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Third Stage

Boston Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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1. Amanda
2. We're Ready
3. The Launch
4. Cool The Engines
5. My Destination
6. A New World
7. To Be A Man
8. I Think I Like It
9. Can'tcha Say (You Believe In Me)/ Still In Love
10. Hollyann

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third time wasn't the charm Oct. 5 2001
By Joe Lee
Format:Audio CD
Boston's brilliant debut may have set expectations so high that nothing else would measure up. Their second release was met with mixed reviews two years later, but what may have damaged this otherwise good collection of songs is the whopping eight years before it finally hit the stores. "Third Stage" is similar to the Boston you remember from the late 1970's, with a fine #1 ballad single in "Amanda" and signature rockers like "We're Ready" and "Cool The Engines." The soaring "To Be A Man" faintly recalls "A Man I'll Never Be" and is a memorable song. There are no obviously weak tracks, and my only complaint is the length--like "Don't Look Back," it's pretty skimpy time-wise. Ultimately, though, it seems that Boston's moment came and went during that long, cold winter(s) Tom Scholz was fighting his legal battles. That the band was still able to have this kind of impact after such a lengthy delay is impressive, but one can only imagine the kind of response this would have generated in 1979 or 1980.
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3.0 out of 5 stars #3 out of 3 Scholz/Delp albums June 24 2001
Format:Audio CD
To make it brief:
Amanda is OK. How this is Boston's only number one hit is beyond me. Probably just goes to show that ballads get more airplay on more stations. I can skip "The Launch" (it's not even really a song!), "My Destination", "A New World", and "To Be a Man". That's three and half tracks worth that I think are essentially wasted.
The other real problem with this album is that it never sounds like Scholz is playing with a real band. Compare the drumming on this with Sib's from the first one, and you'll conclude that there's a whole artistic component missing. Not to mention that the drums sound like they're in some sort of sound-absorbing box.
"Third Stage" is another one of those albums where I get the impression a talented group didn't get enough outside input on song selection. Note to aspiring bands: Write constantly and throw out half the stuff. Keep the best.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Same old July 11 2001
Format:Audio CD
When I was a kid I remember seeing a hot rod magazine. In the back there was a cartoon about a guy who had the brilliant idea of creating a talking car. He worked on it for years and years, and was finally able to make it work. When he wheeled it onto the street the people were amazed. "Look, there's one of those old fashioned talking cars." That's the feeling I got when I first heard this album in the 80s. Poor Tom was the guy locked away in his basement for so long the world passed him by. The liner notes make a big deal of having no strings, even though it sounds like it. Well Tom, the synthesizer was old news by then. The hit single seemed tacked on to give some commercial value. At that it was successful. Too bad the rest is just a re-hash of the debut album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure Oct. 30 2000
Format:Audio CD
By the mid 1980s, most of the 70s arena rock bands (Foreigner, Journey, Styx, Kansas, etc.) had called it a day. Then along comes Boston's ever unpredictable Tom Shultz to reemerge from wilderness with his band's third album to breathe a little life into the genre. Listening to the album, one would have no idea that in the eleven years since Boston's first album became a smash success that punk, the new wave and music videos had revolutionized rock, managing to alter the formulas of even such dinosuars as Yes and ZZ Top. Instead, here comes Shultz with such 1975 FM radio ready fare as "Amanda," "We're Ready" and "Cool the Engines." And some of us, at least, discovered that we were not to cool to take a trip down memory lane after all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All Right But Not That Engaging Feb. 1 2000
Format:Audio CD
I found a copy of this album cheap somewhere, and so picked it up on the strength of "Amanda", which I had always liked. That song remains the best song here - unfortunately, nothing quite matches it. "Cantcha Say" is pretty good - a catchy number, but the rest didn't make much impression on me. They all tend to sound alike, tend to sound like...well, like Boston (this album took SIX years to complete? ). It didn't help to have "My Destination" sound (presumably by design) sound just like "Amanda", either. If you're looking for a Boston purchase, most people will point you towards their first release, and I won't stand in their way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This album serves to prove that there is such a thing as overthinking a project. While not bad, per se, it feels rather uninspired. It lacks the spontinaity of the band's previous albums. I guess it just goes to show that spending 8 years working and reworking an album can cause you to lose sight of what is good.
There are a few good tracks here, namely Amanda, I Think I Like It, and Hollyann, but nothing really measures up to anything on Don't Look Back or Boston.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Boston classic June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Boston's third album Third Stage was released in September of 1986. The band was now down to two original members guitarist Tom Scholz whom also did bass guitar, keyboards and some of the drums and lead singer Brad Delp. The album took eight years to create because of a court case that Tom had with CBS Records whom stopped paying him royalties because he took longer than usual to create Third Stage. In the end, Tom won the court case and went over to MCA which was being run by Eagles manager Irving Azoff at the time. Third Stage was an instant smash going all the way to #1 on the album charts where it reigned for four weeks. When fans opened this album up and gave it a spin, as I did on my 11th birthday in 1987, millions were in for a treat. The album kicks off with the #1 ballad Amanda which was the only song to go to #1 in 1986 without a video, something which should be learned in the music business. The rock radio staples on the album were We're Ready and the kick-ass Cool the Engines. The instrumental The Launch is awesome and I used to watch the speaker rumble during the beginning of this track. My Destination is seen as an Amanda Reprise but good nonetheless. Cant'cha Say/Still in Love is a great love song which was the third single from the album but released in edited form without the Still in Love bit. The closing ballad Hollyann's chorus has the same music pattern as Cant'cha Say but a semi-tone lower and a slower tempo but a great song. I had this on cassette as a child but now sounds great on CD. Hey Universal, how about a remaster! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Long-Awaited Comeback"
After enjoying succes with "Boston" in 1976 and "Don't Look Back" in 1978 Boston seemingly disapeared and for the most part where unheard of. Read more
Published on April 8 2008 by Tommy Skylar
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb third effort from Boston
Boston's third album Third Stage was released in September of 1986. The band was now down to two original members guitarist Tom Scholz whom also did bass guitar, keyboards and some... Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Published on May 31 2004 by terrific guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tied with Boston for best Boston album!!!!!!!!!
This is a Magnificent album like its predecessors Boston and Don't Look Back were! You can't beat songs like Cancha Say You Beleive In Me, Cool The Engines, We're Ready, Amanda, or... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by Jonathan Boulet
5.0 out of 5 stars Transition from old to new.
In my opinion, Third Stage was the turning point in the sound of Boston's music. While I listened to the album, I noticed some of the songs had the classic Boston theme, while... Read more
Published on June 25 2003 by Michael Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest "concept" albums of all time
Boston's stellar debut album may have overshadowed their subsequent work, but Third Stage is truly a magnificent album and one of the greatest "concept" albums of all... Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by Matthew J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Great album, even nearly 20 years after its release!
Published on April 13 2003 by "aztextbooks"
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic melodic rock in the '80s
Okay, we all know that it took 8 years from the previous release for this album to come out, a trend that has continued with each release by this legendary band since then. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to like
One gets tired of the elitist critics who condemn and cast aside Boston as just another ... "corporate rock group" of the 70's and 80's. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by "klaibs"
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Boston!
"Third Stage" is a great album from start to finish. The opening ballad "Amanda" is melodic and majestic. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by Pete
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