Journey's fourth album, Infinity, was released in January 1978 on Columbia Records. It was the band's first album with vocalist Steve Perry.
Looking for a stronger lead vocalist, Journey briefly enlisted front man Robert Fleischman and even recorded a few tracks, one of which, "For You," which later appeared on the Time3 collection, and Fleischman's solo album, Perfect Stranger. Fleischman was soon thereafter replaced by Steve Perry due to musical and management differences. Fleischman would later resurface as the first singer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion.
With songs like "Feeling That Way" and "Anytime," Perry shared the vocals with former lead singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie.
"Patiently" was the first song Perry and Neal Schon wrote together. Perry wrote the lyrics, in which he expresses the sadness of being on the road and away from home, while also expressing admiration for the band's fans. Schon wrote the music for the song. Other popular singles included "Lights" and "Wheel in the Sky." The latter was co-written with temporary front man Fleischman.
Journey's manager, Herbie Herbert, enlisted producer Roy Thomas Baker to engineer "Infinity." This produced a layered sound approach, similar to his work with Queen, as demonstrated on tracks such as "Winds of March." In addition, Baker's method of stacked harmonies, notable on several other albums he produced, became trademarks of Journey's sound. Baker achieved this by having each vocalist (usually Perry and Rolie, sometimes joined by Valory and/or Schon) sing each harmony part in unison. This had the effect of making three or four voices sound like more, and is notable on the songs "Feeling that Way" and "Anytime," which are often played in tandem consecutively on radio stations.
The addition of Perry led to a more mainstream sound, and helped Journey attain their highest chart success to date. Infinity marked the last appearance of drummer Aynsley Dunbar.
Journey is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1973 by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987, after which it temporarily disbanded. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including 1981's "Don't Stop Believin'", which became in 2009 the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. Its parent studio album, Escape, the band's eighth and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, "Open Arms". Its 1983 follow-up, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band's appeal in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Journey enjoyed a successful reunion in the mid-1990s, and later regrouped with a series of lead singers.
Sales have resulted in two gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and one diamond album (including seven consecutive multi-platinum albums between 1978 and 1987). They have had eighteen Top 40 singles in the US, six of which reached the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and two of which reached No. 1 on other Billboard charts, and a No. 6 hit on the UK Singles Chart in "Don't Stop Believin'". Originally a progressive rock band, Journey was described by Allmusic as having cemented a reputation as "one of America's most beloved (and sometimes hated) commercial rock/pop bands" by 1978, when they redefined their sound by embracing traditional pop arrangements on their fourth album, Infinity. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Journey has sold 47 million albums in the US, making them the 28th best selling band. Their worldwide sales have reached over 80 million albums. A 2005 USA Today opinion poll named Journey the fifth best American rock band in history. Their songs have become arena rock staples and are still played on rock radio stations across the world.
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