Raised on Radio

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Raised on Radio
Cover art by Michael Cotten and Prairie Prince
Studio album by Journey
Released May 27, 1986
Recorded Record Plant in Sausalito, California and Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, October–December 1985
Genre Hard rock, rock[citation needed]
Length 44:13
Label Columbia
Producer Steve Perry, Jim Gaines
Journey chronology
Frontiers
(1983)
Raised on Radio
(1986)
Greatest Hits
(1988)
Singles from Raised on Radio
  1. "Be Good to Yourself" / "Only the Young"
    Released: April 1986
  2. "Suzanne" / "Ask the Lonely"
    Released: June 1986
  3. "Girl Can't Help It" / "It Could Have Been You"
    Released: August 1986
  4. "I'll Be Alright Without You" / "The Eyes of a Woman"
    Released: December 1986
  5. "Why Can't This Night Go on Forever" / "Positive Touch"
    Released: April 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Raised on Radio is the ninth studio album by the American rock band Journey, released in May 1986 on the Columbia Records label. The only album to feature bassist Randy Jackson, bassist Bob Glaub and drummer Larrie Londin.

Following their two most successful albums, lead singer Steve Perry began to take more control over the band's direction. First, Ross Valory and Steve Smith were fired from the band, against the wishes of manager Herbie Herbert. The two were replaced by various studio musicians for the recording of Raised on Radio, including Randy Jackson (bass guitar) and Larrie Londin (drums). Smith did record three tracks with Journey on the album, and he and Valory still received revenues from the record and subsequent tour. Both returned to Journey in 1996.

Second, Perry changed the original title of this project from Freedom to Raised on Radio. This drew the ire of Herbert and some of the band members, and might have contributed to the departure of Smith and Valory.[citation needed]

Much of the album has a feel similar to Perry's solo album Street Talk.[citation needed] However, the classic Journey sound can still be heard on songs like "Girl Can't Help It" and the longtime concert staple "Be Good to Yourself". The ballads "Suzanne," ''I'll Be Alright Without You", and "Why Can't This Night Go on Forever", which was written in a similar style to the hit song "Faithfully", achieved minor chart success. Overall there were four top 40 singles: "Girl Can't Help It" (No. 17), "Be Good to Yourself" (No. 9), "I'll Be Alright Without You" (No. 14), and "Suzanne" (No. 17).[2]

Many critics feel that Perry's influence and direction for Raised on Radio caused album sales to be lower than previous ones. But the fans sent it to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart[3] and it was certified double platinum in the USA.[4]

The cover of the album was modeled after the studios and antennas for KNGS in Hanford, California, which was owned by Perry's parents, Ray and Mary Perry.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Girl Can't Help It"     3:50
2. "Positive Touch"     4:16
3. "Suzanne"   Perry, Cain 3:38
4. "Be Good to Yourself"     3:51
5. "Once You Love Somebody"     4:40
6. "Happy to Give"   Perry, Cain 3:49
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Raised on Radio"     3:49
8. "I'll Be Alright Without You"     4:49
9. "It Could Have Been You"     3:37
10. "The Eyes of a Woman"     4:32
11. "Why Can't This Night Go on Forever"   Perry, Cain 3:43

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Steve Perry - lead vocals, producer
  • Neal Schon - guitars, backing vocals, keyboard on track 10, guitar synth
  • Jonathan Cain - keyboards, backing vocals, additional vocal co-production
Additional musicians
  • Randy Jackson - bass, backing vocals
  • Larrie Londin - drums, percussion
  • Bob Glaub - bass on tracks 2, 10 and 11.
  • Steve Smith - drums on tracks 2, 10 and 11.
  • Mike Baird - drums on tracks 12 and 13 (2006 CD reissue only)
  • Dan Hull - saxophone on tracks 2 and 7, harp on track 7
  • Steve Minkins - percussion on track 3
Production

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1989 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1986 Gold (+ 50,000)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Journey Raised on Radio review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Raised on Radio Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Raised on Radio Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  4. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Journey. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Robin (5 July 2006). "Portuguese Radio Station Stands the Test of Time". Valley Voice Archives. Tulare Voice Newspaper. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Journey – Raised on Radio (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  7. ^ "Journey Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  8. ^ "Journey – Raised on Radio". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 44, No. 15, July 05 1986". Library and Archives Canada. 5 July 1986. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Album – Journey, Raised on Radio". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  11. ^ ジャーニー - クイーンズライクのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 44, No. 12, June 14, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. 14 June 1986. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  13. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 44, No. 21, August 16, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. 16 August 1986. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 45, No. 7, November 08 1986". Library and Archives Canada. 8 November 1986. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 45, No. 23, March 14, 1987". Library and Archives Canada. 14 March 1987. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  16. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Journey". Music Canada. Retrieved 2013-07-14.