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The Essential Journey

The Essential Journey
Greatest hits album by Journey
Released October 16, 2001
Recorded 1977-1996
Genre Hard rock, arena rock
Length 128:56
Label Columbia/Sony
Journey chronology
The Essential Journey
Red 13
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic [1]
The Joyful Gadfly Blog Positive[2]

The Essential Journey is a compilation of songs from the rock band Journey. Released on October 16, 2001, it is part of Sony BMG's "Essential" series of compilation albums. The album includes most of Journey's major and minor hits that have charted on Billboard Hot 100. It covers material recorded while Steve Perry was lead singer of the band, from the album Infinity of 1978 to 1996's Trial by Fire, neglecting Journey albums recorded before and after his membership. Disc One is Greatest Hits with some minor things about tracks being in a different order and After the Fall replying Be Good to Yourself

The Essential Journey was certified as Platinum in the United States on February 2, 2005,[3] and has sold 1,156,000 copies in the US as of August 2013.[4]

Track listing

Disc 1
  1. "Only the Young" – 4:05 (from the soundtrack of the 1985 film Vision Quest)
  2. "Don't Stop Believin'" – 4:09 (from the 1981 album Escape)
  3. "Wheel in the Sky" – 4:13 (from the 1978 album Infinity)
  4. "Faithfully" – 4:26 (from the 1983 album Frontiers)
  5. "Any Way You Want It" – 3:22 (from the 1980 album Departure)
  6. "Ask the Lonely" – 3:54 (from the soundtrack to the 1983 film Two of a Kind)
  7. "Who's Crying Now" – 5:01 (from Escape)
  8. "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" – 5:26 (from Frontiers)
  9. "Lights" – 3:10 (from Infinity)
  10. "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" – 3:54 (from the 1979 album Evolution)
  11. "Open Arms" – 3:19 (from Escape)
  12. "Girl Can't Help It" – 3:50 (from the 1986 album Raised on Radio)
  13. "Send Her My Love" – 3:55 (from Frontiers)
  14. "When You Love a Woman" – 4:08 (from the 1996 album Trial by Fire)
  15. "I'll Be Alright Without You" – 4:34 (from Raised on Radio)
  16. "After the Fall" – 5:01 (from Frontiers)
Disc 2
  1. "Chain Reaction" – 4:20 (from Frontiers)
  2. "Message of Love" – 5:34 (from Trial by Fire)
  3. "Somethin' to Hide" – 3:30 (from Infinity)
  4. "Line of Fire" (live) – 3:18 (from the 1981 live album Captured)
  5. "Anytime" – 3:28 (from Infinity)
  6. "Stone in Love" – 4:25 (from Escape)
  7. "Patiently" – 3:22 (from Infinity)
  8. "Good Morning Girl" – 1:44 (from Departure)
  9. "The Eyes of a Woman" – 4:33 (from Raised on Radio)
  10. "Be Good to Yourself" – 3:52 (from Raised on Radio)
  11. "Still They Ride" – 3:49 (from Escape)
  12. "Baby I'm a Leavin' You" – 2:47 (from Trial by Fire)
  13. "Mother, Father" – 5:28 (from Escape)
  14. "Just the Same Way" – 3:18 (from Evolution)
  15. "Escape" – 5:17 (from Escape)
  16. "The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love)" – 3:41 (from Captured)
Disc 3 - Limited Edition 3.0 version only
  1. "Don't Stop Believin'" (live in Houston 11/6/1981) - 4:15 (from the 2005 live album Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour)
  2. "Stone in Love" (live in Houston 11/6/1981) - 5:14 (from Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour)
  3. "When I Think of You" - 4:20 (from Trial by Fire)
  4. "Suzanne" - 3:38 (from Raised on Radio)
  5. "Walks Like a Lady" – 3:16 (from Departure)
  6. "Feeling That Way" - 3:28 (from Infinity)
  7. "Mother, Father" (live in Houston 11/6/1981) - 5:25 (from Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour)
  8. "I Can See It in Your Eyes" – 4:13 (from Trial by Fire)


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  2. ^ Joy, Aaron (7 June 2012). "Journey - The Essential Journey (hits comp)". The Joyful Gadfly... Rock and Metal CD/DVD Reviews Blog. Roman Midnight Music Retrieved 2013-07-28. 
  3. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Journey. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.
  4. ^ Paul Grein (August 7, 2013). "Week Ending Aug. 4, 2013. Albums: Robin Thicke, Call Katy Perry". Yahoo Chart Watch. 
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