Departure (Journey album)

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Journey Departure.jpg
Cover art by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 29, 1980
RecordedThe Automatt, San Francisco, California, November 5–12, 1979
GenreRock Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
ProducerGeoff Workman, Kevin Elson
Journey chronology
In the Beginning
Dream After Dream
Singles from Departure
  1. "Any Way You Want It/When You're Alone (It Ain't Easy)"
    Released: February 1980
  2. "Walks Like a Lady/People and Places"
    Released: May 1980
  3. "Good Morning Girl/Stay Awhile (Medley)/Line of Fire""
    Released: August 1980
  4. "Any Way You Want It/Do You Recall"
    Released: September 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]

Departure is the sixth studio album by American rock band Journey. It was released on February 29, 1980, by Columbia Records.[3]

Departure was Journey's highest-charting album to that point, giving them their first appearance in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album charts, peaking at No. 8. The album includes "Any Way You Want It", the lead off track and top 25 single.[3]

The album featured an edgier sound, thanks partly to the "live in studio" way the songs were recorded.[1] The band went into The Automatt studio with 19 tracks, eventually trimming down to 12.[3]

Departure would mark the last full-time studio album appearance of founding member Gregg Rolie, and his penultimate recording with the band: his final contributions would appear on Dream, After Dream, a soundtrack album to the Japanese film of the same name, which would also be released in 1980. Rolie had become tired of life on the road and decided to leave the band after assisting in the selection of his replacement, Jonathan Cain, then of The Babys. Rolie sang lead vocals on only one song on Departure, the progressive rock track "Someday Soon".

In 1986, Columbia reissued Departure on compact disc in the U.S. and Europe.[4] They subsequently remastered the album in 1996.[5] BMG/Columbia remastered Departure again in 2006 for European, Japanese and American listeners,[6] adding bonus tracks 13 "Natural Thing" and 14 "Little Girl". Dave Donnelly at DNA Mastering in New York City led the 2006 project.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Any Way You Want It"Steve Perry, Neal Schon3:22
2."Walks Like a Lady"Perry3:17
3."Someday Soon"Perry, Gregg Rolie, Schon3:32
4."People and Places"Perry, Schon, Ross Valory5:05
5."Precious Time"Perry, Schon4:49
Side two
6."Where Were You"Perry, Schon3:01
7."I'm Cryin'"Perry, Rolie3:43
8."Line of Fire"Perry, Schon3:06
10."Good Morning Girl"Perry, Schon1:44
11."Stay Awhile"Perry, Schon2:48
12."Homemade Love"Perry, Schon, Steve Smith2:54
2006 remaster bonus tracks
13."Natural Thing"Perry, Valory3:43
14."Little Girl" (from the soundtrack Dream, After Dream)Schon, Perry, Rolie5:47


Band members
  • Geoff Workman - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Kevin Elson - producer, live sound
  • Ken Kessie - engineer
  • Jim Welch - art direction



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1994 3x Platinum (+ 3,000,000)[13]


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  2. ^ Swenson, John (12 June 1980). "Album Reviews: Journey - Departure". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  3. ^ a b c Franck, John; Rivadavia, Ed (2008). Chris Woodstra; John Bush; Stephen Thomas Erlewine, eds. All Music Guide Required Listening: Classic Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 108. ISBN 0-87930-917-2.
  4. ^ "1986 CD reissue: Catalog numbers CK 36339 (USA) and CDCBS 84101 (Europe)". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  5. ^ "1996 CD remaster: Catalog numbers 486667 2 (Europe) and CK 67727 (USA)". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  6. ^ "2006 CD remaster: Catalog numbers MHCP 1169 (Japan), 82876895442 (Europe) and 88697 00119 2 (USA)". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  7. ^ Liner notes, CD # 88697 00119 2. BMG Music Entertainment. 2008. p. 14.
  8. ^ a b c d "Departure Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 33, No. 9, May 24, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. 24 May 1980. Archived from the original on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  10. ^ ジャーニー - クイーンズライクのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 33, No. 8, May 17, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. 17 May 1980. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 33, No. 22, August 23, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. 17 May 1980. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  13. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Journey. Retrieved on 2013-06-30.