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Boulevard - 1990 Into The Street



ARTIST: Boulevard
ALBUM: Into The Street
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCAD-42317
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 2010, Metal Mind, MASS CD 1380 DG

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Forbes - vocals * Randy Gould - guitars * Mark Holden - saxophone * Andrew Johns - keyboards * Tom Christiansen - bass * Randall Stoll - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Talk To Me * 02 Where Is The Love * 03 Lead Me On * 04 Eye Of The Hurricane * 05 Light Of Day * 06 Crazy Life * 07 Rainy Day In London * 08 Where Are You Now * 09 Need You Tonight * 10 Eye To Eye

URL: www.boulevardband.com


Background
In my books this is band which is right at the top of the heap of my popularity stakes. They had it all really .. I mean any band that can get away in the AOR scene with a moniker called Boulevard deserves admiration! Great players, a wonderful vocal talent in David Forbes, and on this album in particular, the services of Englishman John Punter, an AOR producer right up there with Neil Kernon and Terry Thomas. You know the coincidence among all three don't you? They're all English. So what does that tell you? In 1988 Boulevard released their self titled debut, though abbreviated in title to B.L.V.D. This too is extremely worthwhile getting, though the sound is slightly less rockier and has a hi-tech approach scattered throughout. For this 'Into The Street' effort released two years later, the sound is full on melodic rock somewhere close to the territory that a band like Diving For Pearls operated in.


The Songs
Very thoughtful and well put together melodic rock arrangements, and for the most part, they are all strong that I'm scratching my head trying to find a weak one. The string of songs of 'Talk To Me', 'Where Is The Love', 'Lead Me On', 'Eye Of The Hurricane', 'Light Of Day' and 'Crazy Life' are about as good a run of songs on a CD as you'll ever likely to hear. 'Rainy Day In London' is the token ballad and provides a lucid backdrop, while a Zappacosta vibe makes itself known on 'Where Are You Now'. 'Need You Tonight' continues that smooth Boulevard style melodic rock that by now you've become familiar with. The album closer 'Eye To Eye' is slightly different in that it is very typical of Canadian hi-tech bands such as New Regime, Eight Seconds, or Paradox.


In Summary
Based in Vancouver the band didn't fare that well in the sales stakes, and Forbes kept juggling his duties between there and his home town of Seattle across the border. Boulevard fell into obscurity soon after, though bassist Tom Christiansen appeared a few years later with Faith And Desire. A lovely memory nonetheless.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 13 2008 01:53:45
Did anyone know that Boulevard originally released 'Rainy Day In London' way back in 1984, as a single on the German Charts? It was touted as being slightly 80's synth pop at the time. It reached No 55 and stayed in the charts for 4 weeks.

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#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 16:09:34
Lush Canadian stuff, and highly regarded by most AOR fans. Yet another classic from the first note to the last and a disc that goes everywhere I go.
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 13 2008 16:32:40
Absolutely love this record. Much better than the debut. Pity there was no follow up.
#4 | jeffduran on July 23 2008 10:08:54
One of the first AOR acts I gravitated towards as a little nard.
#5 | thejbl on December 20 2011 11:36:56
Ted Poley actually loves this album. I'm inclined to not disagree with him either.
#6 | dangerzone on January 21 2012 06:20:48
I've been listening to this a bit lately, but for some reason it doesn't resonate with me the way it seems to everyone else. I just don't find the songs all that memorable to be honest.
#7 | gdazegod on January 21 2012 11:36:16
Aah sacrilege Alun!
#8 | dangerzone on January 21 2012 13:16:21
I had a feeling that might not go down well!
#9 | Eric on January 21 2012 19:43:11
I liked this one much better than the debut.
#10 | windsofmarch on July 11 2012 10:20:08
Amazing second effort.A better production job (not so hi-tech) and much better songs.One of my fave late 80s AOR records.
 
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