“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