Re: I really like "Walk On"...
Posted by: Doc K ()
Date: May 20, 2001 03:39AM

As a 25 year fan of Boston who also has his head screwed on straight, I just have to respond to some of the comments in this thread. First off, the 1st album may not rank favorably with anything the Beatles ever did (my favorite artists), but it remains a classic nonetheless. You don't have to be an ardent fan of the group or their sound to say that this record---Scholz's first foray into the music biz--is downright amazing. Delp's vocals and the soaring guitar sounds were unrivaled for that time period, and 25 years later have few rivals today. The sound may not be to the liking of fans of myriad other forms of rock, but jeez, it's an incredible sound.

However, I am unsure about the comment about Scholz's approach to making albums being 'refreshing'. In the early days, I was like any other Boston fan who shook his fist at the record company for taking him to court to force a quicker product. With the benefit of hindsight, one has to wonder about Tom's stubborn streak: record companies and former bandmembers have had to go through the judicial process, recent band member David Sykes was fired and Brad Delp found himself being somewhat ex-communicated for helping Barry Goudreau in RTZ when Boston projects meant decades between tours and big paychecks. Who could blame Delp --and Goudreau--for looking to keep their names in the public's consciousness? You may call that refreshing--but I call it hard-headed.

Boston 1 was a great accomplishment. Don't Look Back evidenced the sophomore jinx and Third Stage gave us all some optimism. But Walk On and perhaps the worst produced Greatest Hits record ever can only make long time fans reflect on the days of old...and wonder what could have been.

Lastly, the 'Walk On' record was an incredible attempt by MCA to cash in on a weak sister masquearding as Boston. No mention on the back of the CD about a new singer, little in the way of pre-publicity.We paid for pseudo-Boston. The result was Tom's great guitar intermingled with Fran Cosmo's voice and no Delp. Delp was--and is--the Boston sound (along with Tom's guitar). And sorry, Cosmo is not Delp in any way.

(BTW, I doubt Boston 1 was written 10 years previously. Listening to the group's demos, you see half of the songs are missing and the other half have gone through major changes.)

Anyway, this latest wait provides us with 'Someone' , at least, via the website. It's a serviceable return to the oldn days, anyway. But I have to wonder if we'll see the CD before 2005 and have to wonder if any record company has picked the group up.

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