Guitiarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Gregg Rolie played together on some of Santana’s classic early albums before jumping ship to form their own band in 1973. They brought drummer Aynsley Dunbar on board, who’d previously worked with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Jeff Beck Group, and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Rounding out the group were Ross Valory on bass and George Tickner as a second guitarist. “On their eponymous debut album, Journey were still trying to find their signature sound” (Erlewine) so “unlike their later recordings, the debut release is a progressive rock album, in the jazz-fusion vein” (JourneyMusic.com). Consequently, the album is filled “with meandering jazz-rock instrumentals that never quite catch fire. Furthermore, their pop songs are ill-formed and lack hooks – in short, they are too mainstream for the progressive audience and too unfocused for the pop audience” (Erlewine). Mainstream success would come, but not until their fourth album and the arrival of singer Steve Perry.