Journey ‎– Escape

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Journey's eighth album, released in July of 1981, and general considered the band's breakthrough album, launching them from moderate success to superstardom. Upon retiring from the band, keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie recommended The Baby's Jonathan Cain as his replacement. Cain developed a songwriting partnership with vocalist Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon that pushed the band in the direction of hook-heavy arena rock. The album was a massive hit on release, reaching #1 on the Billboard charts, and spawning three Top 10 singles (Don't Stop Believin', Who's Crying Now, Open Arms) and two Top 20 singles (Stone In Love and Still They Ride).

Tracklist

Don't Stop Believin' 4:10
Stone In Love 4:25
Who's Crying Now 5:01
Keep On Runnin' 3:39
Still They Ride 3:48
Escape 5:15
Lay It Down 4:13
Dead Or Alive 3:20
Mother, Father 5:28
Open Arms 3:21

Versions (132)

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TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Ter) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TCA 37408 Journey Escape(8-Trk, Album) Columbia TCA 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
CTCA 37408 Journey Escape(8-Trk, Album, Club) Columbia CTCA 37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
40-85138 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) CBS 40-85138 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
TCT 37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) Columbia TCT 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TCT 37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) Columbia TCT 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
60.230 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) Columbia 60.230 Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
TCT-37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) Columbia TCT-37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
VTCT-37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) Columbia VTCT-37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
PC 7683 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) CBS PC 7683 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
VTCT-37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, CrO) Columbia VTCT-37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
VTCT-37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, CrO) Columbia VTCT-37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
VTCT-37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, Dol) Columbia VTCT-37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
40-85138 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, Dol) CBS 40-85138 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2100 Journey Escape(LP) CBS/Sony 25AP 2100 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
S.E. 8538, SE-8538 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS Columbia, CBS Columbia S.E. 8538, SE-8538 Peru 1981 Sell This Version
85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS 85138 Portugal 1981 Sell This Version
HC 47408 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia HC 47408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2100 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2100 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
SBP 234791 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS SBP 234791 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
ASF 2665 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS ASF 2665 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
LP-1535 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/SONY LP-1535 Philippines 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
20.230 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia 20.230 Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2100 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2100 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
SBP 237683 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS SBP 237683 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
14-1511 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS 14-1511 Colombia 1981 Sell This Version
KJPL-0259 (25AP-2100) Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/Sony KJPL-0259 (25AP-2100) South Korea 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138, 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 85138, 85138 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
S 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS S 85138 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
1100.654 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS 1100.654 Costa Rica 1981 Sell This Version
PM-A-1 Journey Escape(LP, Album) 耕韻 PM-A-1 Taiwan 1981 Sell This Version
CLS-5729 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS CLS-5729 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138, 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 85138, 85138 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Suzy, CBS CBS 85138 Yugoslavia 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2100 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2100 Hong Kong 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS CBS 85138 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Columbia TC 37408 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS CBS 85138 Israel 1981 Sell This Version
FCPA 715 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/Sony FCPA 715 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Car) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Car) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Jac) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Pit) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Pit) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2100 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony 25AP 2100 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2100 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony 25AP 2100 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
S 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Promo) CBS S 85138 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
HC 47408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RM, Hal) Columbia HC 47408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, San) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
AL 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, San) Columbia AL 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138, S CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Sun) CBS, CBS CBS 85138, S CBS 85138 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Sun) CBS CBS 85138 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Sun) CBS CBS 85138 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138, TC 37408) Journey Escape(LP, Album, Sun) CBS, CBS CBS 85138, TC 37408) UK 1981 Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Sun) CBS CBS 85138 UK 1981 Sell This Version
25AP-2100 Journey Escape(LP, Album, TP) CBS/Sony 25AP-2100 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Ter) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Ter) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
TC 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Ter) Columbia TC 37408 US 1981 Sell This Version
JS-5468 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Unofficial) New Jen Sheng JS-5468 Taiwan 1981 Sell This Version
1R1 7317 Journey Escape(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Columbia 1R1 7317 US 1981 Sell This Version
35DP 6 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, Gol) CBS/Sony 35DP 6 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
30AP 2138 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 30AP 2138 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
CK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album) CBS CK 37408 US 1983 Sell This Version
35DP 6 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RP) CBS/Sony 35DP 6 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
