Evolution (Journey album)

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Journey Evolution.jpg
Cover art by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 23, 1979
RecordedOctober – November 1978 at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreArena rock[1]
ProducerRoy Thomas Baker
Journey chronology
In the Beginning
Singles from Evolution
  1. "Just the Same Way/Something to Hide"
    Released: April 1979
  2. "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'/Daydream"
    Released: September 1979
  3. "Too Late/Do You Recall"
    Released: December 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Evolution is the fifth studio album by Journey. Released in March 1979 on Columbia Records, their first album to feature drummer Steve Smith.

It was the band's most successful album at that time, selling three million copies in the US and charting at #20 on the Billboard 200. They retained Roy Thomas Baker (Best known for his work with Queen) as producer, but drummer Aynsley Dunbar was replaced with Steve Smith, formerly with Ronnie Montrose's band.

According to the book Heavier than Heaven, the album was Kurt Cobain's favorite album from 1979.

Evolution features their first top 20 hit, "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'", which was inspired by the classic Sam Cooke top 20 hit "Nothin' Can Change This Love" and reached #16 in the US.[2] "Just the Same Way" featured original lead vocalist Gregg Rolie along with Steve Perry.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Majestic" (Instrumental)Steve Perry, Neal Schon1:16
2."Too Late"Perry, Schon2:58
3."Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"Perry3:55
4."City of the Angels"Perry, Gregg Rolie, Schon3:12
5."When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)"Perry, Schon3:10
6."Sweet and Simple"Perry4:13
Side two
7."Lovin' You Is Easy"Perry, Schon, Greg Errico3:38
8."Just the Same Way"Rolie, Schon, Ross Valory3:18
9."Do You Recall"Perry, Rolie3:13
10."Daydream"Perry, Rolie, Schon, Valory4:42
11."Lady Luck"Perry, Schon, Valory3:35
Total length:37:10


Band members



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1991 3x Platinum (+ 3,000,000)[11]
Canada CRIA 1980 Gold (+ 50,000)[12]


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  9. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 7, November 24, 1979". Library and Archives Canada. 24 November 1979. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
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  11. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Journey. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  12. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Journey". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-06-30.