THERE IS NO question that Boston, the band, pretty much re-wrote the rule book when it came to defining the sound of melodic hard rock. Their self titled debut album established a blue print that provided a touchstone for every similar act that came in its wake, paving the way for numerous artists to carve out successful commercial careers for themselves; Foreigner, Journey and Survivor spring immediately to mind.
fter attaining huge success and experiencing all the pressures that such achievement often brings, Boston, understandably, started to fracture, with leader Tom Scholz taking complete control of his vision. Guitarist Barry Goudreau was the first member to strike out on his own, issuing a well received solo album in 1980, followed by the formation of Orion The Hunter, who released a stellar record in 1984. Looking to further build on his reputation, he reunited with his former Boston colleague, vocalist Brad Delp, the duo collaborating in RTZ, a brand new project.
Issued in 1991, RTZ took the Boston blue print one step further, writing songs very much influenced by the sound of their previous outfits, but also injected with the spit and polish of the late eighties. Recorded in Los Angeles by Chris Lord Alge, the album boasts some of the most arresting melodic hard rock that has ever been crafted. Every song is a true winner, with Brad Delp excelling beyond our wildest dreams. Overlooked at the time, primarily due to the arrival of the grunge movement, this album is actually a monumental sonic achievement.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, FEATURES TWO ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF BOSTON - VOCALIST BRAD DELP AND GUITARITS BARRY GOUDREAU, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH BARRY GOUDREAU, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
TRACK LISTING: 1. FACE THE MUSIC 2. THERE’S ANOTHER SIDE 3. ALL YOU’VE GOT 4. THIS IS MY LIFE 5. RAIN DOWN ON ME 6. EVERY DOOR IS OPEN 7. DEVIL TO PAY 8. UNTIL YOUR LOVE COMES BACK AROUND 9. LIVIN’ FOR THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 10. HARD TIME (IN THE BIG HOUSE) 11. RETURN TO ZERO