Friday, February 29, 1980

Journey’s Departure released

First posted 10/12/2008; updated 9/11/2020.

Departure

Journey


Released: February 29, 1980


Peak: 8 US, -- UK, 48 CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, -- UK, 4.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Any Way You Want It (3/1/80, 23 US, 50 CN)
  2. Walks Like a Lady (5/24/80, 32 US, 31 CN)
  3. Someday Soon
  4. People and Places
  5. Precious Time
  6. Where Were You
  7. I’m Cryin’
  8. Line of Fire
  9. Departure
  10. Good Morning Girl (8/23/80, 55 US)
  11. Stay Awhile (8/23/80, 55 US)
  12. Homemade Love


Total Running Time: 37:49


The Players:

  • Steve Perry (vocals)
  • Neal Schon (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Gregg Rolie (keyboards, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on “Someday Soon”)
  • Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals)
  • Steve Smith (drums)

Rating:

3.518 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)

About the Album:

“The third and final album of what could be called Journey’s cocoon phase (Escape would give birth to a fully formed butterfly and put the band through the stratosphere), 1980’s Departure would also be the quintet’s last with keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie.” FR “He tired of life on the road and decided to resign his position in the band.” JM

“Produced by Geoff Workman and Kevin Elson (essentially both engineers turned producers), the album continued to build on the band’s previous two recordings, but offered an added edge, arrangement-wise. This was likely due to the fact that the band had walked into Automatt Studios with 19 new tunes and proceeded to record most of them live, eventually trimming down to 11 songs.” FR

Departure would be the band’s highest charting album to date, giving Journey their first appearance in the top 10 of the Billboard album charts.” JM It “got off to an explosive start with the driving riffs and chorused vocals of” FR “the jubilant Anyway You Want It,” CRM “another radio smash.” FR “Never sounding tighter, the quintet then launched into Walks Like a Lady (another future FM staple…) and a string of outstanding rockers, including future concert opener Where Were You and the stop-go-stop-go energy of Line of Fire.” FR

“On the other hand, elegant power ballads like Good Morning and Stay Awhile would foreshadow the band’s future commercial triumphs on Escape. And even though it packs the occasional filler like Someday Soon and Homemade Love (a weak attempt to boogie that falls absolutely flat and, tellingly, was the only Gregg Rolie-sung tune here), Departure is a solid record all around. Soon, Rolie would be replaced by the greater pop-savvy songwriting muscle of former Babys keyboard man , met Jonathan Cain” FR who Rollie even assisted in finding, JM “and Journey would go from huge cult act to monster superstars,” FR “setting the template for 80s arena rock.” CRM

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Saturday, February 23, 1980

Queen hit #1 with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Queen

Writer(s): Freddie Mercury (see lyrics here)


Released: October 12, 1979


First Charted: October 20, 1979


Peak: 14 US, 13 CB, 12 HR, 13 RR, 17 AC, 1 CL, 2 UK, 12 CN, 17 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.5 UK, 1.71 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 7.0 radio, 205.0 video, 343.34 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury came up with this song while taking a bath in in a hotel room in Munich, Germany. He jumped from the tub and worked out the chords on guitar. SF As he said, “it took me five or ten minutes. I did that on guitar, which I can’t play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords.” WK

After playing it for his bandmates in the studio, they reported recorded it in less than half an hour WK after just a few run-throughs. Mercury wrote this as a rockabilly tribute to Elvis Presley. WK It sounded enough like his work, that some people assumed it was a cover. AMG

Mercury played rhythm guitar on the track, marking the first time he played guitar on a Queen album. BR Guitarist Brian May still played lead on the track, though. Producer Reinhold Mack pushed him to use a Fender Telecaster instead of his usual Red Special. May reluctantly agreed, saying “It basically doesn’t suit my style. But ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ was such a period piece. It seemed to need that period sound.” UCR

The song was released first in Britain, where it reached #2. Elektra, Queen’s U.S. label, didn’t see its potential, but released it after American radio stations started playing the imported single. BR According to Roger Taylor and Brian May, this song inspired John Lennon to go back into the studio. SF


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First posted 8/5/2021.

Tuesday, February 19, 1980

AC/DC's Bon Scott died: February 19, 1980

Originally posted February 19, 2012.

image from licklibrary.com



Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott was born on July 9, 1946 in Scotland, but moved to Australia when he was 6. It was there he became known as the lead singer and songwriter for one of that country’s best known musical exports – rock group AC/DC.

From 1964 to 1974, Scott worked with various bands including The Spektors, The Valentines, Fraternity, Fang, and The Mount Lofty Rangers. In 1974, he replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC. A few Australian-only releases followed (1974’s High Voltage and 1975’s T.N.T.) before a 1976 compilation, also called High Voltage, was released internationally. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and Powerage followed over the next few years. The group’s real breakthrough came with 1979’s Highway to Hell, a top 20 album in the U.S. The group appeared primed for monster success.




However, On February 19, 1980, Scott passed out after a night of heavy drinking. The next day he was found lifeless and, after being rushed to the hospital, was pronounced dead, officially from acute alcohol poisoning. Initially the group considered disbanding, but instead opted to soldier on with new lead singer Brian Johnson. Before year’s end, they recorded and released Back in Black, a tribute to their fallen comrade and one of the best-selling albums in history.

filmed just 10 days before Bon Scott’s death




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