“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!
Back in July, I wrote a blog post about the 7″ single for Journey’s “Open Arms.” Here’s an excerpt from that entry:
The b-side of “Open Arms” was “Little Girl,” a song that virtually no one in the U.S. had heard at the time. “Little Girl” was originally released on the Japanese-only Dream After Dream record in 1980, an album that featured the last recorded output from founding member Gregg Rolie. Somehow, I talked my mother into buying me a $20 import copy of Dream After Dream at the Camelot Music in Collin Creek Mall sometime in 1982. I still have that piece of vinyl, but it has more crackles than a bowl of Rice Krispies and it’s just not in good enough shape to warrant a rip. Dream After Dream is still available only as an expensive CD import, and someday I will break down and buy it. It’s a really cool record that sounds a lot like Journey’s pre-Perry days, although “Little Girl” certainly has the Perry magic in spades.
Well, I finally did it– I shelled out $35 for a copy of the Japanese Dream After Dream CD. I feel like a 300-pound (and thirty-year-long) weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Most casual Journey fans don’t even know this record exists, so I will consider my money very well-spent if I can turn just a few folks onto this lost classic. Maybe they’ll like it enough to check out some of the band’s early (and pre-Perry) material– I have included a couple of those songs as bonus tracks for those who might be interested.
Given Journey’s place in rock history, I am still amazed that Dream After Dream had never been given a proper U.S. release. I’m glad I finally stopped waiting for one. Enjoy!
Journey: Dream After Dream
CBS/ Sony Japan, 1980
1. “Destiny” (Neal Schon/Steve Perry)
2. “Snow Theme” (Ross Valory)
3. “Sandcastles” (Gregg Rolie/Steve Perry)
4. “A Few Coins” (Gregg Rolie/Steve Perry/Neal Schon/Steve Smith/Ross Valory)
5. “Moon Theme” (Neal Schon/Steve Perry)
6. “When The Love Has Gone” (Neal Schon)
7. “Festival Dance” (Gregg Rolie/Steve Perry/Neal Schon/Steve Smith/Ross Valory)
8. “The Rape” (Ross Valory)
9. “Little Girl” (Neal Schon/Steve Perry/Gregg Rolie)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Journey: “Of A Lifetime” (Gregg Rolie/Neal Schon/George Tickner)
From the album Journey
Columbia Records, 1975
Journey: “(She Makes Me) Feel Alright” (Gregg Rolie/Alex Cash/Neal Schon)
From the album Look Into The Future
Columbia Records, 1976
in the early 80’s the folks from Journey’s Vision Management were friends of some of the folks at the radio station I worked for. We often partnered with them for Journey promotions and events (like the Rose Bowl where Bryan Adams opened*) and this is the first I’ve heard of this great album. I see why it doesn’t fit the 70’s pre-Perry stuff, nor the 80’s “hit” era with Steve, but it definitely deserves to be heard and released. As a collector I’m astonished I was unaware of this album, even after being so connected to the Journey people.
* The Rose Bowl show was memorable because during the intermission after Bryan Adams, we were throwing station frisbees down to the crowd from one of the press boxes. Then another station a few rooms down started throwing out swag from their press box until we both ran out. At that point the crowd became hysterical and started bombarding the press level with hamburgers, sodas, and day-old giant pretzels. Being a hot summer afternoon, all of the windows were open as there was no air conditioning installed until the 1994 World Cup renovations. It was a MESS. I’ve seen cleaner dumpsters. Security cleared us all out of the press boxes in disgust while the crowd was calmed down, and the press level was cleaned up while the promoters held up the show.. We were finally allowed to return just before Journey went on, and as our bosses were arriving with their new baby. (whew!) They luckily missed the commotion, and I don’t believe they ever heard about it, thank goodness. Oh those wild, wacky 80’s….
Ahhh, I remember that in the store, Music World, back in the day. I think your confused, it was a soundtrack to a Japanese film. It only had 3 songs with vocals, the rest were instrumentals, probably why it did not sell so well, but it was definitely released in the USA. on Columbia record label, In fact, I have it on cassette somewhere.
With a little searching on the internet . . . here ya go . . .
The soundtrack to the 1981 Japanese film “Yume, Yume No Ato”
LP CBS- C 37998 (1980, US)
CD Sony Records- SRCS 6269 (1993, Japan)
From what I understand, the movie was never released. The only part completed was the soundtrack. I bought it from Morning Glory Music Store in 81 as a half-mastered 80 gram vinyl. A few years ago a very good friend, whose old vinyl copy was still in good shape, posted that he got it out and gave it a listen again after years, and I mentioned how I missed that beautiful music. He bought the CD for me. After a close listen I am certain that the CD I own was produced from someone playing the vinyl record on a very good player and filtering out the minor pops. It was done very well, but it is certainly not remastered to digital from the original tapes. But that does not prevent me from enjoying this. The song, “Little Girl” is on the second Greatest Hits album and there it is clearly remastered from the original tapes. I wish they would do that with the entire album. My suspicion is that the eccentric artist whose failed movie never made theaters actually owns part of the rights, and all the copies that now exist are moderately illegal.
Great article! I just got done listening to my original Dream After Dream vinyl that I bought as a special order from Sound Warehouse in 81/82 ish. I think I may have to order the cd so I don’t scratch up the record. It still sounds really good though because I only played it a few times since it was so hard to come by. I wonder if I can stream the movie? Never saw it. Thanks for the memories!