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  • Best of the Perry albums
    This album is a very good example of the genre - polished stadium rock - that was to burn itself out a few years later. I like this more than the later mega-sellers because it was before the style became near self-parody. Is it just me or could this do with a remix? Some of the vocals leap out at you - try Wheel In the Sky at the beginning. Interesting that Aynsley Dunbar jumped ship after this album - good timing. Perry wasn't exactly prog rock. Incidentally, I like plenty of Journey's supposed musical opposites too, I'm a fan of practically any style when it's done well, and this one pretty much nails it....more info
  • One of the best Journey albums
    Great album with melodic songs. Perry's voice is a sweet sounding clear tenor on this album without the raspy voice in subsequent albums. The 2006 edition is in the collectible digipak cardboard case with a commemorative booklet listing tour dates and old pictures. The album is a classic and the song Lights is one of Journey's best songs. Patiently is a beautiful heartfelt song. I also enjoyed Feeling that way, anytime, wheel in the sky, somethin' to hide, winds of march, can do, opened the door - basically the entire album was great. i enjoy ballad type songs and quite a few on this album were great ballads not rockers....more info
  • An All-Time Favorite...
    The first time I heard Journey's Infinity, I knew it would be one of my favorites. Now, 30 years later, it is still one of my favorites. I was glad to find it available in CD form. There's just something I can't define about the music on this CD that lifts my spirit every time I listen to it. ...more info
  • perry & rolie
    WHO CARES,IF THE CD WASN'T REMASTERED IN 2006 IT JUST GIVES IT THE CLASSIC SOUND!!!! iT HAS A GREAT COVER AND GREAT SONGS!!! i RATE THE SONGS BELOW.

    LIGHTS 10/10 BEAUTIFUL VOCALS BY STEVE PERRY
    FEELING THAT WAY 9/10 GREGG ROLIE SINGS A HIDDEN GEM HERE
    ANYTIME 8/10 TAKES YOU BACK TO A BETTER TIME
    LA DO DA 6/10 POP/METAL ENOUGH SAID
    PATIENTLY 7/10 KIND OF A SLOW BURNING POWER BALLED
    WHEEL IN THE SKY 10/10 TURN IT UP LOUD!!!!!!
    SOMETHIN' TO HIDE 9/10 STEVE PERRY SINGS A MASTERPEICE!!!!!
    WINDS OF MARCH 7/10 WISPS YOU TO A COLD DAY IN MARCH
    CAN DO 5/10 FILLER
    OPENED THE DOOR 5/10 FILLER...more info
  • The Start Of Journey's AOR Phase
    This underrated album by the name of "Infinity" was released in 1978 after the arrival of new singer Steve Perry that also features the production skills of Roy Thomas Baker (Queen among others). The rest of the band remained the same with Neal Schon on guitar, Ross Valory on bass, Greg Rolie on keyboards/vocals, and Aynsley Dunbar on drums. Up to this point since the band's formation in 1974, they had focused on a Jazz Fusion/Art Rock blend for the three previous albums with Rolie doing all the vocals. Once Perry joined, the band started their shift towards a more AOR based sound.

    In "Infinity", the emphasis is put on ballads since there are only three hard rock songs with "Wheel in The Sky" being the most memorable one and the radio hit. However guitarist Schon plays an excellent solo using the mixolydian mode on "La Do Da". I'd say the other rocker "Can Do" is probably the low point of the album, but still a very good song.
    What makes this album really special are its ballads. There's seven of them yet all sound different from one another! The opening composition "Lights" already displays the powerful melodic singing style of Perry but the piano accompaniment is flawless too and in the middle Schon adds one of his excellent melodic solos. I consider "Feeling That Way (Part I)/Anytime (Part II)" a medley since they run into one another and that's the way you'll hear them on radio. The two combined last for about seven minutes. In both songs you'll hear the singing of keyboard player Rolie. In Part I, Perry adds some quasi Queen-like harmonies during the verses and joins for the chorus. This is drummer Dunbar's sole songwriting contribution to the album. In Part II Perry comes in to sing a memorable bridge right before another melodic solo from Schon! Track number five, "Patiently" is one of my favorites here! It starts with an hypnotic arpeggio that uses the chords Em M7, then Em, and finally G7. It gives the impression that it's going to be a dark song... but it's not really! Singer Perry is in brilliant form here. Once again Schon shines on the acoustic guitar while Rolie doubles on piano. It's amazing how the two never get in each others way! Believe me, it's not as easy as it sounds to double an arpeggiated guitar figure with the piano...I tried it once and I just didn't sound as good as Rolie does! I would sound good for a few bars but all the sudden my notes where starting to sound superfluous! Rolie sure knows how to pull this off! Anyway, gotta love the part in the middle when Dunbar's drums come in! Guess what follows...of course, another one of those excellent solos from Schon!
    "Something To Hide" is another well crafted ballad that continues with their winning combination of catchy vocals with melodic guitar playing but "Winds Of March" could be considered the album's epic since it is the longest song (not counting the medley) of the bunch clocking at five minutes. Another notable aspect is the fact that the arrangement leaves room for Rolie to play a Hammond organ solo. Again, great arpeggios from Schon on the acoustic guitar.
    The closing song "Opened The Door" shouldn't be overlooked though. It's one of the best! The melodies utilized for all the vocal parts are perfect, but the best moment is saved for last when Schon comes in to play one of the coolest solos in the mixolydian mode you'll ever hear! Too bad it fades before long! It will leave you begging for more mixolydian! My question is: Why is Neal Schon so underreated? A very satisfactory ending to this LP to say the least.

    To cut a long story short, "Infinity" is a brilliant album. I'd say it is the best place to start your Journey collection because it accurately foreshadows all the band's later work with Perry, yet at this point, the backing band (Schon/Rolie/Valory/Dunbar) was still the same one that recorded the three previous Art Rock/Jazz Fusion oriented albums: the self-titled one from 1975, the sophomore effort "Look Into The Future" (1976), and "Next" (1977). So, in a way or another, you get a glimpse of both eras since the vocals on those records were done by keyboard player Greg Rolie himself which you also get to hear on some of these tunes in a duet with Perry!
    Thanks for taking the time to read!
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  • Awesome!
    Steve Perry is phenomenal! Neal Schon is also! The whole album is loaded with outstanding vocals from both Steve Perry and Greg Rolie along with great guitar playing from Neal Schon. If you like Journey with Steve Perry, this is the album to really get to know what Journey is all about. ...more info
  • Great Album!
    I was late to the game on listening to Journey. My first album was Escape, bought by a friend of mind in high school. This began my love of rock music. I love other types of music, but bands like Journey always took me to another level. I played that album every chance I got. Shortly later I would discover that they had earlier work. Songs I had heard before but never knew it was them. This album had all those songs. This just proves it is never to late to fall in love again. Great music lives forever!...more info