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Raised On Radio
Raised on Radio
Raised on Radio (Journey album - cover art).jpg
Cover art by Michael Cotten and Prairie Prince
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 21, 1986
RecordedOctober-December 1985
ProducerSteve Perry[1]
Journey studio album chronology
Raised on Radio
Trial by Fire
Singles from Raised on Radio
  1. "Be Good to Yourself"
    Released: April 1986
  2. "Suzanne"
    Released: June 1986
  3. "Girl Can't Help It" / "It Could Have Been You"
    Released: August 1986
  4. "I'll Be Alright Without You" / "The Eyes of a Woman"
    Released: December 1986
  5. "Why Can't This Night Go on Forever" / "Positive Touch"
    Released: April 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

Raised on Radio is the ninth studio album by the American rock band Journey, released in April 1986 on the Columbia Records label. It is the only album to date not to feature founding bassist Ross Valory, who is replaced by session bassists Randy Jackson and Bob Glaub. Drummer Steve Smith contributed to a few tracks, but was subsequently replaced by Larrie Londin and Mike Baird.

The album spawned three top 20 singles in the US: "Girl Can't Help It" (No. 17), "I'll Be Alright Without You" (No. 14), and "Suzanne" (No. 17). It also spawned a top ten single "Be Good to Yourself" (No. 9)[3] It went to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart,[4] and it was certified double platinum in the USA.[5]


Raised on Radio was released three years after Frontiers (1983). In 1984, both lead guitarist Neal Schon and lead singer Steve Perry released albums on their own; Schon in the band HSAS (Through the Fire), and Perry with his debut solo album, Street Talk. Perry considered leaving Journey following the release of Street Talk which he has referred to as "one of the most fun experiences I've had". Perry decided to return to working with Journey when he received a call from keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who wanted him to work on some unfinished songs.[6]

Following Perry's return to Journey, he began to take more control over the band's direction. Bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith were fired from the band, against the wishes of manager Herbie Herbert. According to Perry, Valory and Smith "weren't pleased with the kind of music we were playing and weren't too keen on touring".[6] Smith later said of the initial recording process: "There was a lot of pressure to do it the way Steve Perry wanted, which I had a lot of problems with because I felt it should be a group record, like all the other records."[7] Valory and Smith were replaced by various studio musicians for the recording of Raised on Radio, including Randy Jackson (bass guitar) and Larrie Londin (drums). In the VH-1 Behind the Music episode featuring the band, Perry expressed regret over his decision, stating he'd have done things differently. Smith did record three tracks with Journey on the album, and he and Valory still received revenues from the record and subsequent tour. Both returned to Journey in 1995.

The band decided that Perry, who had proved his production capabilities on Street Talk, was the best fit to produce the album. According to Perry, this gave the rest of the band members as much creative control as possible: "Journey knows what it should sound like, so we all agreed I would be a good, safe, nondictator-type producer."[6]

Perry changed the original title of this project from Freedom to Raised on Radio, which drew the ire of Herbert and some of the band members, as it varied from the one-word general theme in most of their previous albums.[]

Studio drummer Mike Baird and bassist/backing vocalist Randy Jackson played in place of Smith and Valory on the subsequent tour.


The cover of the album (by Prairie Prince) was modeled after the studios and antennas for KNGS in Hanford, California, which was owned by Perry's parents, Ray and Mary Perry.[8]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain; all music is composed by Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain and Neal Schon, except where noted.

Side one
1."Girl Can't Help It" 3:50
2."Positive Touch" 4:16
3."Suzanne"Perry, Cain3:38
4."Be Good to Yourself" 3:51
5."Once You Love Somebody" 4:40
6."Happy to Give"Perry, Cain3:49
Side two
7."Raised on Radio" 3:49
8."I'll Be Alright Without You" 4:49
9."It Could Have Been You" 3:37
10."The Eyes of a Woman" 4:32
11."Why Can't This Night Go on Forever"Perry, Cain3:43
2006 CD reissue bonus tracks
12."Girl Can't Help It" (live)4:17
13."I'll Be Alright Without You" (live)4:57


Band members
  • Steve Perry - lead vocals, producer
  • Neal Schon - guitars, backing vocals, keyboard on track 10, guitar synth
  • Jonathan Cain - keyboards, backing vocals, additional vocal co-production
Additional musicians
  • Randy Jackson - bass, backing vocals on tracks 1, 3-9[9], 12 and 13
  • Bob Glaub - bass on tracks 2, 10 and 11
  • Larrie Londin - drums on tracks 1, 3-9
  • Steve Smith - drums on tracks 2, 10 and 11
  • Mike Baird - drums on tracks 12 and 13 (2006 CD reissue only)
  • Danny Hull (credited as Dan Hull) - saxophone on tracks 2 and 7, harp on track 7
  • Steve Minkins - percussion on track 3



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1989 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1986 Gold (+ 50,000)[20]


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