To Play Some Music

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"To Play Some Music"
Single by Journey
from the album Journey
B-side "Topaz"
ReleasedApril 1975 [1]
Recorded CBS Studios, San Francisco, California, 1974
Genre Progressive rock
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon
Producer(s) Roy Halee
Journey singles chronology
"To Play Some Music"
"On a Saturday Night"

"To Play Some Music" is the first single released by the American rock group Journey. It originally appeared as the fourth track on the band's eponymous 1975 debut album.


Album and single release

The album Journey was released as the band's first LP by Columbia Records on April 1, 1975. Two months later, Columbia also issued the band's first single. "To Play Some Music" was chosen as the A-side, while the B-side featured another cut from Journey, the instrumental fifth track "Topaz" ("Topaz" followed "To Play Some Music" on the album running order). [2] "To Play Some Music" was written by Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon, while "Topaz" was penned by George Tickner. [3]

Journey would ultimately peak at #138 on The Billboard 200 album chart in the United States [4] and also at #72 in Japan. However, "To Play Some Music" has never appeared on any major singles chart Worldwide. It was the only single issued from the band's debut album.

Cash Box said that "from its opening organ riffs clean through to its rocking solo parts, Journey explodes with a solid, tightly produced disk." [5]


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  2. "To Play Some Music" single at Rate Your Music.
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  4. Journey peak United States Billboard chart placing at allmusic.
  5. "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. July 5, 1975. p. 22. Retrieved 2021-12-11.