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Evolution (Journey album)

Cover art by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse
Studio album by Journey
Released April 5, 1979
Recorded October – November 1978 at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Hard rock
Length 37:10
Label Columbia
Producer Roy 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Evolution is the fifth studio album by Journey. Released in April 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 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.

In 1999, Sincer Records re-released the album on CD.

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

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Majestic"   Steve Perry, Neal Schon 1:16
2. "Too Late"   Perry, Schon 2:58
3. "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"   Perry 3:55
4. "City of the Angels"   Perry, Gregg Rolie, Schon 3:12
5. "When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)"   Perry, Schon 3:10
6. "Sweet and Simple"   Perry 4:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Lovin' You Is Easy"   Perry, Schon, Greg Errico 3:38
8. "Just the Same Way"   Rolie, Schon, Ross Valory 3:18
9. "Do You Recall"   Perry, Rolie 3:13
10. "Daydream"   Perry, Rolie, Schon, Valory 4:42
11. "Lady Luck"   Perry, Schon, Valory 3:35
Total length:


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Greg Werner - backing vocals (3)



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


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