ARTIST: Barry Goudreau
TITLE: Barry Goudreau
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: #88
SINGLES: Dreams (#103)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah
LINEUP: Barry Goudreau, Sib Hashian, and Brad Delp or Fran Cosmo signing lead.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: When Tom Scholz put Boston on hiatus, he encouraged other band mates to do other projects. Ta da!
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Barry Goudreau was the ‘other’ guitarist in Boston (basically learned Scholz’ stuff for the stage for the most part), and when Boston went on hiatus while Tom Scholz fought the record company, he grabbed drummer Sib Hashian, and singer Brad Delp to record some tracks that Scholz rejected for Boston albums.
Kind of “Boston” light, in a way, and that’s how it was promoted.
It kinda had the Boston sound thanks to Delp being on vocals on 2/3 of the record (Fran Cosmo sang on the other 1/3 – and in the mid-90’s Cosmo became Boston’s studio vocalist – go figure) but it didn’t have the meticulous Boston sound (airtight and oh-so clean), and the songs didn’t quite have the same impact or power. Only in a few instances do you get that Boston guitar sound, and it’s not exactly right either.
But I really was expecting worse, for some reason. This is a passably decent rock-and-roll record, and if it wasn’t related to Boston it may not have had the high expectations that some put on it.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: By 1983, Goudreau and Cosmo had formed Orion the Hunter, and later Goudreau and Delp formed RTZ
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE B-: There’s some Boston-esque sounds here, and some decent rock-and-roll tracks. So if you’re into that, it doesn’t hurt to give this a whirl.