Monday, September 10, 2012

"Too Late" by Journey

Song#:  0012
Date:  01/12/1980
Debut:  81
Peak:  70
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  This was the third chart song from Journey's "Evolution" album following their biggest hit at that time, the #16 "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'." Although they had some rock radio staples in their pocket ("Lights," "Wheel in the Sky"), Journey was somehow not burning up the pop chart. That would obviously change in a big way in about another year and a half.

ReduxReview:  This has that same feel as "Lights," but it doesn't make you want to sing along to it. And like "Lights" it served as the album opener (minus a little minute instrumental intro). Starting a rock album with a ballad doesn't seem like the best idea, but it worked for them. And this sounds like they were trying to recapture the previous formula. It's quality Journey, but not really single-worthy.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Journey began as a prog-rock/fusion band and had three (unsuccessful) albums under their belt before refining their sound and gaining Steve Perry as lead vocalist in 1977. This began the classic era of Journey and the sound that made them rock arena royalty.



  1. Solid 5.5 effort IMHO. Had the classic "Journey" sound, but not particularly anthemic as some of their other songs, and definitely not a highlight. Yet another song that I had forgotten, mostly because I hadn't/haven't listened to =Evolution= in 20 years or so. - M (PS - is this too much commentary?)

    1. Never too much commentary! I like it - hopefully others will follow. Great to hear other perspectives and such. Thanks for taking the time!

  2. Chart Run: 81 - 71 - 70 - 95