Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"Good Morning Girl/Stay Awhile" by Journey

Song#:  0306
Date:  08/23/1980
Debut:  87
Peak:  55
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This third single from their "Departure" album was not a double-sided song, but two consecutive tracks on the album released as one song. On the album there is actually a further prelude with the title track of the album, kind of making this a mini-suite of song. But adding that extra 40 seconds or so was not optimal for a single, so these two were issued together.

ReduxReview:  This was an interesting choice for a single. "Good Morning Girl" is a pretty tune with Steve Perry's voice soaring above strings, but "Stay Awhile" is more of a rock ballad that probably sounded good on the radio. I think they should have just stuck with that song for the single. It's a quick three minute power ballad that hits the right marks.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  While in Japan on tour, the band recorded the soundtrack to the Japanese film "Yumi, Yumi No Ato." The subsequent album "Dream, After Dream" came out in December, 1980. The album moves away from their arena rock sound back towards their prog-rock days and only features three vocal tracks. Although it was mainly a Japanese release and didn't see any chart action, the album is seen as an undiscovered gem in their catalog.


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