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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good but Overlooked Album, September 15, 2005
This review is from: Walk On (Audio CD)
When people think of music by Boston, most of them think about songs from the seventies, such as "More Than A Feeling" and "Don't Look Back". However, "Walk On", released in the mid-nineties, is very good in its own right and deserves mention of its own along with the earlier Boston cds. At the front of the band in the seventies was Brad Delp, who's multi-octave voice brought life to all of the earlier songs. However, Brad decided to leave the group before the release of "Walk On" and was relpaced by Fran Cosmo, who does a very good job in his own right handling the lead vocals on this cd.

Boston's trademarks were excellent guitar work, loud drums, cool synthesizer and organ play, and, of course, strong lead and harmony vocals. Nothing's changed. All of these earlier aspects of Boston's success are evident on this cd as well. Tencho-wizard Tom Scholz and his band have once again combined all of these factors into this disc, and the result is a combination of great rock and roll songs.

Each song on the disc is excellent. Fran's voice shines through on "I Need Your Love" and "Livin For You". Songs such as "Surrender To Me" and "Walk On" showcase the great guitar, synthesizer, and drum work which made Boston famous. But there is one song on this disc that stands above the rest in my opinion: "Magdaline". Fran Cosmo sounds better than ever on this song, and the harmony vocals are some of the best I've heard from Boston.

I've been a fan of Boston for many years and I've listened to all of their early and later cds. This disc deserves to be mentioned as one of their best. All of the aspects that made Boston a supergroup are evident on this cd, and even with the loss of Brad Delp, the band doesn't miss a beat. Pick up this great cd and experience the progression of one of the supergroups of the seventies to one of the best groups of the nineties.
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Initial post: Aug 21, 2007 7:27:37 PM PDT
I couldn't agree more. I've been a fan of Boston since the first album, and saw them live with both Cosmo and Delp in 2004. I just bought this album after Brad Delp died, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I agree that the outstanding song on the disc is Magdalene. The harmonies on that song are among the best. Wish I'd have bought this one years ago.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 11:49:23 PM PDT
Ldfzm says:
Synthesizers? Boston does not use synthesizers.
Boston insert: "No synthesizers used."
Don't Look Back insert: "Boston made a point of letting the listener know that there were "no synthesizers used" and "no computers used." And so taking a cue from Scholz, I think it only right that I let the world know that although I did use a computer, absolutely no synthesizers were used in writing these liner notes."
Third Stage insert: "No Synthesizers: That's right! Honest! And no violins either (so how do you make thunderstorms without a synthesizer? A twenty-year old Vox Tone-Bender with a bad transistor). In other words, the Boston sound is powered by old, straight ahead rock-n-roll equipment, as opposed to midi-interconnected-computer-sequenced synthesizers. There is however, a notable exception. The Rockman, it's not old-the ink is still wet on the patents. This little box replaced the 100-watt stacks, Soaks, and racks of old equipment that was used to make the Boston guitar sound. The Rockman was developed and refined over the course of the project, and ended up on the majority of the tracks."
Walk On insert: "The Hammond and Leslie are actually Hammond and Leslie, not a synthesizer!"

But, I do agree. This is a wonderful, very much overlooked album.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 3:22:27 PM PST
roufmouf says:
There are two assertions I disagree with:
1-The band not missing a beat without Brad Delp. The vocals are competent, but do not "soar" as Delp's voice does.
2-The song Magdalene as the stand out track. This is the most uninspired and uneven track offered here. It bounces between barely audible moments, to generic instrumentation, to a mundane chorus. No "song" can compare to the "Walk On Medley." It's dynamic, energetic, and multi-dimensional. It's the only song where the guitar, organ, rhythm, drums, vocals, and soft technical ear candy are performed to their highest levels of the album. When each of these amazing elements are then blended together to perfection, an amazing sound experience second to none on this album results.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 12:02:16 PM PDT
thehammer says:
Brad Delp was amazing, and it does often take more than one vocalist to replace him. But personal sentiment aside, this album is great, the vocals are superb, and the record does not suffer from Delps' absence. The truth is, Tom Scholz can and has made a great Boston record without Brad Delp, but Brad Delp could not have made a Boston record without Tom Scholz. That is something that the "IT ISN'T BOSTON WITHOUT BRAD" society always fails to consider. Tom Scholz has never failed to acknowledge Delps' considerable contributions to the Boston catalogue and sound. Nor do a majority of fans, myself included. Scholz even stated on Third Stage's liner notes the record would not have been the same without him, and it wouldn't have. But frankly, comments detracting from Walk On on the basis of Delp's absence rather than anything tangible are just plain ignorant. (Compared with Boston transitioning smoothly and with such consistency that casual fans might not notice the difference, I can think of examples of bands changing vocalists with much more disastrous results; Van Halen {post Hagar} and Iron Maiden come to mind......).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2014 6:13:33 AM PDT
Completely agree about the Walk On Medley. As much as I love Boston, almost all of Boston, this is their very best. As you say, the energy and drive are first rate. It takes you somewhere, and is liberating. My most played Boston (3)track.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 10:26:39 AM PST
thanks for the great review mr munson, i've been a fan of boston since the band 1st started and i didn't even know this album even existed. i think you have me sold on this one. after this one, are there any more that i don't know about ? if there are any more, could you please respond to this post and let me know. i want to make sure i have all of there albums ! thank you, and i hope to hear from you soon !

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 11:26:35 AM PST
"This is their very best." Floyd Maxwell. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha..... hahahahaha... oh lord... hahahahahahahahaha.... please stop.... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.... This comment just shows that there is always an opinion there to be had and nothing can ever be unanimous... 99% of all people that breathe recognize that the best that can be said for this record is "fine." But there will always be a small minority on anything that feels differently, good for them

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2016 12:19:41 PM PST
is the album that good, or is it really bad ? i bought it, i just hav'nt listened to it yet !

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2016 6:27:24 AM PDT
PhilipHS says:
You have the CD, listen to it and decide for yourself.
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