Great Rock Albums of 1980: Journey- Departure


No amusing story behind this album but one of slight regret. In August of this year, my battalion was getting ready to ship out to the Mediterranean. My one friend got chosen to go on the advance party to meet the ship at Norfolk, Virginia while the bulk of us got boarded at Moorhead City, North Carolina. When I got on the ship there, my friend told me that he saw Journey in concert in Norfolk and how great it was. Needless to say, I was wishing that I had also been chosen for the advance party.

Journey were near the zenith of their popularity by this time and “Departure” was yet another in a string of great albums they had put out. “Any Way You Want It” is the best song known song from the album and it is a rocker as far as singles go. For me, it was definitely a step up from “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin.” The rest of the album just continues the groove. “Walks Like a Lady” is a good follow on from “Any Way You Want It” There are some other good rockers on here like “I’m Crying” and the closer “Homemade Love.” They also go almost experimental progressive in the sense of “Little Girl” which I heard on an alternative version of this album on You Tube and somewhat in the same direction with “Someday Soon” although Neil Schon hammers out  a brilliant guitar solo towards the end of that one.

I will take a moment to say that thinking retrospectively, Steve Perry was probably the best male vocalist around at the time. He could belt out a rocker and then sing a more ballad like song and still sound convincing. He didn’t and still doesn’t get the recognition he deserves for his vocal talents.

Track Listing:

1. Any Way You Want It

2. Walk Like a Lady

3. Someday Soon

4. People and Places

5. Precious Time

6. Where Were You

7. I’m Crying

8. Line of Fire

9. Departure

10. Little Girl

11. Stay Awhile

12. Homemade Love



Steve Perry- lead vocals

Neil Schon- guitars, backing vocals

Greg Rollie- keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals

Ross Valory- bass, backing vocals

Steve Smith- drums, percussion

Stroud Record Fair

Stroud Record Fair


Before I end with reinforcing how good the “Departure” album is, I thought I would take a moment to tell you about going to the Stroud Record Fair today. My work with adults with autism was the reason I was there today (my job has its perks) because the gentleman I was looking after likes to collect vinyl albums from artists from the fifties; i.e. Elvis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino etc. So while he was fishing through those albums, I had a look around myself and saw some cool things like a Thin Lizzy Box Set, loads of Dead Kennedys albums on vinyl and there was a Hanoi Rocks CD that caught my eye too. It was a shame that I only had company money on me. My service user, Jonathan, ended up buying albums by Billy Fury, The Drifters and Little Richard. I didn’t see this Journey album there either and that’s a shame.

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17 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1980: Journey- Departure”

  1. Great album, great singer as you’ve said.

    What Thin Lizzy box set did you see? There is a BBC one that is on my priority list.


    • I can’t remember the name of the box but it was brown and had Phil Lynot’s image on the cover. I think it was a four record, two CD set but I never picked it up. Sorry, I can’t help any more than that.


      • Sounds like Vagabonds, Kings…can’t remember the whole title, but yeah. GREAT box set. Either way it sounds like you had a good outing, and I think it’s great that you do volunteer work like that. Wish there were more people like yourself.


      • It’s my actual job, I get decent money for it. Well at least I’m able to live from pay check to pay check with it. Going to the record fair was just a perk but it wasn’t all rosy. Jonathan could have had his anxiety levels unexpectedly rise at any time and gone off on one. I’m just glad he didn’t. I think you might be right on the box set if my mind serves me right.


      • Well, I suffer from a certain degree of social anxiety myself, and something like a crowded record fair can easily trigger me. I just need to get out of the room. Last time I went, I was with two good friends and I was fine, but I can understand to a certain degree what it’s like.


      • I’ve had that feeling too. I think crowds can make many people anxious.


      • Because I’m into history, I often wonder what it would be like to live 100 or 150 years ago when there weren’t so many people around! I imagine very different from today.


      • I’m into history too and that is an interesting thought.


      • I like to look at old photographs from 100 years ago. It’s amazing how, in cities now wall to wall with traffic, you see people walking casually down empty streets. Wish I could experience something like that!


      • I know what you mean, sometimes I think Jonathan is right about going back to the 1930’s.


  2. God Bless you Metal Buddy for working with adults with Autism.

    Now… “Departure” is an excellent album! A Classic Rock gem, IMO. I had “Departure” on vinyl back in the day. I bought it on CD for $5 at Walmart… about 2 or 3 years ago. 🙂 I remember getting this vinyl at around the same time as Queen’s “The Game” \m/

    You are dead-on-balls accurate about Steven Perry. I feel he does belong in that CLASSIC 70’s group of singers with: David Coverdale, Paul Rodgers, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler… yet you’re right, Steven Perry has seemed to been forgotten… especially by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – and they don’t even know who Journey is anyways! Unreal.

    A grand pick and a grand post (per usual) 80’s Metal Man! Thank you for serving the U.S. back in the day too. \m/\m/


    • They don’t know who Journey is? That is too unreal but now I’m not surprised about the so called rock hall of fame. Yes Steven Perry does belong with the group you mentioned and Neil Schon hasn’t been fully appreciated for his guitar talents either. And thanks for all your compliments. Working with adults with autism can be challenging. Ten minutes after arriving back at his house, Jonathan decided he didn’t like the Little Richard album without even playing it so there were some interesting moments there.


      • That is so sad to here about Jonathan. I commend you once again for your patience and sympathy.

        Journey has recruited generations of fans… and honestly, IMO, they are a timeless band! 🙂 \m/


      • He is challenging at the best of times but it just comes with the territory. I hate to say it but Glee could have been the best thing to revitalise Journey’s newfound popularity. They are timeless.


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