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3 stars Dream after nightmare

This album is certainly an anomaly in the discography of Journey. Being released in 1980, in between the Departure and Escape albums, Dream After Dream is radically different from those albums and from anything else the band has made before or since. This one falls more in the Symphonic Prog category. Really! Not only the large white bird on the front cover remind of Camel's Snowgoose album, but also the feel of the music in parts.

When many people think about Journey they think primarily of albums like Infinity, Departure and Escape which leads them to think that Journey's output is rather homogenous and formulaic, but when one considers albums like the present one as well as the early Jazz-Rock/Fusion albums, the discography of the band suddenly appears very diverse.

Dream After Dream is an obscure soundtrack album made for a Japanese film of the same name. Being a soundtrack for a film, there naturally are some grey areas, but overall this is a surprisingly pleasant listen. The best track by far is the almost nine minute opener Destiny which moves from soft symphonic sweeps to hard rocking riffs. What follows is a rather agreeable string of vocal tunes and instrumental interludes. Only the closing track Little Girl is recognisably Journey. Indeed, in the other songs only the distinctive voice of Steve Perry reminds us of what band this is. As I said, several of the tracks are instrumental and are equally far removed in style from the AOR of Escape as they are from the Jazz-Rock of the band's debut.

While mostly interesting as a curiosity, Dream After Dream is worthy of a few listens in its own right and it will certainly please the Prog community more than most other albums by this band.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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