Journey – Escape Japan Mastersound audiophile LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  A limited edition Japanese Mastersound audiophile pressing of Escape by Journey, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese “Mastersound” pressing of Escape by Journey, including the original obi and a complete set of inserts.

Like most titles in the CBS Japan Mastersound series, this LP has been digitally remastered.

About this copy: This copy of Escape is a 1982 pressing on the CBS label.

The cover is M- with trace corner wear. The obi is M-.

The generic Mastersound sleeve is M-.  The lyric insert and custom inner sleeve is M-.

The generic Mastersound catalogs are missing.

The disc is VG++ and close to M- with a couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  There are one or two spindle marks on the labels.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce Journey LP.

Background: Released in 1981, Escape was the seventh studio album by Journey

The album reached #1 on the U.S. album charts and has sold more than nine million copies.

In the early 1980s, CBS Records in the U.S. and Japan created a limited edition series of high quality audiophile pressings of then-new and older LPs that were pressed on premium vinyl and sold at a premium price.

In the U.S., most of the titles were half speed mastered.  In Japan, most of the titles were digitally remastered pressings. The series did not last long and most titles were quickly discontinued.   Escape was one of several Journey albums to be released as part of the series. gave Escape a 4 1/2 star review:

Escape was a groundbreaking album for San Francisco’s Journey, charting three singles inside Billboard’s Top Ten, with “Don’t Stop Believing” reaching number nine, “Who’s Crying Now” number four, and “Open Arms” peaking at number two and holding there for six weeks. Escape flung Journey steadfastly into the AOR arena, combining Neal Schon’s grand yet palatable guitar playing with Jonathan Cain’s blatant keyboards. All this was topped off by the passionate, wide-ranged vocals of Steve Perry, who is the true lifeblood of this album, and this band. The songs on Escape are more rock-flavored, with more hooks and a harder cadence compared to their former sound.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: CBS
Catalog Number:
30 AP 2138
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in