Boston – Walk On (1994)

FrontCover1Boston is an American rock band from namesake Boston, Massachusetts, that had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 80s. The band’s core members on their most popular recordings included multi-instrumentalist founder and leader Tom Scholz, who played the majority of instruments on the debut album, and lead vocalist Brad Delp, among a number of other musicians who varied from album to album. Boston’s best-known songs include “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Smokin'”, “Don’t Look Back”, “A Man I’ll Never Be”, and “Amanda”. The band has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million were from its self-titled debut album and seven million were for its second album, Don’t Look Back, making the group one of the world’s best-selling artists. Altogether, the band has released six studio albums over a career spanning over 46 years. Boston was ranked the 63rd best hard rock artist by VH1.

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After Delp’s death in 2007, a number of other vocalists have taken the stage; currently the lead singer is Tommy DeCarlo. Other current[when?] members of the band include multi-instrumentalist and singer Beth Cohen, guitarist Gary Pihl, bassist Tracy Ferrie, drummer Jeff Neal and percussionist Curly Smith.

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Walk On is the fourth studio album by American hard rock band Boston, released on June 7, 1994 by MCA Records. It is the first album not to feature vocalist Brad Delp, though he did assist in the writing. Vocal duties were handled by Fran Cosmo, making this his first appearance on a Boston album. Delp and Cosmo shared leads during the album’s supporting tour and the album’s follow-up Corporate America.

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After the success of their 1986 album Third Stage, the band began planning a follow-up and writing for Walk On, which began in 1988. However, due to the increased friction and disagreements between guitarist/bandleader Tom Scholz and singer Brad Delp, the latter left the band in 1989 to join original Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau in forming a new band, named RTZ. Soon after, Fran Cosmo was hired and introduced as the new lead singer. Delp returned to Boston to assist in the writing, and shared lead vocals on the subsequent Walk On Tour, though he did not sing on the album. Delp and Cosmo also shared leads on Boston’s next album Corporate America.

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After its release, Walk On peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and yielded the hit “I Need Your Love.” It was certified platinum by the RIAA on September 8, 1994.

The final eight pages of the album’s booklet were titled “Walk On — Against Violence and Cruelty”, and dedicated to preventing domestic abuse and animal cruelty, providing contact information of numerous organizations, including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Humane Society. It was noted that Delp himself was a contributor to these causes. (wikipedia)

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Boston’s long-awaited fourth album, Walk On, which this time took Tom Scholz a full seven years to complete, failed to capture the attention of most AOR fans and became the group’s first record to not spawn a hit single. Perhaps the reason was AOR and classic rock stations began losing their audiences in 1992; more likely, it was because Scholz’s legendary perfectionism didn’t yield the same results it did in the past. Although the production is certainly state of the art and is overflowing with detail, there aren’t any memorable songs or hooks to justify such extravagance. On the surface, the record sounds fine, but there is no substance beneath the layers of gloss. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Boston 4. Not a bad lp, actually very listenable but the 1st Boston lp without Brad Delp. Replacing Brad would be like replacing Robert Plant in that other group. Besides missing Brad’s vocals, the songs here are not memorable as in the 1st 3 lps but most of the Boston sound is intact. (by Art Moy)

I cannot agree with these reviews. The singer did a really good job and we hear that perfect Boston sound as created by Tom Scholz.

BackCover1Personnel:
Fran Cosmo (vocals)
Doug Huffman (drums)
Gary Pihl (guitar, clapping)
Tom Scholz (guitar, keyboards, clainet, bass on 01, 02., 08. – 10., drums on 01. + 08., clapping)
David Sikes (bass, background vocals)
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Matt Belyea (clapping)
Bob Cedro (guitar, special effects, clapping)
Tommy Funderburk (background vocals)
Sean Olsen (clapping, guitar, flute)

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Tracklist:
01. I Need Your Love (Scholz/Sampson) 5.34
02. Surrender To Me (Scholz/Sikes/Laquidara) 5.33
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Livin’ For You (Scholz) 4.58
04. Walkin’ At Night (instrumental) (Scholz) 2.02
05. Walk On (Scholz/Delp/Sikes) 2.58
06. Get Organ-ized / Get Reorgan-ized (instrumental) (Scholz) 4.28
07. Walk On (Some More) (Scholz/Delp/Sikes) 2.54
08. What’s Your Name (Scholz) 4.28
09. Magdalene (Sikes/Foulke) 5.57
10. We Can Make It (Scholz/Sikes/Cedro) 5.30

Tracks 4, 5, 6 and 7 are all part of one long song (“Walk On Medley”), but were indexed separately on the CD.
On the LP release, “Get Organ-ized” was split across the two sides of the record, with the portion on Side Two named “Get Reorgan-ized”.
“Magdalene” was originally written by the Pennsylvania band Hybrid Ice.

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