly fell in love with it. ....Not only is this my favorite Journey album, but one of my top 5 favorites of all time. This has it all, Steve's incredibly haunting voice, beautiful classical scores, and incredible introspective guitar instrumentals will make you wonder at how much more Journey might have been had they continued in this direction (not to belittle how huge they were, and still are). The fact of the matter is this was the soundtrack to a Japanese movie. If you are a Journey fan, and have never heard this release, trust me; it is an absolute must have. This is one album the world was cheated out of, but the fact that it is still out there means that you might just get to see what all this fuss is about after all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luis Vélez López on January 15, 2003
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Recorded at the end of the Evolution World Tour, during the pre-productions sessions for Departure, in the early 1980, Dream After Dream is a really great effort, with smooth melodies, strings and horns, arranged and conducted by Neal's father, the late Matthew Schon, and it really shows Journey in a new and refreshing direction. Steve sings his best and the performances of Neal and Smitty totally blew me away. A must for all Journey-crazed fans, Dream after Dream is a rare but a state of the art piece of collection. Here you will experience energy, relaxing moods, melancholy (Snow Theme, written by bassist Ross Valory is a great tune), so it is an album that inevitably it invites to be heard over and over and over!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
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If you never buy any "obscure" rock album you have to get this one. Not for the timid, it will BLOW YOUR MIND and then some. For the hardcore Journey fan and anyone who really likes orchestral rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Stecker on April 5, 2000
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This is not the Steve Perry/Journey you all know and love. It is a beautiful, mostly instrumental album that will blow you away! Very different sounds, great harmonies, and will add a new dimension to your view of the band's many talents. Very few people are aware of this album, but all I have introduced it to have been amazed and impressed with this different "sound."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
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I was fortunate to come across this cassette in a bargain bin (remember those?) back in the late 80's. Being extremely captivated with Journey at the time, I picked it up for about four dollars. After listening to the entire album, I would have gladly paid much more.

As 'Destiny' begins, one begins to wonder if this is even a Journey album at all; light electric guitar with touches of violins and atmospheric keyboards. When the song moves forward, you begin to hear how talented and versatile this band actually was, as the song builds and explodes with force, ending only as it began. From then on, this album only improves, focusing mainly on orchestration and passion-filled, beautiful instrumentals.

Steve Perry's voice remains sharp, clear, and focused on reaching the saddened side of us all. Listen to 'Little Girl' and 'Sandcastles' to understand why his voice continues to amaze people yet today. Neil Schon's guitar playing is full of changing moods and seems determined to get you to feel all things a classical music piece can bring: joy at one moment and despair at the next.

If you're expecting hints of 'Escape' or 'Frontiers', that is probably all you will get. But after listening to the loss and sorrow expressed in 'When the Love has Gone', you will wonder why these guys never made another movie soundtrack.

A true Journey fan will not be disappointed, and the CD price from Amazon is well worth the investment.
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