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Journey - Departure

I was rather late in getting into Journey, and Raised On Radio was the first album that I bought back in 1986. I then worked backwards through their catalogue on the basis that I would stop buying when I found an album that I didn't like. The earliest album that I eventually bought was Infinity, being the first album that Steve Perry featured on. I just couldn't get into the tracks where he wasn't the lead singer.

Having recently back-tracked through all of the Journey albums that I used to own on vinyl, I don't think the earlier stuff has dated too well and there are few that I would now consider as "must have" albums. However, Departure is on my shopping list.

Sure there are a few fillers here, but there are some killer tracks in there. Anyway You Want It, Line of Fire and Where Were You, to name just the rockers.

This album doesn't quite have the pace of the later classics such as Escape and Frontiers, but this one is certainly worth checking out. If you already have other earlier stuff, I would rate it on a par with Infinity, and it is certainly a return to form after Evolution.

The better tracks may be available on greatest hits collections, but I still believe that Departure stands on its own merits.


Formed: 1973 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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, a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after...
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