Journey’s Neal Schon and drummer Jan Hammer have decided that it’s “Time Again” to reignite their partnership.
The musicians announced on today (December 5) that they will release a digital box set of the two albums they recorded together in the early ‘80s, Untold Passion and Here to Stay.
Both albums are available now to download for the first time, according to the official press release.
The set features two unreleased tracks, “Weekend Heaven” and “Planet Empathy,” the latter of which was also recorded along with the albums but was only finished this September.
For the uninitiated, Jan Hammer is an accomplished musician who has frequently worked with Jeff Beck. He founded Jan Hammer Group, worked with Mahavisnu Orchestra and is known to many for composing the theme song for the ‘80s classic series Miami Vice, which reached no. 1 on the Billboard 100.
Untold Passion garnered critical acclaim upon its release in 1981, even earning the title of Album of the Year in the European edition Rolling Stone.
For the follow-up, Here to Stay, the duo joined forces with several of Schon’s Journey bandmates, including the assistance of Steve Perry, Ross Valory and Steve Smith on a track called “Self Defense.”
Styx alum Glen Burtnik also performed on the album, which featured “No More Lies,” a single that became a hit on MTV.
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