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  • Lovin‘, Touchin’, Squeezin’

    Written by: Steve Perry

Evolution is the fifth studio album by Journey. Released in April 1979 on Columbia Records, their first album to feature drummer Steve Smith.

It was the band’s most successful album at that time, selling three million copies in the US and charting at #20 on the Billboard 200. They retained Roy Thomas Baker as producer, but drummer Aynsley Dunbar was replaced with Steve Smith, formerly with Ronnie Montrose’s band.

According to the book Heavier than Heaven, the album was Kurt Cobain’s favorite album from 1979.

In 1999, Sincer Records re-released the album on CD.

Evolution features their first top 20 hit, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”, which was inspired by the classic Sam Cooke tune “Nothin’ Can Change This Love”. “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” reached #16 in the US. “Just the Same Way” featured original lead vocalist Gregg Rolie along with Steve Perry.

Liner Notes:

Journey is:
Steve Perry, Lead Vocals
Gregg Rolie, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Vocals
Neal Schon, Lead Guitar, Roland GR-500 Synthesizer Guitar, Vocals
Steve Smith, Drums and Percussion
Ross Valory, Bass Guitar, Moog Bass Vocals

To the people of the San Francisco Bay Area. Wherever we go, home is in our hearts. Thank you for believing in us.

A new cycle begins. We would like to express our feeling for the people of the world. You take our records home and play them, write us your great letters, and come to see us when we play in your town. Thanks for making us feel at home when we are with you. Our new record has been making us feel at home when we are with you. Our new record has been a labor of love and time, and we hope it will please you.

Those of you who aspire to a career in music should know that Columbia Records stands alone in the field of developing new artists, and seeking our young and gifted talen. We owe a great deal to Bruce Lundvall, Jack Craigo, and all the talented and tireless people at Columbia Records who continue to work so hard on our behalf. Michael Dilbeck never lets up on our case. Such a man is rare, and we cherish his friendship. The mighty Jonathan Coffino is also a good friend of ours. Columbia and Journey are fortunate to have this winner on their team. We are doubly blessed with two powerhouse teams at Columbia Records: In the east, Joe Mansfield and Ron McCarrell; in the west, Ron Oberman and Tony Zetland.

Our manager is Herbie Herbert. There is none better.

The Journey Road Crew is unmatched, tried and true. Nobody knows, but we know, and remember.
Kevin “Dr. Fuzztone” Anderson, Head Technician Magician.
Joseph DeAnda, Truck Driver without equal.
Kevin Elson, Live Performance Sound.
Jim McCandless, Drums, Beef, Rumor Control, Good Vibes.
Ken “The Duke” Mednick, Lighting Design.
Pat Morrow, Road Manager.
Craig Reed, Guitars, Amps.
Scotty “Snake” Ross, Stage Manager.
Hiro Ito, The World’s Greatest Photographer.
Jack Villanueva, Trucking, Chops.

The people at our office are likewise incredible:
Susan Alexander, Chief of Operations.
Carolina Bagnarol, Accounting.  Jim Hernandez, Secretary.
Greg Schafer, Production Manager, Advance, Savior-faire.
John Villanueva, Office Manager.

We would like to thank Vicky Andalucia, Tena Schon, and Jim Welch for their creativity, time and energy. Blue World Travel is Jonnie Herbert and Pat Nicholson. We always get where we’re going.

Bill Graham has been very good to us for many years. We are grateful to Zohn Artman, Will John Cashman, Danny Scher, and Queenie Taylor, and all the good folks at BGP, FM Productions, and Winterland Productions for their hard work and dedication. In the field of Live Concert Promotion there are some stars. We consider these people the best at what they do: John and Ivy Bauer, Bob Bageris, Ron Delsener, Robert Duncan, Don Fox, Bill Graham, Jerry Mickelson, and Arnie Granat, Jack Orbin, Marjorie Sexton, and Irv Zuckerman. A Special thank you to the Law Men: Brian Rohan and Michael Krassner.

Journey has performed almost everywhere. This is due, in large measure, to Frank Barsalona and his fantastic group at Premier Talent. Thanks always to superstars Barbara Skydell and Jane Gareghty. We have special friends at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis: Jack McDonough, Dean Ayers, Bill Schmidt and Al Carosi, and our auxiliary Bass man at D’Arcy-MacManus. “Smokin'” Tim Arnold, Hartley Peavey and the beautiful Mississippians at Peavey Electronics in Meridian make the best amplifiers and speakers in the world. We are proud to use Peavey equipment exclusively for what remains the sweetest stage sound there is. Steve Smith plays Sonor Drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Synare Percussion Synthesizers.

Finally a word of thanks to the Album-Oriented FM Radio Stations across the nation. You have been with us from the beginning and we know how much your airplay has meant to us on this long road. We could never make it without you.

Produced by Roy Thomas Baker for RTB Audio  Visual Productions, Ltd. At Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California. No one is more responsible for the quality of this record than our First Engineer, “Peerless” Geoffrey Workman. Second Engineer: George Tutko.

Journey is managed by Herbie Herbert at: Nightmare, Inc., San Francisco, CA

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