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Audio CD, April 12, 1999
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Tony Carey has taken the art of musical story telling to all new heights. The Boystown Tapes is a musical compendium of short stories, each song being it's own volume. Stories that reflect on childhood and the innocence of youth, stories that protest the proliferation of hate, technology and information in the modern world as well as stories that illustrate the pain of dealing with loved ones addicted to drugs.

Review

Best known for '80s classic rock hits like "A Fine, Fine Day," "I won't Be Home Tonight" and "Why Me?" (from his awesome side project, Planet P), Tony Carey returns with his deep, emotionally resonant, and sometimes breathtaking "The Boystown Tapes," an outstanding collection of story songs in the finest, purest rock tradition. Although there's nothing revolutionary on the album, there are no weak songs, either, and tracks like the edgy, insistent "A Long Way From Home (part 2)," the airy, melodic "Boystown," the grippingly hooky "Only The Young (part 1)," and the poignant, mournful "Matchgirl" are sure to find a home in any beating heart. Carey has a rare gift for expressive songcraft, and fans of this style owe it to themselves to discover his newest sonic gem, his best record since the excellent "Some Tough City." -- The Big Room - Spinme.com - July 1999

This album is all class. The songs, the vocals and the over all blending of instruments make this album a compelling listen from start to finish. This album is one of the best Tony Carey albums I have heard. Close even to the rock lovers' Blue Highway and Some Tough City. Vocally, I haven't heard Carey better. On Boystown, the vocals are a mix of what we know and love with a little Chris Rea and Richard Marx and even a more pop rock Neil Diamond. Carey does a wonderful version of Solitary Man with a thin keyboard and drum sound underneath a more prominent vocal. The album sweeps through atmospheric ballads like Everything You've Got, the awesome feel good Boystown and Looking At The Moon; to the power ballads like I Don't Even Know Her Name and the harder sound of A Long Way From Home. -- Andrew McNeice - Melodicrock.com - April 1999

1. Solitary Man
2. A Long Way From Home
3. Everything You've Got
4. Boystown
5. The Company I Keep
6. You Laugh At Me
7. I Don't Even Know Her Name
8. Only The Young (Part 1)
9. Looking At The Moon
10. Matchgirl
11. It's A Beautiful World
12. Fool's Gold (In A Silver Mine)
13. Mrs. Lincoln
14. When It's All Said And Done - Tony Carey

