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Artist: Departure

Title: Corporate Wheel

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Departure Corporate Wheel Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2003

Label: Escape

Catalog Number: 082


Timothy Lewis lead vocals
Mike Walsh lead guitar, keyboards
John O'Connell keyboards
Mike Beres bass
Duey Ribestello drums


1.  Listen to What I Say  
2.  Corporate Wheel  
3.  Sacrifice  
4.  Time  
5.  Down on My Knees  
6.  Every Man  
7.  Giving Me a Reason  
8.  Comin' My Way  
9.  Fallin' from the Sky  
10.  Hallowed Ground  
11.  Look in Your Eyes  

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From: Jez Date: March 11, 2003 at 14:44
Solid 3rd release from the American band. New vocalist Timothy Lewis is another Steve Perry/ Hugo soundalike, so with that in mind i think you know where the bands sound comes from. I prefered the debut album a little more, but this is an improvement on 'Open Your Mind' and generally is a good quality , well played slice of melodic rock which will i'm sure appear in a few people's top 20 list at the end of the year.

From: jaspouille Date: March 11, 2003 at 18:59
exellent third work from departure. im the same line like the 2 first cd great aor whith good melodies and vocals a la journey. a must have for all aor lovers.

From: koogles Date: March 11, 2003 at 19:30
With a name like 'Departure', a band has to sound a bit like Journey right? Well, this sounds more like Journey than even Journey does anymore. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, and flattery will get you everythere... then Departure is going places with this awesome AOR CD!

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 13, 2003 at 9:22
Right Koogles, great AOR masterpiece. Only Drive She Said will beat this gem, I think !!!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: March 14, 2003 at 13:52
by the way! does any of you guys know what happened to ken michaels? is he in another band?.what a classy voice this guy has!!.

From: Peter-Poland Date: April 19, 2003 at 10:38
This album is really good, that's what i wanted to say at the beginning. Timothy Lewis sounds like steve perry, all of track are very melodic, and catchy. We can find here good quality keyboard tunes and not average guitar parts. It's not average project, that's what i'm sure about. My fav. is '' listen to what i say''. Grad yourselve a copy and enjoy one of best new albums ! Take care. Peter

From: Rycheage Date: June 12, 2003 at 0:22
The guys really have nailed that 80's sound and the Journey comparisons, so I think personal enjoyment of the record will be somewhat dependant on you having a pre-disposition for this sound. Having said that, I'm a sucker for the 80's and the album is written and it's done far too well not to be liked and rated highly. There are a lot of folks that visit this site for a variety of musical reasons. If it's pure AOR you are looking for, Departure have what you want.

From: Hrudet Date: July 2, 2003 at 20:54
This album is like listening to Journey with Steve Augeri up front, or one of Kevin Chalfant's releases. You know it sounds like Perry, but you know it's not him. Either way, fans of 80's keyboard/guitar AOR and big pompous production values will get a bit lift from this album. The band have written their best set of songs to date and this is easily their best production value of the 3 records. Guitar fans still have plenty to chew on, but vocals and keyboards rule this CD.

From: Herve Pradeau Date: July 18, 2003 at 7:39
Excellent cd, worth having even only for awesome tracks like 'Every Man', 'Comin' My Way' or 'Sacrifice'. Great AOR never dies !

From: Reine Date: August 24, 2003 at 7:13
What can you say, just listen to the first 3 tracks! This is the best ive heard in a long time!

From: tomcat Date: October 25, 2003 at 10:42
'listen to what i say, i'm so lonely ', is the type of song that made me hooked to the genre..classact.

From: Janxy Date: November 24, 2003 at 13:19
Gets off to one hell of a great start then drops the ball, bigtime. I hate when a promise goes unfulfilled and that is is what this album does. Half the album is fillers, the first three tracks and the last are killers. The entire album would be a much easier pill to swallow had more restraint been used on the guitar sound. By the end your ears are bleeding. At least you can avoid this effect by skipping half the tracks. Then what you have is one hell of a fantastic EP!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 30, 2004 at 7:20
Great band, great record. Real fine AOR !!! And their debut is even better ! One of the very best 'new' AOR acts !