CS 10.462, CBS-10.462 Journey Escape(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CS 10.462, CBS-10.462 Venezuela 1983 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-144 Journey Escape(LP, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-144 US 1984 Sell This Version
35DP 6 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RP) CBS/Sony 35DP 6 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
CK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) CBS CK 37408 US 1986 Sell This Version
460185 4 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 460185 4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CBS 460185 4 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, RE) CBS CBS 460185 4 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
460185 1 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RE) CBS 460185 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CBS 460185 1, CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 460185 1, CBS 85138 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
CBS 460185 1 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 460185 1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, CBS CK 37408 US 1989 Sell This Version
460185 1 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RE) CBS 460185 1 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
SRCS-6268 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records SRCS-6268 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
CK 37408, CMP-5540 Journey Escape (CD, Album, RE) CBS, Columbia CK 37408, CMP-5540 South Korea 1995 Sell This Version
CK 67722 Journey Escape(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Columbia CK 67722 US 1996 Sell This Version
SRCS 9082 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) Sony SRCS 9082 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
486662 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia 486662 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
486662 2, COL 486662 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 486662 2, COL 486662 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
CK 67722 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia CK 67722 US 1996 Sell This Version
CK 67722 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia CK 67722 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
4-486662 Journey Escape(Cass, Album) Columbia 4-486662 Chile 1996 Sell This Version
CT 67722 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, RM) Columbia CT 67722 US 1996 Sell This Version
SRCS 9811 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) SME Records SRCS 9811 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
SRGS-4541 Journey Escape(SACD, Album, Promo) SME Records SRGS-4541 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CS 67722 Journey Escape(SACD, Album, RE) Columbia CS 67722 US 2000 Sell This Version
MHCP-282 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) Sony Records Int'l MHCP-282 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, Club, RE, Jew) Columbia, Legacy 82876 85897 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
MHCP-1171 Journey Escape(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records Int'l MHCP-1171 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy 82876 85897 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
82876858972 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876858972 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) Columbia, Legacy 82876 85897 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) Columbia, Legacy 82876 85897 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy 82876 85897 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RM, Jew) Columbia, Legacy 82876 85897 2 US 2006 Sell This Version
82876 85897 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Columbia (2), Legacy (3) 82876 85897 2 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
SICP 20034 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, BLU) Sony Records Int'l SICP 20034 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
82876895452 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia 82876895452 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
FRM 37408 Journey Escape(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180) Friday Music FRM 37408 US 2010 Sell This Version
SICP 30139 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, BSC) Sony Records Int'l SICP 30139 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
SICP 30119 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Sony Records Int'l SICP 30119 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
SICP-31024 Journey Escape +7(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Sony Records Int'l (2) SICP-31024 Russia 2017 Sell This Version
SICP 31026-8 Journey Escape - 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition(2xCD, Album, Enh, Ltd, RE, RM, BSC + DVD-V, Ltd, R) Sony Records Int'l SICP 31026-8 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
SICP-31024 Journey = ジャーニー* Journey = ジャーニー* - Escape = エスケイプ(CD, Album, Ltd, RM, BSC) Sony Records Int'l SICP-31024 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
MHCP 1171 Journey = ジャーニー* Journey = ジャーニー* - Escape = エスケイプ(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Sony Records Int'l (2) MHCP 1171 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
HAL 47408 HBL 47408 Journey Escape(2xAcetate) Columbia HAL 47408 HBL 47408 US Unknown Sell This Version
VCK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album) columbia VCK 37408 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CDCBS 85138 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) CBS CDCBS 85138 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CK-37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) CBS CK-37408 US Unknown Sell This Version
CK-37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) CBS CK-37408 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 460185 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) CBS CBS 460185 2 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) Columbia CK 37408 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDCBS 85138 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) CBS CDCBS 85138 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE) Columbia CK 37408 US Unknown Sell This Version
2 067722 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia 2 067722 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
88843 05667 2 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RE, RM, Jew) Columbia, Legacy 88843 05667 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CK 37408 Journey Escape(CD, Album, RP) Columbia CK 37408 US Unknown Sell This Version
VTCT-37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, RE) Columbia VTCT-37408 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
TCT 37408 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, RE, Tra) Columbia TCT 37408 US Unknown Sell This Version
6932 Journey Escape(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 6932 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
MFSL 1-144 Journey Escape(LP, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-144 US Unknown Sell This Version
138508, 138.508 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RE) CBS, Discos CBS 138508, 138.508 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 460185 1 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RE) CBS CBS 460185 1 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 85138 Journey Escape(LP, Album, RP) CBS CBS 85138 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CM 37408 Journey Escape(MD, Album) Columbia CM 37408 US Unknown Sell This Version

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maori82008

maori82008

April 10, 2021
referencing Escape, LP, Album, 30AP 2138

Music and sound is good. Some distortions but only to be recogniced with absolute high end cartridge.
kuryanin

kuryanin

March 3, 2021
referencing Escape, LP, Album, MFSL 1-144
What about quality? If you compare it with the 1st press?
REENO

