Journey’s latest album was a big hit. With 11 new songs, the album’s success was also attributable to their re-creation of the old Journey classics with their new lead singer’s amazing voice. The result was a fresh sensation and a new experience for the new and young generation of music fans. Will Journey do it again?
With the huge success of their latest and 13th studio album Revelation, legendary American rock band Journey is really back. Revelation sold over 105,000 copies on its first week of release which marked a 1,400% increase when compared to the first week sales of their 2005 album release Generations. It debuted at no. 1 on Billboard’s Independent Album Chart and no. 2 on Billboard rock album charts, and no. 5 on the Billboard 200.
The album is filled with 11 new songs with the hit After All These Years, Where Did I Lose Your Love and Never Walk Away which found success on the adult contemporary charts. After All These Years which peaked at no. 9, stayed on Billboard’s Top Adult Contemporary Tracks for over 23 weeks. Following their deal with Wal-Mart, the album also consisted of 11 re-recorded Journey classics with their new lead singer Arnel Pineda whose natural singing voice has an eerie resemblance to their former lead singer’s voice – Steve Perry.
Journey amazingly re-created their classics with Pineda’s voice and the use of modern recording studio technology which gave a much modern feel than the band’s previous album projects. Neal Schon’s guitar-playing had a different sound and was given prominence. Another improvement was the drum playing by Deen Castronovo which was made to be noticeably heard to have a feel of the beat.
Producer Kevin Shirley expertly engineered the new music pieces and re-engineered the re-recorded ones. The result is a fresh sensation and a new experience of the Journey classics especially to the new and young generation of music fans around the world. In support of their new album, Journey toured the world in 2009 and 2010 in sold-out concerts. The Revelation album provided Journey fans“what-you-hear-is-what-you-get” expectations in their live concerts. The band’s and Pineda’s energetic live performances were astounding and got high ratings and positive rave reviews.
In Revelation, Pineda re-recorded the classic hits Don’t Stop Believin’, Faithfully, Open Arms, Any Way You Want It, Only the Young, Wheel In The Sky, Who’s Crying Now, Separate Ways, Lights, Stone In Love, and Be Good To Yourself. And they were awesomely better sounding and unbelievably given a fresh new feel. The success of the album was also attributable to the re-creation of the Journey Classics with Arnel Pineda’s amazing and powerful voice.
With another new album for release in early 2011, fans are now beginning to wonder if Journey will let Arnel Pineda re-record the other Journey hits. The fans that were able to watch their live concerts in 2009 and 2010 experienced Pineda performed the other Journey classics like Ask the Lonely, Chain Reaction, Edge of the Blade, Higher Place, Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ One More, Rubicon, Patiently, When You Love a Woman and Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever. And it was an astounding performance. Now, we wish we can hear it again and again at the comfort of our home. Will Journey re-engineer again another set of their old hits? Do we want it again?
So Journey is back. Reincarnated.
Journey with new power voice Arnel Pineda is touring five cities of the United Kingdom in June next year. And for the first time in the history of rock music concerts, they will be joined by Foreigner and Styx bands.