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00000K020
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Get's me everytime.... BUY THIS CD!!!
Hammer
Boystown could have been a great song, but it bears no resemblance to the real Boystown in Nebraska, nor does it have any significance in the song other than a place.
Brooser Bear
Don't just READ this, take the chance and get the cd, I promise you will NOT regret it!!!
Sheldon Paquin (SHEL333@hotmail.com)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Melonsin on March 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Upon hearing that Tony Carey was about to release a new cd I immediatly, ordered a copy with a friend (who has a credit card). It arrived quickly and the disc flew into the cd player. Solitary Man, right on, this is going to be a good cd. We both agreed, the cd is a very good cd, some tracks were not as powerful as the others and seemed like the order was wrong, as in one before the other, sound wise they would have been better in the reverse. But this is a damned fine cd anyway. Some reviews dont give it the respect it deserves, but they had there say, they either liked or didnt, I liked.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rick Coley on March 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This cd fans have waited years for. It is smooth sounding has quite a few good tracks, my favorite being Solitary Man. Mr. Carey's voice was meant for this song, yet others such as Mrs. Lincoln....well that's up to the true fan who will enjoy anything and everything. My favorites on the cd being Matchgirl, Only the Young and A Long Way From Home, of course along with Solitary Man. So Four songs out of 14 is pretty good, seeing these days when we do buy a cd any cd that you want an original of, falls into the same category, no matter who the artist. I do like the hidden track as well, a funky kind of song, that was a surprise to all. Okay so I've moved up to five songs, better yet. I purchased this cd second hand from a friend who had purchased two, one for a friend, but the friend had no good things to say pertaining to the cd. So I review and give three stars for the tracks and also production quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
...in fact, he's getting stronger with the help of the internet spreading his music samples to new listeners. This album easily fits into almost everyone's music collection. It has both ballads and up tempo songs. Tony has given us a full platter with this even without the (*surprize extra track*) and his voice is unmatched. The album opens up very strong with a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man" and doesn't drop much from there. Other highlights are "Only The Young", "Boystown", and "Mrs. Lincoln." You really get a sense of appreciation for this album while reading the liner notes during your first listening and finding out he does everything or nearly everything himself. One thing keeps this from getting 5 stars and that is hearing bits from his yet to be released Planet P Project album "Go Out Dancing", shows he has even better music in the wings. This album is a Must Have, but then again, since you've already searched for Tony Carey, you already know that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This cd is very good in some spots i.e I don't even know her name, when all is said and done, looking at the moon, boystown, it's a beautiful world. I've had it for about two years now and still listen to it. I do like to skip over some songs on it..one thing I can fault with it. It's not his best cd and it's not his least cd..it depends on you're taste. I think most carey fans like the cd..so I say go ahead and buy it if straddling the fence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "blakeburnett" on November 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
You have to hear it to believe it. This is a classic rock CD. Tony is in a class all by himself. Other classics include Blue Highway, Storyville & For You. I can't wait for the next one! Tony, keep them coming, and let us know when you are going to tour!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Halie Jennifer Simpson on March 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Not boggling on my father this time because he bought the cd for me as I wanted this one. This is going to be a short review. The songs are only - good. They don't stand up anywhere close to previous years, and with the feel of the cd, I think he wrote the stuff quite a few years ago, then got a contract for it and released. If you listen to the songs closely theres no problem to notice that his voice faulters in many places throughout the disc. A Long Way From Home is a great song, and reminds me so much of the other music my father has, that basically he doesn't listen to any more and I've taken over the reign. It's just so familiar for some reason but its not on any cd of course, yet the music, he has used that music somewhere. I do like this cd, notice I did say, I like, but am not jumping with joy that I have it. I'm giving it four stars because it was waited for for so long, every fan I talk to over the internet on various sites all say the same thing they love it. So heres a donation of 4 stars from all of those who havn't reviewed The Boystown Tapes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I can't get enough of it! Tony has such a great feeling for intelligent lyrics with depth and the way he sings, he's so complete and it's all there on this record. There aren't one or two best songs on the album because all of them are so good in different ways. Ok, there is one absolute favorite; You Laugh At Me is really special. Thank you Tony!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2001
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Tony Carey is one of the most talented men in the industry, but was lost in obscurity for many years, leaving the US in the early eighties and moving to West Germany for many many years where most of his music was released after that and much of it unavailable to many people across the ocean. Virtually forgotten in the US and Canada, a website brought together many of his fans around the world and the websites owner, owning a small record label convinced Tony it was time for a new cd, costing alot of money to get out, (Tony by the way living in Malorca, Spain) the cd was released and never made it to many record stores and never sold many copies except and I say "EXCEPT" in Europe where his biggest fan following exists. The album apparently listed at #1 on the charts in Norway for a breif period of time when it was released in 1999, now the cd is lost into obscurity now only being sold on Amazon and through the website (Which I will Not mention") In closing and stating my view about Tony Carey and his 1999 release Boystown Tapes, I leave you in saying that, "Place your order here, you will get it for sure" The cd definately deserves the 4 I have given it, no five because some songs shouldnt have been added to make this cd. As some have mentioned about "Solitary Man" Neil Diamond's smash hit, comes nowhere near the slower version that Carey recorded of this song as well, a smooth great sounding version. The cd version almost sounding to be a bad recording for some reason. But thats nowhere or nohow, buy the cd if your a Carey fan or not, you will not be dissapointed in this fabulous artists work on his comeback work.
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