REENO

January 6, 2021
referencing Escape, Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album, 1R1 7317
The last days of reel to reel tapes, at 3 ¾ ips. Not good. 7 1/2 ips is much better.
todvz

todvz

December 10, 2020
referencing Escape, LP, Album, Ter, TC 37408
I have a copy that's in shrink (but open) with a hype sticker on it and a price tag from Strawberries. In the runout are the initials RL which I believe to be for Bob Ludwig. I can't find any other listings that include RL. Does anyone know anything about this??
southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

September 2, 2020
edited 3 months ago
referencing Escape, SACD, Album, RE, CS 67722
Of all the contemporary rock exponents, the formerly prog-leaning Journey hit pay dirt with their 1981 smash "Escape"; more blatantly accessible than their previous records, it was a magical sounding creative transition with much improved songwriting and musicianship. Such a departure enabled them to cross over into the mainstream, thus reviving public interest in rock music in general, from the dominance of rock radio to once obscure bands filling stadiums after just one hit album, hence the new category of arena rock, of which Journey were the progenitors. Alongside their melodic rock counterparts Toto, Survivor and Asia, Journey became the champion purveyors of keyboard-heavy urgency, with hook-laden anthems being their forte, bolstered by the soaring delivery of Steve Perry and the soul-stirring intensity of the emotive lyrics demonstrated with the utmost passion; stories of rebellion, romance and growing up remain inherently resonant and deeply connected with the American youth as well as those seeking a hit of nostalgia, and Journey shrewdly exploited this fact. It was a method that gifted them a significant fanbase unwavering in their devotion to this very day, even after Steve Perry jumped ship for a solo career.

"Escape" saw the band top the Billboard chart and score four consecutive hit singles, one of which, "Don't Stop Believing" has gained long-standing universal distinction rarely afforded to rock radio staples. None of that aforementioned popularity has diminished the strength and immediacy of the non-singles, and the album itself is an entirely cohesive listen from start to finish, championing the underdog and the innocence of youth, displaying robust musicianship, from searing guitars to shimmering keyboards, though it is Steve Perry's consistently surprising grand vocal work that incorporates a timeless quality into each song. Upon entering AOR territory with this album, Journey had reached their creative peak, and although their repertoire remained of a high standard, none of their later efforts were performed with such unbridled gusto and electricity. Undoubtedly, this record is their masterpiece, the crowning achievement of the plentiful arena rock movement of the 1980s and a perfect encompassment of the subgenre, despite the prevalence of its standalone singles. If you haven't heard it already, seek it out in any format, but if you are familiar with the album, then opt for this SACD reissue, which breathes new life into its already pleasing sonics.

Rating: 5/5
MetalQueen

MetalQueen

April 16, 2020
referencing Escape, LP, Album, CBS 85138, 85138
My copy of this has no reference to MASTERDISK on the a-side runout!
ckaufman90

ckaufman90

July 31, 2019
referencing Escape, LP, Album, San, TC 37408

First thing... I am not a fan of Journey, however this album sounds solid and is packed full of hits you know and the remaining songs also deliver. If you find a nice copy, buy it for your collection.
rivendell

rivendell

September 22, 2018
referencing Escape, LP, Album, 85138

Fantastic record from start to finish, a one of a kind magic that cannot be replicated.

From their Progressive Rock roots they began building a promising start that led them to become an extremely commercially successful act. This is not where they began creating a fanbase but it was the record that made them become stratospheric.

Don't let the somewhat dated album cover fool you, Journey were professionals at what they did and they brought tremendous passion to the table with their brand of well crafted FM Radio Rock music. I will state that, regardless of the clear division among fans, they were at this point of their career not compromising themselves at all in their artform, always giving space to progressive sounding instrumentals and bridges.
In Steven Perry they had a voice that could melt an iceberg, a true vocal virtuoso not only in the technical sense but also in the honesty of his performances. I find this the main reason why his era will always be without a doubt the one that is more associated with the band, a talent like that is very hard to come by, and to think he almost gave up on his musical career...
Their early music was great but to me it was a build-up to Escape, the group's masterpiece (in my honest opinion).

Every one of us has their favourite tracks and while I love every song on this record, the iconicity of Don't Stop Believin' and Open Arms are never overstated.
At the end of the day this album is all about that warm and cozy feeling of positive nostalgia, a familiar tune you can sing along to.

P.S. - I am portuguese and I find it strange that Portugal is indeed one of the countries where Journey is less well known given Perry's heritage.
homina8or

homina8or

February 27, 2018
referencing Escape, LP, Album, RM, Hal, HC 47408
My copy plays fine and I've had mine since 1981. This may sound silly, but try recalibrating your tonearm and possibly a different stylus. Some needles can be finicky. I've had an occasional record skip on one turntable and not on another.
vaughn.allison94

vaughn.allison94

December 21, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Escape, LP, Album, Pit, TC 37408

One of the best sounding records in my collection! If you can find a lightly used copy of this, snag it up. You won't regret it!