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Escape Enhanced, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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They hit #1 with this 1981 smash, one of the definitive '80s rock albums. This plays like a greatest-hits collection, with Who's Crying Now; Don't Stop Believin'; Open Arms , and Still They Ride . Bonus tracks: La Raza Del Sol and live versions of the first three aforementioned hits!

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Living up to the moniker originally given them via a San Francisco radio contest, Journey traveled a restless, often less-than-promising arc as a prog-centric quartet during the early '70s. But the addition of Steve Perry's soaring tenor to the mix on 1978's Infinity instantly changed the band's fortunes, which arguably peaked on this 1981 release. While Neal Schon's lyrical guitar work remained a staple, it was Perry's unabashedly mainstream pop ballad sensibilities that carried the album to the top of the charts and multiplatinum sales via its trio of era-defining hit singles, "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believing," and "Open Arms." --Jerry McCulley

1. Dont Stop Believin'
2. Stone In Love
3. Who's Crying Now
4. Keep On Runnin'
5. Still They Ride
6. Escape
7. Lay It Down
8. Dead Or Alive
9. Mother, Father
10. Open Arms
11. La Raza Del Sol
12. Dont Stop Believin
13. Who's Crying Now
14. Open Arms

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Columbia
  • ASIN: B000G7PNAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Shane Wilson on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a reissue of the 1996 remastered edition along with the 4 bonus tracks. I bought this hoping that it had been newly remastered, but the sound is identical to the 1996 cd. "The Essential Journey" from 2001 is louder and has a better mix (as in you can hear the instruments better and clearer) than this 2006 cd. The live tracks on this cd can all be gotten on the 2006 "Live in Houston" cd and the sound on that cd is better, clearer, and louder than on this reissue cd ("Reissue" is written on this cd wrapper not "remaster"). I'm a bit of a fiend for remasters and I did play them "side by side" and can hear no difference from the 1996 to the 2006. The only true new thing on here is "La Raza Del Sol".

So this is great if all you've got is the original cd release, but do realize that this is not a 2nd remaster. Get the "Essential" disc if you want that; it's the closest there is and it does sound better than the 1st edition remasters. Of course, not all the songs are on there that I'm sure you want. I'd like to see all their albums remastered like the "Essential" is. But oh well, it's not here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RedBlaze on August 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Avoid all of these Journey remasters/ reissues and find the original non-remastered CD's. Why? Please see below the next paragraph.

FYI: some of these Journey Legacy reissues have new remastering that is worse than the previous 1996 remastering while some have the 1996 remastering:
Infinity (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Evolution (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Departure (remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues)
Escape (not remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues, old 1996 remastering)
Frontiers (remastered for 2006 Legacy reissues)

This was an amazing CD with lots of great songs and the most natural-sounding production of any Journey album. As with the albums before it, there's some great, underrated guitar work, especially the solos.

I initially thought this was a much better, fuller sounding version. I even initially posted a favorable review. All of the Journey remasters and reissues seemed to sound great and better than the originals, until I realized something is missing. The sound is very compressed.

When I first listened to the CD, it seemed fuller sounding. It seemed great...at first. I started to wonder why I began listening to the remaster less and less. Then I dug out the original CD. I realized how instruments that jumped out on the original now just all blend together on the remaster. Drum hits that popped out before are softened and now in the background along with every other peak, making for a very generic, modernized and cloudy sound. The definition and clarity are gone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Al B. on June 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album was the defined turning point for Journey. This album spawned off two tours of the album, a live album from the tour later released in 2006, and even their own video game on the Atari 2600.

This album got Journey a number one spot on the Billboard's Pop Albums and with 10 tracks on the album, 4 singles came from this album which were, "Who's Crying Now", "Still They Ride", "Open Arms", and the band's most recognizable song, "Don't Stop Believin'". All of them broke the Billboard's top 20 with 3 in the top 10, and 2 in the top 5. Several non-single tracks like Stone in Love, Mother Father, and Escape had their own popularity and most have found their way on Journey's compilation albums like Time3, Greatest Hits Live, and The Essential Journey. Even the other 3 "Dead or Alive", "Lay it Down", and "Keep on Runnin'" all have a special place in the heart of the album and the fans.

Escape as you can tell from several other reviews of mine including this one, is my favorite album because it has most of the Journey classics being "Don't Stop Believin'", "Stone in Love", "Who's Crying Now", "Still the Ride", "Escape", and my favorite rock ballad of all time "Open Arms". The Album also just never gets old for me as I've listened to it dozens of times.

The reissue features another classic hit from Time3, "La Raza Del Sol" which has a more Latin feel to it like Santana which is a rare occasion but definately worth a listen. Closing the reissue is the 3 big singles from Escape from the Live in Houston album which are "Don't Stop Believin'", "Open Arms", and "Who's Crying Now".

Like with other classic rock albums, Escape ages well and whether if your a fan of Journey or arena rock, you should welcome this album to your CD collection with "Open Arms".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Laubach on March 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This one brings back so many memories from the early 80's! That is what I think is the best part of listening to this CD!

My favorite track is "stone in love" because of the 2nd half of the song's rock montage! It always gets me psyched up for anything! Not to forget the rest of the tracks, which range from great love ballads to simple blues rock. I highly recommend this one, which is Journey's greatest CD!
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