Journey, “Where Did I Lose Your Love” from Revelation (2008): One Track Mind

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This is perhaps the closest Journey has come to completely renimating its platinum-era sound.

Released this month in 2008 as part of Revelation, “Where Did I Love Your Love” stands as an approachable power ballad very much in the style of their Escape/Frontiers era. Deen Castronovo and Jonathan Cain, who co-wrote this track with Journey stalwart Neal Schon, even close things out with an entanglement instantly familiar to anyone who played air guitar along with “Separate Ways.”

Of course, for some fans, there simply can be no Journey without Steve Perry. Yet, the truth of the matter is, it was started without him — and it’s continued on the same way since his departure in 1998. In fact, Perry has officially been gone longer than he ever was actually in Journey, a stint that began in 1977.

Critics will argue that the decade which followed Steve Perry’s arrival would see Journey sell roughly one gazillion records, permanently lodging his presence in most people’s minds eye when they think of the group. But it’s been some seven years now since Arnel Pineda took over, and almost as long since they released this gem. He’s rounding the corner on a tenure almost as long as his far more famous predecessor.

Is it time yet to evaluate this music on its own merits? If more had, “Where Did I Lose Your Love” might have been a huge hit. As it is, the track reached the Top 20 on the adult-contemporary charts — quite a feat at this late date.

More importantly, “Where Did I Lose Your Love” signalled a reversal of their chart fortunes in general, as Revelation (which also included the No. 9 AC hit “After All These Years”) eventually became Journey’s first million-selling project since the 1996 Perry reunion project Trial by Fire. The Journey follow up to Revelation, 2011’s muscular Eclipse, also went Top 20.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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