Journey’s Jonathan Cain On The Key To The Success Of ‘Escape’


Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock and revealed how they created one of their iconic albums by sharing some crucial details about it. The musician also admitted using some of these methods in their latest record.

On July 17, 1981, Journey released their seventh studio album ‘Escape,’ and it became a milestone work for the band members’ legacies. The record hit the charts worldwide and was certified Diamond by selling millions, making it the group’s most successful album. Its tracks, ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ ‘Stone in Love,’ and ‘Who’s Crying Now’ became popular among rock music lovers and were listened to a lot.

During his recent interview, Jonathan Cain talked about the success and popularity of ‘Escape’ and the main reasons behind that by highlighting that unfolding the work was very important. Therefore, according to the lyricist and keyboardists, presenting the songs in the album, which would take their listeners from one point to another, brought them commercial success and fame. Journey members decided to use it in their new release.

Cain added that in their most recent and fifteenth record, ‘Freedom,’ dropped on July 8, 2022, they followed the same pattern from the seventh and most excellent album. They started with piano like ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ while working on ‘Together We Run’ in their creation and recording process. The musician stated that it drew the fans’ attention thanks to this hopeful beginning, and then they moved on to other songs as they did in ‘Escape.’

About their success, Cain said in his interview that:

“Our most successful album was ‘Escape,’ and we recently received the Diamond for it, so I said, ‘How did ‘Escape’ unfold? How did it appear to the listener?’ and went from there. Well, we’re going to start with a piano, just like ‘Don’t Stop Believin.’ So ‘Together We Run’ (on ‘Freedom’) pulls the listener in, and it’s a hopeful song, similar to ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ and then, ‘What was the next song on Escape?’ and we went from there.

So we did it like that, and it proved quite successful. I think how you present your music matters; how you take the listener from Point A to Point B matters. When you have an album of this magnitude, 15 songs, you want to keep them into it as long as you can, and you want to have a beginning and an end. I put myself as a Journey fan, first and foremost, and when I sat there with Neal and we did the sequence together, and there it was.”

You can listen to the album below.