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Boston, Mass.

The Del Fuegos

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Album Review

The Del Fuegos' debut album, The Longest Day, sounded like a great bar band roaring through a beer-fueled set on a Saturday night, but their sophomore effort, Boston, Mass., found the group sanding off a few of their rough edges and adding a touch of pop polish to their sound. While producer Mitchell Froom had added keyboards to a few cuts on The Longest Day, he's much more of a presence on this set, and the slinky romanticism of "I Still Want You" and the late night vibe of "Coup De Ville" are more adventurous in their conception and approach than anything on the first album. The Del Fuegos' energy and no-frills rock & roll attitude carried them over the rough spots on The Longest Day, and here it helps them skate past the slick spots of Boston, Mass.; the interplay between Dan Zanes and Warren Zanes' guitars may be tighter, but they still know when to crank up the amps and how to leave some space to breathe, and bassist Tom Lloyd and drummer Woody Geissman remain a crack rhythm section who keep this music in gear at all times. Beyond a bit more gloss than it needs, the greatest flaw of Boston, Mass. is that the band didn't have quite as many good songs at their disposal as they did on the debut, but while it's not the group's best album, it comes in as a close second and time has been kind to it.

Customer Reviews

My most memorable "album"

I found "The Longest Day" today - finally after about 15 years- but "Boston, Mass" is my truly my favorite record, period (the vinyl is framed on my wall). It brings back so much memory: I remember the day I heard them on 'BCN and WAAF, and in high school on the dating scene with "I Still Want You". The Del Fuegos are the band you can trace so many bands back to, and think how far ahead of their time they were, and really, how much they can fit into todays music. With the bluesy/rockabilly/pop sound and the garage bar-band feel is something you can sit back and listen to. I play it for my wife now, in Las Vegas, 22 years later. Even though she didn't grow up with the Del Fuegos, she digs it. This is even an album my mom knows: "Is that the 'Fuegos?"... Purely recognizable. Listen to them all and see if you can hear Tom Petty on later albums.

Fantastic Album

What sophomore slump? This is a terrific album from a young, confident band -- whether it's the controlled chaos of "Don't Run Wild," the strut of "Hand in Hand," "Sound of Our Town" and "It's Alright," or the quiet seethe of "I Still Want You." They shoulda been contenders.

Good album

The Del Fuegos were my first concert as a kid. Saw them in Portsmouth NH with my old man. Loved this album as I Still Want You remains one of my favorite rock tunes. Good straight up rock-n-roll.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Kicking up a ruckus on the more garage-oriented side of the 1980s' roots rock boom, the Del Fuegos were a four-piece band from Boston who (at least for a time) won critical favor and a loyal cult following at home and on the road for their passionate, no-frills style. Formed in 1980, the Del Fuegos consisted of guitarist and singer Dan Zanes, his brother Warren Zanes on guitar, bassist Tom Lloyd, and drummer Steve Morrell. Steady gigging on the Boston club circuit won the band a potent local reputation,...
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