NOTABLE TRACKS: “Separate Ways”, “Faithfully”, “After The Fall”, “Send Her My Love”

ALBUM MVP: “Faithfully”

WHY I LOVED IT: Frontiers almost identically shadows the same blueprint as their previous albums two years prior, Escape, packed with ballads built for radio along with a couple of rock out with your cock out jams, with literally every track ultimately designed to accentuate Steve Perry’s distinctively stunning vocals. In the interest of full disclosure I actually liked the Escape album more, which I suppose is a future spoiler alert here, but this album was fantastic as well.  The album’s signature slow jam “Faithfully” is the ballad follow-up to “Open Arms” and Perry’s beguiling riffs keep you engrossed, whether it’s voluntarily or not.

One of my favorite things about “Faithfully”, actually is it inspired me to go back and find many of Journey’s previous less- hyped albums from the late 70’s I’d come to find insanely underrated.

COMMERCIAL SUCCESS: By the time “Frontiers” dropped it was already the band’s eighth studio album. It ended up being one of their most successful—selling more than six million copies in the United States alone. The album would reach number-two on the Billboard Top 200 and sprung four charting singles.  The biggest was “Separate Ways”, which peaked at eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of the Mainstream Rock chart.  “Faithfully” hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 while “After the Fall” and Send Her My Love” managed to reach as high as No. 23.  “Frontier” is the band’s all-time biggest selling album in the U.K.

FUN FACTS:  From comes a couple of interesting nuggets. “When the group formed, they held a contest on the San Francisco radio station KSAN-FM to come up with the name of the band, the winner getting tickets for life to their shows. The names terrible – stuff like Rumpled Foreskin and The Mound Pounders. John Villanueva, who worked in the band’s management, came up with the name Journey, and they created a fake winner for the contest, an imaginary listener named Toby Pratt.”

Also, from “In 1986 the group parted ways with their bassist Ross Valory. To replace him in the band they went with a studio bassist named Randy Jackson. After recording their “Raised on Radio” album Randy Jackson spent that year touring with the band. Mr. Jackson since went on to put together an impressive career and become one of the original judges on “American Idol”.


 100.  Van Halen – OU812 

99. Stevie Wonder – In Squared Circle

98. Taylor Dayne – Can’t Fight Fate

97. Kool & The Gang – Emergency 

96. Stevie B – In My Eyes 

95. Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever 

94. Michael Bolton – Soul Provider 

93. Go Go’s – Beauty & The Beast 

92. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer (Bad) 

91. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry 

90. Def Leppard – Hysteria

89. New Edition – Heartbreak

88. Don Henley – Building A Perfect Beast

87. Beverly Hills Cop – Movie Soundtrack

86. Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever 

85. Rolling Stones – Tattoo You

84. Asia – Asia 

83. Tiffany – Tiffany 

82. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling

81. Barbara Streisand – Guilty 

80. Phil Collins – …But Seriously 

79. Air Supply – The One That You Love

78. J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame

77. Duran Duran – Rio 

76. Billy Ocean – Suddenly 

75. Run DMC – Raising Hell

74. Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion

73. John Cougar – American Fool

72. Huey Lewis and The News – Picture This

71. Top Gun – Movie Soundtrack

70. Steve Winwood – Back In The High Life

69. Air Supply – Lost In Love

68. LL Cool J – Radio