On this day in music history: July 31, 1981 - “Escape” (aka E5C4P3), the seventh album by Journey is released. Produced by Mike Stone and Kevin Elson , it is recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA from April - June 1981. Starting off the 80’s with the successful “Departure”, Journey follows it with the live album “Captured”. In between, they also record “Dream, After Dream”, the soundtrack for the Japanese film “Yume, Yume No Ato”. Shortly afterward, founding member Gregg Rolie leaves to pursue a solo career. Rolie recommends former Babys keyboardist Jonathan Cain as his replacement. Besides his excellent musicianship, Cain proves to be a highly valuable asset to the band for his songwriting abilities, especially in tandem with lead singer Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon. Co-writing all ten of the songs on the album, Cain establishes himself as another element in Journey’s success. Sporting instantly memorable songs, it quickly becomes their most successful studio album. Though some critics react unfavorably, accusing the band of selling out their progressive rock roots, the public and radio could care less, enthusiastically embracing the album. It spins off a total of five singles including “Who’s Crying Now” (#4 Pop), “Open Arms” (#2 Pop) and “Still They Ride” (#19 Pop). The second single “Don’t Stop Believin’” (#9 Pop), is released in October of 1981 as the follow up to “Who’s Crying Now”. Though successful at the time, it’s overshadowed by the two singles released before (“Crying”) and after (“Open Arms”), which are bigger chart and airplay hits. However, “Don’t Stop Believin’” builds in popularity, becoming a highlight of Journey’s live concerts. It becomes a staple on rock radio over the next two decades, and a huge karaoke favorite. Its greatest success comes in 2007 when featured in the final episode of the “The Sopranos”. Following the initial broadcast seen by nearly twelve million people, “Believin’” immediately surges to the top of the Apple iTunes digital download chart. To date it has sold over 6.5 million digital downloads, making it one of the largest selling digital singles released in the pre-digital era. It also becomes an anthem at sporting events, being adapted as a rallying cry by fans of the San Francisco Giants during their World Series victories. The success of “Escape” inspires the video game “Journey Escape”, created by California based video game company Data Age for the Atari 2600 game console in 1982. The albums now iconic cover artwork of their trademark scarab crashing out of a glass orb, is painted by famed Bay Area based artist Stanley Mouse. One of the first titles released on CD by CBS Records in 1982, it is remastered and reissued in 2006 with four additional bonus tracks. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Friday Music in 2010. “Escape” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 9x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
The N° 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3 exits the Canadian woods of Mosport Park to pad its lead in the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix as Cadillac Racing secured another Pirelli World Challenge Sprint-X series victory.
The Cubs World Series Movie airs tomorrow (Dec. 2) on FS1 @ 6PM central time. Don’t miss it! There will be lots of interviews & footage from the entire series.
“The documentary-style, full-length highlights movie was culled from hundreds of hours of footage from the 2016 season and post-season games. Narrated by Chicago actor and Cubs fan Vince Vaughn, the movie includes game highlights, exclusive interviews with players, coaches, team executives and others, and excerpts from the World Series victory parade and celebration.”
I’m so excited for this! I know I’m going to cry all over again😭
The amount of joy I feel every time I re-watch that last inning.💙😁It gets me every time😭
(I literally watch the last inning almost every day since it happened)
In Game 4, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey become the first rookie battery to start a World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra appeared together in the first game of the 1947 series. The rookies do not disappoint when the 21-year-old Bumgarner becomes the fourth youngest to post a World Series victory, limiting the Rangers to three hits while throwing eight strong innings, and the San Francisco catcher contributing to the Giants’ 4-0 win in Arlington with an eighth inning home run.