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Departure

by Laurie Geltman

“A strong rock and roll, singer-songwriter triumph filled with unusual textures and tight arrangements." "Soulful vocals, accompaniment by violinist Daniel Kellar…her lyrics have something to say to nearly everyone." Sophisticated, yet deeply emotional.
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1. When You Act Like a King
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2. Hard to Say to No
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3. I Talk Too Much
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4. A Real Kiss
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5. Departure
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6. Come Out to Play
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7. I Fight My Bloodline
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8. Sway
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9. For the Moment
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the 20th Year Anniversary (DIGITAL ONLY) RELEASE of LAURIE GELTMAN’S first full-length album Departure.

Her first full-length album, Departure (1992), won enthusiastic praise from critics and fans alike, thrusting Laurie Geltman into the local music spotlight and landing her a prominent place in the Boston Music scene for many years to come. Departure blended soulful vocals and accomplished musicianship into a unique sound. The critically acclaimed album showcased a cross-section of Geltman’s songwriting styles and her production know-how, as she brought together some of the area’s finest musicians to enhance her vision. She worked with producer Tom Dube on two tracks, David Doms and Ducky Carlisle on most of the others and produced the Rolling Stones classic “Sway” herself. That track also appeared on Botown Records CD compilation BOSTON GETS STONED.

A good part of the album was made with her then-current live band: Jonathan Abel on drums, brothers Matthew and Stephen Silbert on bass and guitar respectively, and Daniel Kellar on violin. But there were many guests; no less than 23 musicians participated on this sophisticated, yet deeply emotional album. There’s a string quartet on “When You Act Like A King”, mellotron on “Come Out To Play”, baritone sax on “I Fight My Bloodline” and pedal steel on the title track. "i Talk Too Much" features Stu Kimball on electric guitar. He went on to become Bob Dylan’s guitar player. Dube brought in Jon Brion (Kanye West, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Robyn Hitchcock), Eric Schermerhorn (David Bowie, They Might be Giants, Pink, Seal) and Hal Cragin (Iggy Pop, They Might be Giants, Sarah Maclachlan, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton). But as one critic wrote, “Departure succeeds for a number of reasons, the foremost being the songwriting. Beyond that is Geltman’s voice.”

One of Geltman’s main goals was to showcase the varied colors and textures produced by her musical cohort Daniel Kellar. They started playing together in the 1980’s experimental rock band Vasco Da Gama. Geltman believes there is something truly unique about his tone and musicality and often wrote with it in mind. Along with her vocals and guitar parts, he provides the core of the sound on this album and the follow up No Power Steering from pizzicato runs to melodic sweeps. Kellar also sings a great bit of the supportive background vocals on these albums.

What the critics said:
“Departure is a strong rock and roll, singer-songwriter triumph…filled with unusual textures and tight arrangements, the album features Geltman’s superb acoustic guitar and vocals.” Boston Journal, April 1992

“Soulful vocals, tight lead guitar, accompaniment by violinist Daniel Kellar and professional sound and packaging…Her lyrics have something to say to nearly everyone” Portsmouth Herald, August 1992

“Departure succeeds for a number of reasons, the foremost being the songwriting. Beyond that is Geltman’s voice…. The true ballad A Real Kiss is enough to make you ache, and when she rocks (as on I fight My Bloodline) you’ll have no doubt about her intentions.” Face Magazine, July 1992

“Geltman’s debut album Departure showcases her seasoned voice and powerful lyrics…Her material stands out due to violinist Daniel Kellar, who adds texture and melody to the songs….All mature, well-developed songs worthy of serious attention.” University Reporter, December 1992

“Departure may be the best folk album released this year…nine songs here show a major talent who is not likely to remain in obscurity much longer.” Boston Rock, November 1992

“Laurie conveys earthiness and displays feeling in her songs. She’s real. Her voice is soothing, yet strong.” New England Performer, July 1992

On the Jagger/Richard’s classic Sway which also appeared on Botown Records CD compilation BOSTON GETS STONED:
“…the best Stones cover I’ve heard in a while.” Boston Phoenix, November 1992

“Laurie Geltman shines with her melancholy, very personal delivery on “Sway.”
The Boston Globe, April 1993

Departure never came out on a CD. It was released as a cassette in the spring of 1992. While it was professionally packaged with a 5-panel insert with lyrics and credits, the intention was for booking gigs, shopping to labels and selling at shows. The flurry of press, radio airplay, award shows, contests and constant gigs went through its course and by 1993, while breaking in her Doc Martens, she formed a new, more Alternative/Americana band. Geltman moved on to the next project with songs she had been writing. In the fall of 2001 she picked up the remastered version from mastering engineer David Locke at composer Gunther Schuller's house. It was the morning of 9/11 and she drove from Boston up to her house in Maine with an empty, blue sky above her. She put Departure off for a while until another 10 years had passed. Finally, here it is.

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Comments from critics when Departure was released in 1992
“Departure is a strong rock and roll, singer-songwriter triumph…filled with unusual textures and tight arrangements, the album features Geltman’s superb acoustic guitar and vocals.” Boston Journal, April 1992

“Soulful vocals, tight lead guitar, accompaniment by violinist Daniel Kellar and professional sound and packaging…her lyrics have something to say to nearly everyone” Portsmouth Herald, August 1992

“Departure succeeds for a number of reasons, the foremost being the songwriting. Beyond that is Geltman’s voice…. The true ballad A Real Kiss is enough to make you ache, and when she rocks (as on I fight My Bloodline) you’ll have no doubt about her intentions.” Face Magazine, July 1992

“Geltman’s debut album Departure showcases her seasoned voice and powerful lyrics…Her material stands out due to violinist Daniel Kellar, who adds texture and melody to the songs….All mature, well-developed songs worthy of serious attention.” University Reporter, December 1992

“Departure may be the best folk album released this year…nine songs here show a major talent who is not likely to remain in obscurity much longer.” Boston Rock, November 1992

“Laurie conveys earthiness and displays feeling in her songs. She’s real. Her voice is soothing, yet strong.” New England Performer, July 1992

On the Jagger/Richard’s classic Sway which also appeared on Botown Records CD compilation BOSTON GETS STONED:
“…the best Stones cover I’ve heard in a while.” Boston Phoenix, November 1992

“Laurie Geltman shines with her melancholy, very personal delivery on “Sway.”
The Boston Globe, April 1993
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