Escape (Journey album): Wikis


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Studio album by Journey
Released July 31, 1981
Recorded Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California, 1981
Genre Arena Rock
Length 59:43
Label Columbia
Producer Kevin Elson, Mike Stone
Journey chronology

Escape (sometimes stylised as E5C4P3) is Journey's seventh studio album (and eighth overall), released on July 31, 1981.

With four hit Billboard Hot 100 singles ("Don't Stop Believin'" (#9), "Who's Crying Now" (#4), "Still They Ride" (#19) and "Open Arms" (#2)) plus rock radio staples like "Stone in Love" and "Mother, Father", Escape became Journey's biggest selling album yet, and remains one of their most popular and best-reviewed works to date.


Background and writing

Escape was the band's first album with keyboardist Jonathan Cain who replaced founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie after he left the band at the end of 1980. The album was co-produced by Kevin Elson and one-time Queen engineer Mike Stone, who also engineered the album.

An Atari 2600 game, Journey Escape, was made based on the album.


 Professional ratings
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [2]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, and Neal Schon, except where noted. 

# Title Length
1. "Don't Stop Believin'"   4:11
2. "Stone in Love"   4:26
3. "Who's Crying Now" (Cain, Perry) 5:01
4. "Keep on Runnin'"   3:40
5. "Still They Ride"   3:50
6. "Escape"   5:17
7. "Lay It Down"   4:13
8. "Dead or Alive"   3:21
9. "Mother, Father" (M. Schon, N. Schon, Perry, Cain) 5:29
10. "Open Arms" (Cain, Perry) 3:23
11. "La Raza del Sol" (Cain, Perry) (Bonus track on the 2006 reissue) 3:26
12. "Don't Stop Believing" (Bonus track on the 2006 reissue) (Live in Houston, 11/6/1981) 4:19
13. "Who's Crying Now" (Cain, Perry) (Bonus track on the 2006 reissue) (Live in Houston, 11/6/1981) 5:44
14. "Open Arms" (Cain, Perry) (Bonus track on the 2006 reissue) (Live in Houston, 11/6/1981) 3:23


Additional personnel

  • Wally Buck - Engineer, Assistant Engineer
  • Jon-Erik Birchenough - Management
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering, Remastering
  • Jim Welch - Photography, Package Design, Cover Design, Visual Concept
  • Brian Lee - Remastering
  • Stanley Mouse - Illustrations

Chart positions

The album has been certified 9x Platinum by RIAA since its July 31, 1981 release[3] (Only their Greatest Hits, at 15x, has sold more copies).

The highest chart position was #1 on the Billboard album chart where it stayed for a week (removing Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna from the top spot), in September 1981.


Billboard Music Charts (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 1
1983 The Billboard 200 139
1984 156

UK Album Chart

Year Chart Position
1982 Album Chart 32


Year Single Chart Position
1981 Don't Stop Believin' Mainstream Rock 8
Pop Singles 9
Stone in Love Mainstream Rock 13
Who's Crying Now Mainstream Rock 4
Pop Singles 4
1982 Open Arms Pop Singles 2
Adult Contemporary 7
Mainstream Rock 35
Still They Ride Pop Singles 19
Adult Contemporary 37
Mainstream Rock 47

UK Singles Chart

Year Single Chart Position
1982 Don't Stop Believin' UK Top 75 Singles 62
Who's Crying Now 46


Preceded by
Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 12 - September 18, 1981
Succeeded by
Tattoo You by Rolling Stones

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