Barry Goudreau

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Together with alum from the band Boston, Barry Goudreau put together an interesting nine songs recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. It's the distinctive Boston guitar sound with more basic rock & roll. "What's a Fella to Do" could be a sequel to "Rock and Roll Band"; "Mean Woman Blues" goes in an almost Foghat direction. Fran Cosmo's vocals feel a bit more British than Brad Delp, and "Leavin' Tonight" leans more toward producer Mike Chapman and the sound of the Sweet than one would expect. Goudreau's guitar and Syb Hashian's drums are a powerful combo -- no bassist is listed. The song "Dreams" gave Goudreau's self-titled debut the radio attention it deserved, and a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Together with alum from the band Boston, Barry Goudreau put together an interesting nine songs recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. It's the distinctive Boston guitar sound with more basic rock & roll. "What's a Fella to Do" could be a sequel to "Rock and Roll Band"; "Mean Woman Blues" goes in an almost Foghat direction. Fran Cosmo's vocals feel a bit more British than Brad Delp, and "Leavin' Tonight" leans more toward producer Mike Chapman and the sound of the Sweet than one would expect. Goudreau's guitar and Syb Hashian's drums are a powerful combo -- no bassist is listed. The song "Dreams" gave Goudreau's self-titled debut the radio attention it deserved, and a bit of a following. This track definitely sounds like the band Boston which, rumor has it, upset Tom Scholz. In 1992 singer Delp and guitarist Goudreau joined Brian Maes & the Memory. They rode the Maes original "Until Your Love Comes Back Around" into the Top 30 in America, and the Return to Zero album was a nice reunion for the two major forces behind this. "Life Is What We Make It" and "Cold Cold World" are good slices of American hard rock. More refined than Grand Funk Railroad and not as slick as the Mickey Thomas version of Starship, the Barry Goudreau album is a fun record free from the restrictions of Scholz's meticulous production. While "Cold Cold World" may evoke thoughts of the song "Long Time," the string quartet on "Sailin' Away" gives the album a depth and identity. Just a bunch of professional musicians playing what they like and coming up with a gem.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/1996
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018210423
  • Catalog Number: 82104
  • Sales rank: 32,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hard Luck (3:39)
  2. 2 Nothin' to Lose (4:01)
  3. 3 What's a Fella to Do (4:30)
  4. 4 Mean Woman Blues (3:55)
  5. 5 Leavin' Tonight (3:25)
  6. 6 Dreams (3:31)
  7. 7 Life Is What We Make It (3:11)
  8. 8 Sailin' Away (1:48)
  9. 9 Cold, Cold World (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Goudreau Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Fran Cosmo Vocals
Brad Delp Vocals
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Joy Lyle Violin
David Schwartz Viola
Sid Sharp Violin, Concert Master
Sib Hashian Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Robyn Hitchcock Composer
Barry Goudreau Producer, Liner Notes
John Boylan Producer
Paul Grupp Engineer
Nancy Donald Original Design Concept
Mike Ragogna Reissue Director
David Richman Reissue Coordinator, Reissue Design
John Boyland Producer
Steve Hoffman Mastering
Paul Grup Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than Bostons "Third Stage"

    Ok, Tom sholz version of boston can't hold a candel to this cd.the boston of old is gone.However the music that barry and brad have been doing is steller.This album from 1980,picks up right where "Don't Look Back" left off.As Far as I'm concerned "third stage" was weak.Most of that album was the same music all the way through,just re-aranged.The musianship on barrys cd is fantastic .the song writting is superb. I myself can do with out another bad "Boston" album .But I will continue to pick up the albums by barry and co. Todd Smith -Rochester ,NY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Boston minus Tom Scholz

    First of all - it's Barry Goudreau, not Gary. It's right on the cover of the LP, for Pete's sake! This is the best Boston LP that Boston never made. Barry has stated that he offered these songs to Tom Scholz, but apparently Scholz looked down his nose at them. Therefore, Barry cranked it out in 6 months time. Definitely more satisfying than waiting 8 years for a Boston LP! It seems that Scholz didn't like the idea of an LP done by 3 of the 5 members of Boston - this LP resulted in Barry getting tossed out of Boston by Scholz! Once you hear this LP, you will understand why Scholz went ballistic - it's fantastic! Of course, the world was now aware of the fact that Barry was a big part of the Boston sound. This is why Scholz demanded that the record company drop all support and promotion for the LP, which helped to kill it's success. It's Boston without all of the studio glitz and wizardry. Moreover, it actually sounds the same when performed "live". How about that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-have for any Boston fan!!!

    What a great album!!! It has that unmistakable Boston sound from the 70-s - no wonder, 3 of the original members joined Gary for what could have been a sequel to the 1978 "Don't Look Back". Gary's flawless and virtuoso guitar musicianship, Brad's powerful and clean vocals and Sib's precise drumming are a powerful combo to contend with! Too bad Tom couldn't join them! Highly, highly recommend it! Enjoy! What would be truly great is to see them live in concert. Hope Gary reads this.

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    Posted April 17, 2010

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