From: rocky Date: April 25, 2004 at 4:20
this would have been a fantastic album if they had toned down the guitars a bit. they are too much in focus. Lewis has a great voice and it`s sad that both the keys and the vocal parts are more in the backgroud. looking forward to the next album, if there will be one....

From: AORmaniac Date: January 26, 2005 at 22:44
A very average album and really i cannot understand what's the big dio concerning this album??? Some guys have tried to present it as a gem but thank God it didn't work out... just do not believe some reviews that talking with super words about this one... it is very very average and in the end after a few hearings you cannot remember anything!!! Great dissapointement!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 27, 2005 at 12:53
Listen carefully, my friend. All three CD's by Departure are outstanding ! This is a GREAT 'new' band !

From: Lennie Date: April 22, 2005 at 7:19
I actually really like this album (well I would being a massive Journey fan!). Initially the keys were a bit too sugar coated for my liking, but this has grown on me and the good guitar work more than compensates for this! The harmonies are spot on and as stated above are very reminiscent of the Perry Journey era. Indeed, songs like 'Falling from the Sky' could sit on any Journey album (including Escape!) and wouldnt sound out of place, class wise. Recommended and a definite 'grower'. 8/10

From: Scandinavia Date: April 22, 2005 at 11:54
Damn, this is like the entire Eurovision Song Contest on one single CD !! :-)

From: AOR freaky Date: April 23, 2005 at 3:22
Stupid comment from you, Scandinavia !! Didn't expect that silly comment from a respected guy like you ! This is a GREAT AOR record, and recommend !!!

From: SangreAzulForever Date: February 1, 2007 at 9:01
I am completely lost for words with this one! What a great issue for these times! 80´s sounding, overwhelming keys, great vocals and lots of sticky melodies. Thanks for that one! 10/10.

From: Aorforever Date: April 5, 2007 at 12:28
10/10!!!!!!!!! I love it.

From: juan carlos Date: May 6, 2007 at 0:20
Recuerda mucho a Journey y eso me encanta, en lo particular la voz me recuerda a Tony Mills y la música emparentada a los Shy de su disco "Sunset and Vine" del 2004 aunque éste es un poco mas pomposo por los teclados que meten, ejemplo la 5 y 11. Mis Súper-Favoritas son: "Listen to What I Say", "Sacrifice", "Every Man" y "Giving Me a Reason" temazos con unos coros últra melódicos, música de ensueño realmente, estos temas pagan el disco sin dudas. 8.7/10

From: 123charpenay Date: February 2, 2011 at 13:32
without any doubt their best album.the first was average on the second the voice of the new singer was a real nightmare.here the new new singer have the same voice of steve perry.if you are fan of journey this record is for you.you won t be disapointed it is a cloning affair of journey .!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 30, 2011 at 21:58
Definitevely better than their debut...i haven't listened to their second album yet(gonna do pretty soon )...the voice of Timothy Lewis is what makes the songs sound like Journey-ish but far away from the status of the aforementioned one even though the songs in here are top notch in its most ..."Listen To What I Say","Corporate Wheel"(nice & catchy),"Sacrifice","Every Man","Hallowed Ground" & "Look In Your Eyes" are my favourites...nice effort that will fulfill our AOR needs!!!...91/100

From: hair metal again Date: October 13, 2014 at 11:54
pretty good release by DEPARTURE and of course if you re a fan of JOURNEY you ll enjoy the excellent musicianship and the approach of those talented musos!the songs are ok but not as big as they should to push things further!"sacrifice","listen what i say",'corporate wheel" are the best moments of this nice release! PS:the singer sounds like Perry pretty often

From: 123charpenay Date: February 5, 2015 at 13:22
i can add beautiful record ,beautiful music.the production is not very mighty but great and clear.fans of journey (of course) but also fans of artica,savannah or norway this cd is for you.

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