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Formed by M.I.T. grad Tom Scholz, Boston quickly became one of the select few bands to define ‘70s rock. Featuring Scholtz’s guitar work, along with the soaring lead vocals of Brad Delp, Boston created a unique hybrid of complex layered guitars and shimmering pop harmonies. Their eponymous debut album, featuring the hits “More Than A Feeling” and ... Read more in Amazon's Boston Store

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002O51
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Best Boston album and one of the best symphonic rock albums ever.
The songs are mostly great and you'll find yourself to be liking probably each of them,they're all different but they fit really well on the same album.
Edward Abbott
It sounded great and brought back memories of when I bought the LP back in the day it was released.
ray brienza

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on April 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In the late 1970s, as a result of the success of their first two albums, "Boston" established themselves as one of the premier bands in the Rock industry. I would even go as far to say that with the momentum they achieved with their debut album "Boston" (still one of the most successful debuts in history) and "Don't Look Back", that they might become the successors in Rock's line of royalty to Led Zeppelin (following the disintegration as a result of John Bonham's death). However, the problems that would ensue would completely derail this road for Boston. The 1980s would see the breakdown of the original lineup of the band and legal battles that would delay any future work by the band. By the Fall of 1986, the band found themselves in a very different position - the comeback position. This comeback would mark the launch of Boston's third album - "Third Stage". For fans of the band who had waited 8 years for the album, they would not be disappointed. The band assembles a terrific concept album that doesn't miss a beat.

For the most part, I consider Boston to be the partnership of guitarist Tom Scholz and vocalist (the late) Brad Delp. Boston had a stable lineup for their first two albums. In addition to Scholz and Delp were Sib Hashian, bassist Fran Sheehan, and guitarist Barry Goudreau. "Third Stage" would not include Hashian, Sheehan, or Goudreau. This was a result of a falling out the band had in the 1980s. Replacing Hashian on drums would be Jim Masdea (who played drums prior to the debut album) and Gary Pihl would pick up the void on guitars. However the partnership of Scholz and Delp was good enough to keep the Boston sound going. While Scholz often gets most of the creative credit for Boston, I really feel it is the unique vocals of Brad Delp that give Boston its edge.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 23, 2001
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After releasing Don't Look Back in 1978, Boston took eight years to release its follow-up, Third Stage. I don't know how it took eight years to make this record as it sounds like their first two, but that's a good thing. The album is full of major power chords, big hooks and roof raising vocals. The album kicks off with the power ballad "Amanda". The song is a perfect a power ballad that was ever released and Brad Delp gives a tremendous vocal performance. The band was rewarded with their one and only number one song. "We're Ready" was another top ten hit and is a driving rocker. "The Launch" is another chance for Tom Scholz to show off his MIT degree as it is amalgamation of guitars that produces a symphonic sound. "Cool The Engines" is a great song and "Cant'cha Say You Believe In Me/I Still Love You" is an epic song. Third Stage showed that Boston still could be a force on the charts even after an eight year disappearance as the album hit number one in late 1986.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on January 5, 2001
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I'll never forget walking into a record store in Lake Havasu, Arizona as I waited for the mechanic to finish my oil change and spotted what I was certain was a hallucination...a brand new Boston album! I had heard rumors for YEARS they were recording a new record, but c'mon! How many times can you keep hearing the same 'rumor' and STILL believe it? I was beginning to believe that Boston was finished as a group...but there it was, right in front of me! 'Third Stage' made its debut in October of 1986...and as I sat there looking at the display at the store I suddenly realized something truly shocking to me: I was FLAT BROKE. Talk about a monumental paradox. I wasn't about to steal it, so it was a while before I was able to actually buy it and savor my first taste of one of my favorite bands after so many years of listening and re-listening to their first two albums.
Let's leap-frog ahead a few years...I am now in radio and I manage to actually get PAID to have fun and listen to music I love (including Boston...) and I STILL love this CD. Is it as good as their first release? No WAY! But is it a great CD??? Without A DOUBT. Each track has something to offer in its own way and I have to hand it to Dave for doing such a great job on the arrangements and anyone who doesn't view Brad Delp as easily one of THE GREATEST Rock & Roll singers has got rocks for brains! Talk about a crisp and clean voice with a range that would make Pavarotti jealous...just check out 'Cool The Engines', 'We're Ready' and 'Can'tcha Say (You Believe In Me)' great stand-out tracks aside from the incredible radio airplay of 'Amanda', which is a superior song, but not necessarily MY personal favorite on the record. Sure these guys take a LOOOOOOOOONG time in-between album releases, but if that's what it takes to produce an incredible album like 'Third Stage' I anxiously await the next release sometime just before Haley's Comet reaches earth again...
HIGHLY recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Fryer on December 8, 2005
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It's hard to believe that Third Stage came out almost 20 years ago. I remember listening to it on cassette in my ugly red Horizon going to high school. It took Tom about 8 years to finish this album after 1978's Don't Look Back. But it still went to #1 thanks to the single Amanda (which also went to #1). The other singles were We're Ready and Can'tcha Say, both of which charted well too. Third Stage has the trademark soaring harmonized guitar lines that Boston became known for and Brad Delp's vocals are as powerful as ever. There is not really any song on this album that I dislike so I can always listen to it from start to finish. My favorite songs are The Launch, I Think I Like It, and Hollyann. The reason I give it 4 stars is because there are not as many standout tracks as on the first album. Also, the production is a bit too grand on some of the songs. But Third Stage is a good album despite some of the criticism heaped on it.
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