During their existence, Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The original lineup recorded Journey (1975), the first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums. By 1977, however, the band decided it needed a strong vocalist/frontman and hired Steve Perry. The results were immediate; fourth album Infinity (1978) sold a million copies. Escape (1981) broke them into the top ranks of pop groups by scoring three Top Ten hit singles, all ballads highlighting Perry's smooth tenor: "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Open Arms." The album topped the charts and sold millions. ~ William Ruhlmann
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