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Departure [Original recording remastered]

JourneyAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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by William Ruhlmann

During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon (born February 27, 1954), a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on ... Read more in Amazon's Journey Store

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SonyBMG Special Markets
  • ASIN: B0015XAT7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Any Way You Want It
2. Walks Like A Lady
3. Someday Soon
4. People And Places
5. Precious Time
6. Where Were You
7. I'm Cryin'
8. Line Of Fire
9. Departure
10. Good Morning Girl
11. Stay Awhile
12. Homemade Love

Editorial Reviews

Their 1980 breakthrough, this triple-platinum LP brought Any Way You Want It to classic-rock radio forever, a #8 LP, plus the bonus tracks Little Girl and Natural Thing !

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Avoid all of these Journey remasters/ reissues and find the original non-remastered CD's. Why? Please see below the next paragraph.

FYI: some of these Journey reissues have new remastering that is worse than the previous 1996 remastering while some have the 1996 remastering:
Infinity (not remastered for 2006 reissue, old 1996 remastering)
Evolution (not remastered for 2006 reissue, old 1996 remastering)
Departure (remastered for 2006 reissue with bonus tracks that were dropped on 2008 reissue)
Escape (not remastered for 2006 reissue, old 1996 remastering)
Frontiers (remastered for 2006 reissue)

Although not as good as Infinity or Escape, this was a great CD with hard-hitting classics such as Where Were You and Line of Fire.

I initially thought this was a much better, fuller sounding version. I even initially posted a favorable review. All of the Journey remasters and reissues seemed to sound great and better than the originals, until I realized something is missing. The sound is very compressed.

When I first listened to the CD, it seemed fuller sounding. It seemed first. I started to wonder why I began listening to the remaster less and less. Then I dug out the original CD. I realized how instruments that jumped out on the original now just all blend together on the remaster. Drum hits that popped out before are softened and now in the background along with every other peak, making for a very generic, modernized and cloudy sound. The definition and clarity are gone.

Feel can be hard to describe or pinpoint, but the feel and excitement of great albums like this are destroyed by this kind of mastering that has become the norm for new albums and reissues alike.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey's "Departure" From The 70's Into The 80's! March 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Released in early 1980,"Departure" was the last album to feature Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals.It was also their first Top 10 album(#8),continuing their ascent from journeyman rockers to mainstream pop/rock hitmakers which,with the addition of Jonathan Cain on keys,would finally pay off the following year with "Escape".Back to this album,it kicks off in stellar form with Journey's most popular rockers "Any Way You Want It" and moves on to a very diverse set of songs-the bluesy tinge of "Walks Like A Lady" and "Precious Time";the melodic AOR of "Someday Soon"(the last time Gregg Rolie sang on a Journey album)and "People And Places"(which features Neal Schon on vocals along with Steve Perry);the straight-up hard-rockers "Where Were You" and "Line Of Fire",and the dramatic,emotional ballads "I'm Crying" and "Good Morning Girl/Stay Awhile",which would be,like or not,Steve Perry's trademark for the 1980's.The only track that doesn't work is "Homemade Love",a boogie-rocker that fall flat.Luckily,this album has been reissued with two strong tracks:the soulful "Natural Thing",which was the B-side to "Don't Stop Believin",and the searing "Little Girl",which first appeared on the "Dream After Dream" soundtrack.This reissue also has excellent remastering (done by Dave Donnelly at DNA Mastering),which is superior to previous CD editions, and a nice 16-page booklet contain photos,press clips,tour dates,and other memorabilia from the "Departure" period.Plus it's dirt cheap too.Essential for any Journey fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arriving at Stardom (and the UK Fans) October 23, 2013
Format:Audio CD
The last album with the great Greg Rolie, founding member of Journey, and Santana alumnus. Journey would use this as a springboard to megastardom with the follow-up album, Escape, but Departure remains, for me, their best. Sure it has a sentimental quality for me since I was honored by the Journey management at this time with running the UK fanclub after I discovered that very few people in the UK knew who Journey was, never mind this great album. But that apart, this album is a real gem. There's a tremendous diversity here, from the catchy Any Way You Want It, through the bluesy rock of Walks Like A Lady, the moving ballad of Stay Awhile, the vocal prowess of I'm Crying, and the anthemic tour de force, Precious Time, an absolutely blinding track. We still have Greg's grounding influence, the unsurpassed rhythm section of Ross and Steve S, the still prodigious talent of Neal, and the production values that made Infinity and Evolution such attention grabbing works (e.g. the imaginative use of phasing); but this is also where Steve P really comes into his own as a singer and composer. And the rest is history.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last of Journey's Bug Albums August 26, 2013
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Journey had become hungry for the success they'd tasted via "Infinity" and "Evolution," each exponentially growing in sales. Steve Perry had effectively cornered the band's microphone and Neal Schon beginning to trim his soloing down to bite-sized arena ready applause grabbers, "Departure" was their most attention ready albums to date. The band's appetite for commercial success came with a price as keyboardist Gregg Rollie called it quits soon after (to eventually be replaced by Jonathan Caine). That seemed to matter little to Journey's growing legion of fans as "Departure" soon found itself in the top ten and the initial single, the pulse pounding "Any Way You Want It" soon entered the top 20, another first for the band. Even "Walks Like a Lady," Perry's attempt at while blues and one of the more unusual singles from the band's hits period, sounded effective.

However, Journey still had lingering traces of wanted to have their pop success and prog rocker status and eat it, too. That meant for vocal production trickery on "People and Places" and phase shifting guitars that dominate "Precious Time," along with Rollie's harmonica. And while it didn't become a breakout single, Journey's penchant for mammoth balladeering, "Stay Awhile" gives a preview of the huge hits that would start once "Escape" became an even more successful album than "Departure."

Granted, FM album rockers fell all over "Departure" when it came to picking out songs to play. But it's obvious now that Journey's albums were never better than the singles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
I have followed this band for years.I love the song list.Happy with this one.Would buy from again.Recommend this seller,thumbs up.
Published 4 months ago by DrumAlot
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey at their best!
Journey absolutely must have this CD in your collection. It's one of my favorites and contains some fabulous songs that showcase Steve's amazing vocal range as well as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by eptattoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
I love the old Journey with Steve Perry. I am a fan for years. It it great music to listen to. I would highly recommend to buying this c.d. Very Good delivery service.
Published 10 months ago by christine comelio
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
The packaging was perfect. The delivery was fast and accurate. The CD is exactly what I was expecting. The name of the band says it all. Perfect.
Published 10 months ago by David B Pyl
5.0 out of 5 stars great journey rock album
loved listening to this album. this was journey at their best. i would reccomend this to anyone who loves journey's music.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Departure Journey
Excellent album.......... Love Journey !!! A must have for an Journey fan !!!! Steve Has such passion and soul in his voice. A gift to Journey's true talents...... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bogart14
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I have owned this cd on a every format that it has been issued on,that should tell you something about how good it is
Published 11 months ago by oplismiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Journey album (but product description is incorrect!)
I ordered this CD to complete my collection of early Journey albums with Steve Perry as the lead singer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by jdawg1961
4.0 out of 5 stars Departure by Journey
I started with Journey's latest cd's featuring Steve Perry and am working my way backwards. Departure is a bit different, and there are a couple songs I really enjoy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by krf
5.0 out of 5 stars Departure is great
I bought this cd to add to the 5 disc box set and it really makes that set complete in my eyes. There are some classic hits on this
disc. Great deal.
Published 16 months ago by Donnie
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