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Goudreau, Barry - 1980 Barry Goudreau

ARTIST: Goudreau, Barry
ALBUM: Barry Goudreau
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1996, Razor & Tie (USA), RE 2104-2 * 2010, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY076
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Barry Goudreau - guitars * Bradley Delp - vocals * Fran Cosmo - vocals * Sib Hashian - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hard Luck * 02 Nothing To Lose * 03 Whats A Fella To Do? * 04 Mean Woman Blues * 05 Leavin' Tonight * 06 Dreams * 07 Life Is What We Make It * 08 Sailin' Away * 09 Cold Cold World


By the time 1980 came around, guitarist Barry Goudreau was a name player without a band. Tied at the hip to seventies heroes Boston, he unfortunately suffered at the hands of band-mate Tom Scholz, who through his ongoing legal battles, decided to put the band on hold. Goudreau, having written a handful of tunes in the hope that these could be used for the third Boston release, was told by Scholz that he had no interest in using them. Unperturbed, Goudreau set about furnishing a solo career, which eventuated in a contract with Epic, the same label Scholz was having his own legal problems with! Turning up to join Goudreau was long time pal Brad Delp, plus fellow Boston-ite, drummer Sib Hashian. To complete the picture, another Massachusetts vocal star Fran Cosmo added his talent to the mix. Cosmo would of course team up with Goudreau for the amazing one-off wonderment of Orion The Hunter four years later. One punter not amused by all this was Scholz, who put pressure on Epic (CBS) to minimise support for the Goudreau solo LP, threatening a delay to the third Boston album.. something which the label appeared to adhere to stupidly enough, because 'Third Stage' didn't appear until six years later and on a different label (MCA). Epic - the silly buggers!

The Songs
Despite the politics, the music wasn't the sort of fare that hardened Boston supporters would've taken an immediate shine to. The Mike Chapman production watering down any overblown tendencies heard on Goudreau's last two appearances, being the two Boston albums. As a consequence, the album didn't do a lot sales wise, despite the name players onboard. Two tracks took a minor liking to 1980 radio airwaves: 'Dreams' and 'Mean Woman Blues', but apart from a couple of other interesting tracks such as the opener 'Hard Luck' and 'Leavin' Tonight', the album sank like a stone.

In Summary
At the time, the thought of a solo album was a good move for Goudreau to make. Unfortunately, the quality of the songs didn't quite hit the mark. Unlike four years later when Orion The Hunter was released. Every track a winner, the album easily ranking in my top 10 albums of the decade. Beyond Orion... Return To Zero (RTZ) was another worthy contender with some good material, but label Reprise thought otherwise, and dropped the band despite that album containing a Top 10 hit single with 'Until Your Love Comes Back Around'. Oh how fickle can record labels be.. Into 2003, Goudreau turned up with an indie effort with Brad Delp, entitled Goudreau/Delp, and a few years on from that, we witnessed the passing of Brad Delp to suicide, but at least he wouldv'e been proud to see this one get a re-release (with the whole Goudreau/Scholz story to go with it) on Rock Candy Records.

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#1 | sabace on January 06 2008 16:57:04
#2 | rostoned on April 08 2008 17:15:51
Here's the videoclip for the single DREAMS, rare stuff

YouTube Video:

and what a line-up on screen:
Brad 'Angel' Delp (RIP): vocals
Barry Goudreau: guitar
Fran Cosmo: bass
Sib 'Afro' Hashian: drums

Well done...legends! clap Brad we will never forget u
#3 | rostoned on October 12 2008 22:48:50
Listened to this LP carefully and, apart from the frankly splendid and ultra Bostony 'Dreams', the rest of the songs are really ordinary and nothing's too memorable here. Wonder why Rock Candy feels this is such a classic to deserve a remastered and reloaded edition in 2009 while it's still easily available from Razor and Tie...but what do I know? helpless
#4 | gdazegod on October 13 2008 00:22:56
I agree, this album is pretty mediocre when compared to all the other Boston and related alumni albums.. However, the 2003 Goudreau/Delp effort is pretty dire too! thumbs down
#5 | rkbluez on July 03 2012 21:54:22
I don't know I always liked this album...and still really has a solid rockin' Boston where near as good as Boston's debut but still a good album to turn up and rock out to...favorite song "What's A Fella To Do" sounds exactly like a killer Boston tune right down to the guitar tones.
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