Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Still They Ride" by Journey

Song#:  1041
Date:  05/22/1982
Debut:  70
Peak:  19
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  Journey's #1 album "Escape" banged out three Top 10 gold records in a row including their biggest hit, "Open Arms" (#2 for six weeks). The band tried for a fourth hit from the LP with this single, but it could only muster a Top 20 showing.

ReduxReview:  Instead of following up "Open Arms" with a solid rock track like "Stone in Love," which was already being played on rock radio, they opted for this ballad. It is definitely not a bad choice and I love this song, but they may have had a better chance at another Top 10 with "Stone." Regardless, it's a fourth fab single in a row for them.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The wing and beetle designs used on the covers of several Journey albums, including "Escape," were courtesy of artist Stanley Mouse. Mouse, along with Alton Kelley, were responsible for a good chunk of the artwork featured on concert posters and other commercial items for The Grateful Dead, including the iconic skull and roses image. Mouse's work graced the covers of Journey albums from 1978's "Infinity" (the band's first platinum album) through to "Escape."


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