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Album Review

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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Barry Goudreau

I've always affectionately called this album "Boston III," because it's timing was perfect to be the third Boston album (eponymous in '76, "Don't Look Back" in '78), but it sounds like a full on Boston album, sans Tom Scholz. This album is what rock n' roll is all about: good mates getting together to make good music, all the while the world is uncertain (remember Boston was embroiled in legal battles at this time). The pairing of Brad Delp and Fran Cosmo was a match of divine proportions. As any Boston fan knows, both Brad and Fran shared vocal duties in the band, but on Goudreau's solo album, it's the intial pairing that makes history as we get to hear them show off their vocal prowess individually as well as together ("Nothin' To Lose"). Barry Goudreau's solo effort was a brilliant showcase of prestige and talent and a perfect pacifier for Boston fans who wondered and waited for something new after "Don't Look Back." Of course, Goudreau's "Orion the Hunter" project in 1984 would further serve as a nice bridge for Boston fans still waiting for the next endeavour. It would also see another unification of Boston's frontmen ("JoAnne") as well as furtheur solidfy Fran Cosmo as a formidable vocal force.
OK, so I've bounced from point to point, but the bottom line is: Barry Goudreau's self titled solo effort stands well on its own, but also stands well as a solid piece of Boston history, if one chooses to catagorize it as such. All said, this album holds its own as a "Boston Album" much better than "Third Stage" which followed it six years later. It was much more fun, and much more of a "party" than anything Boston had done since... perhaps that's cheapening the value, but I think it makes it fit into the fold much more easily. Enjoy your listen! Oh and just to clear up some confusion in the initial review of the album, it's noted that no bass player is listed.... Fran Cosmo played bass on the album!


Great songs and superb guitar work from Barry with exceptional vocals from Brad. Sib rocked the drums good and Fran Cosmo had a few songs singing. Hard Luck, Mean Woman Blues, and Dreams are my favorite cuts off this album. 5 stars...

Outstanding, Amazing & Incredible

Barry Goudreau has to be one of the most underrated guitar gods regardless of any era, how 'bout all of them? Answer is yes. I wish this line up (rip Brad Delp of course) wld get back together and do another record then tour. This is true deal Rock N Roll right here. We need more of this and less of whats passing for rock these days. Buy this record. You cant go wrong doing it.


Born: November 29, 1951 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Barry Goudreau played guitar on the first two stratospherically successful Boston records. As Boston impatiently waited for mastermind Tom Scholz to complete the third, Goudreau worked with other limbo members on Barry Goudreau in 1980. A decent professional rock work, Barry Goudreau yielded the radio piece "Dreams." Goudreau then left Boston and formed Orion the Hunter with Fran Cosmo, who sang on the solo slab. Another adroit offering, Orion the Hunter also won airplay with "So You Ran." Goudreau...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1980

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