TITLE: Look into the Future
YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: #100
SINGLES: On a Satuday Night, She Makes Me (Feel Alright)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, no, no.
LINEUP: Greg Rollie, Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Aynsley Dunbar
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Ex-members of Santana and other bands try again, shedding some of their prog-rock excursions. The songs let them down.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Journey’s second album finds a quartet trying to find a sound that’s natural for them, but also commercial. They’re kinda successful, in a way. At least they’re trying to be commercial.
The lead cut “On a Satuday Night” is an attempt to have that ‘feel good rock-and-roll’ tune, but it seems a little stiff and lyrically daft. They don’t fare much better with their ballads, nor their more proggy explorations on side two.
The worst idea is covering a mediocre deep Beatles cut (“It’s All Too Much” – a song that was shunted off to the Yellow Submarine soundtrack) and doing it in a sped-up way that ruins any meaning and spirit the song had.
By now, it was obvious that Rollie and Schon and company needed help to gain success, especially in song writing.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Original member George Tickner left during pre-production having co-written two songs.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: Well, um…the best that I can say is that they’re trying. But this album is trying, too. EXILED.