Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Send Her My Love" by Journey

Song#:  1625
Date:  09/24/1983
Debut:  87
Peak:  23
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Journey's third single from their Frontiers album, "After the Fall," was a middling hit for them reaching #23 Pop and #30 Rock. For the fourth single, they went back into ballad mode and released this song. It would end up peaking at the same #23 as "After the Fall" while missing the Rock chart completely. However, it would make an appearance at AC getting to #27. While not as big as their 1981 #1 Escape album, Frontiers would still be a major hit reaching #2 and eventually going 6x platinum.

ReduxReview:  This dark ballad was a good choice for a single and thought it would end up doing quite well, but it faltered before getting into the Top 20. I think by this time, interest in Journey and Frontiers was fading and the song wasn't strong enough to really regenerate interest in the way that "Open Arms" did. Still, it's a solid song for the band that continues to get airplay on retail music channels.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Journey's American arena rock never really caught on in the UK. They could only manage four low-level chart songs over the years. For a long while, their best charting song was 1981's "Who's Crying Now," which reached #46. However, they finally got a belated Top 10 hit in 2009 when a reissue of "Don't Stop Believin'" reached #6. The song's sudden popularity was due to its use in a British TV show. The band's albums suffered a similar fate. By the time Frontiers was issued, only two of their previous seven LPs charted with Escape doing the best at #32. For some reason, even though no singles from Frontiers reached the chart, the album unexpectedly hit #6. It remains their only Top 10 LP in the UK. Results like this were typical for the band across Europe. Japan was a different story where the band scored three gold albums and one platinum.


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