Frontiers (Journey album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1, 1983
RecordedAutumn 1982
StudioFantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
ProducerMike Stone, Kevin Elson
Journey chronology
Raised on Radio
Singles from Frontiers
  1. "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" / "Frontiers"
    Released: January 5, 1983
  2. "Faithfully" / "Frontiers"
    Released: April 16, 1983 (US, Australia)
  3. "Faithfully" / "Edge of the Blade"
    Released: April 1983 (Europe)
  4. "After the Fall" / "Only Solutions"
    Released: July 1983 (North America)
  5. "After the Fall" / "Rubicon"
    Released: July 1983 (UK)
  6. "Send Her My Love" / "Chain Reaction"
    Released: September 1983
  7. "Ask the Lonely" / "Troubled Child"
    Released: 1983 (Japan)

Frontiers is the eighth studio album by the American rock band Journey, released in February 1983 on the Columbia Records label. This was the band's last album to feature bassist Ross Valory until 1996's Trial by Fire.

The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart[1] and would garner four top 40 singles: "After the Fall" (No. 23), "Send Her My Love" (No. 23), "Faithfully" (No. 12), and "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (No. 8),[2] and a rock radio hit in "Chain Reaction". The album would later achieve the RIAA certification of six times platinum.[3]

The album had been sequenced and prepped for pressing when, in a last-minute conference with Journey's A&R man Michael Dillbeck, two songs were pulled from the original lineup, "Ask the Lonely" and "Only the Young". These two tracks were replaced with "Back Talk" and "Troubled Child". "Ask the Lonely" was utilized in the soundtrack for the film Two of a Kind. "Only the Young" would find its way into the Top Ten two years later, as part of the soundtrack of the movie Vision Quest.[4]

The band recorded a song called "All That Really Matters," with keyboardist Jonathan Cain singing lead, during the album sessions. It didn't see release until the 1992 release of the "Time3" box set.

Frontiers was the band's highest-charting album in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart in 1983.[5]

Album Artwork[edit]

From an exclusive interview via E-Mail with Jim Welch by Scott Sullivan of the Journey WWW Page:

Frontiers was a subtle shift. Mouse and Kelley were not involved with that cover. My vision for Frontiers was based on "tunnels" and the relativity of time and motion. Light stays the same, but time bends. It was Einstein theories for artist interpretation. The alien in Frontiers wasn't really an alien at all, he was a connection to a higher level of listening to Journey.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceD+[9]

In 2005, Frontiers was ranked number 363 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain5:23
2."Send Her My Love"Perry, Cain3:55
3."Chain Reaction"Perry, Neal Schon, Cain4:21
4."After the Fall"Perry, Cain5:01
Side two
6."Edge of the Blade"Perry, Schon, Cain4:30
7."Troubled Child"Perry, Schon, Cain4:29
8."Back Talk"Perry, Cain, Steve Smith3:17
9."Frontiers"Perry, Schon, Cain, Smith4:10
10."Rubicon"Perry, Schon, Cain4:19
2006 CD reissue bonus tracks
11."Only the Young" (from the soundtrack of Vision Quest)Perry, Schon, Cain4:18
12."Ask the Lonely" (from the soundtrack of Two of a Kind)Perry, Cain3:55
13."Liberty"Schon, Perry, Cain2:54
14."Only Solutions" (from the soundtrack of Tron)Cain, Schon, Perry3:33


Band members
Additional Musicians
  • Mike Stone - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Kevin Elson - producer, mixing
  • Wally Buck - assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1997 6x Platinum (+ 6,000,000)[3]
Canada CRIA 1983 Platinum (+ 100,000)[19]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Frontiers Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  3. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Journey. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  4. ^ Journey "Time3" Box Set, page 41, 2005
  5. ^ a b "Journey Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  6. ^ "Journey WWW Page Exclusive Interview".
  7. ^ DeGagne, Mike. "Journey Frontiers review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  8. ^ Considine, J. D. (14 April 1983). "Album Reviews: Journey - Frontiers". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (26 July 1983). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  10. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 65. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 162. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 38, No. 3, March 19, 1983". Library and Archives Canada. 19 March 1983. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  13. ^ "Journey - Frontiers (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  14. ^ "Journey - Frontiers (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  15. ^ "Album – Journey, Frontiers". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 38, No. 4, March 26, 1983". Library and Archives Canada. 26 March 1983. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  18. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 38, No. 15, June 11, 1983". Library and Archives Canada. 11 June 1983. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  19. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Journey". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2013-07-14.