Released on this day in 1978. "Infinity" is Journey's 4th album, and it was the band's first album with vocalist Steve Perry and the last to feature drummer Aynsley Dunbar. The band was looking for a stronger lead vocalist, and they briefly had Robert Fleischman as the lead singer, and recorded some songs with him, (those recordings show up on a later compilation.) Fleischman was soon replaced by Steve Perry, due to musical and management differences. Fleischman would later resurface as the first singer of the glam metal band Vinnie Vincent Invasion. The band formed in San Francisco in 1973, and was composed of the former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987. "Patiently" was the first song Perry and Neal Schon wrote together. Perry wrote the lyrics, in which he expresses the sadness of being on the road and away from home, while also expressing admiration for the band's fans, and Schon wrote the music for the song. Other popular singles included "Lights" and "Wheel in the Sky". The latter was co-written with temporary frontman Fleischman. Roy Thomas Baker was brought on to produce Infinity. Baker produced a layered sound approach, similar to his work with Queen, as demonstrated on tracks such as "Winds of March" (with help from engineer Geoff Workman). In addition, Baker's method of stacked harmonies, notable on several other albums he produced, became trademarks of Journey's sound. This is my favorite Journey album. Adding Steve Perry to the band gave them a more mainstream sound, and helped Journey attain their highest chart success to date. Prior to this release the band had more of a prog rock sound and had very limited success.
"In order to reflect the profound wisdom of the Heart Sutra and to impose the two-dimensional calligraphy into a three-dimensional architecture naturally, the thirty-eight timber columns with inscription of the Heart Sutra have been arranged to correspond to the topography of the landscape, and in a figure-of-eight configuration (i.e. the symbol of infinty "∞") symbolising infinity. The column located at the highest point of the hill is left blank to suggest the concept of "emptiness" (Sunyata), a key theme in the Heart Sutra. " #wisdompath#wishIcouldreadchinese#Foothills#infinity#LantauIsland#HongKong