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Artist: Departure

Title: Departure

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Category: AOR

Year: 1998

Label: Escape Music

Catalog Number: ESM028


Kenny Michaels lead vocals
Mike Walsh guitars, keyboards
Jeff Seykot bass
John O'Connell keyboards
Steve Pazzelanti drums

David Rosenthal guest keyboards


1.  Faster  4:15
2.  Searchin'  3:04
3.  The Way You Show Your Love  4:08
4.  Tonight's the Night  3:22
5.  Is This Love?  3:29
6.  Anymore  3:33
7.  Howling at the Moon  3:06
8.  All So Easy  3:54
9.  Eyes Don t Lie  4:14
10.  The Bitter Rage  5:29
11.  What Goes Around  3:53
12.  Can t Hurt Me Now  17:54
Total Running Time:  60:21

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Existing comments about this CD

From: emb Date: November 4, 2002 at 16:32
nobody listen? great underrated aor album . great musicians. great sound. similar to urban tale. simply marvellous. how can i get a copy?

From: melody hunter Date: November 7, 2002 at 11:08
this is defenetly one of the best albums ever released by escape music a truly classic record by a band that stands head and shoulders above many bands out there.if youre looking for great songs,great production and excellent vocalist then look no further and go buy this you wont regret it trust me!

From: JASPOUILLE Date: January 26, 2003 at 17:55

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 13, 2003 at 9:20
Great band, great CD ! How can you go wrong with mr. Rosenthal involved. Listen to and buy all Departure albums. They're all great, especially the first one ! Their new CD is also worth buying. Escape Music did it again !

From: AOR freaky Date: December 1, 2003 at 5:21
Yes, we listen !!! This is a very, very great band ! POMPY, melodic, you have it all, and KEYS, my friends, KEYS ! Something all modern acts (to which a lot of people seem to listen, oh boy !, listen to real music, please !) seem to ignore ! This band is A MUST !!!

From: tomcat Date: April 24, 2004 at 9:09
'tonight's the night'....) pure heaven for tomcat

From: rocky Date: April 27, 2004 at 5:14
this is their best album in my oppinion. listen to the 3 xtra/hidden tracks on it too, good stuff.

From: Rockhead Date: April 27, 2004 at 9:13
This is a very good release. The singer reminds me of Michael Sadler (Saga). Pompy aor of the highest order.

From: Rycheage Date: June 1, 2004 at 22:21
AWESOME 80s-style melodic hard rock/AOR. Killer vocals, huge hooks, great musicianship. Highly recommended to fans of: 707, Preview, World Trade, The Storm, Point Blank, Le Roux, Saga, Spys, New England and all those other fantastic early 80s hard rock bands.

From: AOR freaky Date: June 2, 2004 at 3:28
I always said that this was outstanding, pomping and bombastic ! Great that Rycheage thinks the same ! Check it out pronto if you still didn't !

From: Melodic_Rocker Date: November 24, 2004 at 1:11
A very good album from this band.Great Vocals,Nice keys,excellent and sometimes "heavy" guitar-rifs and all that with a drummer that KNOWS how to hit the drum!Favorite nummer at this album is"Tonights the Night".This song Rockssssssss!and very pomping.Recommended!85/100

From: MikeL Date: January 6, 2005 at 20:34
Clean production with some strong songs.Hanging by a Thread which is hidden inside the last track is a rockin tune that should be one of the spotlighted tracks on this CD. Solid effort by this group which now sounds like Steve Perry with a new singer.

From: oliver Date: October 11, 2005 at 7:08
although a good one imo not as strong as mentioned by some guys above. i can hear some progressive influences. some parts of this cd sound like an older saga release. but also some excellent melodic tunes can be found here. so it´s worth buying. 7,5/10

From: juan carlos Date: May 9, 2007 at 0:07
AOR con clara tendencias hacia lo progresivo y lo Pomp, no es mucho mi estilo preferido pero se nota la calidad de los temas. Mi tema preferido es la sentimental "The Way You Show Your Love" emocionante de verdad, la acústica "The Bitter Rage" nada mal, los demás temas muy parejos, de calidad, teclados bien acentuados. "Can t Hurt Me Now", "Hangin´ By a Thread", "A Pray For Me"(muy bueno) temas escondidos en el último tema. 8.6/10

From: z4roxx Date: September 29, 2007 at 15:13
A pity that this Kenny Michaels has sung only on this album,anyone knows his carieer?I admit they are similar to Journey but I prefer this cd to all Journey discography ahaha!Please do not comment this last phrase...

From: z4roxx Date: September 29, 2007 at 16:06
This is great aor!

From: rbrigade Date: December 3, 2008 at 13:13
Great vocals, I would really be interested listening to more stuff from this guy. The sound is also great, key driven pompy AOR. But the songwritng though quite ambitious doesn't really thrill me. Worthy catch, but didn't find it as good as most of the other users.

From: qwest Date: November 20, 2009 at 21:44
Let me play it for a few times again. Hmmm....Will see..?

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 28, 2011 at 19:19
Lovely album but not too consistent IMHO..still easily grabs the attention needed ..."Tonight's The Night" is by far the best of the album followed by another goodies such as "The Way You Show Your Love","Is This Love?","Eyes Don't Lie","What Goes Around" & "Can't Hurt Me Now"(this song has some hidden tracks included that are very good ones )...good vocalist(Kenny Michaels)and good musicianship...87/100

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