Infinity (Journey album)

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Infinity
Journey Infinity.jpg
Cover art by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse
Studio album by Journey
Released January 20, 1978
Recorded October–December 1977 at His Master's Wheels Studio, San Francisco and Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 36:28
Label Columbia
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Journey chronology
Next
(1977)Next1977
Infinity
(1978)
Evolution
(1979)Evolution1979
Singles from Infinity
  1. "Wheel in the Sky/Can Do"
    Released: April 1978
  2. "Anytime/Lă Do Dā"
    Released: June 1978
  3. "Lights/Somethin' to Hide"
    Released: August 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Infinity is Journey's fourth album, released in January 1978 on Columbia Records. It was the band's first album with vocalist Steve Perry and the last to feature drummer Aynsley Dunbar.

Looking for a stronger lead vocalist, Journey briefly enlisted Robert Fleischman and even recorded a few tracks with him, one of which, "For You", later appeared on the Time3 compilation album and Fleischman's solo album Perfect Stranger. Fleischman was soon replaced by Steve Perry, due to musical and management differences. Fleischman would later resurface as the first singer of the glam metal band Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

In "Feeling That Way", Perry dueted with keyboardist Gregg Rolie, who sings lead vocals on "Anytime".

"Patiently" was the first song Perry and Neal Schon wrote together. Perry wrote the lyrics, in which he expresses the sadness of being on the road and away from home, while also expressing admiration for the band's fans, and Schon wrote the music for the song. Other popular singles included "Lights" and "Wheel in the Sky". The latter was co-written with temporary frontman Fleischman.

Journey's manager, Herbie Herbert, enlisted English producer Roy Thomas Baker to produce Infinity. Baker produced a layered sound approach, similar to his work with Queen, as demonstrated on tracks such as "Winds of March" (with help from engineer Geoff Workman). In addition, Baker's method of stacked harmonies, notable on several other albums he produced, became trademarks of Journey's sound. He achieved this by having each vocalist (usually Perry and Rolie, sometimes joined by Valory and/or Schon) sing each harmony part in unison. This had the effect of making three or four voices sound like more, and is notable on the songs "Feeling that Way" and "Anytime", which are often played in tandem consecutively on radio stations as presented on the album.

The addition of Perry gave the band a more mainstream sound, and helped Journey attain their highest chart success to date.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lights"Steve Perry, Neal Schon3:11
2."Feeling That Way"Perry, Gregg Rolie, Aynsley Dunbar3:28
3."Anytime"Rolie, Roger Silver, Robert Fleischman, Schon, Ross Valory3:28
4."Lă Do Dā"Perry, Schon3:01
5."Patiently"Perry, Schon3:21
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Wheel in the Sky"Schon, Fleischman, Diane Valory4:12
7."Somethin' to Hide"Perry, Schon3:27
8."Winds of March"Matt Schon, Schon, Fleischman, Rolie, Perry5:04
9."Can Do"Perry, Valory2:39
10."Opened the Door"Perry, Rolie, Schon4:37

Liner Notes[edit]

The song "Patiently" is dedicated to the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, who lost their lead singer, two band members, and multiple crew members in a plane crash in October of 1977, while Journey was recording the album.

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

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Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1989 3x Platinum (+3,000,000)[8]
Canada CRIA 1980 Gold (+50,000)[9]

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