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5.0 out of 5 stars i want to be a schon guitar., 22 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Frontiers (Audio CD)
Journey rocks! The radical rifs that rifle out from Neals guitar get you rockin' right out of your seat and then seconds later he's blowing your mind with a ballad rif that makes you want to cry. "Faithfully" is the song described above. It also just happens to be my favorite off this album/disc. With Steve Perrys vocals and Steve Smiths amazing versital drum talents, the songs "Rubicon" and "Frontiers" best amplify their gifts. And most definatley Ross has the baddest bass rifs on "Backtalk". Journey, one of the worlds greatest bands. I should know #1 Fan and all! (smile)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unnoticed Giant!, 17 Jun 2006
This review is from: Frontiers (Audio CD)
I have to admit to being a closet rock fan during my youth, we had a different phase of music for every year at school, Punk, Rockabilly, Heavy Metal, Ska, Mods and New Romantics were all experienced.

During this period I heard Tommy Vance play 'Who's Crying Now' on the Friday Rock Show circa 1981, also being a full blooded 17 year old full of hormones I realised that the closing track to the teen film 'Last American Virgin' was 'Open Arms'. These 2 tracks stuck in the memory as great feel good songs and prompted me to purchase 'Escape' from which they came. I was astonished to find out they were absolutely huge in America, but were virtual unknown's here in the UK.

When this release hit the shops in 1983 I was blown away by the quality of the song writing, the exquisite voice of Steve Perry, and the raw power of Neil Schon's guitar work.
'Seperate Ways' is an awesome song full of energy from start to finish, Jonathon Cain's keyboard intro leading to a crescendo of guitar riffs and thunderous bass and drums has to put it up there with some of the best rock songs of all time, it leaves you absolutely breathless with its adrenalin filled beat, a truely classic album opener.
'Send Her My Love' is a beautiful love song which they can deliver with ultimate ease as Steve Perry's voice just hits the right chords to send the senses sawing.
'Chain Reaction' is another guitar led track with Neil sounding like a freight train engine at top speed throughout.
'After The Fall' another love song with a message to all men, with lyrics such as 'valentine's he never sent, there's not enough time, he's a working man' and 'you mean't more to me, than I let you see' 'I miss you now' so basically, appreciate your woman before she gets the hump and leaves!
'Faithfully' has one of the best lines I've ever heard. 'Circus life, under the big top world, we all need the clowns to make us smile' a song about being on the road, touring and long distance phone call's, missing the one's you love. It took me a while to progress to side two as the first side was just so good.

When I did, we get another power trip of guitar led energy in
'Edge Of The Blade' that deals with divorce and the refusal to let others get the best of you.
'Troubled Child' has an instrumental segmant that reminds me of the pre Steve Hogarth Marillion era.
'Back Talk' has a superb guitar solo in it,
'Frontiers' showcases Steve Perry's vocals to the full and the rock out of
'Rubicon' closes the album in fine style.
This album was overlooked here in the UK, sold millions in the US, the only reason I can think of is that the UK probably didn't want to get into long haired AOR rock as the music scene was changing to more radio friendly acts such as Tears For Fears, New Order, Level 42, Culture Club and the like. I can only say UK you do not know what you missed, find it now and play very loud, you will love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, 24 Sep 2007
This review is from: Frontiers (Audio CD)
A great album, which has similarities to their previous one Escape, but this takes things a step further especially during the second half, with amazing songs like "Troubled Child" and "Edge of the Blade". There is a slightly experimental aspect to some of these songs, we get to hear different sides to Neal Schons guitar playing and a slightly rawer edge to Steve Perry's vocals. As usual, the whole band seamlessly contributes to each song, and with the excellent song writing and musicianship this helps to make this a good album to listen to again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Ears, 6 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Frontiers (Audio CD)
After 'Escape', 'Frontiers' is probably the most consistent Journey album (unless you trace their discography back from 'Departures' - some great stuff lies therein, albeit surprisingly different). This said, they do make some distinct stylistic and tonal changes.

'Seperate Ways', 'Chain Reaction', 'Edge of the Blade' and 'Troubled Child' are all quite heavy, chunky and dark and rumble on almost like Iron Maiden in their heyday (although not quite). This is quite a refreshing change from the clean and crisp production on 'Escape'.

'Send Her My Love' and 'After the Fall' are very passable ballads, keeping the darker edge of the album as a whole. The production almost sounds akin to 'Vigilante' by Magnum (highly recommended also by the way). 'Faithfully' however does not have much going for it. It has a nice hook but no memorable chorus. 'Back Talk' is awful. It doesn't fit on the album and is utter drivel.

The final tracks are very interesting. They sound more like Genesis, which is no bad thing, as at least they are seen to be trying to mix up their sound a little bit. 'Frontiers' is complicated and rather difficult to get into but is worth it as it is a very worthy and quietly catchy track. 'Rubicon' is more of the same, but more accessible and quite a breathless song.

The best, though, is in the extra tracks. 'Only the Young' has a great picked riff and sounds like something taken from The Breakfast Club soundtrack but is completely fantastic. 'Ask the Lonely' is a grower with one of the best choruses ever. 'Liberty' is worth missing, but at least it's short. 'Only Solutions' complements the first 2 extra tracks perfectly and is as good, if not better. While not of the same ilk as the rest of the album, the whole would not seem as special without them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars journey at there best, 6 July 2014
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the best journey album with steve perry buy it
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