Who’s Crying Now ~ Journey

Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California, by former members of Santana. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success was in the late 1970s until 1987, when it temporarily disbanded.  The band enjoyed a successful reunion in the mid 1990s with a Grammy-nominated hit, “When You Love a Woman”, and later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

The original members of Journey came together in San Francisco in 1973 under the auspices of former Santana manager Herbie Herbert. Originally called the Golden Gate Rhythm Section and intended to serve as a backup group for established Bay Area artists, the band included recent Santana alumni Neal Schon on lead guitar and Gregg Rolie on keyboards and lead vocals. Bassist Ross Valory and rhythm guitarist George Tickner, both of Frumious Bandersnatch, and drummer Prairie Prince of The Tubes rounded out the group. The band quickly abandoned the original “backup group” concept and developed a distinctive jazz fusion style. After an unsuccessful radio contest to name the group, roadie John Villaneuva[9] suggested the name “Journey.” The band’s first public appearance came at the Winterland Ballroom on New Year’s Eve, 1973. Prairie Prince rejoined The Tubes shortly thereafter, and the band hired British drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who had recently worked with John Lennon and Frank Zappa. On February 5, 1974, the new line-up made their debut at the Great American Music Hall and secured a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Journey released their eponymous first album in 1975, and rhythm guitarist Tickner left the band before they cut their second album, Look into the Future (1976). Neither album achieved significant sales, so Schon, Valory, and Dunbar took singing lessons in an attempt to add vocal harmonies to Rolie’s lead. The following year’s Next contained shorter tracks with more vocals, and featured Schon as lead singer on two of the songs.

Journey’s album sales did not improve and Columbia Records requested that they change their musical style and add a frontman, with whom keyboardist Gregg Rolie could share lead vocal duties. The band hired Robert Fleischman and transitioned to a more popular style, akin to that of Foreigner and Boston. Journey went on tour with Fleischman in 1977 and together the new incarnation of the band wrote the hit “Wheel in the Sky.”, but fans were lukewarm to the change and management differences resulted in Fleischman leaving within the year.

In late 1977, Journey hired Steve Perry as their new lead singer. Perry added a clean, tenor sound and the band became a true pop act.

In late 1978, manager Herbie Herbert fired drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who joined Bay Area rivals Jefferson Starship shortly thereafter. He was replaced by Berklee-trained jazz drummer Steve Smith.

Journey’s new-found success brought the band an almost entirely new fan base. During the 1980 Departure world tour, the band recorded a live album, Captured. They also recorded the soundtrack to the film Dream, After Dream while in Japan.

Keyboardist Gregg Rolie now left a successful band for the second time in his career. Keyboardist Stevie “Keys” Roseman was brought in to record the lone studio track for Captured, “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly in Love),” but Rolie recommended pianist Jonathan Cain of The Babys as the permanent replacement. With Cain’s replacement of Rolie’s Hammond B-3 organ with his own synthesizers, the band was poised for a new decade in which they would achieve their greatest musical success

Who’s Crying Now

Who’s Crying Now” is a song that was released in 1981 and was the first single on the Escape album.

The song is highlighted by Steve Perry’s lyrics, piano playing by Jonathan Cain which interludes with a bass riff by Ross Valory, and acoustic guitars. There are no electric guitars until the end of the song, when Neal Schon plays a repeating guitar solo that sounds similar to Santana. Originally, according to Schon on In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the making of Escape), he recorded an aggressive, experimental guitar solo which he liked but Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain didn’t like. He then recorded a second, the “simplest thing he could play off the top of his head” as said by Perry. That one was appreciated much more by bandmates. Additionally, drum playing by Steve Smith is only found in the choruses and towards the end of the song.

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It’s been a mystery
And still they try to see
Why somethin’ good can hurt so bad
Caught on a one-way streets
The taste of bittersweet
Love will survive somehow, some way

One love feeds the fire
One heart burns desire
Wonder who’s cryin’ now
Two hearts born to run
Who’ll be the lonely one
Wonder who’s cryin’ now

So many stormy nights
So many wrongs or rights
Neither could change
Their headstrong ways
And in a lover’s rage
They tore another page
The fightin’ is worth
The love they save

One love feeds the fire
One heart burns desire
Wonder who’s cryin’ now
Two hearts born to run
Who’ll be the lonely one
Wonder who’s cryin’ now

Only so many tears you can cry
‘Til the heartache is over
And now you can say your love
Will never die

Whoooooa-oh-whoa
Whoooa-oh
Ooooooh-whoa, ooh-whooa

One love feeds the fire
One heart burns desire
Wonder who’s cryin’ now
Two hearts born to run
Who’ll be the lonely one
Wonder who’s cryin’ now

  • Audio from the 1981 album, Escape:

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